Netflix have massively increased their Original output over the years to the point where this year they have guaranteed there will be at least one Original Film released every week. These films feature the biggest stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Gal Gadot, Dave Bautista, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, John David Washington and Octavia Spencer. And films from your favorite filmmakers like Zack Snyder, Nora Fingscheidt, Joe Wright, Antoine Fuqua, Shawn Levy, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman and the directorial debuts from Halle Berry and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
And for the genres? Well, pretty much everything is covered. This year’s line-up will surprise and delight cinephiles across the globe with films from Award winning filmmakers, including Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Paolo Sorrentino (The Hand of God) and Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up). We’re bringing you a year of films filled with more of the things we know our members love – zombies (Army of the Dead), cowboys (The Harder They Fall, Concrete Cowboy), and high school romance (including the culmination of the To All the Boys and The Kissing Booth trilogies). We’re re-introducing you to teen screams (Fear Street trilogy, There’s Someone Inside Your House), turning your favorite books into films (The Woman in the Window, Munich, The Last Letter from Your Lover), bringing you more adrenaline-pumping blockbusters (Red Notice, Sweet Girl, Kate) and giving your family a reason to say YES to watching films together (YES DAY, Back to the Outback, Finding ‘Ohana).
Here are just some of the highlights from the Netflix 2021 slate with many more to come:
8 RUE DE L’HUMANITÉ
Director: Dany Boon
Seven families live in the Parisian apartment building at 8, Rue de l’Humanite – and they didn’t escape to the countryside at the arrival of the coronavirus. Three months of life under lockdown will reveal the best and worst of these neighbours.
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS
Director: Gil Kenan
An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible.
A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS
Director: Mary Lambert
Brooke Shields stars as a famed American author who travels to Scotland and finds herself wanting to buy a castle, but the Scottish duke who owns it is prickly about selling to a foreigner.
AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY
Director: Stephen Herek
A social butterfly experiences the biggest party foul of all… dying during her birthday week. To her surprise, she’s given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth by reconnecting with loved ones, and most importantly, prove that she’s worthy enough to get into the big VIP room in the sky.
ARMY OF THE DEAD
Director: Zack Snyder
Snyder added to the zombie genre the notion of transforming the lumbering flesh eaters to sprinters, and here he introduces a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, and a group of mercenaries who use the zombies as cover to pull off a major heist in a quarantine zone.
Director: Mark Raso
After a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Only Jill, an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. The question is, can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind.
A WEEK AWAY
Director: Roman White
Troubled teen Will Hawkins (Quinn) has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular (Madison), and sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it.
BACK TO THE OUTBACK
Directors: Clare Knight, Harry Cripps
Animated film about a ragtag group of Australia’s deadliest residents of a reptile house where humans gawk at them like they’re monsters, who plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback.
Director: Kitao Sakurai
Jackass and Bad Grandpa producers made this hidden camera comedy following two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of crazy pranks with Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish starring.
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
A gifted young Black woman struggles to maintain her voice and identity after she’s offered a lucrative recording contract, setting off a fierce battle between her family, the label, and her closest friend to determine who will guide her as she makes the journey to become a star.
Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook and Vicky Krieps star in a thriller about a vacationing couple fall trap to a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences.
Director: Andrew Dominik
Bold reimagining of the life of the world’s most famous sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, told through the modern lens of celebrity culture.
BLOOD RED SKY
Director: Peter Thorwarth
A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. In order to protect her son she will have to reveal a dark secret, and unleash the inner monster she has fought to hide.
Director: Gitanjali Rao
Animated and set with a love for Bollywood, pic focuses on a young club dancer escaping a child marriage to live on the Bombay streets, needing to choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy.
Director: Halle Berry
Halle Berry’s directorial debut follows a former MMA fighter struggling to regain custody of her son and restart her athletic career.
Director: Ricky Staub
Idris Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin play an estranged father and son in Northern Philadelphia who find a kinship in the urban cowboy culture the dad is devoted to. Can it save the son from a life of crime?
DON’T LOOK UP
Director: Adam McKay
An array of stars here, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry,Timothee Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep in the story of what happens when two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.
DOUBLE DAD (January 15th)
Director: Cris D’Amato
Vicenza is a mature 18 year old who has lived in a hippie commune for her entire life in complete harmony, except for one thing: she doesn’t know who her father is. When her mother leaves for a trip to India, she takes it as her opportunity to sneak out into the real world in hopes to track down her father – but ends up finding two!
ESCAPE FROM SPIDERHEAD
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett star in a near future set drama with two young convicts who grapple with their pasts in a facility run by a brilliant visionary, who experiments on inmates with emotion-altering drugs.
