2018 was the year we finally grasped the purpose of a Netflix movie. They're there to create unforgettable internet moments, experienced together. To All the Boys I Loved Before and Set It Up reminded us, after a long drought, that we do indeed love the romantic comedy. Bandersnatch had us waking up at seven in the morning to try out all the different possible endings before work. After a flurry of memes, Bird Box eventually inspired an ill-advised real world challenge. And that's not even touching on Netflix's award show hopefuls, like Roma and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
If all of that happened in 2018, then what does 2019 hold for the Netflix Original Films front? At least two romantic comedies are on the lineup. We'll also see new movies from Dee Rees, Michael Bay, and Martin Scorsese, and a movie starring all your favorite Saturday Night Live women.
Here are the originals coming to an account near you.
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We can't tell you what Velvet Buzzsaw means, but we can tell you what it's about: It's a supernatural thriller set in the contemporary art world scene in Los Angeles, where buyers drop millions on cutting-edge art. After seeing the cast, it'll come as no surprise that Velvet Buzzsaw is going to get a theatrical release. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, and Tom Sturridge. Velvet Buzzsaw will make its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
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High Flying Bird
Steven Soderbergh keeps saying he's retiring, and then keeps making movies and shows. His latest? High Flying Bird, a basketball movie starring Andre Holland of Moonlight. The twist? Like the movie Tangerine, High Flying Bird is shot an iPhone.
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind tells the remarkable true story of a 13-year-old boy (played by Maxwell Simba) from Malawi who saves his village from famine. Chiwetel Ejiofor wrote the screenplay and also stars as the boy's father. Ejiofor also starred in last year's Netflix movie Come Sunday.
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With the release of the Mötley Crüe biopic, Netflix is about to get sexier, druggier, and rock and rollier. And you know who's excited? Motley Crue. After leaving a screening, frontman Vince Neil tweeted: “Wow!!! Just left Netflix offices. Just saw The Dirt movie!! Fuckin’ awesome!! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22!! Yea!!!”
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The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock, #TheHighwaymen follows the untold true story of the detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. On March 29, @modernwest and @WoodyHarrelson unite for the first time on screen! #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/kRxZVgMUHU— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) December 10, 2018
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.@noahcent will pretend to be your boyfriend this summer! Well, he will in our movie "The Perfect Date" w/ @lauramarano & @CamilaMendes. He plays an enterprising young man who, to make money for college, creates a dating app & stands in for non-existent boyfriends. pic.twitter.com/Pg8iHxaPDQ— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) January 11, 2019
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You want it, you got it. Netflix is bringing us another romantic comedy — this time, starring Gina Rodriguez. She plays a newly single woman who decides to go on one last New York adventure before moving for her dream job. The movie is produced by Rodriguez and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.
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If we had to guess which Netflix thriller would turn into a viral sensation, our bet would be on The Perfection. The movie's synopsis is admittedly opaque: Two cello prodigies reunite in Shanghai. But the cast (Logan Browning and Allison Williams) combined with the movie's hype has us hopeful.
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Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, has an exclusive deal with the streaming service. With Murder Mystery, Sandler is bringing Jennifer Aniston aboard the Happy Madison train. Murder Mystery is about a couple (Sandler and Aniston) who take a long-awaited European vacation. On their way, they somehow become embroiled with a mysterious billionaire and his shady dealings.
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The Pope is a high-stakes drama about, you know. Popes. Specifically, the course of Pope Benedict's (Anthony Hopkins) election and later resignation from the papacy. Jonathan Pryce plays Pope Francis, Pope Benedict's successor.
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Always Be My Maybe
Keep the romantic comedies coming, Netflix, keep 'em coming. Nahnatchka Khan directs this movie about two childhood sweethearts who reunite as adults. The spark is still there, but circumstances aren't conducive for an easy relationship. Sasha (Ali Wong) is a celebrity chef. Marcus (Randall Park) is a struggling musician who lives at home. What's next?
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There's no easy way to say this, but Marlon Wayons is playing sextuplets in this upcoming Netflix movie, which seems like a comedy version of Three Identical Strangers. In Sextuplets, Alan discovers he's one of six and goes on a road trip to track down his brothers. Looks like The Princess Switch has just been blown out of the competition in the "actors playing more than one character" category.
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Dolemite Is My Name!
Eddie Murphy stars in this biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, a 1970s comedian best known for his Blaxploitation films.
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Timothée Chalamet fans and English majors, get excited for this one: Chalamet stars as King Henry V — known to his friends as Hal — in this Netflix period drama. After his brother is unexpectedly killed, Hal ends up on the throne in his early 20s. He faces a tough transition from wayward prince to king. Chalamet is joined by an exciting cast: Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp.
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If you're desperate to know what an "earthquake bird" is before the Netflix movie comes out, check out the novel on which it's based. In Japan, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is suspected of murder after her friend (Riley Keough) goes missing following her affair with a local photographer (Naoki Kobayashi).
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Alan Yang wrote, directed, and produced this movie, which is based on his own family's experiences emigrating from Taiwan to the U.S. John Cho will star.
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The Last Days of American Crime
This thriller seems like the opposite of The Purge. The American government plans to transmit a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to commit crime. Just before a signal is sent out, a group of criminals bands together for one last heist. The movie stars Edgar Ramirez, Michael Pitt, Anna Brewster, and Sharlto Copley.
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Remember what we said about Steven Soderbergh retiring? Forget it. He's directing another Netflix movie that comes out this year. The Laundromat looks into the Panamanian law firm that allowed wealthy individuals and corporations to launder money in tax havens around the world. It starts Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas.
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It's happening: The ninth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, 10 years in the making. And it's happening on Netflix. De Niro plays Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a labor union official with mafia connections. On his deathbed, he claims responsibility for the death of labor organizer Jim Hoffa (Al Pacino).
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Thought Bright was big? Think again. 6 Underground is a high-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds. It's about six billionaires who form their own vigilante squad.
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Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Mia Wasikowska, and Eliza Scanlen will star in “The Devil All The Time,” a midwestern gothic involving a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff in a story told across two decades pic.twitter.com/C0mMe0y2K7— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) January 16, 2019