The Rise Of Skywalker Won’t Be The Longest Star Wars Movie After All

Back in mid-October, it was rumored that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker would clock in at 155 minutes long, i.e. two hours and 35 minutes. If true, that would make Episode IX the longest Star Wars movie yet, and this runtime was later posted on the AMC Theatres website. However, The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams has debunked said runtime and revealed that the movie will be almost 15 minutes shorter than previously indicated.

According to J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be two hours and 21 minutes-long, adding an “I believe” after spouting off that information to Entertainment Weekly, thus allowing a minute or two of wiggle room. Now that we have an official runtime, The Rise of Skywalker can take its place as the third-longest Star Wars movie. The Last Jedi ranks at #1 with 152 minutes, and Attack of the Clones edges out at #2 with 142 minutes, just one minute longer than Episode IX.

Considering that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, one wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that it could be the longest Star Wars movie. It’s a lot for one movie to wrap up not only a trilogy, but an entire film series that’s been running for over four decades. With so many plot threads needing to be resolved and ground needing to be covered, you could easily imagine The Rise of Skywalker stretching to three hours.

But no, rather than try to hit the runtime mark that Avengers: Endgame did for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will fall into a more traditional bracket, though it’ll still be longer than most Star Wars movies. The shortest cinematic entry in a galaxy far, far away remains the one that started it all, A New Hope, at 121 minutes.

Even with less than a month to go about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s release, we’re still in the dark about specific plot details. Set a year after the events of The Last Jedi, this movie will see not only the war between The First Order and The Resistance ending, but also the ancient conflict between the Jedi and Sith finally reaching its conclusion.

Along with the majority of the main characters from the previous Sequel Trilogy entries returning, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will also feature the return of Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid as Lando Calrissian and Emperor Palpatine, respectively. Leia Organa will also appear thanks to J.J. Abrams and his team utilizing unused footage of Carrie Fisher from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. The Rise of Skywalker’s new characters include Naomi Ackie’s Jannah, Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde and Keri Russell’s Zorii Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. If you want to start planning your theatrical visits for next year, head to our 2020 release schedule.

After Gambit Delays, Channing Tatum Has Finally Found His Comic Book Adaptation

For several years, actor Channing Tatum has been attached to play the popular mutant Gambit in a solo X-Men spinoff. But after an extended stay in development hell, followed by Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox, Gambit has been shelved, effectively putting an end to the prospect of seeing Channing Tatum throwing energized playing cards on the big screen. That film was dealt a bad hand, but now after Gambit’s delays, Channing Tatum has finally found a different comic book adaptation to work on.

Channing Tatum and producer Roy Lee are teaming up to bring the cult comic The Maxx to the screen, according to THR. The actor is set to produce the project via his Free Association production company alongside Reid Karolin and Peter Kiernan. They will team with Roy Lee, who will produce The Maxx through his Vertigo Entertainment label, which just this year produced IT Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep.

Unlike Gambit, in which Channing Tatum was set to star, at the moment he is just attached as a producer on The Maxx. And with The Maxx, he will be taking on something that is quite different from Marvel’s mutants. The Maxx was a comic book series created, written and illustrated by Sam Kieth. First published through Image Comics in 1993, Sam Kieth’s comic tells the story of The Maxx, a hero who exists in both the real world and an alternate reality dream world called The Outback.

In the real world, the Maxx is a homeless man living in a box. In the dream world, which is just as real to him as the real world, he is a masked hero who protects the Jungle Queen. The Jungle Queen’s real world analog is a social worker named Julie Winters, who is unaware of the connection she and the homeless man share.

Although The Maxx’s original 35-issue run ended in 1998, Sam Kieth recently revisited the character for the Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams miniseries (cue the Battinson/Maxx crossover talk). In addition to creating The Maxx at Image, Sam Kieth has worked for both DC and Marvel over the years and he will serve as a producer on this new screen adaptation.

Interestingly, other than the fact that it is happening, we don’t yet know what this adaptation of The Maxx will be. Namely, it isn’t clear at present whether The Maxx will be a feature film or some kind of series. Free Association and Vertigo Entertainment producers are meeting with writers and filmmakers to determine the best approach for the material.

