This week we’re bringing you the latest from Alfre Woodard with the Clemency trailer, Marieanne Jean-Baptiste in the horror flick In Fabric, and Will Smith with Spies in Disguise, which we gave you a peek at last November. In addition, Michael B. Jordan brings newcomer Ja’Siah Young to Netflix for the comic book series Raising Dion. If you love a good documentary, Scandalous promises to be a “wild, probing look” at the National Enquirer. Also, everyone’s favorite Black-ish godfather and Grown-ish college dean, Deon Cole, is hitting Netflix with his own comedy special with jokes about dining while Black, post-sex salutations, and more.
Synopsis: Chicago's own Deon Cole is relentlessly hilarious in his first hour-long Netflix original comedy special, Deon Cole: Cole Hearted. Doubling down on his unrestrained and engaging set from the Netflix stand-up comedy series, The Standups, Cole beta tests bottomless jokes about offering mints to strangers, dining while Black, post-sex salutations and the preservation of comedy as the last raw form of expression.
Release date: Oct. 8, 2019
Starring: Deon Cole
Synopsis: Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. Scandalous is the sensational true story of the most infamous tabloid in US history, a wild, probing look at how one newspaper's prescient grasp of its' readers darkest curiosities led it to massive profits and influence. From its coverage of Elvis's death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. With rare archival footage and revelations as wild as National Enquirer headlines themselves, Scandalous examines our obsession with the rich, famous and powerful, and the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans.
Release date: Nov. 15, 2019
Director: Mark Landsman
The Holzer Files
Synopsis: For the first time ever, Travel Channel is exclusively reopening the case files of America’s first ghost hunter, Hans Holzer, revealing the original recordings and documents from the paranormal pioneer’s renowned studies.
Release date: Oct. 3, 2019
Where: Travel Channel
Starring: Dave Schrader, Cindy Kaza, and Shane Pittman
The King’s Man
Synopsis: As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King's Man.
Release date: February 2020
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance
Spies in Disguise
Synopsis: Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave, and debonair. Walter is … not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic … pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.
Release date: Christmas
Starring: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
Release date: Nov. 1, 2019
Starring: Edward Norton, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe
Synopsis: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
Where: Theaters (Nov. 1, 2019); Netflix (Nov. 27, 2019)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jack Huston, Kathrine Narducci, Jesse Plemons, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Herman, Gary Basaraba, Marin Ireland
Synopsis: A lonely woman, recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.
Release date: Dec. 6, 2019
Starring: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Jaygann Ayeh, Fatma Mohamed, Hayley Squires, and Leo Bill
Going From Broke
Synopsis: Forty-four million Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Going from Broke, a new show from executive producer Ashton Kutcher, helps young Americans find their way to financial freedom.
Release date: Oct. 17, 2019
Executive Producer: Ashton Kutcher
No te Puedes Esconder
Synopsis: Following the lives of a nurse who is trying to rebuild her life, a former policeman turned into a hit-man, a photographer obsessed with death, a politician with forbidden relationships and a group of idealistic friends.
Release date: Sept. 30, 2019
Starring: Jorge Bosch, Juan Caballero, Bárbara Goenaga
Synopsis: Bigger is a 30-minute, ten-episode series on BET+ and follows a single-black-woman who is dealing with the threat of marriage to a boring-in-bed boyfriend and the sudden, random death of a college acquaintance. The tragedy drives her ambitious group of friends to take a deeper look at their stagnant lives, asking themselves—is there something bigger and better in life.
Release date: Sept. 19, 2019
Starring: Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell, Rasheda Crockett, Chase Anthony, and Tristen Winger
Synopsis: In 2009, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 14-1 to investigate the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program which was created after 9/11. Over the course of five years, Senate Staffer and lead investigator Daniel Jones documented how the CIA had misrepresented the success of the program. The report Jones and the Committee compiled — based on 6.3 million CIA documents — found the program to be brutal and immoral. But perhaps most importantly, they found the program did not lead to the actionable intelligence the CIA repeatedly claimed it did to the American public, Congress, and two Presidents.
The Report, following one man's pursuit of justice and adherence to oversight and accountability, chronicles not only the CIA's secret torture program, but also the remarkable struggle to release the report that tested the nation’s separation of powers and the rule of law.
Release date: Nov. 29, 2019
Where: Amazon Prime Video
Starring: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, and Jon Hamm
Synopsis: Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
Release date: Dec. 27, 2019
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn, and Danielle Brooks
Synopsis: Cunningham traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.
Release date: Dec. 13, 2019
Starring: Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Alla Kovgan, Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Kelly Gilpatrick and Derrick Tseng
Synopsis: Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
Release date: Nov. 27, 2019
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, and Jaeden Martell
Synopsis: Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband, Mark. The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.
Release date: Oct. 4, 2019
Starring: Ja’Siah Young, Alisha Wainwright, Jason Ritter, Michael B. Jordan, Jazmyn Simon, and Sammi Haney