Holiday Movie Preview: The Best New Films To Watch From Home

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM(2020) Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Colman Domingo as Cutler, Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, Michael Potts as Slow Drag and Glynn Turman as Toledo. Cr. David Lee/NETFLIX

We’re updating our what-to-watch list throughout the month of December. The following titles are now streaming. Check back soon for reviews of more titles like Disney-Pixar’s Soul, the long-anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman and Regina King’s buzzy period piece One Night In Miami.

Modern Persuasion

Alicia Witt stars in this delightfully funny spin on Jane Austen’s 1817 novel “Persuasion.” Set in a young-and-trendy lens of New York, the modern romantic comedy finds workaholic publicist Wren Cosgrove coming home to her cat every night. It isn’t until her firm is hired by an ex-love that old feelings resurface and their past is slowly revealed. What sets Modern Persuasion apart from other been-there, done-that stories is the laugh-out-loud humor consistently evident in the script and executed by an endearing cast. Adrienne C. Moore as the new receptionist Denise is a talent to watch (When she gets a raise and whispers “about time” and then is asked how long she’s worked there, she embodies a Mindy Kaling-like delivery by saying, “This is my second day.”) The entire cast, including lead actress Witt and supporting actors Bebe Neuwirth and Shane McRae, have a familiarity that’s fun to watch and light-hearted when we need it most. Modern Persuasion is directed by Alex Appel and Jonathan Lisecki and written by Lisecki and Barbara Radecki.  It is now available to stream on most digital platforms.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Chadwick Boseman’s final performance is a central reason to watch this new Netflix period drama. The late actor died this summer after a longtime battle with colon cancer, but will be remembered for this role as well as iconic turns in Black Panther, 42 and Get On Up. In this latest work, Viola Davis stars as the trailblazing titular blues singer at a recording studio in the late 1920s. Written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and directed by George C. Wolfe, the already-nominated movie is available now on Netflix. (Photo: David Lee/NETFLIX)