Category Archives: 2020 Films

Reviews: Pieces of a Woman (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While Kirby’s performance is notable, “Pieces of a Woman” is unsatisfactory cinema, its character motivations muddled, its use of Norway as a stand-in for Boston unconvincing, its resolution a head scratching letdown.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Vanessa Kirby’s performance is the best reason to see this.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Kirby’s transcendent performance [is rendered] inert [as the film] positions her as a trump card waiting to do the right thing and end what’s become a melodramatic charade.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: As emotionally devastating a film as you are likely to find in 2020, ‘Pieces of a Woman’ starts with an emotional flash-bang that so burns viewers receptor sites for tragedy that it’s hard to feel much for the remainder of the film though a soaring pair of performances from Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf keep viewers glued to the woe.
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies
    • Excerpt: Pieces of a Woman’ manages to tell a story about a woman learning to live alongside her loss in a respectful and touching manner.

Reviews: On the Rocks (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a father daughter caper movie that plays like Kay Thompson’s Eloise crossed with “Manhattan Murder Mystery…” features the Bill Murrayist of Bill Murray roles
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The story goes down smooth but it isn’t intoxicating.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The whole is funny, quietly subtle, and resonant in its ability to show people getting in over their heads [to make] problems worse.

Reviews: The Painter and the Thief (2020)

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Reviews: Wolfwalkers (2020)

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Reviews: The Forty-Year-Old-Version (2020)

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Reviews: La Llorona (2020)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Strong performances and a haunting atmosphere work in sync with Jayro Bustamante’s efforts in modernizing the folklore. It might not satisfy every horror fan because of its restrained nature, but it has a lot to say.

Reviews: The Father (2020)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Father envelops you in its tale about the burden of mental disintegration for both the afflicted and those around them.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: …approximates the dislocation of its main character’s mind with a frighteningly slippery ease.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: while the actors who support Hopkins are all top notch, especially Colman’s infinitely patient and loving Anne, it is the production itself which showcases his performance like a flawless diamond…a dazzling filmmaking debut
  • Kenji Fujishima @ TheaterMania
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The experience of watching the picture is simultaneously sad and terrifying.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Anthony Hopkins has given many great performances over the years and this one stands as one of his very best.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A deeply compassionate, deeply unnerving portrait of a man suffering from dementia and losing his grip on reality. The empathy machine of cinema has rarely been put to such uncomfortably intimate use.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: This isn’t about rug pull deception. The goal is instead to put a finger on the waves of clarity and bewilderment Anthony experiences on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: A devastatingly affecting vérité exploration of dementia, Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ sees Anthony Hopkins offer one of the very best performances of his career.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The Father’ delivers exactly what its synopsis and trailer promise it will: a movie with the shape of a psychological thriller and the emotional punch of a heartrending drama.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Losing one’s mind to dementia is one of the most unfair and cruel realities of the human condition, both for the sufferer and the loved ones who are forced to watch it happen. Through his novel storytelling approach, Florian Zeller has put his audience into the mind of someone who is losing his.
  • [New] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: This compelling drama is definitely NOT a feel-good offering. However, it is deeply moving and enlightening.
  • Robert Yaniz Jr. @ Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Reviews: Bacurau (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While Blumhouse provided popcorn with their “The Hunt,” cowriter/directors Kleber Mendonça Filho (“Neighboring Sounds”) and his “Aquarius” production designer Juliano Dornelles offer a three star Michelin meal with this Cannes 2019 Jury Prize winner.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s a passionate film that does a good job at balancing the socio-political themes and the action. Its filmmaking is strong enough to leave an impression no matter where you’re from.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: Bacurau’ is not only a quality film, it’s a good way to support small (and big) businesses in a dry season.
  • Ronald wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: As the life flows out the holes in the water truck you might wish you, too, had drank the Kool-Aid.

Reviews: Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)

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  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Dick Johnson is dead isn’t the old cliché of being about life instead of death. It’s very much about death. It’s unabashedly about death. However, it’s about the alternating sensations of crying and laughing we feel when we confront it.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: More than an exercise for today, Dick Johnson Is Dead becomes a time capsule for tomorrow.
  • [New] | Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “Dick Johnson is Dead” is a zany, unexpected dark humor documentary that toys with the nature of death and works to help us all make light of our own eventual end.
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Director Kirsten Johnson’s heartfelt, moving new documentary, Dick Johnson Is Dead, takes ninety minutes – culled from years of shooting for the picture – to make an uneasy, gallows humor sort of peace with the finality of death. It is a love letter from a daughter to a father, and vice versa.

Reviews: Collective (2020)

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  • Chris Barsanti @ The Playlist
    • Excerpt: presented as a crisp reportorial procedural, one of the best, in fact, that has hit screens since “Spotlight.”
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This artfully unfolding documentary is part political thriller, part paean to investigative free press, the whole haunted by Tedy Ursuleanu…who has turned her severe burning and disfigurement into something like national conscience performance art
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: So while there’s a lot to commend throughout this must-see journey of integrity amidst corruption, the reality remains that things may already be too late.