Shirley is American biographical drama film, directed by Josephine Decker, from a screenplay by Sarah Gubbins, based upon the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell. The film stars Elisabeth Moss as novelist Shirley Jackson with Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young and Logan Lerman. Martin Scorsese serves as an executive producer.
Shirley had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020 where Decker won a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking and was released on June 5, 2020, by Neon. The film received positive reviews, with praise for Moss's performance.
9.'Never Rarely Sometimes Always'
Never Rarely Sometimes Always written and directed by Eliza Hittman. It stars Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold and Sharon Van Etten. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020. It was also selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.
Writer/director Eliza Hittman's affecting abortion drama centers on a Pennsylvania teenager (Sidney Flanigan) who takes a bus to New York City with her cousin/co-worker (Talia Ryder) to terminate her pregnancy. The film unflinchingly tackles serious subject matter, though it never loses focus on the girl at the heart of the matter.
Tigertail is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by Alan Yang. It stars Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Hayden Szeto, Lee Hong-chi, Kunjue Li, Fiona Fu, Yang Kuei-mei, James Saito and Joan Chen.
A redemptive tale told over several decades, the excellent family drama centers on a stoic Taiwanese man (Tzi Ma) struggling to connect with his workaholic daughter (Christine Ko) while revisiting his fateful decision years earlier to leave love behind and travel to America in search of a better life.
Where to watch: Netflix
Bacurau (Portuguese for 'nightjar') is a 2019 Weird Western film directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles. It stars Sônia Braga, Udo Kier, Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira and Karine Teles. The film, a co-production between Brazil and France, revolves around Bacurau, a fictional small town in the Brazilian sertão, which is beset by strange happenings following the death of its matriarch at the age of 94.
A bloody and interesting thriller with sci-fi, Western and B-movie overtones, the flick follows the residents of a small Brazilian village who wonder about odd circumstances – like the fact that their home has inexplicably fallen off online maps – and then are invaded by mysterious marauders who aren't prepared for their victims to fight back so hard.
6. 'The Assistant'
The Assistant is a 2019 American drama film written, directed, produced, and edited by Kitty Green. It stars Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, and Noah Robbins.
A day in the soul-crushing life of a working woman in the #MeToo era is chronicled in Kitty Green's drama. Julia Garner is fantastic as a young junior assistant running the copy machine, grabbing food orders and making appointments for her womanizing entertainment mogul boss, but she learns how toxic the culture is when she stands up and says something.
5. 'True History of the Kelly Gang'
True History of the Kelly Gang is a 2019 bushranger film directed by Justin Kurzel, written by Shaun Grant, and based upon the 2000 novel of the same name by Peter Carey. A fictionalised account of the life of bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly, the film stars George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam and Russell Crowe.
George MacKay follows up a breakout role in "1917" as notorious 19th-century Aussie bushranger Ned Kelly in this visually arresting punk-rock biopic. The polarizing figure is seen from his days as an innocent Irish lad learning lawless ways to the anarchic, armor-clad young man leading a band of dress-wearing rebels.
The original Broadway production of the award-winning musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the treasury, blending hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway styles, filmed from the Richard Rogers Theater in New York.
This is a bit of a ringer, a filmed production of a mega-popular, game-changing musical that's arguably the biggest thing on Broadway ever. Still, Lin-Manuel Miranda's rap-filled vehicle about Alexander Hamilton and the early days of America is an awesome history lesson and fascinating character study filled with infectious songs. It's probably the only 2020 movie that'll be taught in high school history classes for decades to come.
Where to watch: Disney+
3. 'The Vast of Night'
The Vast of Night is a 2019 American science fiction mystery film directed by Andrew Patterson, and starring Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz. The film is written by Andrew Patterson under the pseudonym of James Montague and Craig W. Sanger. The film is set in 1950s New Mexico, a young switchboard operator and a radio disc jockey discover a mysterious audio frequency that could be extraterrestrial in origin.
In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett .
It's been a while since a sci-fi film gave off the kind of Spielbergian vibes that Andrew Patterson's lo-fi debut does. In small-town 1950s New Mexico, a spunky young switchboard operator (Sierra McCormick) and local radio DJ (Jake Horowitz) investigate a weird audio frequency that leads to a very enlightening, "Twilight Zone"-esque mystery.
Where to watch: Amazon
2. The Invisible Man
he Invisible Man is a 2020 Australian-American science fiction psychological horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell, loosely based on the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells. It is the second installment in Universal's Dark Universe franchise. It follows a woman who believes she is being stalked and gaslit by her abusive and wealthy boyfriend even after his apparent suicide, and ultimately deduces that he has acquired the ability to become invisible. The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. It is an international co-production of the United States and Australia.
This is how you make a classic Universal movie monster relevant again. Leigh Whannell's outstanding thriller, as much an exploration of abuse and gaslighting as it is a horror show, is an eerie Hitchcockian tale starring Moss as a woman victimized by an unseen force, although no one believes her when she insists it's her supposedly dead ex.
1. 'Da 5 Bloods
Da 5 Bloods is a 2020 American war drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Spike Lee. It stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Johnny Trí Nguyễn, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jean Reno, and Chadwick Boseman.
One of Lee's best films, "Bloods" is both action-packed entertainment and timely treatise on Black patriotism and racial injustice. Is it too early to make Delroy Lindo a shoo-in for a best actor Oscar nomination? Nah, because he rules this engrossing war drama about African American vets who return to Vietnam for treasure and the remains of their squad leader (Chadwick Boseman) but also find old demons still plague them.
Where to watch: Netflix