By: Jaderick Buhay
The ber months have just started, but can you already feel the chill? Don’t worry, Netflix can definitely give you some company. From thrillers to romcoms, actions and book adaptations, here’s what you can expect from this streaming service in the coming months.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which is already making rounds in film festivals globally, is streaming on Dec. 23; Alejandro Iñárritu’s Venice Film Festival stand-out Bardo will get an exclusive month and half theatrical window before it enters the streaming service this fall.
Netflix’s fall line-up is pushing for award contenders like Noah Baumbach’s Venice and New York film festival opener White Noise; TIFF openers The Good Nurse and The Swimmers, animated pic Wendell & Wild; and Scott Cooper’s period crime drama about Edgar Allen Poe, The Pale Blue Eye; and The Volcano: Rescue From Whakarri from Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, based on Stephen King short story directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Donald Sutherland and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Jessica Knoll novel-based The Luckiest Girl Alive, starring Mila Kunis, Connie Britton, and Jennifer Beals, will also premiere on Netflix.
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Holiday flicks like Christmas With You and Falling for Christmas, as well as family titles, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical and Paul Feig’s fantasy The School for Good and Evil, starring Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh, Kerry Washington, and Rachel Bloom, have also been scheduled for release.
Netflix’s final lap of 2022 covers four Christmas films, five romance/romcoms, six action/thriller films, ten family films, 11 book adaptations, and more.
SEPTEMBER 2022 RELEASES ON NETFLIX
Fenced In (9/1)
Walter crumbles from stress. He abandons the metropolitan pace on medical advice and seeks serenity in a small town surrounded by nature. His aspirations for peace and quiet however, will not last long in this new place, where Toninho da Vila, a drum master, is practicing with his samba academy for the next carnival.
DIRECTOR: Roberto Santucci
WRITER: Paulo Cursino
PRODUCERS: Camisa Listrada
CAST: Leandro Hassum, Julia Rabello, Mauricio Manfrini
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Brazil
Love in the Villa (9/1)
After a breakup, a young woman travels to romantic Verona, Italy, only to discover that the villa she reserved was double-booked, and she’ll have to share her vacation with a jaded (yet very handsome) British man.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Mark Steven Johnson
PRODUCERS: Margret Huddleston, Stephanie Slack, Mark Steven Johnson
CAST: Kat Graham, Tom Hopper, Raymond Ablack, Laura Hopper, Sean Amsing, Emilio Solfrizzi
Ivy + Bean (9/2)
Ivy and Bean had no idea they’d become buddies. Ivy is quiet, intelligent, and perceptive while Bean is energetic, lively, and fearless. However, an expedition can sometimes show that opposites can become the best of friends.
DIRECTOR: Elissa Down
WRITERS: Kathy Waugh, Jeff Stockwell
PRODUCERS: Anne Brogan, Melanie Stokes
CAST: Keslee Blalock, Madison Skye Validum, Lidya Jewett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch, Sasha Pieterse, Nia Vardalos, Garfield Wilson, Jaycie Dotin, Marci T. House
Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had To Go (9/2)
Bean (Madison Skye Validum) assists Ivy (Keslee Blalock) in harnessing her witchlike talents after she realizes the school toilet is haunted. Ivy and Bean plan a rite to free the spirits, save the school, and ruin Nancy’s day with the support of their classmates.
BASED ON THE BOOK SERIES: Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie
DIRECTOR: Elissa Down
SCREENPLAY BY: Kathy Waugh and Jeff Stockwell
PRODUCERS: Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mandy Spencer-Phillips
CAST: Keslee Blalock, Madison Skye Validum, Lidya Jewett, Nia Vardalos, Garfield Wilson, Marci T. House, Jaycie Dotin, Innocent Ekakitie, Mia Swaminathan, Ava Marchfelder, Roman Pesino, Jesse Gervasi, Claire Smid, with Sasha Pieterse and Jane Lynch
Ivy + Bean: Doomed To Dance (9/2)
Ivy (Keslee Blalock) and Bean (Madison Skye Validum) are thrilled to enlist for ballet class until they learn that there will be no “bizarre activities” allowed. When Bean’s parents refuse to let her go, Ivy promises to stay with Bean until the big dance festival performance.
