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Netflix 2020 Release Preview


Netflix recently posted a thread with titles and descriptions of their upcoming 2020 releases. This post is that list, with additional information from IMDB where available. There are films from Dee Rees, David Fincher, Charlie Kaufman, Alan Yang and more, starring actors such as Toni Collette, Chadwick Boseman, and Ana de Armas. There are original works and adaptations, dramas and comedies - definitely an attempt to have something for everyone. Read on for more info.


The Old Guard

Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer: Greg Rucka
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Plot: A covert group of immortal mercenaries who must fight to keep their team together when they discover the existence of a new immortal and their extraordinary abilities are exposed.
What you should know: Based on the comic book by Leandro Fernandez and Greg Rucka




Miss Americana

Director: Lana Wilson
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A raw and emotionally revealing look at Taylor Swift; following one of the most iconic artists of our time as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.



Mank

Stars: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Jack Fincher
Genre: Biography, Drama
Plot: Follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz's tumultuous development of Orson Welles' iconic 1941 movie Citizen Kane.
What you should know: This is David Fincher's first film since 2014's Gone Girl.



Uncorked

Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Mamoudou Athie, Niecy Nash, Sasha Compère
Writer/Director: Prentice Penny
Genre: Drama
Plot: Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father's expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint.
What you should know: This is director Prentice Penny's feature film debut.


Rebecca

Stars: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ann Dowd
Director: Ben Wheatley
Writer: Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Plot: A young newlywed finds herself in living in the shadow of her wealthy husband's previous wife.
What you should know: Director Ben Wheatley's last two films were Free Fire and High-Rise.



Hillbilly Elegy

Stars: Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Frieda Pinto
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Vanessa Taylor, based on the novel by J.D. Vance
Genre: Drama
Plot: A modern exploration of the American Dream about three generations of an Appalachian family.
What you should know: Amy Adams and Glenn Close have been nominated for 13 Oscars combined, but have zero wins.



Da 5 Bloods

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser, Norm Lewis, Jonathan Majors
Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Matthew Billingsly
Genre: Drama
Plot: Four African American vets who return to Vietnam, searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure.
What you should know: Danny Bilson and Paul de Meo wrote an earlier version of the script, which underwent rewrites.



The Boys in the Band

Stars: Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells
Director: Joe Mantello
Writer: Mart Crowley (play)
Genre: Drama
Plot: A group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend's birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity.
What you should know: The cast for the film transferred directly from the summer 2018 Broadway revival of the play.



To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Ross Butler, Jordan Fisher
Director: Michael Figmonari
Writer: Sofia Alvarez, J. Mills Goodloe
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: Lara Jean and Peter have just taken their relationship from pretend to officially official when another recipient of one of her old love letters enters the picture.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Jenny Han
Release Date: February 12, 2020



Eurovision

Stars: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan
Director: David Dobkin
Writer: Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele
Genre: Comedy
Plot: When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
What you should know: Based on the annual Eurovision competition.




I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Stars: Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, David Thewlis
Writer/Director: Charlie Kaufman
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Plot: An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Ian Reid



All The Bright Places

Stars: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp, Keegan Michael-Key
Director: Brett Haley
Writer: Liz Hannah, Jennifer Niven
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: The story of Violet and Theodore, who meet and change each other's lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Jennifer Niven
Release Date: February 28th, 2020




The Last Thing He Wanted

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Ben Affleck, Tony Jones
Writer/Director: Dee Rees
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Plot: A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she's trying to break.
What you should know: Adapted from Joan Didion's novel.



A Fall From Grace

Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, David Lynch, Forest Whitaker, French Stewart
Director: Jennifer Lynch
Writer: Eric Charles, Jennifer Lynch
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Plot: Detective Michael Tabb knows the city he protects inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.
What you should know: The director is the daughter of David Lynch, and has directed on many television shows throughout her career.



Tigertail

Stars: Christine Ko, Fiona Fu, Tzi Ma, Margot Bingham
Writer/Director: Alan Yang
Genre: Drama
Plot: A multi-generational tale of one family from 1950's Taiwan to present-day New York.
What you should know: Director Alan Yang worked on Master of None and Parks and Rec.



The Willoughbys

Stars: Jane Krakowski, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Alessia Cara
Director: Kris Pearn, Cory Evans
Writer: Kris Pearn
Genre: Animation
Plot: When the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must learn how to adapt their Old-Fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create something new: The Modern Family.
What you should know: Based on the book by Lois Lowry.



The Kissing Booth 2

Stars: Joey King, Molly Ringwald, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney
Director: Vince Marcello
Writer: Jay S. Arnold, Vince Marcello
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: Following the love adventures of Elle, Noah, and Lee.
What you should know: From the same director as the original.



The Half of It

Stars: Leah Lewis, Collin Chou, Enrique Murciano, Becky Ann Baker
Writer/Director: Alice Wu
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Plot: A shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love. In the process, each teaches the other about the nature of love as they find connection in the most unlikely of places.
What you should know: Alice Wu also directed 2004's Saving Face, and designed software for Microsoft before pursuing a filmmaking career full time.



Dick Johnson is Dead

Director: Kirsten Johnson
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: A daughter helps her father prepare for the end of his life.
What you should know: Johnson is a prolific cinematographer.



The Platform

Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale
Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Writer: David Desola, Pedro Rivero
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plot: A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. One only food platform and two minutes per day to feed from up to down. An endless nightmare trapped in The Pit.
What you should know: Premiered in the TIFF 2019 Midnight Madness section.



Crip Camp

Director: James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.
What you should know: Lebrecht is a former camper.



Spenser Confidential

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Colleen Camp
Director: Peter Berg
Writer: Brian Helgeland, Sean O'Keefe
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Plot: An ex-felon named Spenser returns to Boston's criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Ace Atkins and Roger B. Parker



Sergio

Stars: Ana de Armas, Garret Dillahunt, Wagner Moura, Brían F. O'Byrne
Director: Greg Barker
Writer: Craig Borten
Genre: Drama
Plot: A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.
What you should know: It's inspired by a true story.
Release Date: January 20, 2020



Over the Moon

Director: Glen Keane
Writer: Audrey Wells
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Musical
Plot: A girl builds a rocket to travel to the moon in hopes of meeting the legendary Moon Goddess.
What you should know: This is Sony Animation's first film to be released directly to Netflix.



Coffee and Kareem

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Ed Helms, Betty Gilpin, David Alan Grier
Director: Michael Dowse
Writer: Shane McCarthy
Genre: Comedy
Plot: A Detroit cop tries to clear his name with the help of with his girlfriend's young son.
What you should know: The director's most recent film was Stuber.



The Prom

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Awkwafina
Director: Ryan Murphy
Writer: Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, Jack Viertel
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Plot: A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.
What you should know: The musical that the film is based on premiered on Broadway in 2018.



Out of the Fire

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour, Golshifteh Farahani, Derek Luke
Director: Sam Hargrave
Writer: Joe Russo
Genre: Action, Drama
Plot: An Indian businessman recruits a mercenary to find his kidnapped son.
What you should know: The film was formerly known as Dhaka.



Lost Girls

Stars: Amy Ryan, Dean Winters, Thomasin McKenzie, Gabriel Byrne
Director: Liz Garbus
Writer: Michael Werwie
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Plot: When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.
What you should know: Based on the book by Robert Kolker.



Jingle Jangle

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Madelen Mills, Hugh Bonneville
Writer/Director: David E. Talbert
Genre: Musical
Plot: An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever.
What you should know: Filmed in Elm Hill, Norwich, England.



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