Roma on Netflix Friday

Netflix subscribers can see a bona-fide Oscar contender come Friday with the streamer’s debut of Roma.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, an Oscar-winner five years ago for Gravity, Roma has already been nominated for three Golden Globes and named Best Film of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle and other groups.

Netflix, which has been running Roma in major-market movie theaters for three weeks, will increase its big-screen presence to 100 theaters nationwide concurrent with Friday’s streaming debut.

But a warning to anyone dead-set against long, subtitled, black-and-white movies: stay away from Roma. The Spanish-language, Mexican drama is in black-and-white and clocks in at two hours and 15 minutes.

On the other hand, if you’d like to see what The New York Times, for one, calls a “masterpiece,” head to Netflix or a movie theater. Written by Cuarón, Roma is an autobiographical portrait of middle-class life in Mexico City during the 1970s, complete with domestic strife, social hierarchy, and political turmoil.

Netflix subscribers will find Roma at To locate theaters and showtimes for big-screen viewing, visit

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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