Best Movies 2020

Best Movies Coming Out Before the End of the Year

This year is not over yet… and with the pandemic, a number of movie’s release dates were pushed back in order to ensure better box-office numbers. The good news, there are few solid movies being released before we say goodbye to 2020. Here are the best movies coming out before the end of the year (2020). If you’re interested please also check out: The Best Movies Coming Out in 2021.

No Time to Die (11/20/20)

This is the official last installment of the Bond saga starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, James Bond. But, that’s not even the most exciting person signed onto this film. Enter Cary Joji Fukunaga – Director. He has a distinct style of cinematography other filmmakers have tried to emulate recently. If you remember True Detective Season 1 Episode 4, where Rust Cole and the outlaw motorcycle gang raid the drug house, that was one continuous 6:00 minute shot that was Fukunaga.

Also, Fukunaga had somewhat of an indie streak with gritty movies like Sin Nombre and Beast of No Nation, look for those elements to pierce the veil. Plus, Ana de Armas is signed on as the female counterpart. Armas was captivating as the lead in Knives Out, starring opposite Craig. And, Rami Malek as the tech villain! This may be my favorite choice of a Bond villain since Mads Mikkelsen or Javier Bardem. All this means No Time to DIe should be a rare gem in the Bond catalog.

Dune (12/18/20)

First, Dune has been met with some skepticism, mostly from hardcore Dune fans unsure if the film adaptation will be unable to truly bring the world to life. [understandly, they have been let down before, several times] First impression, Dune’s trailer looks amazing! With Denis Villeneuve at the helm the sci-fi imagery out to be on point. Villeneuve is no stranger to outer space of dystopian societies, as he’s directed: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [met critical praise] and Arrival (2016). More importantly, he has directed darker films that rely less on the action, but rather tone, such as Prinsoner (2013) [one of my personal favorites] and Enemy (2013). I believe the tone will be so important to have this film come together in a believable manner, especially with an eerie ambiance in a visually bright atmosphere – this can be tricky.

Additionally, they brought in writer Eric Roth, known for a lot of famous movies, I believe adds a slow-burn intensity to his writing that helps long films [expect the run time to belong on this one] keep a good pace. There no one better to translate that tone then Timothée Chalamet, He certainly has range but this fits squarely within his deadpan stoic poise. He is will star opposite Zendaya, best known for her role as MJ in the newest Spider-Man installations. The rest of the cast list is so impressive it looks like its part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [it’s Warner Brother’s, I checked]

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (10/16/20)

Based on a True Story surrounding the trial of the Chicago 7 (originally 8) individual’s for there participation in the now infamous Chicago riot that happened during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, to protest in support of the Civil Rights Movement and against the Vietnam War. Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, along with a host of other strong character actors. Written and Directed by Aaron Sorkin – a brilliant writer, known for Moneyball (2011), The Social Network (2010), A Few Good Men (1992), in addition to countless TV shows, though this is only his second time directing.

The film will be released on Netflix, great news for streamers. Another example of a famous writer’s directors pairing up with the streaming service rather than a world-wide release to theaters. Either way, it will be exciting to see Cohen in another serious role [he was so good in The Spy (2019)]. Mostly, I am really looking forward to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s portrayal of Bobby Seale, sometimes known as the 8th, who goes on to cofound the Black Panthers. This will be a great test to solidify the actor as an A-list serious actor; certainly, he showed begins of it in Black-mirror and Watchmen. This is a nice addition to Netflix; they seem to like working with certain actors and I could not be happier about it.

Nomadland (12/4/20)

The trailer isn’t much, it actually doesn’t tell us much of anything other than it’s a poorer rural traveling community. But, look at this description on IMDB, “Follows a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.” Now, add Frances McDormand, one of the greatest character actresses to the mix and you’ve got gold. Additionally, Nomadland is such an under spoken part of American culture: rubber-tramps, traveling throughout continental North America to satisfy their wanderlust. Similar to the same great obsession that took Chris McCandless to the great Alaskan wilderness (read Into the Wild).

The rest of the cast is unknowns probably meaning the story is heavily reliant on McDormand to drive us through, but it’s so good to see unknown/regional actors getting some parts. [Edit: Many of the people in the movie are nonactors and are people living a nomadic lifestyle.] The film is directed by Chloé Zhao, who is just finished directing Marvel’s The Eternals (2021) but that will be her first time in a multi-million dollar budget movie. The movie is also based on a novel of the same name.

Ammonite (11/13/20)

Ammonite is set in the 1800s, this story is a romantic period piece. IMDB description: acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. The young woman is played by Saoirse Ronan [if you need help pronouncing that here is a funny video], who is a simple amazing young actress who received a lot of critical acclaim for Lady Bird (2017).

This obviously a love story and it looks to be powerful especially with these two women at the helm. Honestly, Kate Winslet is such a powerful actress – it feels like a passing of the torch – Saoirse and Kate having similar early careers both achieving a level of celebrity young. While they will lead the ethos of the story, I also expect amazing visuals, costumes, locations, and audio. Additionally, I think the film will be successful if it can give a palpable feeling to the era to enhance what will be Oscar-worthy acting. Francis Lee is the writer and director, best known for God’s Own Country (2017). Interestingly, Lee mostly has a background in the theater it will be interesting to see how that translates. While he does have a body of work this is the first time he’s working with A-list celebrities; for what its worth the trailer looks brilliant.

  • Honorable Mentions:
    • 2067 (10/2/20)
    • La Belle Epoque (10/2/20)
    • Death on the Nile (10/23/20)
    • The Comeback Trail (11/13/20)
    • West Side Story ( 12/18/20)
    • Mank (10/20)
    • Uncle Frank (11/26/20)

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