This will not be The Maxx’s first adaptation, as the property was previously turned into a 13-episode MTV series back in 1995. You can check out the trailer for that below:

Seeing this cult classic getting an updated treatment is pretty cool, as it sounds very different from more traditional superhero fare and a great rebuttal to the ‘safe’ accusations made about the genre by Martin Scorsese. I’m not sure whether a movie or a series would work better, but given the weirdness of something like Legion, another weird property like The Maxx may be better suited and able to find its audience in a streaming format.

We’ll keep you updated on The Maxx as news develops. In the meantime, check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters next year.

Surprise, Tyler Perry’s First Post-Madea Movie Will Be Heading To Netflix

This year marked the end of an era for Tyler Perry’s filmmaking career, as the final movie in his Madea film series, A Madea Family Funeral, was released back in March. Perry’s time playing the elderly, tough, sass-talking character is over, and now the filmmaker has announced that his first post-Madea movie, A Fall From Grace, will be a Netflix release. Take a look!

A lot of well-known creative minds have forged alliances with Netflix in recent years, from Martin Scorsese and Adam Sandler on the movie side of things, to Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy in the TV realm. Now Tyler Perry can count himself among the bunch, as the thriller A Fall From Grace will premiere on the streaming platform in the middle of next January. This marks the first time a Perry-made movie is being released exclusively on Netflix.

As you can see above, the cast includes Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson (a frequently collaborator of Tyler Perry’s) and Tyler Perry himself. Per Netflix’s Strong Black Lead Twitter account, A Fall From Grace follows a divorced woman who “feels restored by a new romance,” but then “secrets soon start to erode her short-lived joy.” Netflix also provided the following synopsis on its A Fall From Grace title page:

Supergirl actor Mehcad Brooks, who’s attached to the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot, was also tagged in the picture from the Strong Black Lead post, indicating he’s a member of the cast. Black Film reports that Adrian Pasdar, Matthew Law, Donovan Christie Jr., Walter Fauntleroy and Angela Marie will also star.

Whether it’s a traditional theatrical release or exclusive to a streaming service, usually you hear that a movie’s in development years before the final product is delivered. Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace is one of the exceptions, as this Netflix announcement was the first word of its existence. While Perry is arguably best known for his comedy work, A Fall From Grace isn’t his first venture into the thriller genre, with the most recent being the Taraji P. Henson-led Acrimony.

The release of A Madea Family Funeral and the announcement of A Fall From Grace heading to Netflix aren’t the only reasons 2019 was a big year for Tyler Perry. He moved Tyler Perry Studios into a new complex in southwest Atlanta, Georgia that stretches across 330 acres. In addition to delivering A Fall From Grace, this studio complex is also home to six new shows that he’s written and directed/will direct, two of which, The Oval and Sistas, recently premiered on BET.

A Fall From Grace premieres on Netflix January 17. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on what Tyler Perry has coming up. In the meantime, keep track of the rest of this year’s big screen offerings with our 2019 release schedule.

Frozen II’s Josh Gad Is Emotional About Possibly Saying Goodbye To Olaf

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After years of waiting, Frozen II has finally hit theaters. The Disney animated blockbuster is currently breaking records at the box office, as fans clamored to screenings in order to catch up with Elsa, Anna, and the rest of Arendelle. This includes Josh Gad’s Olaf, who was a scene stealer in the original movie, as well as the shorts that followed Frozen‘s release. But now Gad is getting very emotional about the possibility of saying goodbye to the talking snowman that captured our hearts.

Josh Gad became a household name for playing Olaf in Frozen, and his appearance in the sequel gave Tony Award nominee the chance to sing a new song, and move his signature character forward. It’s currently unclear if the franchise will get a threequel, especially after Frozen II wrapped up its story in such a neat bow. The idea of ending his tenure as Olaf is an emotional one, with Gad taking to social media to express his feelings. Check it out.

