Category Archives: 2020 Films

Reviews: Infidel (2020)

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Reviews: I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: His third film finds him adapting Iain Reid’s ‘unfilmable’ award winning debut novel and yet it is unmistakably Kaufman, his themes of identity, depression and doomed relationships now literally shrouded in death.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: As the story meanders along, it becomes a mind-bending exploration of life’s biggest questions, a movie we feel without fully understanding
  • [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: I’m Thinking of Ending Things combines a darkly comedic tone with a bleak atmosphere to make for a haunting portrait of a relationship on the rocks.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: I thought about “ending” this movie many times while watching it.
  • Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]
    • Excerpt: With “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” Charlie Kaufman further cements himself as an uncategorizable force to be reckoned with – something cinema can never have enough of.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Once you accept that you’re never going to understand its rhythms, this Netflix production reveals itself to be incredibly substantive.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: We’re trying to describe this Charlie Kaufman movie without spoiling it. Pray for us.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • [New] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: Charlie Kaufman‘s latest mind-massager is another intensely subjective and literate tour of the lonely corridors of the mind, where nothing is as it seems. It’s one of his strangest offerings— particularly when it reaches an irrational finale that departs from the source novel—but perhaps what distinguishes it the most is the exceptional ensemble acting…
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: I’m Thinking of Ending Things will probably become a richer experience with repeated viewings. It is a puzzle box of a movie. With his sardonic dark humor and preoccupation with existential crisis, Kaufman has made one of the most challenging and interesting movies of the year.

Reviews: Mulan (2020)

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  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: There are several volumes of sophisticated feminist theory at work, but, trust me, they are wholly in the service of a first-rate action-adventure film that puts characters ahead of spectacle.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Why is it that so many of Disney’s ‘live action’ remakes look so artificial, as if they’ve been mostly animated themselves?
  • [New] | Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Director Niki Caro expertly balances the drama, humour, adventure and action, creating a thrilling big-screen epic with potent emotional resonance and lots of female power
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s perfectly watchable, and at times, quite enjoyable, but in moments where it seemed like they had the opportunity to do something new and interesting with the material, they decide not to. Instead, relying too heavily on the animated film that already has the audience’s affection.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: [It] improves on the story in some ways, but falls short in presenting a masterful, wire-fu epic.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Feels more like a meticulously recreated piece of product from the Disney factory and not a stirring legend based on centuries-old folklore.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Mulan is the first time I’ve seen one of these remakes and thought it kind of, maybe had a reason to exist.

Reviews: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)

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Reviews: Boys State (2020)

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  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: It finds in this purely ceremonial exercise a stark portrait of a deeply divided country at a crossroads, and in its protagonists’ struggles, a charged journey full of suspense, disappointment, and joy.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: riveting…a microcosm of the state of our divided nation as displayed by seventeen year-old boys, predominantly white and conservative, who are at turns impressive, infuriating, silly, mean-spirited, compassionate and frequently surprising.
  • Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience
    • Excerpt: I watched the new Apple+ and A24 documentary Boys State and, sorry to break it to you, but America is nuts. Like, really. A lot. I’m allergic to nuts—anaphylactic, send me hospital kind of allergic—and I felt as if I were about to break out in hives watching Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’ compelling and unsettling new movie.
  • [New] | Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews
    • Excerpt: Like a reality TV show cinema vérité.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Boys State is a masterful piece of observational, verité cinema. It’s every bit as engrossing as something like Harlan County, USA – although the stakes of that film, about striking coal miners in Kentucky, are literally life-and-death – and carries on the grand tradition of the direct cinema approach of the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman.

Reviews: Tenet (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is a sleek, mysterious clockwork which, like its title, flips in its middle and doubles back on itself, exposing its inner machinations. As The Protagonist, John David Washington imbues the director’s chilly aesthetic with humanizing warmth.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s latest brain-bender is an entertaining if rather dense spy thriller, mixing the globe-hopping splendour of a Bond movie with Nolan’s puzzle-style plotting, dropping clues into each Imax-scaled scene.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: With Tenet, Nolan has made his Bond film. Unfortunately it is Spectre by way of Guy Ritchie’s Revolver.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Nolan never fails to deliver on the big screen experience and, in spite of some atypical predictability, this is a thrilling watch from beginning to end.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan has too much time on his hands.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘Tenet’ sees director Christopher Nolan completely bend the knee to technical showmanship and entirely ignore the bread and butter of what makes films engaging: character. Though the mostly-practical VFX achievements make you wonder how he did this or that, there is no excuse for how actively not fun Tenet is.

Reviews: The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)

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Reviews: Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Reeves and Winter step into their old roles as if they’ve simply grown older along with them and the film is as sweet and silly as our protagonists.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: The storytelling is messy, but the film is so disarming that only the coldest curmudgeon will be able to resist its charms
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: I had a really fun time hanging out with these characters again. It’s a conclusion to the series that will definitely satisfy fans.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: It’s difficult living up to a film beloved by so many, but this second sequel does a good job of evoking everything that was great about its predecessors.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bill & Ted may face the music, but it’s their daughters that are the most righteous.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The chill zen and goofy charm of GenX’s philosopher-fools remains intact, but their latest adventure is too familiar a retelling. Still, “Be excellent to each other” won’t ever not be worth heeding.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: If the world could be gifted a million more movies like Bill & Ted Face the Music, it could be the cause for celebration and peace among the nations. Not only is it a welcome blast of nostalgia, it is an eager call for unity amid calamity like none other.

Reviews: Tesla (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ethan Hawke’s intense, slightly mannered performance… makes the juxtaposition of his period perfection …stepping up to a microphone to perform Tears for Fears ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ spark like Tesla’s magnifying transmitter.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: It’s an impressionistic biopic, shifting between perspectives while using documentary inserts and more audacious flourishes
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Michael Almereyda takes some mighty big swings with Tesla, but I’m not convinced most of them totally land. However, it still makes for a very fascinating watch.
  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Hawke is warm and empathetic, but the film’s artificiality is at odds with a celebration of the visionary’s life and work, and finally offputting. I wish this were either more earnest or more bonkers.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The picture casts a hypnotic spell.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The structure of Almereyda’s film can therefore be best summed up with the word “anachronistic” and even that isn’t enough preparation for Tears for Fears karaoke.
  • [New] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Artistic scenes in TESLA glow. What do they mean? It’s hard to know. Futuristic, Tesla’s thinking; he must be up there — and winking!

Reviews: Project Power (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …the mythology is muddled and presented with murkily edited, dark imagery. What it does have is a breakthrough performance from Domique Fishback…On the whole there’s a little too much going on in “Project Power” which leaves the vast conspiracy that drives it without enough oxygen.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Project Power loses steam almost as quickly as the drug at the center of it. Though it’s visually dazzling, its paint-by-the-numbers plot is exacerbated by hamfisted political commentary and uninspired characters—even Jamie Foxx can’t muster up enough star power to save the day.
  • Derek Deskins @ Edge Media Network
    • Excerpt: Project Power can never stick the landing, wavering in an in-between space: Not crazy enough to be fun, not smart enough to be good.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Project Power is an amusing and satisfying distraction that falls in line with what you’d expect from a Netflix original. Charismatic performances carry the thrills along even if it doesn’t explore all the possibilities of its premise.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: 9 out of 10 writers could’ve easily expanded this seed of a creative idea into an interesting tale. Apparently, this is the attempt that failed.
  • [New] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Although the star power of Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines in Project Power, it’s young Dominique Fishback who sparkles the brightest in this exciting Netflix offering.