The Oscar season has begun – sort of. While theaters aren’t open right now, Netflix is going into prestige movie overload this weekend with the release of The Trial of the Chicago 7, the newest movie from screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin.
That’s the weekend’s big movie, but streaming services have other awards-friendly films coming in the ensuing weeks and months, too, with Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks landing on Apple TV Plus next weekend. The big movie of the season will likely be Mank – the newest picture by director David Fincher (Zodiac, Gone Girl), which arrives on December 4.
This weekend, though, you’ve got plenty to enjoy streaming, from big-budget French vampire drama to the latest Star Trek release. Check out the highlights below.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Netflix’s big prestige movie of the month is The Trial of the Chicago Seven, the second movie directed by The West Wing, Steve Jobs and The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin – his first was the overly long Molly’s Game.
It’s about the trial of seven anti-Vietnam War counterculture figures who were arrested after protesting the Democratic National Convention in 1968, and were charged by the federal government for conspiracy to incite a riot.
It’s Nixon’s administration and the cops versus the hippies and academics, to really oversimplify what the film is about. And long courtroom drama scenes are a perfect fit for Sorkin’s fondness of big speeches – especially when they’re