Category Archives: 2020 Films

Reviews: Antebellum (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While everything comes together in the film’s third act, this is the type of film that suffers upon reflection. Still its depiction of slavery presents real, vivid horror and its relevance in today’s troubling times is undeniable
  • M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: Award-winning musical artist Janelle Monáe stars as a successful author trapped in a horrifying reality as a captive slave in the visually beautiful horror-thriller Antebellum. From directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz in their feature-length debut, the film is a piecemeal of sociopolitical ideas that loosely come together in the end but ultimately, fail to resonate in any meaningful way for making this a memorable production.
  • Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Thank the movie heavens for Lionsgate proudly taking a chance on something as audacious, confrontational, and sure to be divisive as “Antebellum.”
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: This may be the most intelligent and provocative horror film of the year.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: While Antebellum is a gorgeous film to look at, and has admirable goals in mind, it misses on most accounts, falls into all-too-common traps, and the end result plays like an overlong episode of Black Mirror.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Those moments that should be powerful end up getting undercut by their surface appeal. The filmmakers’ obvious ambitions fall prey to cinematic convention.
  • C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: Antebellum suffers from its insistence on exploiting Black pain and an underwritten story that feels confused about what it’s truly trying to say.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Much last this year’s ‘The Hunt’, ‘Antebellum’ is sure to spark controversy and shock viewers into taking a stance, one way or another. And though it may turn some away with its harsh, backdated depictions of racial violence, there’s an urgent core to the film that’s well worth examining.

Reviews: Radioactive (2020)

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Reviews: Shortcut (2020)

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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
  • 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.
  • [New] | Jeremy Kibler @
    • Excerpt: Too audacious and richly designed to outright dismiss but too precious to completely embrace, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” does get one thinking they are having an existential crisis.
  • 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]
  • 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…
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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] | M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: Given Disney’s current track record of live-action remakes of dearly beloved animated classics, it’s not all that surprising Mulan (2020) is a middle-of-the-road affair, doing much of the same as other Disney remakes with additions and changes that ultimately don’t add a great deal to the original. From Niki Caro, the film shows the potential of striving for something more thoughtful and inspiring for contemporary audiences.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: [It] improves on the story in some ways, but falls short in presenting a masterful, wire-fu epic.
  • 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.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Acceptably inoffensive, if less than wholly engaging. At least Liu’s strong, stately Mulan is a wonderful role model for girls who aren’t much interested in conformity and adhering to expectations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The specifics of the plot are impossible to follow, but boy does it look spectacular!
  • 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.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: I suspect that Nolan spent a decade-and-a-half or so on the idea for Tenet so he could have a reason to shoot action sequences in reverse. If that’s all you care about, then mission gloriously accomplished.

Reviews: The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)

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