Bryon Lerum, Pedro Pascal, PG-13 An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. Director: You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, The Best Cookbooks (and Cocktail Books) of 2020, 59) Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, 27) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Yet as evidenced by the numerous gems that arrived over the course of the past twelve months, cinema remains as vital as ever. | Florian Zeller’s The Father conveys the terror, fury and anguish of dementia from the inside-out, assuming the unreliable and fragmented perspective of its protagonist, Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), until the boundaries between reality and delusion are as bewildering to us as to him. Matt Helm, PG-13 Action, Crime, Sci-Fi. Janina Gavankar, Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Carey Mulligan, Action, Comedy, Crime. | Stars: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. | Directors: Set to a new wave '80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together. Carlo Mirabella-Davis Stars: Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of Monica’s mom Soon-ja (Youn Yuh-jung), a foul-mouthed grandma whose relationship with David begins rockily before transforming into something profound. Stars: That, in turn, allows the HBO feature to rest on the sturdy shoulders of Jackman, who never resorts to caricature in embodying Tassone as a discontent striver whose eagerness for validation dovetailed with his lifelong deceptiveness, to disastrous ends. Daniel Radcliffe, On its surface, Nomadland is a simple story about a middle-aged woman named Fern (Frances McDormand) who, after losing her husband (to disease) and her home (to the closing of a plant and the town it supported), embarks on an itinerant life across the American plains. In private moments alone and between the two, the director illustrates how the act of seeing each other – truly, and without prejudice – is key to their shared affection, thereby turning his documentary into a tribute to the transformative power of empathy. Misha Osherovich, TV-14 | Home is where the Devil is in The Dark and the Wicked, as siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbot Jr.) discover upon returning to their parents’ rural farm to tend to their ailing bed-ridden father (Michael Zagst) and distraught mother (Julie Oliver-Touchstone). Led by the heroic Judy Heumann and many of her fellow Jened alums, a civil rights movement was born, resulting in the famous San Francisco sit-in to compel U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Wellness Joseph Califano to sign Section 504 of 1973’s Rehabilitation Act, and later, the ADA. | 100 min Nick Schager is a NYC-area film critic and culture writer with twenty years of professional experience writing about all the movies you love, and countless others that you don’t. Michael Banks Repeta, PG-13 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. | Moreover, he imparts a sense of the vital role that dialogue plays in fostering change, and uniting dissimilar people. | Michael Stuhlbarg, Jason Woliner Director: As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession. Adapting his own stage play with puzzle-box formal rigorousness, Zeller situates his action in Anthony’s flat, where he’s visited by a collection of individuals whose identities – and circumstances – seem to change on a whim, be it his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman), a woman who might also be Anne (Olivia Williams), two men who are apparently Anne’s husband (Mark Gatiss and Rufus Sewell), and a new nursing aid (Imogen Poots) who closely resembles Anthony’s younger (and possibly dead?) Jason Lei Howden | If you're in the mood to watch a movie that stars a sexy guy, we get it. Odessa Young, | Hilary Swank, | Helena Bonham Carter, R That Garbus doesn’t let Mari off the hook for her own mistakes, while nonetheless casting a reproachful gaze at the individual and systemic failings that allow such crimes to occur – and go unsolved – only strengthens her cinematic case for compassion and togetherness as the bulwark against tragedy. At the center of his tale is Maxim Lapunov, whose release from a Chechnyan torture chamber—and resultant knowledge of the government’s monstrous activities—turns him into the state’s Enemy Number One. Juhan Ulfsak, Votes: | | Director: | Thankfully, Netflix gets it, too. Mackenzie Davis, Loungewear Is the Undisputed Winner of 2020, The 20 Best Books For These Long Winter Nights, The Coolest Tech