Streaming Calendar: 40 Movies And Shows To Watch In December 2020, Film Companion
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In the age of Coronavirus quarantines, lockdowns and self-isolation, many more of us are relying on streaming platforms in search of distraction, escape and just plain entertainment. Luckily December promises to end a difficult year on a high, with a number of exciting streaming releases. From new films from the likes of David Fincher and Vikramaditya Motwane to Disney blockbusters like Mulan and Soul, here are our picks of what’s releasing this month across platforms.

Netflix

AK VS AK

When: TBC

Vikramaditya Motwane’s latest has a hell of a concept. After a public spat with a movie star (Anil Kapoor), a disgraced director (Anurag Kashyap) retaliates by kidnapping the actor’s daughter, filming the search for her in real time. We are so there. 

Streaming Calendar: 40 Movies And Shows To Watch In December 2020, Film Companion

Paava Kadhaigal

When: TBC

A Tamil anthology from exciting filmmakers including Gautham Menon, Vetri Maaran and Sudha Kongara, Paava Kadhaigal (Sin Stories) explores how love, pride and honour influence complex relationships through four intricate  stories. 

The Prom

When: December 11th 

Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key in one unmissable movie event from Ryan Murphy. The Prom looks like just what the doctor ordered to end this year on the feel-good high note we desperately need.

Mank

When: December 4th

David Fincher. Enough said. His latest stars Gary Oldman as alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.” 

Bombay Rose

When: December 4th

Gitanjali Rao highly acclaimed animated feature finally gets its streaming debut after making waves at festivals around the world. Amidst the bustle of the maximum city, the budding love between two dreamers is tested by duty and religious divides. Come for the stunning animation, stay for the the deeply moving story of young against all odds. 

Ava

When: December 1st

Jessica Chastain stars as an elite assassin wrestling with doubts about her work who scrambles to protect herself — and her estranged family — after a hit goes dangerously wrong.

Bhaag Beanie Bhaag

When: December 4th

Swara Bhasker stars in Netflix India’s latest original series, as a woman who who decides to run from her very comfortable life and pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

When: December 18th

Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, Chadwick Boseman’s last film follows the rising tensions between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Boseman), and the white management determined to control the legendary “Mother of the Blues.”

Bridgerton

When: December 25th

Shonda Rhimes’ first project for Netflix is all you really need to know about this one. Searching for true love on high-society London’s competitive marriage market, Daphne Bridgerton meets her match in a dashing but wedlock-resistant duke.

The Midnight Sky

When: December 23rd

George Clooney directs and stars in this post-apocalyptic tale which follows a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to Earth, where a mysterious global catastrophe has taken place.

Amazon Prime Video

Bombhaat

When: December 3rd

The latest direct-to-digital Telugu release follows a man who’s been cursed with bad luck since childhood. That is until he meets a ‘Humanoid Robot’ being hunted by ‘The Mad Scientist. Intrigued? We certainly are.

The Sound Of Metal

When: December 4th

Riz Ahmed stars as a drummer gradually losing his hearing, who must make a choice between his art and his way of life in this highly acclaimed independent film finally making its streaming debut.

Sons Of The Soil

When: December 4th

Amazon continues its streak of sports documentaries with Sons of the Soil, which goes behind the scenes to follow one of India’s most celebrated Pro Kabaddi league teams – the Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Durgamati

When: December 11th

Bhumi Pednekar stars in Bollywood’s latest tryst with horror, a remake of Anushka Shetty-starrer Bhaagamathie.

Maara

When: December 17th

Speaking of remakes, Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath star in this Tamil remake of the 2015 Malayalam film Charlie which starred  Dulquer Salman and Parvathy. When a woman sees a fairy tale she heard from a stranger as a child painted across the walls of a coastal town, she goes in search of the man who painted it-Maara.

Coolie No. 1

When: December 25th

The latest David Dhawan remake of a David Dhawan’s classic starring Varun Dhawan is none other than Coolie No. 1, the most ‘massy’ movie to debut on a streaming platform yet.

I’m Your Woman

When: December 11th

Rachel Brosnahan stars in this 1970s set crime drama about a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey.

Yearly Departed

When: December 30th

Yearly Departed is a series of eulogies for the year 2020, where a line-up of all-women comedians will deliver everything from casual sex to beige Band-Aids and everything in between that we’ve “lost” in 2020. After a year of societal upheaval, plague, murder hornets and banana bread, Yearly Departed will give 2020 the huge send-off it deserves.

The Wilds

When: December 11th

A group of teen girls from different backgrounds must fight for survival after a plane crash strands them on a deserted island. Think Lord Of The Flies but with a modern twist.