Well, that’s classy. Josh Gad doesn’t know what the future holds for Olaf, but if Frozen II was his swan song then the actor is still grateful. And he wanted to reach out directly to the fans in response to the sequel’s release.

Josh Gad’s tweet is sure to make some Disney fans distressed. Because if Josh Gad is saying goodbye to Olaf, then that means the character will be off of screen for the public as well. The talking snowman is the undisputed scene stealer of the franchise, with both his dialogue and songs cracking audiences up. Olaf also appeared in a few Frozen shorts, with Gad voicing the character for a total of four projects or Disney. But will Frozen II truly be the final bow?

Given how Frozen has dominated the pop culture landscape for years, there would presumably be an audience for a third film. After all, Frozen II dominated the box offie during its opening weekend, eclipsing the other new releases like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The film industry is ultimately about making money, so continuing the franchise would likely pay off for the House of Mouse.

Then again, the filmmakers and cast of Frozen might not want to continue the franchise indefinitely. Writer/director Jennifer Lee has been methodical in her process, journaling as the characters for years before developing the story for the sequel. Additionally, Frozen II actor Alfred Molina recently suggested that a threequel wasn’t going to happen. And he’s presumably got inside information regarding the animated musical franchise.

Of course, Disney likely hasn’t made a final decision about Frozen‘s future. Josh Gad’s tweet seem to indicate that the call hasn’t been made, as he’s unsure whether or not Frozen II will be his final performance as Olaf. Disney doesn’t typically produce animated blockbuster sequels for the theater, so Frozen II was already breaking new ground. As such, it’s anyone’s guess regarding whether or not another sequel could be coming down the pipeline.

For now, the focus will be on the events of Frozen II, and it’s performance in theaters. The original Frozen is also available to stream on Disney+. You can use this link for 7-day free trial.

Frozen II is finally in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

That Time Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Script Almost Ended Up On Ebay

It is an extremely exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. We are less than a month away from the release of The Rise of Skywalker, and anticipation for the upcoming blockbuster is at a fever pitch. Director J.J. Abrams is tasked with completing not only the current trilogy, but the entire nine-film Skywalker Saga. So the pressure is on, and Lucasfilm must make sure the film’s secrets are guarded until its release. But it turns out that Episode IX‘s script nearly made it onto Ebay.

The Star Wars franchise is known for its security, ensuring that the generations of fans get the full theatrical experience once each movie is released. This is especially important for The Rise of Skywalker, given how the movie will harken back to the original trilogy. J.J. Abrams recently revealed how the movie’s script nearly ended up for sale on the internet, saying:

Talk about a close call. Not only did a copy of the script make it into the wrong hands, both was nearly sold to the highest bidder. Luckily, Lucasfilm stepped in and stopped the sale from happening.

J.J. Abrams’ comments from Good Morning America show how important security around beloved franchises truly is. While this practice and secrecy around scripts can sometimes be the butt of jokes when marketing movies from Star Wars and the MCU, everything is done for a reason. Just think how disappointing it would be if Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s pages were released, spoiling the entirety of the highly anticipated movie.

The Rise of Skywalker will end the Star Wars franchise as we know it, completing the story that began with George Lucas’ A New Hope. The prolific filmmaker always planned for the story to span 3 trilogies, although he would end up selling Lucasfilm to Disney years after the prequels. Lucas didn’t have any real say in the events of the current movies, leaving J.J. Abrams to craft the final installment in the decades-long space opera.

Just what J.J. Abrams has in store for Episode IX remains a mystery. The Star Wars franchise is methodical about its marketing, so the public has only seen a few brief trailers for The Rise of Skywalker. The blockbuster will follow the heroes one year after the events of The Last Jedi, with The Resistance struggling to continue the fight against The First Order. The movie will also connect to the original trilogy, with Emperor Palpatine’s laugh heard briefly.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Elizabeth Banks Is Looking On The Bright Side After Charlie’s Angels Flop

While movies that are part of franchises and established brands have dominated the box office this year, as they have in most recent years, there’s no guarantee that having a familiar title is a road to box office success. Several sequels and reboots have had a tough time in 2019 and one of those has been Charlie’s Angels

The television series from the late 1970 and early 80s saw a pair of movies in the early 2000s and Elizabeth Banks directed and co-starred in a new version this year. I point out the movie’s existence here because, based on the receipts, it’s possible you weren’t actually aware the movie was out. The film has struggled at the box office since day one, which has to have been frustrating for the cast and crew. 

