With 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Netflix returns to movie theaters amid the pandemic

With 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Netflix returns to movie theaters amid the pandemic

9/25/2020 4:48:00 PM

With 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Netflix returns to movie theaters amid the pandemic

With this weekend's limited release of 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Netflix is making its first robust return to theaters since the pandemic struck. What's at stake for the streamer and the industry as a whole.

AdvertisementFor Netflix, in dogged pursuit of its first best picture Oscar, the awards derby ahead is filled with both promise and peril.On the heels of the underperformance of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” from Warner Bros., major studios continue to appear weary of wide releases. Earlier this week, Disney pushed a key Oscar hopeful, Steven Spielberg’s new take on “West Side Story,” a full year to December 2021. Should the fall and winter bring a new surge in coronavirus cases, as many fear, smaller distributors like A24 and Sony Classics may also feel compelled to move more of their awards hopefuls out of harm’s way, making a clearer path for streaming services like Netflix.

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Then again, even if the field of competition thins out, will general audiences have any interest in an Oscar race devoid of blockbuster theatrical titles à la “Joker,” “A Star Is Born” or “Black Panther” in recent years?Amid so much anxiety, Netflix’s theatrical rollout of “Chicago 7" at least provides a hopeful green shoot in the otherwise fallow landscape of theatrical distribution. But it’s also a reminder that even for a company thus far shielded from the worst impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, there are trials ahead. And no matter where you look in the film ecosystem, the outlook remains far from certain.

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CancelNetfilx The Chicago 7... oh yes, they got Nixon elected. Idiot Putin didnt let us to fly 4th time Without even doing a bit of research, I'm sure this film is another 'poor innocent black guy' so typical of Hollywood. If they just produce enough of this garbage maybe people will actually forget that black men (8% of population) don't commit 47% of murders int he US.

'The Trial of the Chicago 7': See First Trailer for Netflix Film‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’: See First Trailer for Netflix Film

Watch The Powerful First Trailer for Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 - E! OnlineNetflix announced that Aaron Sorkin's film The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be released on Oct. 16. Click to see the dramatic first trailer. JHC , they can't hire American Actors to play Real Americans 😠

‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’: Netflix Drops Latest Trailer For Aaron Sorkin Political DramaNetflix has dropped the latest look at its Aaron Sorkin political drama The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which premieres October 16. The film is based on the true story of the historic clash between pea… Or, if you watch the trailer, “When They Don’t See Us”.

Aaron Sorkin on ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7,’ Being a Playwright at Heart and a PuppyAaron Sorkin reveals how he would write election night, 2020: 'Trump does what we all assume he will do, which is not concede defeat… For the first time, his Republican enablers march up to the White House and say 'Donald, it’s time to go'' The self delusion is strong with this one. If only life imitated art. What a fuckin' naïf.

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