BASED ON THE BOOK SERIES: Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
DIRECTOR: Elissa Down
SCREENPLAY BY: Kathy Waugh
PRODUCERS: Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mandy Spencer-Phillips
CAST: Keslee Blalock, Madison Skye Validum, Lidya Jewett, Garfield Wilson, Marci T. House, Jaycie Dotin, Innocent Ekakitie, Mia Swaminathan, Ava Marchfelder, Roman Pesino, Jesse Gervasi, Claire Smid, with Sasha Pieterse, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
The Anthrax Attacks (9/8)
The Anthrax Attacks, directed by Oscar nominee Dan Krauss (Extremis, The Kill Team), explores the story of the 2001 anthrax attacks on the United States and one of the largest and most complicated FBI investigations in law enforcement history. Five Americans were murdered and at least 17 were injured in one of the worst biological attacks in US history, which unfolded one week after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The documentary feature also presents frightening and devastating accounts from investigators, survivors, and the relatives of those who were infected, using a combination of interviews and scripted reenactments based on emails and FBI field notes. The Anthrax Attacks, directed by Dr. Bruce Ivins, is a BBC Studios production.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Dan Krauss
PRODUCER: Sweta Vohra
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew Cohen, Dan Krauss
CAST: Clark Gregg
End of the Road (9/9)
Brenda, a recently widowed woman, takes her family across the country to begin a new life after losing her job. Cut off from aid in the New Mexico desert, they must learn to fight back as they become the targets of a strange killer.
DIRECTOR: Millicent Shelton
WRITERS: Christopher J. Moore and David Loughery
PRODUCERS: Tracey E. Edmonds, Mark Burg, Brad Kaplan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Ben Pugh, Erica Steinberg, Daniel Jason Heffner
CAST: Queen Latifah, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Beau Bridges, Mychala Faith Lee, Shaun Dixon, Frances Lee McCain
Drifting Home (9/16)
(Anime) Childhood friends Kosuke and Natsume strain friendship as they avoid each other as time passed. During their summer vacation, they visit a housing complex that is about to be demolished. They become engulfed in a mystery phenomenon while playing, and when they regain consciousness, they witness an entire ocean before them, as the housing complex has floated into the mysterious sea, taking Kosuke and Natsume with it. Will they be able to return to their former lives? A journey to say farewell to summer begins.
DIRECTOR: Hiroyasu Ishida
WRITERS: Hayashi Mori, Hiroyasu Ishida & Minaka Sakamoto
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Akihiro Nagae
PRODUCER: Koji Yamamoto
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
Do Revenge (9/16)
After a secret meeting, Drea (Alpha, fallen it girl) and Eleanor (beta, new alt girl) band together to track down each other’s adversaries. Do Revenge is a twisted Hitchcockian dark comedy with the most terrifying characters of all: young girls.
DIRECTOR: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
WRITTEN BY: Celeste Ballard and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
PRODUCERS: Anthony Bregman and Peter Cron, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Josh Bachove
MUSIC BY: Este Haim and Amanda Yamate
CAST: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, Talia Ryder, Ava Capri, Jonathan Daviss, Maia Reficco, Paris Berelc, with Alisha Boe, and Sophie Turner
A storm is raging. A young girl has been kidnapped. Her mother (Jurnee Smollett) joins forces with the mystery woman next door (Allison Janney) to track down the kidnapper, a voyage that challenges their resolve and reveals terrible secrets from their pasts.
DIRECTOR: Anna Foerster
WRITER: Maggie Cohn
PRODUCERS: J.J. Abrams, Jon Cohen, Hannah Minghella
CAST: Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, Logan Marshall-Green, Matt Craven, Ridley Asha Bateman
A Jazzman’s Blues (9/23, theaters 9/16)
Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues unravels forty years of secrets and deceit in a story of forbidden love and family drama set to the backdrop of juke joint blues in the deep South.
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Tyler Perry
CAST: Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer, Amirah Vann, Austin Scott, Ryan Eggold
Athena (9/23, in theaters 9/9)
Three siblings’ lives are thrown into disarray just hours after their youngest brother died in mysterious circumstances.