However, there are apparently a few bright spots. Elizabeth Banks hit Twitter over the weekend to thank the people in her home town for selling out a pair of screenings on Saturday night.

The people of Pittsfield, Massachusetts apparently came through for Elizabeth Banks, as a fair number of people turned out to see her movie. Whether this was strictly a case of hometown pride, or evidence that there is still an audience for the movie, is unclear, but at this point it seems likely that all involved will take whatever they can get.

Charlie’s Angels debuted at the domestic box office in a disappointing third place, behind the debuting Ford v. Ferrari and the second weekend of Roland Emmerich’s Midway. The film barely beat out the Nickelodeon family comedy Playing with Fire for that third spot.

After two weeks, Charlie’s Angels has only grossed a little over $40 million worldwide, which, for a movie with a reported budget of nearly $50 million, is not good news.

While this instance in a single town of a movie selling out a couple screenings is no proof of any sort of wider movement that the film is now getting attention, it’s still pretty impressive. After all, there was a pretty big movie hitting theaters this past weekend, so if Charlie’s Angels can still fill a couple theaters when Frozen II is finally out, that’s something.

While the new Charlie’s Angels was far from a perfect film, I thought it was a perfectly enjoyable little action story with some fun characters that had solid chemistry. While the audience might not have been there at the theater, it feels like it might be the sort of movie that curious people will pick up streaming or rent digitally. Perhaps then the movie will find its audience.

Still, unless it finds that audience in a big way on Blu-ray, it seems unlikely this iteration of the Angels will become the franchise that was almost certainly hoped for. The lack of success also means it will probably be a long time before somebody takes a chance on making another Charlie’s Angels movie.

Terminator: Dark Fate’s Tim Miller Opens Up About Disagreements With James Cameron

Warning: SPOILERS for Terminator: Dark Fate are ahead!

After nearly three decades away from the Terminator franchise, James Cameron returned for Terminator: Dark Fate, where he executive produced and hashed out the story that served as a direct sequel to the two Terminator movies he helmed. But sitting in the Dark Fate director’s chair was Deadpool’s Tim Miller, and we’ve recently learned that he and Cameron had numerous disagreements on the creative direction of the latest Terminator movie.

For example, Tim Miller and James Cameron felt differently about how Legion, the malevolent A.I. that rose to power in Terminator: Dark Fate’s future in place of Skynet, should be depicted, with Miller wanting humans to be losing against Legion and Cameron wanting them to be winning. Miller recalled:

Perhaps James Cameron wanted humanity to be winning against Legion because he’d already done the ‘losing’ approach with The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, as John Connor and the Resistance were very much hanging on by a thread in their conflict with Skynet. Having the humans winning, even if not ultimately victorious just yet, offered the chance to shake things up a bit, though Genisys took a similar approach by having John Connor’s forces launch a final assault on Skynet at the beginning of that movie.

However, as anyone who’s seen Terminator: Dark Fate knows, Miller won this particular argument, with Grace’s Resistance being on the outs against Legion’s army before she was sent back in time to protect Dani Ramos, her future mother figure and leader of this incarnation of the Resistance, from the Rev-9. Grace died to carry out her mission, and now Dani and Sarah Connor are preparing to the eventual rise of Legion and to ensure Grace will live in the new timeline they hope to create.

