Selected Netflix movies to get cinema releases

Get the popcorn out - Scorsese and De Niro are back on the big screen.

by Andy Bassett
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Selected Netflix movies to get cinema releases
Netflix has announced a slate of 10 new movies due for release this autumn which will make a theatrical bow before they hit the streaming platform for a wider home audience.
Among the films on offer at cinemas are Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated The Irishman, which brings De Niro, Pesci and Pacino together in the acclaimed director’s first feature since 2016’s Silence. Other high profile projects include Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat which stars Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman plus the Scarlett Johanson / Adam Driver starrer, Marriage Story.

The theatrical runs will vary from 2 weeks to a month and represents Netflix’s acquiescence to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requirements that, in order to be considered for an Academy Award, a film has to open in a cinema in Los Angeles County between January 1 and midnight December 31, with paid admission, and run for seven consecutive days, with at least three screenings daily.

Cinema companies, on the other hand, would rather a release adhered to the traditional 90-day theatrical window, something Netflix is unlikely to ever submit to. Major chains such as AMC and Regal fear that a token release to garner Oscar eligibility encourages films fans to wait a week or two and then catch the movie at home, jeopardising the long-standing theatrical business model.

With Netflix wanting the kudos, recognition and publicity that awards can bring, the streaming giant partnered with independent cinemas and used the short term release parameters to its advantage in 2018 to gain 10 Oscar nominations for Roma, which went on to win three - a success by any measure. 2018 also saw cinema outings for Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box, the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Andy Serkis’ Mowgli.

This led to an ‘exchange of views’ between Netflix and Academy Governor of the director’s branch, one Steven Spielberg, earlier in the year. However, Netflix appears to have offered something of an olive branch and expanded the movies available this for theatrical release to ten for 2019, perhaps in the knowledge that some of them could well benefit from associated award nominations.

All this does mean that as a paying Netflix customer (and thus a contributor to the films they create) members might feel a bit aggrieved that they have to wait a couple of weeks before the film comes to the streaming platform but most film fans are already used to waiting months for their favourite blockbusters to hit the multiplexes. There’s also still plenty of anticipated movies that will come directly to streaming on their ‘opening’ day including the Breaking Bad film, El Camino on November 10th.

The lineup and theatrical release schedule for Netflix’s 10 chosen movies is as follows:

  • The Laundromat: Sept. 7 (Select theatres), Oct. 18 (Netflix)
  • Dolemite Is My Name: Oct. 4 (Select theatres); Oct. 25 (Netflix)
  • The King: Oct. 11 (Select theatres); Nov. 1 (Netflix)
  • The Irishman: Nov. 1 (Select theatres); Nov. 27 (Netflix)
  • Earthquake Bird: Nov. 1 (Select theatres); Nov. 15 (Netflix)
  • Marriage Story: Nov. 6 (Select theatres); Dec. 6 (Netflix)
  • Klaus: Nov. 8 (Select theatres); Nov. 15 (Netflix)
  • I Lost My Body: Nov. 15 (Select theatres); Nov. 29 (Netflix)
  • Atlantics: Nov. 15 (Select theatres); Nov. 29 (Netflix)
  • The Two Popes: Nov. 27 (Select theatres); Dec. 20 (Netflix)

Netflix may have bent with the wind but with Disney+ and Apple TV Plus imminent and streaming services from NBCUniversal and HBO Max also coming soon, the situation is only going to get more confusing in the short term.


The Irishman is highly anticipated for a number of reasons and paying Netflix members will have to wait a few weeks more now unless they’re lucky enough to live close to a qualifying cinema. Are AVForums Netflix viewers bothered by a short delay? Have your say in the discussion thread.

Source: www.variety.com
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