No matter what movie you go to this year, you’ll probably be able to spot a cast member of Orange is the new Black. Natasha Lyonne’s stunning four-film resume (one in which she is the protagonist) explains why writers had to minimize her role in season three to a mere three episodes. Credit is due to IMDb for the following synopses.
The Titan (Sci-Fi) – A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration. Starring Taylor Schilling.
Space Command (Sci-Fi) – Jack Kemmer rescues ex-archeologist Vonn O’Dara high above Mars, setting into motion a revolution that changes galactic history. Starring Michael Harney.
The Angry Birds Movie (Animated) – [Plot not yet released.] – Voiced by Danielle Brooks. In American theaters May 20, 2016.
American Pastoral (Drama) – Set in postwar America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family. Starring Uzo Aduba as Vicky.
Tallulah (Drama) – Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for. Starring Uzo Aduba. In American theaters January 23, 2016.
Showing Roots (Comedy, Drama) – Set in 1977, two women look to integrate their small town. Inspired by the miniseries “Roots” as it hits the airwaves.
Joy (Comedy) – The eponymous protagonist, Joy, rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Starring Dascha Polancao as Jackie. In theaters now.
The Perfect Match (Rom-Com) – Charlie is a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead. His two best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for month, he’s bound to get attached. Charlie denies this until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva. They agree to a casual affair, but eventually Charlie questions whether he wants more. Starring Dascha Polanco as Pressie.
Nerve (Thriller) – A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.” Starring Samira Wiley as Azhar and Kimiko Glenn.
37 (Drama) – A fictional account of the night Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964, Kew Gardens, Queens, where 37 neighbors witnessed the killing and did not intervene. Starring Samira Wiley as Joyce Smith, Maria Dizzia as Mary Cunningham, Christina Brucato (Young Lolly) as Kitty Genovese.
Armstrong (Action) – During her first night on the job, a rookie EMT and her partner pick up a wounded superhero and are pulled into his mission to save Los Angeles from a sinister organization. Starring Vicky Jeudy.
Happy Yummy Chicken (Comedy, Musical) – The story follows two men as they create a musical inspired by a news story of a woman sitting in a fried chicken restaurant for two months after a breakup. Starring Emma Myles as Geraldine Spruce, Taryn Manning as Laura Splinterschloss, and Diane Guerrero as Cheryl Davis.
Cleveland (Drama) – A young, struggling writer in New York maneuvers friendship, love, acceptance, family, and addiction as he and his friends discover the joys of life’s interim periods. Starring Jackie Cruz as Erika.
The Girl on the Train (Mystery, Thriller) – This film follows the story of Rachel, a woman who goes on a train to London. She witnesses the ‘perfect couple,’ but one day, havoc ensues on this couple, and Rachel becomes involved in their drama, the murder mystery of Megan Hipwell. Starring Laura Prepon as Cathy. In theaters October 7, 2016.
Antibirth (Horror) – In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou (Natasha Lyonne) wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread. Starring Natasha Lyonne as Lou. In theaters January 2016.
Adam Green’s Aladdin (Adventure, Comedy, Drama) – A hyper-sensory, poetic, and humorously modern take on the Arabian Nights Classic tale. Revolving around Aladdin’s dysfunctional family, who live an “average” American city ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter, the film explores the themes of technology, government repression, greed, and true love. Starring Natasha Lyonne as Mom.
Yoga Hosers (Comedy, Fantasy, Horror) – Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans. Starring Natasha Lyonne as Tabitha. In theaters January 24, 2016.
The Intervention (Comedy, Drama) – A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. Starring Natasha Lyonne. In theaters January 26, 2016.
Jack Goes Home (Horror) – After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother back to health. There, he uncovers long-buried secrets and lies concerning his family history, parents, friends, and his very identity. Starring Natasha Lyonne as Nancy.
Doubt (Drama; TV Movie) – A successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm becomes romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Starring Laverne Cox as Cameron Wirth and Lolita Foster (C.O. Maxwell) as the Bailiff.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Horror, Musical, Thriller; TV Movie) – A remake of the 1970s Rocky Horror Picture Show. Starring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Freak Show (Drama) – Follows the story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen. Starring Laverne Cox.
11:55 (Crime, Drama, Western) – Returning to his hometown, US Marine Nelson Sanchez finds himself trapped by the violent past he tried to escape. Starring Elizabeth Rodriguez as Angie.
Two for One (Drama) – A young up-and-coming artist in New York City has his life and dreams forever altered when the tragic events of 9/11 take the lives of his two best friends and he accepts guardianship of their two young daughters. Eleven years later and teaching art at an elementary school, he raises the girls as his own and decides to move to Buffalo where he grew up. Starring Jason Biggs as Marcus.
Traces (Drama) – Facing unemployment from his record store job, divorce, and his 20-year high school reunion, a listless former ’90s “one-hit wonder” is given a unique second chance when he agrees to produce and record the debut album of an up-and-coming Internet sensation. Starring Pablo Schreiber as Damien Shea.
The Moon and the Sun (Action, Adventure, Fantasy) – King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature. Starring Pablo Schreiber as Dr. Labarthe.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Action, Drama, Thriller) – An American ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense of the chaos. Starring Pablo Schreiber as Tanto. In theaters January 15, 2016.