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Netflix's 'Mudbound' is Getting a Limited Theatrical Release on November 17

Netflix's 'Mudbound' is Getting a Limited Theatrical Release on November 17
From Slashfilm - November 10, 2017

Netflixhas butted heads with theater owners ever since they started producing their own original films. A few of their films, like the Idris Elba drama Beasts of No Nation, have made it to limitedtheater screens in the past, and now another of their original movies, directorDee Rees southern family epicMudbound,will geta limited theatrical release next week. But will it also be ignoredwhen the next batch of Oscar nominations roll around, or will this be enough to position the film as a possible awards contender?

Heres the trailer for Mudbound, which comes from Pariah director Dee Rees:

Former /Filmer Angie Han reviewed the movie at this years Sundance Film Festival, calling it a sprawling epic and dishing out praise toperformances by Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige:

Hedlund has perhaps never been better than he is here as Jamie, a firecracker of a man who seems determined to snuff himself out with liquor. Mitchells role is less showy, but hes no less goodhes a master of expressing emotion with his eyes. The true surprise here, though, is Blige. She is downright unrecognizable as Florence. The role that requires her to strip away everything we know as Mary J. Blige: the striking looks, the the grand personality, the big voice. What emerges in their absence is a tough and tender portrayal of a mother whos sacrificed and suffered all her life, but is still capable of savoring the rare sweet spots life has to offer.

The movie won the Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance and the audience award at Mill Valley Film Festival and the Middleburg Film Festival. It sounds like theres some real potential there for even more awards, and this theatrical release seems like Netflixs way of attempting to get Oscar voters to take this film seriously instead of thinking of it as a TV movie.

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