DIRECTOR: Romain Gavras
WRITERS: Romain Gavras, Ladj Ly, Elias Belkeddar
PRODUCERS: Iconoclast and Lyly Films
CAST: Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
Blonde (9/28, theaters 9/16)
Blonde is the brilliantly recreated intimate narrative of the world’s most renowned sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe—based on a bestseller novel by five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Joyce Carol Oates. The film is a fictional picture of a 1950s and 1960s model, actress, and singer seen through the modern prism of celebrity society.
DIRECTOR: Andrew Dominik
WRITER: Andrew Dominik
PRODUCERS: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon, Scott Robertson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Christina Oh
CAST: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Caspar Phillipson, Evan Williams, Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson, Lily Fisher, Sara Paxton, David Warshofsky, Xavier Samuel, Michael Masini, Spencer Garrett, Chris Lemmon, Rebecca Wisocky, Scoot McNairy, Dan Butler, Garret Dillahunt, Lucy Devito, Ned Bellamy
OCTOBER 2022 RELEASES ON NETFLIX
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (10/5)
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is from Stephen King’s latest collection of novellas “If It Bleeds,” about a child growing up in a tiny village who befriends an older, reclusive billionaire. The two build a friendship over books and an iPhone, but when the man dies, the child realizes that not everything dead is gone, and he discovers that he may contact with his friend from the grave via the iPhone that was buried with him.
DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
WRITER: John Lee Hancock
PRODUCERS: Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum,
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold
CAST: Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett
Luckiest Girl Alive (10/7, theaters 9/30)
Ani FaNelli, a sharp-tongued New Yorker, looks to have it all: a sought-after career at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream Nantucket wedding on the horizon. Ani is forced to face a dark secret that threatens to ruin her neatly planned existence when the producer of a crime documentary approaches her to give her side of the shocking incident that occurred while she was a youngster at the renowned Brentley School. Based on Jessica Knoll’s book The Luckiest Girl Alive.
DIRECTOR: Mike Barker
WRITER: Jessica Knoll
PRODUCERS: Bruna Papandrea, Jeanne Snow, Erik Feig, Lucy Kitada, Mila Kunis
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jessica Knoll, Lisa Sterbakov, Shayne Fiske Goldner, Steve Hutensky, Mike Barker
CAST: Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, Chiara Aurelia, Scoot McNairy, Thomas Barbusca, Justine Lupe, Dalmar Abuzeid, Alex Barone, Carson MacCormac with Jennifer Beals and Connie Britton
The Redeem Team (10/7)
The Redeem Team covers the narrative of the US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team’s quest for gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, using unprecedented Olympic footage and behind-the-scenes material, four years after the previous team’s shocking performance in Athens. The documentary paints an intriguing portrayal of team development and includes informative interviews with athletes and coaches ranging from Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, who reflect on how The Redeem Team redefined American basketball.
DIRECTOR: Jon Weinbach
PRODUCERS: Greg Groggel & Diego Hurtado De Mendoza
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Frank Marshall, Mike Tollin, Jon Weinbach, Dwyane Wade, Mark Parkman, Mary Byrne and Yiannis Exarchos with LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron
The Curse Of Bridge Hollow (10/14)
After an old and mischievous ghost causes Halloween decorations to come to life and wreak havoc, a father (Marlon Wayans) and his teenage daughter (Priah Ferguson) are compelled to work together to save their town.
DIRECTOR: Jeff Wadlow
SCREENPLAY BY: Todd Berger and Robert Rugan
STORY BY: John R. Morey and Todd Berger
PRODUCERS: Marlon Wayans, p.g.a., Rick Alvarez, p.g.a., Nathan Reimann, p.g.a.
CAST: Marlon Wayans, Priah Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, Rob Riggle, John Michael Higgins, Nia Vardalos, Lauren Lapkus, Holly J. Barrett, Myles Vincent Perez, Abi Monterey, Helen Slayton-Hughes
The School For Good And Evil (10/19)
When best friends Sophie and Agatha are carried away into an enchanting school where young heroes and villains are trained to safeguard the balance of good and evil, they find themselves on opposing sides of a modern fairy tale. Based on Soman Chainani’s best-selling book series.
