New to TVNZ+: March 9-15

Apples Never Fall launches here the day of its Peacock premiere (March 15).

Based on the novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, the seven-part series stars Sam Neill, Annette Bening, Alison Brie, Jake Lacy, Conor Merrigan-Turner and Essie Randles.

It depicts how a woman’s disappearance forces her children to re-examine their parents’ seemingly perfect marriage and reckon with the dark secrets that surface.

Savage River (March 11) is a six-part 2022 Australian thriller about an ex-con who returns to her home town — where she becomes a suspect in a murder. As The Guardian observed:

You know the drill: a protagonist with a complicated past returns to their home town, drawing old tensions to the surface. This town, of course, is riddled with mysterious deaths and disappearances, like every second rural location in Australian film and television. Such settings and plot scenarios lure our storytellers like moths to the flame. And they’re dusted off once again in Savage River, a six-part series crafted with some atmospheric elegance by veteran director Jocelyn Moorhouse that lacks oomph and invokes a serious case of deja vu.

Chorus Girls (March 10) is billed as a “darkly comedic Danish drama” about eight young dancers trying to survive ’70s sexism.

Happily, the eight-part series sounds more nuanced than its synopsis — “full of humour, passion, tears, sweat, and lots of dancing, this fiery foreign language series tells a tale of solidarity and resistance” — and apparently earned “glowing reviews” for its 2022 run on Danish TV.

New movies streaming from March 15 include:

  • The Ides of March
  • The Mechanic
  • Gran Torino
  • Swordfish.
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