Enjoy the holidays with these Netflix’s movies for the whole family.
What is it about?: A toymaker with the most fabulous name of the year, Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker). Despite the inherent yuletide whimsy of his hometown of Cobbleton, Jeronicus is facing financial ruin after borrowing a large sum of money to make his toy dreams come true. Jeronicus is also still reeling from a shocking betrayal by his once-loyal apprentice, played by Keegan-Michael Key.
The key to saving Jeronicus’ dreams — and adding a bit of holiday splendour back into his life — lies in his granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills), who enters his life at just the right moment.
See or skip?: See, when you need a crowd-pleasing film as we head towards the holidays. Jingle Jangle is packed with stars, from Whitaker and Key to Phylicia Rashad, Ricky Martin, Anika Noni Rose, and John Legend, who produced the movie and crafted original songs for it. The project is also passionate about ensuring magical holiday movies are no longer just for white families.
What is it about?: The unjust imprisonment of Sean K. Ellis, a Black man in Boston. In 1993, Boston police detective John Mulligan was shot five times in the parking lot of a Walgreens. His service weapon was taken. Within two weeks, Ellis was arrested for the murder despite, but, as his Trial 4 lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio says, “The way that police said it happened didn’t make any sense.” After three trials in one year — which ended in two hung juries and ultimately one conviction — Ellis is finally given his fourth trial in 2015.
Trial 4 investigates the police corruption and systemic racism that led to Ellis unfairly wasting 22 years of his life behind bars — and the possibility of long-deserved freedom.
See or skip?: See when you need more evidence to explain why the police abolition movement is gaining traction across the country.