2020 hasn’t seen many movie releases due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. Some pushed to release later this year or next year, while some releasing on streaming platforms or video on demand. Hoping everyone to be safe and sound and maintain social distancing, here is our take on the best movies of 2020 so far.
10. The Gentlemen
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) starring, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant, is about a British gangster ups and downs through a plot to steal his domain. Ritchie is back with his British gritty gangster crime film, but it isn’t like his earlier entries Lock Stock, Snatch and RocknRolla.
The Gentlemen is still enjoyable and the A-list cast pulls off an amazing performance (special mention to Grant and Hunnam). Snappy dialogues and top-notch production value adds another gem to Ritchie’s filmography.
9. Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Directed by Eliza Hittman (13 Reasons Why, Beach Rats) starring Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder, is about two teenage girls journeys to New York to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.
The only film in the list which is pretty uncomfortable in terms of watching, dealing with raw human emotions, it’s the powerpack performances from both the lead and director’s handling the subject with nuance which are applaudable. Also, Flanigan and Ryder are two emerging stars to lookout.
8. Bad Boys For Life
Taking the charges from Micheal Bay, the third installment of Bad Boys series, directed by Billal Fallah and Adil El Arbi. Stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring their A-game as Detectives Mike and Marcus, who have past their prime and are dealing with family, age, retirement, and also not to forget being hunted by an assassin with a personal vendetta.
This movie feels different from the previous two entries as this one focuses more on character and keeping action somewhat grounded rather than going Bayhem.
Directed by Autumn De Wilde, this Jane Austen novel adaptation stars Anya Taylor Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn, Callum Turner, and Mia Goth, is set in the 1800s how a rich brat meddles into the love life of her friends. Visually stunning, fantastic production design, and delightful performance from Anya Taylor, this movie will not only put a smile on the Austen fans but also who didn’t read the novel.
After the massive success of Avengers Endgame, Russo Brothers produced a new action film called Extraction. Directed by Sam Hargrave (stunt coordinator of Avengers Infinity War and Endgame) stars Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, and Randeep Hooda went on to become the most-watched Netflix original film.
The breathtaking action sequences, long takes, charismatic performance by its leads but criticized for its violence, the illustration of Bangladesh and white savior elements, nonetheless is an entertaining action film in lines with John Wick and Raid. Must watch for the fans of Chris Hemsworth.
5. Invisible Man
Directed by Leigh Whannel (Upgrade) starring, Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. A modern take on the classic H.G Wells novel, about a woman who believes she is being stalked by her abusive and wealthy boyfriend after his apparent suicide.
This standalone horror film under Blumhouse production keeps it grounded, less flashy, and more psychological-horror centric, with Elizabeth Moss’ excellent performance. This film is an edgy upgraded reboot to the classic horror film which you shouldn’t miss.
4. The Way Back (2020)
Directed by Gavin O Connor (Warriors, The Accountant), stars Ben Affleck as an alcoholic washed-up basketball superstar. After a while, Ben Affleck gets a shot of coaching the new basketball players of the high school he once belonged. Could be said Affleck’s comeback movie, does deserve an academy nomination for his performance. It’s inspiring, uplifting, and emotional does fall into some cliche sports movie tropes but keeps the audience engaged with its performance.
The latest Pixar movie directed by Dan Scanlon, stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland about two teenage elf brothers on a journey to meet their deceased father for a day crossing all the obstacles on their way. Though it is not on par with other Pixar outings, this one doesn’t lack the charm and emotional beats that Pixar is always known.
2. King of Staten Island
Directed by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This Is 40), stars Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, and Steve Buscemi, is a coming of age comedy-drama about Scott Carlin and his life’s ups and downs since his father’s death and finding himself. Funny, smart, heartwarming, emotional, soulful, and relatable but lengthy, this one of the best Apatow’s work, is a wholesome entertainer and a must-watch.
Sonic The Hedgehog
The video game adaptations are getting better and Jim Carrey is always fun to watch.
Eurovision Song Contest
Breathing a fresh air in the dying genre of Musical Comedy.
Satirical take on class division in America, makes Hunger Games shy with the tongue in cheek violence.
From Radcliffe wielding a wand to Radcliffe wielding to guns, he has come a long way
1. Palm Springs
Directed by debutant Max Barbakow, starring ever relying, Andy Samberg (Brooklyn 99), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) and J.K Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man), is a refreshing take on romantic-comedy, where Nyles and Sarah met at a wedding and are stuck in a time loop. Under 90 minutes runtime, this Groundhog Day meets Bridesmaid is cute, charming, refreshing, thought-provoking, and most importantly fun, this film is a must-watch.