The conflicting views on how Legion should be handled is just one of the ways Tim Miller and James Cameron disagreed about Terminator: Dark Fate, with Miller noting to The Hollywood Reporter how many others revolved around lines of dialogue that he thought were “poetic and beautiful,” but Cameron didn’t like. In Miller’s words:

Tim Miller also acknowledged that while James Cameron and producer David Ellison technically had “final cut and ultimate power,” it was his duty as a director to fight for what he thought was right for the movie. When the time came for Miller to show Cameron his director’s cut of Terminator: Dark Fate, he wasn’t sure how the producer would feel given that Miller had cut “a lot of stuff” that Cameron thought was important, but once the screening was finished, Cameron answered “We’ve got a movie.”

Machete Brawl Prompts Mass Movie Screening Cancellations

When people go to the movies, the only violence they want to see and should see, is whatever is taking place onscreen in their chosen film. Sadly, with all manner of crazy movie theater stories, that is not always the case and it certainly wasn’t across the pond this past weekend, when a machete brawl at a theater prompted the mass screening cancellation of a new release film.

The brawl took place in the Vue Cinemas location at the Star City leisure complex in Birmingham, England on Saturday night when many families were out seeing Frozen II. According to The Guardian, a brawl involving up to 100 teenagers erupted at the theater and based on the social media accounts of the incident, police used batons and tasers and brought in dogs to quell the unrest.

Five teenagers, ages 13 to 19, were arrested. Four of the teens were arrested for assaulting police officers, while the fifth was arrested for obstructing the police. Following the incident, police officers recovered two machetes and a knife from the scene. Thankfully, no one was killed and it doesn’t sound like anyone was severely injured, but seven police officers did suffer facial injuries.

One of the movies playing at the Vue Cinemas theater in Birmingham was the new release Blue Story. The film from writer-director Andrew Onwulbolu is about a violent gang war in south London. As a result of this brawl, Blue Story has been pulled from nearly 100 Vue Cinemas theaters throughout the United Kingdom.

Vue Cinemas is the third-largest theater chain in the region and cited the safety and welfare of its customers and staff as the reason to remove the film. As of yet the West Midlands police have not established what incited the violence at the theater or whether or not it actually began in a screening of Blue Story.

However, given the content of the film it is not hard to see how correlations were drawn, whether correct or incorrect, between the violence at the theater and Blue Story and why the decision was made to pull the film. The trailer for Blue Story actually has footage of people wielding machetes so the parallels between art and life at least appear blurred here.

Director Andrew Onwulbolu, also known as Rapman, released a statement saying that the film was “about love not violence” and hoping that the individuals involved in the brawl are held responsible for their own actions and that his film is not indicted for the incident.

Despite an outcry on social media criticizing the cancellation of Blue Story screenings, Vue Cinemas has elaborated on its decision. According to Deadline, the theater chain released a statement, noting that in the 24 hours since the film’s release on November 22, over 25 significant incidents in 16 separate Vue Cinemas locations were reported and escalated up to management. According to Vue, that number in that time frame is the biggest it has ever seen.

So while Vue praised the film itself and said that this is not an indictment of it or its content, the decision was made for safety reasons. Showcase Cinemas in the UK followed suit and has also dropped screenings of Blue Story, while Odeon is still evaluating its position. It is an unfortunate situation all around and sadly, will be the main story surrounding this film.

Blue Story does not have a domestic release as of yet. To see what movies are headed to theaters next year, check out our 2020 Release Schedule.

14 Cool Movies Leaving Netflix Before 2020 Worth Streaming ASAP

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Netflix is losing a lot of movies before 2020, including some really great ones. As the sun now stands, we have just over one month left to 2019. I’m sure you have a lot to do, but you should try to make time to stream some movies on Netflix before they disappear. Every Monday I post streaming recommendations and today I’m hoping you get some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday to chip away at this list before Netflix says time’s up…

Coco Disney Pixar

Coco (Leaving Netflix November 29)

Coco and the next two movies on this list are in interesting positions. They are three of the many Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm movies slowly migrating from Netflix to Disney+. Netflix is losing the Disney/Pixar movie this Friday, November 29, which is the same day it will become available on Disney+. Not a coincidence. Coco won two Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, so if you don’t have Disney+ yet (you can still sign up for a free 7-day trial) sing along on Netflix before it’s too late.