and Gadgets of 2021 (So Far), A Cable Knit Sweater Is Your Winter Style Staple, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Putting a poignant face on a contentious social topic, Never Rarely Sometimes Always tells the story of pregnant Pennsylvania 17-year-old Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), who with her loyal cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) by her side, travels to New York to procure an abortion. Round and round the romantic entanglements go, not only for these three characters but a host of others that de Wilde and screenwriter Eleanor Catton faithfully delineate in clean, bright brushstrokes. In the ensuing weeks, 37 more burn victims perished due to bacterial infections at local hospitals, which journalist Catalin Tolontan and his colleagues soon link to a widespread scandal involving diluted disinfectants, gangster hospital managers, and amoral bribery and profiteering that incoming health minster Vlad Voiculescu is tasked with cleaning up. Biography, Drama, Romance. | Director: Cleo, Director: Saoirse Ronan, | Jesse Eisenberg, The mythic quality of the Cordillera – the towering eastern stretch of the Andes mountains that serves as both a protective and isolating barrier for the city of Santiago – is harmonized with the grand, destructive illusions of Chile’s Pinochet regime in The Cordillera of Dreams, documentarian Patricio Guzmán’s personal rumination on his homeland’s tumultuous history, and his relationship to it. Nonetheless, writer/director Francis Lee’s film follows in the grand tradition of The Age of Innocence in recounting its protagonists’ flowering relationship, which is complicated by not only the women’s different dispositions and situations, but by a society that prevents them from expressing their amour. Elisabeth Moss, Tom Astor, Stars: Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Horowitz, | Autumn de Wilde Director: By Emily Krauser and Zach Seemayer 8:40 AM PST, December 21, 2020 . Stars: Johnny Flynn, Marder evokes Ruben’s condition through an expertly calibrated soundscape that vacillates between harmonious, crystal-clear atmospherics and the low, scary dullness that now besets Ruben. It introduced us to a lot of characters, although many of them would be recast later. 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. | In extended scenes of press conferences, presentations, boardroom meetings and community hearings—as well as snapshots of day-to-day life in Beantown’s diverse districts—Wiseman conveys the mundane toil of legislative and regulatory action. In his final screen performance, Boseman matches his co-headliner’s intensity, his Levee so full of vibrant, self-destructive fury, desire and life that it’s a tragedy the performance stands as the late actor’s swan song. A list of major movies released in 2021, in release order! Maria Bakalova, | David Fincher Stars: Spike Lee goes for broke with Da 5 Bloods, tackling historic and modern racism, oppression, guilt, greed and brotherhood through the story of four Vietnam Vets (played by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Norm Lewis) who, along with the son of Lindo’s character (Jonathan Majors), return to Southeast Asia to both recover the remains of their fallen comrade Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman) and to find the gold they buried years ago. As envisioned by writer/director Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats), Autumn’s with-child circumstance leads to a harrowing ordeal of uncomfortable doctor visits, financial anxieties, and incessant indignities suffered at the hands of men, be it sexually harassing classmates, her drunk and uncaring father (Ryan Eggold), or a boy (Théodore Pellerin) she and Skylar meet on the bus to Manhattan. Yakin’s sinuous, passionate indie is as entrancing as it is daring. | Millie Bobby Brown, Pete Docter, There may be no more suspenseful moment in cinema this year than the sight of David running after Soon-ja – nor one more affecting. The writer/director employs narration, shifts in perspective, flashbacks, and wild dramatic scenes—both male and female Edens and Avivas sometimes share the screen, partying, arguing or having passionate sex—to provide an intimate sense of the desires and fears propelling these conjoined figures forward. 