2020

Writer/director Garin Hovannisian’s Truth to Power, a new documentary on System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, will likely entrance fans of the band looking to get an in-depth tale of the politically-active singer and musician, but anyone else in search of a focused tale will find the film desperately lacking.

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‘Minari’ is an instant American Classic about the American Dream to a Korean family finding themselves cultivating a farm in rural Arkansas.

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2020 was a historically terrible but that didn’t stop great films from being released. This list looks at the best films and hidden gems of last year.

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‘Promising Young Woman’ is an exploration of sexual assault and accountability in a post-#MeToo era aware of the present yet largely foggy on the past.

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‘Greenland’ is an emotional, prescient suspense drama that’s got no right being as good as it is.

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‘The Beach House’ is absolutely one of my favorite horror films of the year, so I was thrilled to get a chance to hop of the phone with director/writer Jeffrey A. Brown to discuss how this excellent piece of small-budget terror came to be.

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There’s a lot to take from Steve Byrne’s ‘The Opening Act,’ but the main takeaway is if you’re willing to take a chance, enjoy it while it lasts, rather than worrying about what happens if it doesn’t go exactly as planned.

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The superhero genre gets darker in Adam Egypt Mortimer’s newest feature Archenemy. To get out of a world of hyper-violent crime, two teenagers partner with a drunken man who claims to be a superhero from another dimension.

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‘Dear Santa’ examines Santa’s helpers, hundreds of volunteers and postal workers who make sure the letters to the Big Guy become Christmas wishes to remember.

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Anchored by a career-best performance by Mikkelsen and a thoughtful script that understands its characters, ‘Another Round’ is black comedy at its best.

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‘Sound of Metal’ is an outstanding film that explores not just the struggle of addiction, but the addiction of struggle.

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Its only fitting to end with weird year with the possibly the weirdest Christmas movie of all time. Fatman answers the age old question of “What if Santa was actually badass?” Gibson and Goggins star in the bloody Christmas epic.

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There’s more good than bad in ‘The Dark and the Wicked,’ and a lot of heart behind the effort.

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Director Andre Gower’s effusive documentary, ‘Wolfman’s Got Nards,’ about the 1987 cult horror flick ‘The Monster Squad’—which he starred in as a kid—will please die-hards.

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I Am Greta touches on the rise in popularity of Swedish Teenage activist Greta Thunberg. Showing the highs and the lows of Thunberg’s activism on climate change, the film takes audiences on an inspiring emotional rollercoaster.

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