Best new movies on Netflix

Trial of Chicago 7 - Aaron Sorkin - Sacha Baron Cohen

Netflix was already a player in original movies (one example, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman last year), but has moved to a dominant position now, as movie theaters remain closed or seriously limited by the pandemic.

Among Netflix original movies likely to be awards contenders this season:

82 Da 5 Bloods directed by Spike Lee

89   Dick Johnson Is Dead – A daughter helps her father prepare for the end of his life. Directed by Kirsten Johnson. (Winner, Critics Choice Documentary Award)

38 Hillbilly Elegy directed by Ron Howard

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, adapted from the play by August Wilson (debuts Dec 12)

80 Mank directed by David Fincher (debuts Dec 4)

75 The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin

Browse all Netflix movies by genre below. (Netflix also offers a deep selection of TV series.)

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‘Chicago 7’: Aaron Sorkin’s political courtroom drama

Trial of Chicago 7 - Aaron Sorkin - Sacha Baron Cohen

75 The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Dramatic retelling of the trial of protest leaders in Chicago by the Nixon administration after 1968 Democratic National Convention. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, who invokes TV footage of protests to frame the notorious proceedings in Judge Julius Hoffman’s courtroom. with strong echoes of 2020’s civil unrest. Cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen. [Trailer]
Streaming on Netflix

Other work by Aaron Sorkin:

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Fifty years after Woodstock, four music documentaries revisit the ‘jingle-jangle’ dawning of folk rock

Roger McGuinn by John Chiasson

The pandemic gave me time to watch and listen to four recent music documentaries released around the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. These films each explore the creative explosion that occurred in the mid-1960s when traditional acoustic folk music collided with the electric guitars of the British invasion to create an influential and enduring new genre, “folk rock.” The soundtracks will trigger vivid sonic memories for anyone who came of age musically in that era, and will appeal to casual listeners who have absorbed the songs from radio play over the ensuing years.

The movies are Echo in the Canyon, directed by Andrew Slater; David Crosby: Remember My Name, directed by A.J. Eaton; Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, directed by Daniel Roher, and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

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