5 Netflix Original Films and Series To Look Out For This Year

Choosing what to watch from the new set of originals may be overwhelming but we got you covered with this list

We witnessed the influx of more Netflix Originals in the past year. With a lavish and gripping ongoing series like The Crown, cinephiles find themselves looking forward to the future releases of the giant streaming service. As another year begins, Netflix will air a new wave of non-stop content for movie enthusiasts to digest. Whether it is anticipating Barack and Michelle Obama’s first film about disabled youth or knowing the story of how Madam C.J. Walker became the first female self-made millionaire, you will certainly learn from and enjoy watching these new releases.

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Crip Camp

Produced by former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, this feature-length documentary follows the story of a group of teens with disabilities. Gathered in a summer camp in the 1970s, the film traces their journey until the present including how it led to the disabilities rights movement. Together with Sundance Institute and Higher Ground, the production company of the Obamas, Crip Camp highlights the narrative of the disability community often misunderstood or underrepresented in media.

Release Date: to be announced

The Last Thing He Wanted

Multi-awarded Anne Hathaway plays the role of a journalist caught in a high-risk arms deal in the Iran–Contra affair, also known as the McFarlane affair. The film is based on the Joan Didion novel that follows how Elena McMahon quit her job as a journalist to care for her father. Yet she later finds herself in a dangerous position as the arms dealer for the U.S. government in Central America. Directed by Dee Rees, this political thriller is a follow-up to the Rees’s Mudbound in 2017 which earned four Oscar nominations. Anticipation runs high for this film especially with how it may yet be another stunning performance from Hathaway.

Release Date: January 27

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker 

Octavia Spencer takes the role of Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker. The four-part series follows how the African-American hair entrepreneur became the first female self-made millionaire. Watch the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker who overcame racial and gender bias, clamorous marriages, and the harsh circumstances of America as they shift into a new century.

Release Date: March 20

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Based on the classic novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ratched is an origins story of the character Nurse Ratched. You may have first watched her in the 1975 film under a similar title. Yet this Netflix series closely explores her evolution as an ordinary nurse who turns into a heartless tyrant exploiting people in the mental health industry. With Sarah Paulson playing the iconic, passive-aggressive nurse, you can expect another impressive and moving performance.

Release Date: to be announced

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Stories of violence and murder have permeated American football. This three-part docuseries is no different from that narrative. Killer Inside probes into the life of renowned football player Aaron Hernandez. The New England Patriots star player was arrested for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd and another double homicide. In spite of the accusations and trials, he was able to remain a professional athlete playing an entire season. Yet the surprising event came in 2017 when he committed suicide in his prison cell. The once cold man who wore a mask, able to control his temperament and behavior suddenly ended his life. Questions of how’s and why’s fill this series, starting from Aaron’s childhood until he got involved in drug use, gangs, and violence.

Release date: January 15

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