(Above: Robert De Niro in ‘The Irishman.’ Source: YouTube video)
Netflix has slated 10 fall films for limited theatrical release before they arrive on the streamer.
Typically, theaters have been granted three-month exclusivity to titles. But Netflix has broken with that tradition by closing the window between multiplex and streaming release for some of its big-budget productions. With such films as The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, that interlude will be as short as two weeks. Naturally, this practice is causing friction with theater chains, as well as with some Hollywood industry folks who believe such releases should not receive Oscar consideration.
Here are the 10 movies scheduled to debut this fall in theaters and then on Netflix. Would you prefer to watch them at home or on the big screen?
The Laundromat – Theatrical debut September 27, Netflix debut tomorrow, October 18
When a widow (Streep) is conned out of insurance money, she turns to two lawyers (Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas) who hide money for the super-rich.
Dolemite is My Name – Theatrical debut October 4, Netflix debut October 25
Eddie Murphy returns as real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore, whose raunchy humor led him to star turns in Dolemite (1975) and its sequel The Human Tornado (1976). The cast includes Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Snoop Dogg and Chris Rock.
The King – Theatrical debut October 11, Netflix debut November 1
Prince Hal (Timothy Chalamet), the future king, must turn from carouser to warrior in order to defend England. Also starring Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson.
The Irishman – Theatrical debut November 1, Netflix debut November 27
Martin Scorcese’s must-discussed three-hour organized crime drama epic with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano and Jesse Plemmons.
Earthquake Bird – Theatrical debut November 1, Netflix debut November 15
Set in 1980s Tokyo, an expat is suspected of murder when her friend goes missing following her affair with the expat’s boyfriend. Starring Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough and Jack Huston.
Marriage Story – Theatrical debut November 6, Netflix debut December 6
Noah Baumbach directs this story about a marriage coming apart and a family sticking together. The cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver and Laura Dern.
Klaus — Theatrical debut November 8, Netflix debut November 15
In this animated Santa Claus origin story, a postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus – and a holiday tradition is born. With the voices of Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons and Rashida Jones.
I Lost My Body – Theatrical debut November 15, Netflix debut November 29
In this French animated feature for adults, a severed hand escapes a Parisian laboratory and sets out to reconnect with its body. The voice cast includes Dev Patel and George Wendt.
Atlantics – Theatrical debut November 15, Netflix debut November 29
A French-produced drama set in a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, 17-year old Ada (Mame Beneta Sane) falls in love with construction worker Souleiman (Ibrahima Traore), who is promised to another.
The Two Popes – Theatrical debut November 27, Netflix debut December 20
The conservative Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and the liberal future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
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