FEAR STREET TRILOGY:
Director: Leigh Janiak
Three films, 1994, 1978 and 1666 tell an interconnected horror story based on R.L. Stine’s best selling horror series, in a nightmare that has haunted Shadyside for centuries through a sinister history.
FEVER DREAM (DISTANCIA DE RESCATE)
Director: Claudia Llosa
A woman named Amanda lies stricken, far from home. A young boy named David questions her, trying to make her remember. She’s not his mother, he’s not her son. As her time is running out, he helps her unravel a powerful, haunting story of obsessive jealousy, an invisible danger, and the power of a mother’s love for her child.
FINDING ‘OHANA (January 29th)
Director: Jude Weng
A summer in rural Oahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
Director: Juana Macías
Based on the best-selling two-part series by Elísabet Benavent, FUIMOS CANCIONES, tells the story of Maca who has finally got her act together. Well, just about. But when Leo, the man who smashed her heart to pieces reappears, she’ll need all the advice she can get from her best friends, Adriana and Jime. If only their love lives were less complicated…
I CARE A LOT (February 19th)
Director: J Blakeson
Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest, and Peter Dinklage star in a black comedy in which a crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears. Sparked a bidding auction last Toronto.
Director: Adam Salky
When a husband and wife move to a small town, a home invasion leaves the wife traumatized and suspicious that those around her might not be who they seem.
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
After she’s irreversibly poisoned, a ruthless criminal operative has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.
Director: Hernán Jiménez
An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for Christmas, only to discover that she’s been catfished. But the object of her affection actually lives in the same town, and the guy who duped her offers to set them up IF she pretends to be his own girlfriend for the holidays.
MALCOLM & MARIE (February 5th)
Director: Sam Levinson
Zendaya and John David Washington star in this romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love. Shot in sumptuous black and white 35mm by cinematographer Marcell Rev, the film was became the first to start and finish after the pandemic shutdown.
Director: Anthony Mandler
Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
MOXIE (March 3rd)
Director: Amy Poehler
Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.
Director: Christian Schwochow
Writer: Ben Power, based on the book by best-selling author Robert Harris
MUNICH takes place in 1938 as Europe stands on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Neville Chamberlain’s government desperately seeks a peaceful solution. With the pressure building, Hugh Legat, British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, German diplomat, travel to Munich for the emergency Conference. As negotiations begin, the two old friends find themselves at the centre of a web of political subterfuge and very real danger. With the whole world watching, can war be averted and, if so, at what cost?
Director: David Yarovesky
When a boy obsessed with scary stories is imprisoned by an evil young witch in her contemporary New York City apartment, he learns he must tell a new scary story every night in order to stay alive.
Director: Adam Randall
A young chauffeur picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across LA. But when his passengers reveal their true nature — and a dangerous underworld lurking in the shadows — he must fight to stay alive.
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE
Director: Santiago Menghini
Ambar is an immigrant in search of the American dream, but when she’s forced to take a room in a boarding house, she finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.
Director: Alexandre Aja
A young woman wakes up in a medical cryo unit. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up sequestered in a box no larger than a coffin. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.
OUTSIDE THE WIRE (January 15th)
Director: Mikael Håfström
Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do.
PENGUIN BLOOM (January 27th)
Director: Glendyn Ivin
True story of Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts), a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. Sam’s husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a
profound difference in the family’s life.
PIECES OF A WOMAN (January 7th)
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Vanessa Kirby, Ellen Burstyn, Shia LaBeouf, star in the searing drama that starts when a young mother’s home birth ends in tragedy. She begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds star in the global heist drama where an Interpol-issued Red Notice — a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most Wanted – is issued. A daring heist brings together the FBI’s top profiler (Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gadot, Reynolds).
Directors: Dan Ojari, Mikey Please
Stop-motion holiday musical from Aardman. When her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse – but ends up discovering who she really is.
RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE MOVIE
Directors: Ant Ward, Andy Suriano
Nickelodeon pic that picks up the turtles when a mysterious stranger arrives from the future with a dire warning. Leo is forced to rise and lead his brothers, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey in a fight to save the world from a terrifying alien species…the Krang.
Director: Manjari Makijany
Prerna, a teenager growing up in rural India, comes of age when she’s introduced to the sport of skateboarding. As a result, she has to fight the odds to follow her dreams and compete in the national championship.
Director: Joe Penna
On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander and the ship’s biologist.
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
A devastated husband vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.
THE DIG (January 29th)
Director: Simon Stone
As WWII looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past are illuminated in the face of its uncertain future.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.
THE HAND OF GOD
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
The logline is being kept under wraps but Paolo Sorrentino says: “ The Hand of God represents for the first time in my career an intimate and personal film, a novel of formation at once light-hearted and painful.”
