9. Lost Girls
Release Year: 2020
Directed By: Liz Garbus
Starring: Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie, Gabriel Byrne, Oona Laurence, Lola Kirke, Miriam Shor, Reed Birney, Kevin Corrigan, Rosal Colon, Dean Winters, Sarah Wisser, Molly Brown
Release Date: Friday, March 13
Many of Netflix’s Sundance Film Festival selections have already premiered, including Taylor Swift: Miss Americana and Horse Girl, with others trickling out. While it’s inconceivable that anything could make the noise of Miss Americana (Taylor’s impact is unparalleled, after all), it’s worth giving it a shot with compelling mystery dramas like Lost Girls. Binge-watchers who lean toward true crime and documentaries will especially want to give one of March’s best new movies a shot.
Based on the book Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker, Lost Girls stars Amy Ryan as Mari Gilbert, whose 24-year-old daughter Shannan Gilbert goes missing without a trace. As a result, Mari goes down a dark road of searching for her daughter, which drums up haunting truths about not only her daughter’s life but herself and the bias of police officers. Mari’s investigation takes her out of her gated community and into the outer banks of Long Island, where she forces law enforcement and the media to cover the unsolved murders of young sex workers.
Lost Girls comes from Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus, who directed such documentaries as Love, Marilyn; What Happened, Miss Simone?; and The Fourth Estate. The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, though in 2016, it was originally developed to be released by Amazon with Sarah Paulson attached to star. Things worked out the way they were meant to for Lost Girls, and it’s sure to become a favorite for fans of mystery movies this spring. Be sure not to miss the latest Netflix festival selection when Lost Girls premieres on Friday the 13th.