Stream Coco here on Netflix.

Chris Hemsworth yells yes seeing Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok Marvel

Thor: Ragnarok (Leaving Netflix December 4)

Yes, watch Thor meet his friend from work in an unlikely place in the third (and best?) Thor movie. Taika Waititi’s MCU movie brought the spark back to Chris Hemsworth’s character. The Marvel movie is leaving Netflix on December 4 and arriving on Disney+ the next day.

Stream Thor: Ragnarok here on Netflix.

Rey and Luke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Leaving Netflix December 25)

The final Star Wars movie in the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, opens in theaters on December 20. The place to stream the previous movie, The Last Jedi, is Netflix — at least until December 25. On Christmas day, the gift of Episode VIII vanishes … and appears the very next day on Disney+. I know not every Star Wars fan loved The Last Jedi, to put it mildly, but it’s worth re-watching as a primer for the final movie in this wonderful nine-film saga.

Stream Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi here on Netflix.

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down (Leaving Netflix December 31)

Ridley Scott’s 2001 war movie, based on the book by Mark Bowden on the U.S. military’s 1993 raid in Mogadishu, is a heart-pounder with a huge ensemble cast. Fun fact, this movie gave Tom Hardy his first-ever film role. I wouldn’t call Black Hawk Down a holiday movie, but Christmas day will see the release of the highly acclaimed new war movie 1917, so maybe you can give yourself a war movie marathon — starting on the big screen and continuing up through modern times. Or not. Your call.

Stream Black Hawk Down here on Netflix.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Leaving Netflix December 31)

Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was one of my favorite books as a teen. There’s no way to really do it justice in a movie, but this gonzo 1998 Terry Gilliam film came damn close. Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro star alongside a full cast of supporting crazies. The holidays can get weird, so why not lean into it and force your family to watch this with you?

Stream Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas here on Netflix.

Jackie Brown driving

Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown (Leaving Netflix December 31)

I’m cheating to put both Quentin Tarantino films together, but since they are both leaving on New Year’s Eve, I’m thinking you should do a marathon. Start with Pulp Fiction, which came out in 1994, and follow with Pam Grier’s Jackie Brown from 1997. Tarantino also has a few Netflix movies that are not scheduled to leave by 2020 — including The Hateful Eight and Inglourious Basterds — so you can add them to a QT Netflix marathon. Is there a better way to welcome the new year?

Stream Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown on Netflix.

Brandon Lee in The Crow movie

The Crow (Leaving Netflix December 31)

This is still a tough one to watch. The Crow was Brandon Lee’s final film, after he was wounded on set and later died in the hospital. It was shocking, to say the least, and the film inspired a cult following. Watch Brandon Lee, son of legend Bruce Lee, as Eric Draven in this 1994 adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic book before it leaves Netflix.

Stream The Crow here on Netflix.

The Dark Crystal movie

The Dark Crystal (Leaving Netflix December 31)

I was surprised to see The Dark Crystal on the list of movies leaving Netflix at the end of December 2019. Netflix just premiered The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series at the end of August. The series is a prequel to the 1982 movie The Dark Crystal. Wouldn’t the series just be bringing more viewers to the movie? No idea what licensing deals or whatnot may be at work there. At any rate, the movie is leaving before 2020 so now is the time to watch the first season of the series and then the film.

Stream The Dark Crystal here on Netflix.

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise at casino in Rain Man

Rain Man (Leaving Netflix December 31)

There are some true classics leaving Netflix before 2020, including this 1998 Barry Levinson film. Rain Man won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman. Tom Cruise is the real unsung hero in the less sympathetic role of brother Charlie. Go ahead and stream this heartwarming and supremely quotable movie.

Stream Rain Man here on Netflix.

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V (Leaving Netflix December 31)

Someone do a safety check on Sylvester Stallone ’cause most of Sly’s Rocky movies are getting KO-ed before 2020. The first Rocky movie came out in 1976 and the franchise continued past Rocky V to Rocky Balboa in 2006. That movie is not on Netflix, and neither Creed nor Creed II can be found on the streamer either. But you have until New Year’s Eve to watch the first five Rocky movies.

