A nearly unrecognizable Sofia Vergara playing a cartel boss, a new retelling of the story of the Uruguayan rugby team that crash-landed in the Andes in 1972, Kevin Hart assembling a team for a daring heist and Dan Levy dealing with loss and grief are among the standout projects hitting Netflix this January.
Spanish director J.A. Bayona’s Society of the Snow lands on Netflix on Jan. 4. The film is the latest cinematic retelling of the miraculous story of the Uruguayan rugby team that crash-landed on a glacier in the heart of the Andes in 1972, with the survivors being forced to resort to extreme measures to stay alive. After debuting in Venice, Society of the Snow has picked up plenty of awards on the international film festival circuit, and it recently made the shortlists in four categories for the 2src24 Academy Awards, including best international feature film.
On Jan. 5, Netflix debuts Good Grief, a dramedy written and directed by and starring Levy. The Schitt’s Creek co-creator plays a London-based artist who spends a year mourning his husband before making a startling discovery about their relationship on a trip to Paris with his best friends, played by Ruth Negga and Himesh Patel. The film is the first project from the overall deal between Netflix and Levy’s production company, Not a Real Production Company.
Launching Jan. 12 is Hart’s newest feature for Netflix, the plane heist film Lift. The story centers on Cyrus Whitaker (Hart), the leader of an international heist team who gets enlisted to steal $5srcsrcM in gold from a mid-air passenger plane before the fortune ends up in the wrong hands. The ensemble cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno and Sam Worthington. The Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray directs the film from a script by Daniel Kunka.
Modern Family star Vergara makes a dramatic shift away from comedy with the Netflix series Griselda, which hits the streamer
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