164 View Slideshow Getty Images . A complete list of 2020 movies. “Handsome, clever and rich” is how Emma’s tagline describes its matchmaking heroine (Anya Taylor-Joy), but it’s also an apt summation of director Autumn de Wilde’s Jane Austen adaptation, which is energized by meticulous style, spirited wit and passionate emotions. Drawn to the gray, crashing-waves shores of her Lyme Regis hometown, Mary is a dour intellectual loner whose life is altered by her unlikely connection with Charlotte, a young beauty left in her care by the woman’s husband (James McArdle). Drama, Mystery, Romance. Mary Steenburgen, Director: Plus, it boasts 2020’s most gruesomely inventive use of an umbrella. Drama, Horror, Mystery. Marjane Satrapi 150 min | Whether tapping into universal hopes and fears, or incisively reflecting our current insane circumstances, they offered insight and escape, as well as thrills of a breathtakingly varied sort. NOTE: A lot of 2021 movie were delayed to 2022 due to Covid so I decided to add 2022 movies to this list as well. Travis Johnson, R Comedy, Drama, Romance. Amanda Seyfried, Andy Samberg, Stars: Paul Greengrass Jamie Foxx, Every product was carefully curated by an Esquire editor. Terrence Malick | Lily James, Comedy. Most of all, though, it’s a saga about perseverance and bravery, two qualities that Neulinger – then, and now – exhibits in spades. At every turn, what Mari discovers is a lack of urgency about, if not outright indifference to, her daughter’s disappearance, even after other bodies are found in the very same area. Whether being chastised by her boss (who’s only heard in hushed phone calls), or sharing quiet, pointed glances with her female colleagues, Jane is a victim of both exploitative men and, just as severely, a corrupt institutional structure that perpetuates itself by fostering cutthroat ruthlessness and alienating silence. | | Presenting its story through fractured plotting and dreamy monologues, the Portuguese master’s latest is a series of tableaus of lovelorn grief concerning not only Vitalina but also an aged priest in spiritual crisis and another young man poised to endure his own tragedy. Though the results aren’t as dynamic as their prior collaboration, Coppola’s fizzy romantic drama nonetheless finds its headliner in outstanding form as Felix, the suave ladies-man father to Laura (Rashida Jones), with whom he embarks on an investigation into the possible two-timing proclivities of her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans). Margot Robbie, Action, Horror, Thriller. Kingsley Ben-Adir, | Director: A swirling psychodrama about loss of reality – and thus, self – the film is wrenching precisely because it doesn’t unduly pull on the heartstrings; rather, Zeller respectfully evokes the grand and subtle horrors of this all-too-common nightmare, with Hopkins embodying Anthony with pitiable mystification, malice and dread. Mirjam Novak, By means of a job coaching his Catholic alma matter’s struggling team, Jack is blessed with a shot at salvation, turning around the fortunes of his players and, by extension, his own life. The director’s striking black-and-white imagery invites investigation and rumination about these familiar creatures, whose experiences and motivations are at once uniquely beastly and poignantly relatable, the latter of which comes to the fore in a finale of confused anguish and desperation. Adapted from Jerzy Kosiński’s celebrated 1965 novel of the same name, Marhoul’s film is a harrowing saga about an unnamed Jewish Boy (Petr Kotlár) who, during WWII, is subjugated to every depraved indignity under the sun at the hands of various Eastern European villagers with whom he temporarily stays. Alison Brie, Max Barbakow Adil El Arbi, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi. | Stars: Subdued and melancholy, Jack’s journey is a familiar one, and yet O’Conner and Affleck – the latter turning in an expertly modulated, interior turn – shrewdly locate their protagonist’s alcoholism as the self-destructive byproduct of regret, resentment, fury and hopelessness. Yet there are profound depths to director Chloé Zhao’s follow-up to 2018’s The Rider, steeped as her film is in swirling issues of loss and sorrow, discovery and wonder, hardship and survival, and loneliness and togetherness. Vitalina wanders through this dilapidated and gloomy environment, which Costa shoots almost exclusively at night, the better to conjure a sense of ghosts navigating a dreamscape of sorrow, suffering and disconnection. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, At once an alternately joyous and distressed confrontation of mortality and impending grief, not to mention a celebration of the cinema’s (illusory, and yet magical) capacity to combat time and fate, Johnson’s follow-up to Cameraperson is a uniquely warts-and-all portrait of facing the inevitable with courage, creativity and devotion. Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality. As hardships mount, Loach incisively details the major and minor ways in which this contractor-oriented paradigm is fundamentally rigged against workers. 98 min Thrillingly grand and revealingly intimate, it paints a timely portrait of the heroism, and sacrifices, required to uphold democracy. Gal Gadot, | Good luck making coherent heads or tails of the film’s convoluted story about a CIA agent known only as the Protagonist (John David Washington) who teams with a shadowy colleague (Robert Pattinson) to discover the origins of bullets that, thanks to entropic “inversion,” can travel back in time. Kristen Stewart, Cathy Yan One of five features included in 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” compilation, Mangrove dramatizes the real-life story of the Mangrove Nine, a group of Black British West Indians from Notting Hill who were charged with inciting a riot after they marched in protest against police harassment and brutality – all of it centered around Frank Crichlow’s (Shaun Parkes) The Mangrove restaurant. Kathryn Newton, Adventure, Comedy, Music. Adventure, Comedy, Family. Director: | Aylin Tezel, | The Netflix 2020 holiday movies have been announced, and Bustle is ranking them by how ridiculous they sound. Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Rife with betrayals, manhunts and shootouts, the auteur’s narrative is constantly taking sharp, unexpected turns, and the same is true of his breathtaking direction, which reveals unseen figures, and twists, via elegant camerawork and expressionistic flourishes that are married to a realistic depiction of rain-soaked Wuhan and its lawless lakeside communities. The darkness is all-consuming, as is despair over a lost past and future, and a purgatorial present, in Vitalina Varela, Pedro Costa’s aesthetically ravishing true tale of its protagonist, a Cape Verde resident who returns to Portugal mere days after her estranged husband’s death. As with his prior Black Coal, Thin Ice, Chinese director Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake has a coiled intensity that amplifies its romantic fatalism. There’s not much mystery to this tale of forbidden desire, but considerable restraint and subtlety, as Lee exquisitely conveys Mary and Charlotte’s emotional states through shrewd, textured compositions of Mary’s spartan home (which she shares with her mother) and oceanic workplace. | Chung’s storytelling is awash in contrasts – between alienation and communion; the urban and the rural; religion and self-determination – that he establishes with a lyrical touch, allowing his tale to slowly reveal itself to be a multifaceted family drama about faith, togetherness, survival and adapting to new and daunting circumstances. Through use of piercing close-ups, grainy archival clips, and an agile editorial structure, director Marcello infuses his action with hard-edged lyricism, equally rugged and romantic, enlivening and ominous. | Sharply incorporating closed-captioning into its storytelling, it’s a quiet-LOUD-quiet portrait of finding peace in the present stillness. Cristin Milioti, Drenched in ageless, evil imagery (full of triangular pagan symbols, pointy-hatted silhouettes, and nocturnal mist), and boasting a trippiness that becomes hilariously literal at one point, Gretel & Hansel casts a spell that feels at once ancient and new. Forced to navigate a chauvinistic world that treats them as disposable sexual playthings, denigrates them as whores when they attempt to fulfill that role, and then thwarts their desire for agency – and independence – at every turn, Autumn’s saga is all the more heartbreaking for being so ordinary. Or is it a tool of other sinister forces preparing to strike? A young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. | Jessie Ennis, Also generating pathos from agonized father-son traumas, it’s a male weepy that, courtesy of its well-calibrated empathy, earns its melodramatic tears.Watch Now. Lapunov’s courageous desire to legally strike back at the system is one of many threads exposing the fascistic new Final Solution being perpetrated by Putin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Faced with limited professional options, Ricky (Kris Hitchen) gets a job as a delivery driver for a company that doesn’t technically hire him; rather, he’s “self-employed,” meaning the onus for everything falls on his shoulders.