THE HARDER THEY FALL
Director: Jeymes Samuel
Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, RJ Cyler, Regina King, Idris Elba star in this Western. Outlaw Nat Love (Majors) discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck (Elba), is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge.
THE KISSING BOOTH 3
Director: Vince Marcello
Joey King is back with the cast. It’s the summer before Elle heads to college, and she has a secret: She got into both Harvard, where her dreamy boyfriend Noah goes, and Berkeley, where her BFF Lee is going. Which path will Elle choose?
THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER
Director: Augustine Frizzell
A pair of interwoven stories set in the present and past adapted from the Jo Jo Moyes novel, the drama follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), an ambitious journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their center. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner) the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellie’s own begins to unfold with the assistance of an earnest and endearing archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan) who helps her track down more letters.
THE LAST MERCENARY
Director: David Charhon
A mysterious former secret service agent must urgently return to France when his estranged son is falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the government, following a blunder by an overzealous bureaucrat and a mafia operation.
THE LOUD HOUSE MOVIE
Director: Dave Needham
In the animated Nickelodeon pic, the biggest family on television goes on the biggest Loud family vacation ever! The adventure follows the Loud family to Scotland where they discover that they are descendants of Scottish royalty. The family quickly indulges in the most wish-fulfilling high-life ever when they discover their ancestral home is a castle.
THE POWER OF THE DOG (excluding UK)
Director: Jane Campion
Wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Plemons) are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Dunst), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn.
THE PRINCESS SWITCH 3
Director: Mike Rohl
When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s audacious look-alike cousin Fiona who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it… rekindling the sparks of a tantalizing Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch.
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
Director: Patrick Brice
Makani Young has moved from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school, but as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorizing victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer’s identity before they become victims
Director: Theodore Melfi
After a married couple suffers a tragedy, husband sets off to deal with grief while his wife (Melissa McCarthy) remains home to heal. Her husband (Chris O’Dowd) creates a garden for her but rather than give her solace, the wife is haunted by a starling that has nested in the yard.
Director: Just Philippot
Virginie lives on a farm with her children Laura (15) and Gaston (7) and raises locusts as a high-protein crop. Life is hard: money worries and practical problems are piling up, tensions with her kids and neighbors are running high. But everything changes when she discovers the locusts have a taste for blood.
THE WHITE TIGER (January 22nd)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing — a servant — so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Director: Joe Wright
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
THINGS HEARD AND SEEN
Directors: Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman
A Manhattan couple moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and come to discover that their marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals their new home’s history. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundange.
Director: Ben Falcone
In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city. Melissa McCarthy stars.
Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Set in 1990, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of an aspiring theater composer waiting tables in New York City and waiting on his big break as he writes Superbia – which he hopes will be the next great American musical though his long suffering girlfriend is losing faith. Adapted from the musical by Jonathan Larson, who got his break with Broadway smash Rent.
TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER (February 12th)
Director: Michael Fimognari
As Lara Jean Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a pair of life-changing trips leads her to reimagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter will look like after graduation.
TROLLHUNTERS: RISE OF THE TITANS
Directors: Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Andrew L. Schmidt
In Dreamworks’ animated Trollhhunters: Rise of the Titans, Arcadia may look like an ordinary town but it lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that makes it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. Uses the heroes from the hit series Trollhunters, 3 Below and Wizards.
UNTITLED ALEXANDRE MORATTO FILM
Director: Alexandre Moratto
To provide a better life for his family in the country, 18-year-old Mateus accepts a job in a junkyard in São Paulo for his new boss Luca. But when he and a few other boys become trapped in the dangerous world of contemporary slavery, Mateus will be forced to decide between working for the very man who enslaved him or risk his and his family’s future.
UNTITLED GRAHAM KING
Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind.
UNTITLED ROMANTIC COMEDY PRODUCED BY ALICIA KEYS
Director: Steven Tsuchida
A romantic comedy about aspiring pop star Erica who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown. She tries to keep their past relationship a secret from his bride-to-be Beverly, but Erica rediscovers her feelings for her ex, Jason, despite his brother Caleb’s attempts to keep them from falling back in love. In this warm and funny romantic story that explores the bonds of love and family, the question soon becomes will Erica sing at Beverly’s wedding – or her own?
Director: Chris Appelhans
In Sony Pictures Animation’s Wish Dragon, Din, a working-class college student with big dreams but small means, and Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Din’s long-lost childhood friend, Lina. Their journey forces them to answer some of life’s biggest questions – because when you can wish for anything, you have to decide what really matters.
Director: Miguel Arteta
Always feeling like they have to say no to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a yes day — where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before.
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