Netflix announced its pledge to bringing audiences a new original movie every week of 2021 at the start of this long, long year.
As the year 2021 draws to a close, the streamer has delivered on that promise. There’s something for everyone here: mystery, romance, comedy, horror, you name it. Plus, all of your favorite celebrities, from Leonardo DiCaprio and Zendaya to Eric Andre, Octavia Spencer, and others. So, where do you begin?
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the late playwright Jonathan Larson’s real-life narrative, tick, tick…BOOM! will be a treat. Andrew Garfield turns into the Rent creator for the film musical, revealing a singing voice we never knew he possessed.
The Power of the Dog
Currently, Netlfix’s late-fall film roster always includes a serious awards season contender, and The Power of the Dog is one of them. Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst take a break from answering questions about speculations about the Marvel Cinematic Universe to present one of the best westerns in recent memory.
If you had any doubts, Halle Berry’s performance as a down-and-out ex-UFC fighter is one of her greatest in years. (As a side note, Netflix, you desperately need to expand your sports movie library.)
Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead, directed by Zack Snyder, is a zombie-heist film in which a group of adventurers plan to loot a Las Vegas casino during a zombie epidemic. It stars Dave Bautista and Tig Notaro as a tough-guy helicopter pilot, and it’s utterly nuts (but well worth a watch).
The Woman in the Window
The long-awaited Hitchcockian picture, based on a novel by a con artist, will eventually be released in May. Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic child psychologist shut-in who befriends her neighbor Jane, is played by Amy Adams (Julianne Moore). When Jane goes missing, Anna feels something is awry in the house across the street, only to have her vision of reality challenged when “Jane” turns up alive.
In Ben Falcone’s upcoming action comedy, Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy play an iconic superhero duo. Spencer and McCarthy play childhood best friends who become an unlikely force against evil when one of them discovers a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers in a world where people live among supervillains.
This Western drama stars Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), and Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as a teenage boy who finds the world of urban cowboys after being transferred to live with his estranged father in Philadelphia.
Madame Claude, based on a true event and set in the 1960s, depicts the life of the woman who managed Paris’ most famous brothel. Madame Claude’s authority and social influence seem unshakeable, until a wealthy young woman threatens her dominion.
Eric Andre’s prank-style film follows two best friends as they go around playing pranks on strangers. You don’t always have to go much further than that.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly film that you might enjoy, Finding ‘Ohana appears to be a good pick. Consider The Goonies set in modern-day Hawaii, with two Brooklyn-raised brothers reconnecting with their roots on an expedition to discover a long-lost treasure (and rescue their grandfather’s home).