Disney+ Hotstar

Mulan

When: December 4th

Disney’s much-discussed live-action adaptation of the beloved classic finally makes its way to Disney+ globally. Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known.

Godmothered

When: December 4th

Isla Fisher stars in a comedy about a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training,  who  upon  hearing  that  her  chosen  profession  is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers.

Euphoria: Trouble Don’t Last Always

When: December 7th

Picking up after the events of the Season One finale, the acclaimed HBO series starring Zendaya returns for a Christmas special episode.

Soul

When: December 25th

Disney Pixar made another movie and that should be all you need to know really. Pixar’s latest follows Joe Gardner – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth.

Sony LIV

Shrikant Bashir

When: December 11th

‘Two officers, poles apart but with a common goal’ the tag line for SonyLIV’s latest about a duo of clashing police officers and their various investigative adventures.

Sandwich

When: December 25th

Fate brings love in Naina and Sameer’s life and later love brings marriage. But all is not what it seems. Directed by Rohan Sippy, Sandwich features Aahana Kumra, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Zakir Hussain, Divya Seth Shah amongst others.

Voot Select

Your Honor 

When: December 7th

This one had us at Bryan Cranston. The Breaking Bad star returns to TV in this adaptation of  Israeli TV series Kvodo (remade earlier this year in India starring Jimmy Shergill). When a respected New Orleans judge’s teenaged son Adam (Hunter Doohan) is involved in a hit-and-run, it leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.

The Stand

When: December 18th

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Stand stars Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård and James Marsden. In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil, the fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors.

Cinemapreneur

Nirvana Inn

When: December 11th

A film by Vijay Jayapal starring Adil Hussain, Sandhya Mridul and Rajshri Deshpande, Nirvana Inn had its world premier at Busan International Film Festival in 2019 and now makes its streaming debut. A boatman fleeing a tragic incident is haunted by his dark past when he takes a job as manager of a mysterious resort up in the mountains.

MUBI India

Farewell Amor

When: December 18th

A Sundance prize-winning family drama from Ekwa Msangi, the film follows the uncomfortable reunion between an Angolan man and his wife and daughter, who move from their home to join him in New York after 17 years apart.

Tripping With Nils Frahm

When: December 3rd

A musical journey featuring the legendary artist at a legendary location, the concert film captures a series of mesmerizing live performances at the iconic Funkhaus Berlin on the pianist, composer and producer’s sold-out, worldwide All Melody tour.

Apple TV

The Oprah Conversation — Barack Obama 

When: December 1st

The latest Oprah Conversation sees her in conversation with none other than Barack Obama. It’s not everyday you get to see one the most powerful person of the free world in conversation with an ex-president.

Mariah Carey Christmas Special 

When: December 4th 

Mariah Carey joins hands with guests from around the world for Apple TV+’s official Christmas variety special.

ZEE5 And ALTBalaji

Who’s Your Daddy? Season 2

When: TBC

The comedy starring Harsh Beniwal, Rahul Dev, and Nikhil Bhambri returns for season 2 with a new storyline and a fresh set of characters.

Paurashpur

When: December 29th

ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s latest collaboration is a period drama with an ensemble cast that includes Annu Kapoor, Milind Soman, Shilpa Shinde, Shaheer Sheikh, Flora Saini, Sahil Salathia, Poulomi Das and Anant Joshi among others.

ZEE5

Darbaan 

When: December 4th

Darbaan is a family drama that about the friendship between a master and his caretaker. The film is inspired and based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore.

Black Widows 

When: December 18th

Three best friends plan the perfect murder of their abusive husbands until a police officer starts to become increasingly suspicious.

Shoot-out at Alair 

When: December 25th 

A Telugu crime thriller series inspired by real-life events starring Meka Srikanth and Prakash Raj in lead roles.

Comali

When: December 4th

A Telugu dubbed comedy movie starring Jayam Ravi, Kajal Aggarwal, Yogi Babu, and Samyuktha Hegde. After Ravi recovers from 16 years of coma, he embarks on a mission to identify his true self and his connection with his past love.

MX Player

Baykola Hava Tari Kay

When: December 4th

The Marathi series follows Shreyam who manages to please Lord Krishna with her devotion and in exchange asks the Lord to upgrade her husband to a version that she finds is best for her.

Pati Patni Aur Panga

When: December 11th

Naveen Kasturia and Adah Sharma star in this comedy about a small time sub-broker who finds excitement in his boring life when he meets Shivani Bhatnagar. But all is not what it appears to be when he finds out a life altering secret about the new girl in his life.

Wishlist

When: December 11th

Shalini and Mohit’s perfect love story is dealt a tough hand by fate and when struck by a heart-breaking news in this film from Rahat Kazami,

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