Pinocchio

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“From my many wanderings on this earth, I had so much to say about imperfect fathers and imperfect sons, and about loss and love.” In this film adaptation of the classic tale written by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio begins with Gepetto mourning the death of his son and carving a puppet from a tree growing above the boy’s grave. The stop-motion Netflix film is directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, and features a cast including Cate Blanchett, David Bradley, and Ewan McGregor.

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The Sandman

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“Your waking world is shaped by dreams.” The Sandman is a television adaptation of the beloved and award-winning DC Comics series written by Neil Gaiman. Co-developed and executive produced by Gaiman, the ten-episode Netflix series stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, and David Thewlis.

Monster

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“What do you see when you look at me?” Monster is a film adaptation of the 1999 YA novel of the same name by the late Walter Dean Myers, which tells the story of seventeen-year-old film student Steve Harmon and how his life is altered when he is charged with felony murder. With a screenplay written by Radha Blank, Cole Wiley, and Janece Shaffer, the film stars Kelvin Harrison, Jr.; Jennifer Hudson; John David Washington; and Jeffrey Wright.

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The White Tiger

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“When I first saw him, I knew then: This was the master for me.” Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize–winning novel, The White Tiger, has been adapted into a Netflix film directed by Ramin Bahrani. Starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Rajkummar Rao, the film follows an ambitious driver in India who escapes poverty through deceptive acts.

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