DIRECTOR: Paul Feig
WRITERS: David Magee, Laura Solon, Paul Feig
PRODUCERS: Joe Roth, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Jane Startz, Paul Feig, Laura Fischer
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Stephen Jones, Zack Roth, Patricia Riggen, Soman Chainani
CAST: Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Kit Young, Sir Ben Kingsley, Patti LuPone, Rachel Bloom, Peter Serafinowicz, Rob Delaney and Mark Heap
Descendant (Netflix and theaters 10/21)
Margaret Brown (“The Order of Myths,” “The Great Invisible”) comes back to her birthplace of Mobile, Alabama, to capture the quest for and historic discovery of The Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States carrying enslaved Africans. Following a century of secrecy and mystery, the ship’s discovery in 2019 focuses attention on the descendent community of Africatown, painting a poignant portrayal of a community actively coping with and striving to preserve their legacy while contemplating what justice looks like today. This essential and fascinating documentary is presented by Participant and Higher Ground Productions.
DIRECTOR: Margaret Brown
PRODUCERS: Essie Chambers, Kyle Martin, Margaret Brown
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Shawn Gee, Zarah Zohlman, and Kate Hurwitz
The Good Nurse (10/26, theaters 10/19)
In this riveting thriller based on true events, a nurse is suspicious that her colleague is responsible for a string of inexplicable patient deaths, so she risks her own life to find out the truth. Based on Charles Graeber’s book, The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder.
DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm
WRITER: Krysty Wilson-Cairns
PRODUCERS: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Michael Jackman
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Glen Basner, Ari Handel
CAST: Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens
All Quiet on the Western Front (10/28, 9/29 theaters in Germany and October select markets)
Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s best-selling novel—All Quiet on the Western Front—tells a story about a young German soldier’s frightening experiences and suffering on the Western Front during World War I.
DIRECTOR: Edward Berger
WRITERS: Ian Stokell, Lesley Paterson, Edward Berger
PRODUCERS: Malte Grunert, Daniel Dreifuss
CAST: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Moritz Klaus, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanovic, Daniel Brühl, Adrian Grünewald, Devid Striesow, Andreas Döhler, Sebastian Hülk, Alexander Schuster, Luc Feit, Michael Wittenborn, Michael Stange, André Marcon, Tobias Langhoff, Anton von Lucke
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany
Wendell & Wild (10/28, theaters 10/21)
Wendell & Wild is a delightfully wicked animated tale about plotting demon brothers Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele) who seek the help of 13-year-old Kat Elliot – a tough youngster with a burden of guilt – to summon them to the Land of the Living. What Kat expects in return, however, leads to a brilliantly weird and comic adventure unlike any other, an animated fantasy that defies the laws of life and death, all told via the handmade craftsmanship of stop motion.
DIRECTOR: Henry Selick
WRITERS: Henry Selick, Jordan Peele
PRODUCERS: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld,Henry Selick
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lindsay Williams, Eddie Gamarra, Kamil Oshundara, Ian Cooper
NOVEMBER 2022 RELEASES ON NETFLIX
Enola Holmes 2 (11/4)
Enola Holmes, now a private detective like her illustrious brother, takes on her first official case to discover a missing girl, as the sparks of a hazardous plot ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — even Sherlock himself — to unravel. Based on the book series by Nancy Springer.
DIRECTOR: Harry Bradbeer
WRITER: Jack Thorne
PRODUCERS: Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Ali Mendes, Millie Bobby Brown, Paige Brown
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Joshua Grode, Michael Dreyer, Harry Bradbeer, Jack Thorne
CAST: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Louis Partridge, Helena Bonham Carter, David Thewlis, Susan Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd, Abbie Hern, Gabriel Tierney, Serrana Su-Ling Bliss
Falling For Christmas (11/10)
In the days running up to Christmas, a newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress is in a skiing accident, suffers from total amnesia, and finds herself in the care of a charming, blue-collar lodge owner and his brilliant daughter.
