Category Archives: 2020 Films

Reviews: The Wolf House (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Simply put, this mind blowing, multi media stop motion animation is like nothing you have ever seen before… With their first feature length film, Cociña and León have broken new ground, combining the tale of the Three Little Pigs with psychological breakdown within the little known history of Colonia Dignidad.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This stop-motion animated movie isn’t heavy on plot, but as a visual nightmare it’s spectacular.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: A fascinatingly nightmarish depiction of María’s psychology as PTSD crushes her hope and Stockholm syndrome erases her capacity to [differentiate] friend [from] foe.
  • [New] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The Wolf House‘s experimental animation traps us in a constantly shifting nightmare dollhouse: Maria merges into and out of the walls, conjures human features for her pigs, and even the paintings on the walls can’t keep their shape for more than a second or two.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Reviews: One Night in Miami (2020)

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  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: Enlightening, infuriating, and a small masterpiece of political philosophy and filmmaking.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: An intelligent, funny and necessary film for this moment, this is a memorable night out.
  • Derek Deskins @ Edge Media Network
    • Excerpt: One Night in Miami still possesses all of the trappings necessary to reap armloads of awards, but underneath the preconceptions and headlines is an intimate story of four men. King creates a space where the characters are able to strip away their costumes of celebrity and delve into the far more human elements of life.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Leslie Odom, Jr is so captibating. I started to wonder what a biography about Sam Cooke would look like.
  • Allyson Johnson @ TheYoungFolks.com
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Four icons, four egos to match, one hotel room, and all night to lay it out there. Over 50 years later, these leaders still have something to say.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: They collectively breathe life into a moment that very well could have helped shape where the civil rights movement went next.
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: This is a powerful movie filled with extraordinary performances and masterful direction from Regina King. One Night in Miami… is one of the best films of 2020, one that shouldn’t be missed.

Reviews: Time (2020)

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Reviews: Minari (2020)

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Reviews: Ammonite (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Winslet is extraordinary here, every year of unappreciated hard work writ across her expression, her mannish way of walking the gait of a laborer…Lee’s fashioned a wonderful what-if examination of a little known historical figure
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The camera captures their need for each other, while not being intrusive or trying to overly romanticize their visceral passion.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This is the kind of experience that inspires thoughtful critics to consult a thesaurus. One must interestingly describe an account with a more creative word than “boring.”
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: On its own merits the film is handsomely made with wonderful acting and a lived in environment. [But Lee] could have simply written [it] without using any real names.
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Ammonite’ is a quiet, contemplative drama that consistently engaging and often affecting. Francis Lee crafts a poetic film that impresses with its poignant storytelling, stunning cinematography, and incredible performances delivered by the titanic talents of Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan at the forefront.

Reviews: Beanpole (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: “Beanpole’s” most distinctive element is its use of color, Sergey Ivanov’s production design limiting its spectrum to the brilliant greens symbolizing life, rich golden ochers and muted reds.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: They’re caught in a reactionary series of events that pushes them to go against every fiber of their beings if it means not becoming trapped in a corner alone.
  • Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com
    • Excerpt: The film explores death, blackmail, betrayal, catastrophic injury, illness, and women’s struggle to survive as second-class citizens in the course and aftermath of war. These are the grim veins mined in a powerful film that will compel your attention even as you fight the urge to turn away.
  • Rene Sanchez @ Cine Sin Fronteras [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Beanpole es un crudo y complejo drama que observa el costo de la guerra a través de la afligida mirada de un par de mujeres que buscan rehacer su vida y encontrar un poco de esperanza en medio de la tragedia.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com
    • Excerpt: An explosive look at the horrors of war grounded by great performances from every person on the screen.
  • [New] | Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

Reviews: The Boys in the Band (2020)

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  • RIch Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Much of what is said is downright cruel, but this is a rare script that confronts enormous issues without flinching
  • [New] | Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • Glenn Dunks @ Flicks
    • Excerpt: …the play’s controversial take on homosexual self-loathing doesn’t feel fresh or enlightening. There is no reflection; no revision. It is as if 50 years have gone by without a single original thought about how to tell this story beyond including flashes of penis.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Frank, moving, bitterly funny, entertaining, and filled with impassioned performances.
  • Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: With its good direction, the sharp script, and strong cast, ‘The Boys in the Band’ is brilliant, complex, touching and, let’s not forget, current.
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: There’s no doubt the chemistry that these men built together on stage, night after night, gives The Boys in the Band such an authentic, lived-in feel. As each character shows up to the birthday party, we feel an emotional (and sometimes physical) charge as they interact with one another. It doesn’t hurt that the acting talent involved is also incredibly strong.

Reviews: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: the late Chadwick Boseman gives us something we’ve never seen before, breaking our hearts all over again not only with Levee’s character arc, but for what we have lost. Viola Davis, too, expands her repertoire as the bold, demanding diva…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: August Wilson’s play is highlighted by an ensemble of great performances.
  • [New] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Wolfe retains a lot of Wilson’s play’s theatricality in this cinematic rendition and it’s all to its immense strength. Davis and especially Boseman are on a whole other level.
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: I’m frustrated and grief-stricken that Chadwick Boseman is gone. Not only was he an incredible actor, but by all accounts, he was a generous, kind, and compassionate human being. This final role is a gift to all of us who admired his work. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a gift to the craft of storytelling.

Reviews: The Midnight Sky (2020)

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  • Chris Barsanti @ The Playlist
    • Excerpt: …trips up on its own earnestness.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: THE MIDNIGHT SKY’s familiarity of story and style has the feeling of leftovers as lifeless as the continual hangdog expression on Clooney’s face rather than of dynamic reinvention.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: as moving as it can be, largely due to Clooney’s melancholy stoic resolve, Mark L. Smith’s (“The Revenant”) adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ always feels like something we have experienced before.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Its vagueness regarding certain mechanics and plot logistics are frustrating, but I still found myself engrossed and moved by its emotional payoff.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Regret and redemption are powerful cinematic themes, both well-served in this sci-fi warning about what we may confront in the near future.
  • [New] | Sarah Marrs @ LaineyGossip.com
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: We know when danger is coming and we know the tough choices necessary to overcome it, but the emotions are authentically devastating just the same.
  • Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Star and director George Clooney gets most of the close-ups, and he’s definitely ready for them. His expressive facial reactions to each crucial situation are quite impressive.
  • James Wegg @ JWR [French]
    • Excerpt: Only time will tell just how much of the planet, as we know it, will still be around in 2049.

Reviews: Soul (2020)

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