Stream the Rocky movies here on Netflix.

Schindler's List

Schindler’s List (Leaving Netflix December 31)

“Cool” is not a word I’d really use to describe Schindler’s List. Powerful, important, heartbreaking, impressive. It’s a tough watch, but if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen the movie — maybe even the first time since it came out in 1993 — why not use this opportunity to re-appreciate Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece?

Stream Schindler’s List here on Netflix.

Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer (Leaving Netflix December 31)

Surprised to see this movie leaving too, considering it spawned two Netflix original series. The star-studded comedy came out in 2001 and became a cult classic. Netflix revived the franchise with the prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and then the sequel series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. But now the original movie is on the list to leave Netflix on the last day of 2019. Bummer, man.

Stream Wet Hot American Summer here on Netflix.

White Christmas Bing Crosby movie

White Christmas (Leaving Netflix December 31)

I love Netflix, but one complaint I have is the dearth of older classics. So I’m sad to see the 1954 Bing Crosby musical White Christmas is leaving the streamer on New Year’s Eve. At least that gives families a chance to stream the movie over Christmas, and hopefully that’s exactly what happens.

Stream White Christmas here on Netflix.

Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes in Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone (Leaving Netflix December 31)

This is the movie that put Jennifer Lawrence on the cinematic map. Weird to think that was not even 10 years ago. She became a superstar after this, thanks in part to the Hunger Games franchise but also her other Oscar-friendly roles. She got her first Best Actress Oscar nomination in Winter’s Bone, directed and co-written by Debra Granik. John Hawkes was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Granik went on to co-write and direct Leave No Trace, one of the best-reviewed movies on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m waiting for her turn to break out on the cinematic map.

Stream Winter’s Bone here on Netflix.

So those are a lot of the movies that are leaving Netflix before 2020. Here are nine great movies that are arriving on Netflix in December 2019.

If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations, check out these past features:

Since it’s still late November as of this writing, don’t forget that we have Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman coming to Netflix on November 27, just in time for Thanksgiving. What movies are you looking forward to streaming before 2020 arrives?

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The Knight Before Christmas 2? Vanessa Hudgens’ Netflix Film Director Talks Sequel Plans

Spoilers for the latest Netflix holiday movie can definitely be found below. If you haven’t watched it yet, what’s stopping you?

Vanessa Hudgens has become a bit of a Christmas staple over at Netflix, and her latest movie The Knight Before Christmas, recently dropped on the subscription streaming service. Thanks to the way the plot of the movie wraps, it leaves room for a potential sequel, but what does Director Monika Mitchell think about The Knight Before Christmas 2?

Well, as it turns out, she’s most certainly in on the idea of making another movie for Netflix, giving her thoughts on how that next movie would kick off. She recently confirmed a sequel could be a possibility, noting,

In The Knight Before Christmas, the aforementioned Harry Jarvis plays Sir Geoffrey, another knight from the 1300s who has a quest ahead of him. In the add-on to The Knight Before Christmas, the end-credits scene brings in the old crone and the young sir. During the scene, the character is once again distracted by the old crone who asks him for help, to which he responds,

So, we know now Sir Geoffrey has interacted with the old crone and that leaves potential for him to come to the future and find his own partner as well, which is what Monika Mitchell mentions in her interview with Glamour.

To be honest, at first I thought a potential sequel might be a fish-out-of-water story in the other way, this time involving Vanessa Hudgens’ character, Brooke, heading back into the past to meet the people in Cole’s timeline. However, the movie wrapped up in a way that sort of made it seem like Cole was adapting to the new timeline rather admirably (he might even join the police force!), and plus I’m not sure how Brooke would take it if she got called a “wench” or something in Cole’s timeline.

This Sir Geoffrey thing indicates how a sequel could happen without heading into the past, which is good because I still have some questions about traveling to the future, like how Cole is able to get a social security card. However, it’s worth noting that Monika Mitchell says the details have not officially been ironed out for a sequel yet.