DIRECTOR: Janeen Damian
WRITERS: Jeff Bonnett, Ron Oliver, Janeen Damian and Michael Damian
PRODUCERS: Brad Krevoy, Michael Damian
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe, David Wulf
CAST: Lindsay Lohan, Chord Overstreet, George Young, Jack Wagner, Olivia Perez
Is That Black Enough For You?!? (11/11, theaters Nov.)
IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?!? by renowned writer and film historian Elvis Mitchell. is a documentary as well as a deeply personal essay. The film examines the technique and force of filmmaking from an often ignored perspective: the African American contribution to films made during the watershed 1970s era. It delves at the impact that point of view had on movies and popular culture. It’s a love letter to film that asks and answers questions that have never been asked, let alone answered. IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?!? marks Mitchell’s directorial debut.
DIRECTOR: Elvis Mitchell
NARRATION WRITTEN BY: Elvis Mitchell
PRODUCERS: Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, Angus Wall, Ciara Lacy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Terry Leonard, Jennifer Sofio Hall, Kent Kubena, Elvis Mitchell
Capturing The Killer Nurse (11/11)
When strange lab results link a series of deaths at a local hospital, a brave nurse teams up with two small-town detectives to go incognito and assist in the take down of colleague and friend Charles Cullen, who is now thought to be one of America’s most prolific serial killers. A horrifying tale of friendship, murder and treachery, the trio’s dogged pursuit of Cullen gives a revealing look at America’s healthcare system, which let him to go on killing within its walls – for more than a decade.
DIRECTOR: Tim Travers Hawkins
PRODUCER: Robin Ockleford
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Henry Singer, Susannah Price, Charles Graeber
In Her Hands (11/16, theaters 11/9)
In Her Hands chronicles the narrative of Zarifa Ghafari, who at the age of 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayor and the youngest to hold the role. The film follows her struggle for survival against the backdrop of her country’s rapid breakdown. Zarifa and women across the country are facing a new reality as Western forces announce their withdrawal and the Taliban retake power. In the midst of these seismic shifts, Zarifa must make the most difficult decision of her life.
DIRECTORS: Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen
PRODUCERS: Juan Camilo Cruz, Jonathan Schaerf
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, George Loening, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton,Siobhan Sinnerton, Johnny Webb, Roma Khanna, Marcel Mettelsiefen, Stephen Ellis, Tamana Ayazi
SUBJECT: Zarifa Ghafari
Christmas With You (11/17)
Feeling professional burnout, pop diva Angelina goes to small-town New York to grant a child fan’s desire, where she not only finds inspiration to reinvigorate her career but also a chance at true love.
DIRECTOR: Gabriela Tagliavini
WRITERS: Paco Farias, Jennifer C. Stetson, Michael Varrati
PRODUCERS: Lucas Jarach, German Michael Torres
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Eric Brenner, Kerri Hundley
CAST: Aimee Garcia, Freddie Prinze Jr.
A young girl uncovers a secret map to Slumberland’s dreamworld, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she explores dreams and flees horrors in the hope of seeing her late father again.
DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence
WRITERS: David Guion, Michael Handelman
PRODUCERS: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready, Francis Lawrence
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Guion, Michael Handelman, Ray Angelic
CAST: Jason Momoa, Marlow Barkley, Chris O’Dowd, Kyle Chandler, Weruche Opia, India de Beaufort, Humberly Gonzalez
The Swimmers (11/23, theaters TBA)
The true story of swimming sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini’s amazing journey as refugees from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
DIRECTOR: Sally El Hosaini
SCREENPLAY BY: Sally El Hosaini, Jack Thorne
PRODUCERS: Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Ali Jaafar, Tim Cole
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Stephen Daldry
CAST: Manal Issa, Nathalie Issa, Ahmed Malek, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ali Suliman, Kinda Alloush, James Krishna Floyd, Elmi Rashid Elmi
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
The Noel Diary (11/24)
When best-selling author Jacob Turner (Justin Hartley) returns home for the holidays to settle his distant mother’s estate, he finds a diary that may contain secrets from his own history as well as Rachel’s (Barrett Doss) – a beautiful young woman on her own mystery journey. They embark on a quest to confront their pasts and discover an unexpected future. Based on Richard Paul Evans’s novel The Noel Diary.
