This Netflix Film Eerily Predicted a Real-Life Political Assassination

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“Truth is the most important thing,” says Tomasz (Maciej Musiałowski) midway through The Hater, and of all the falsehoods this habitual liar spews, none is more shameless. Still, while deception is Tomasz’s stock-in-trade, there’s plenty of authenticity to be found in writer/director Jan Komasa’s Netflix feature (premiering July 29), whose release was temporarily delayed because its fictional story wound up echoing a real-life tragedy that shook Komasa’s native Poland.

Three weeks after filming wrapped on The Hater, liberal Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz was assassinated on stage at a Christmas charity event by a right-wing hatemonger—a shocking crime that eerily echoes the plot of Komasa’s latest, which builds to a similar massacre involving a left-leaning homosexual politician who, by total coincidence, is also named Paweł. That campaigning candidate is not, however, the material’s protagonist; instead, the focus is squarely on Tomasz, a twentysomething student introduced being kicked out

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How Netflix Rescued Animated Indie ‘Animal Crackers’

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“Animal Crackers” has led a charmed life. In fact, too charmed to be believed. The animated indie, about a family that rescues a rundown circus with magical animal cookies, endured distribution hell after premiering at the Annecy festival in 2017 (thanks to a series of setbacks that began with Harvey Weinstein), before Netflix came to the rescue (streaming begins Friday).

“It’s the little engine that could that was definitely easier to make than to distribute,” said director Tony Bancroft (“Mulan”), who was charmed by its premise, along with everyone else involved, including John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, who paired up to voice the feature before embarking on their horror blockbuster, “A Quiet Place.” They voiced the married couple Owen and Zoe, who are determined to save the circus from Owen’s maniacal uncle, Horatio P. Huntington (Ian McKellen, the first actor to commit to

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‘The Hater’ on Netflix: Film Review

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Reteaming provocative Polish director Jan Komasa with screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz, “The Hater” hits Netflix mere months after the duo’s acclaimed impostor-priest drama “Corpus Christi” was nominated for the Oscars’ newly rechristened international feature award. Timing wise, that’s a savvy acquisition of a youth-targeted thriller that deals with such topics as ethics, elections and online obsession, further boosted by the movie’s recent win at the Tribeca Film Festival — the event may have been canceled by the coronavirus, but the jury still voted, picking “The Hater” as the best of its international competition.

Such bona fides may inspire the streams for this . But Netflix has oddly omitted one key detail: “The Hater” is a sequel to Komasa’s 2011 button-pusher “Suicide Room.”

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Netflix has 113 brand new shows coming out this year (so far). See them all here.

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Katherine Langford as Nimue in "Cursed."
Katherine Langford as Nimue in “Cursed.”

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  • Netflix currently has 113 brand new TV shows slated to premiere in 2020.

  • Insider is keeping a running list of the confirmed shows and what we know about them so far.

  • Up next in July is a new fantasy series called “Cursed,” reality show “Skin Decision: Before and After,” and the docuseries “Fear City: New York vs the Mafia.” 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Netflix released dozens of new TV shows in 2019, and has even more planned for this year. If you want to know which shows are most worth your time, read our ranking of the best 36 Netflix originals in 2020 so far.

But there are more than 100 brand new series coming to streaming service, many of which you might not have realized even existed.

Keep reading to see all the new shows arriving on Netflix this year

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