DIRECTOR: Charles Shyer
WRITERS: Charles Shyer, Rebecca Connor, David Golden
PRODUCERS: Timothy O. Johnson, Stephanie Slack, Margret H. Huddleston
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Justin Hartley, Norman Stephens, Andrew Gernhard
CAST: Justin Hartley, Barrett Doss, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, Essence Atkins
My Father’s Dragon (Netflix and theaters Nov.)
A stunning film inspired by author Ruth Stiles Gannett’s Newbery-award-winning children’s book comes from five-time Academy Award-nominated animation company Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner). Elmer, who is struggling to adapt after moving to the city with his mother, flees in search of Wild Island and a young dragon that needs to be rescued. Elmer’s travels take him to dangerous monsters, a secret island, and a friendship that will last a lifetime.
DIRECTOR: Nora Twomey
WRITER: Meg LeFauve
PRODUCERS: Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Paul Young
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Meg LeFauve, John Morgan, Tomm Moore, Gerry Shirren, Ruth Coady, Alan Moloney
Monica, O My Darling (Nov.)
In Monica, O My Darling, black comedy and white-collar crime meet as a young guy urgently wants to make it big with some odd partners and a devilish diabolical scheme to pull off the perfect murder. In this crime drama, survival is the goal. Ride a roller coaster of dark and devilish twists and turns.
DIRECTOR: Vasan Bala
WRITER: Yogesh Chandekar
PRODUCERS: Sarita Patil, Sanjay Routray, Dikssha J Routray
CAST: Rajkummar Rao, Huma S Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Sikandar Kher, Bagavathi Perumal, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Sukant Goel, Zayn Marie Khan
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: India
DECEMBER 2022 RELEASES ON NETFLIX
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio (12/9; theaters TBA)
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of the wooden marionette who is miraculously brought to life in order to mend the heart of a sad woodcarver named Geppetto. Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s charming stop-motion musical chronicles Pinocchio’s wayward and disobedient experiences as he seeks his place in the world.
DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson
WRITERS: Guillermo del Toro and Patrick McHale
PRODUCERS: Guillermo del Toro, Lisa Henson, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico and Gary Ungar
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jason Lust
CAST: Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman
The Volcano: Rescue From Whakaari (12/16; theaters 12/9)
The film compellingly chronicles a day when regular folk were called upon to do extraordinary things, placing this tragic event within the larger context of nature, resilience, and the power of our humanity. It is a close examination of the Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption of 2019, in which 22 lives were lost.
DIRECTOR: Rory Kennedy
PRODUCER: Mark Bailey
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Dec. 16, theaters Oct. 27 Mexico, U.S. 11/4)
BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is directed by five-time Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñarritu. BARDO is an epic, visually stunning, and immersive experience set against the up – close and moving journey of Silverio, a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles who is prompted to return to his native country after being named the recipient of a renowned global award, unaware that this simple trip will push him to an existential limit. His memories and worries have decided to pierce through the present, flooding his daily life with perplexity and wonder. Silverio continue to grapple with general yet intimate concerns like identity, success, mortality, Mexico’s history, and the highly emotional familial relationships he shares with his wife and children, with both emotion and plentiful humour. Indeed, what it means to be human in these odd times.
DIRECTOR: Alejandro G. Iñarritu
WRITERS: Nicolas Giacobone, Alejandro G. Iñarritu
PRODUCERS: Alejandro G. Iñarritu Stacy Perskie Kaniss
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mary Parent, Karla Luna Cantu
CAST: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid, Iker Solano
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Mexico
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge Of Edinburgh Part 1 (12/20)
The mega-hit The Seven Deadly Sins (original work: Nakaba Suzuki), which has sold over 37 million copies and won the children’s category of the 39th Kodansha Manga Award, is getting a spin-off anime feature. Suzuki’s original story will be featured in this film. The story will be divided into two sections and will follow Tristan, the son of The Seven Deadly Sins characters Meliodas and Elizabeth. Tristan inherited the Goddess Clan’s strength and can heal people’s wounds and ailments, but his inability to control his Demon Clan power often causes him to harm others. To safeguard his family, Tristan travels to Edinburgh Castle, where he meets a slew of new pals. Based on The Seven Deadly Sins (published by Kodansha in Weekly Shonen Magazine) by Nakaba Suzuki
DIRECTOR: Bob Shirahata
WRITER: Rintaro Ikeda
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (12/23, theaters TBA)
In the sequel to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a case involving a fresh cast of colorful characters.
DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson
WRITER: Rian Johnson
PRODUCERS: Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman
CAST: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (12/25, theaters, 12/9)
In this film adaptation of the Tony and Olivier winning musical, tells the story of Matilda, a remarkable girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, takes a stand to change her story, with miraculous results.
DIRECTOR: Matthew Warchus
WRITER: Dennis Kelly
LYRICS AND MUSIC: Tim Minchin
PRODUCERS: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Luke Kelly
CAST: Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee
White Noise (12/30; theaters 11/25)
White Noise is a contemporary American family’s attempt to deal with the mundane problems of daily life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the chance of happiness in an uncertain world. It is both hilarious and horrifying, poetic and bizarre, ordinary and apocalyptic. Based on Don DeLillo’s book White Noise.
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Noah Baumbach
CAST: Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, Lars Eidinger, Andre Benjamin, Jodie Turner-Smith
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Dec; theaters TBA)
Adapted from the classic D.H. Lawrence’s work, a story that was way ahead of its time, follows the life of Lady Chatterley, a woman born into a life of riches and luxury who quickly finds herself married to a man with whom she finally falls out of love. Lady Chatterley has a fling with a gamekeeper on their English estate, discovering more desire and closeness than she ever imagined possible. When she realizes she has fallen heart and soul, she defies all social norms and pursues happiness with the man she loves.
DIRECTOR: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
WRITER: David Magee
PRODUCERS: Laurence Mark, Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent
CAST: Emma Corrin, Jack O’Connell, Matthew Duckett, Joely Richardson, Ella Hunt, Faye Marsay
The Wonder (Dec., theaters Nov.)
In the Irish Midlands in 1862, a small girl stops eating but miraculously survives. Lib Wright, an English nurse, is sent to a small community to study eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims flock to see the girl who is claimed to have gone months without eating. Is the village home to a saint surviving on manna from heaven, or is there something more sinister at work? A psychological thriller inspired by the 19th century phenomenon of “fasting girls” and adapted from Emma Donoghue’s famous novel (Room).
DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
WRITERS: Emma Donoghue, Sebastián Lelio, Alice Birch
PRODUCERS: Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Emma Donoghue, Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen
CAST: Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Dermot Crowley, Brían F. O’Byrne, David Wilmot
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (Dec. 2, theaters Nov. 18)
Charles Dickens’ ageless legend is revived in this magical, time-traveling, musical rendition of the ultimate Christmas story, produced by Timeless Films in partnership with Axis Studios and directed by Stephen Donnelly. With his soul on the line, Scrooge has only one Christmas Eve to confront his past and forge a better future.
DIRECTOR: Stephen Donnelly
PRODUCERS: Ralph Kamp, Leslie Bricusse and Andrew Pearce
MUSIC & LYRICS: Leslie Bricusse
OBE SONGS ARRANGED, PRODUCED & ORIGINAL SCORE: Jeremy Holland-Smith
CAST: Luke Evans, Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Fra Fee, Giles Terera, Trevor Dion Nicholas, James Cosmo and Jonathan Pryce
The Pale Blue Eye (1/6/23, theaters 12/23)
Scott Cooper has wanted to direct The Pale Blue Eye for over a decade. The film is a Gothic thriller that centers on a sequence of fake killings that occurred in 1830 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and revolves around a young cadet played by Harry Melling who would come to be known as Edgar Allan Poe. Christian Bale plays retired investigator Augustus Landor, who is assigned to investigate the killings. The Pale Blue Eye is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Louis Bayard.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper
PRODUCERS: Scott Cooper, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Christian Bale
CAST: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Hadley Robinson, Joey Brooks, Brennan Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan, and Robert Duvall
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