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Top 20 Best Movies of 2020 by Jorge Lestre

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The race is on and 2020 is (FINALLY!) coming to an end! And we are making our very own lists of the best of this troublesome year regarding movies that premiered all year round. Remind that our critic Jorge Lestre doesn’t account for any titles that were produced in 2019 or launched in 2020 but made in 2019. There are probably a lot of titles you would love to see in this listing, but as always, cinema is constantly evolving and it is hard to keep track of all the productions released. So, here they are, the best titles of 2020 in cinema:

20. Call 

“South Korea has done it again with this mindblowing thriller set in two different times. Both production values and actresses are at the top of their game and it surely is one movie that will keep you invested until the very end.”

19. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman‘s new picture is probably one that keeps puzzling each new viewer every week. But it has so much to teach us, and it is a masterful exercise on human behaviour and relationships.”

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18. Kiss the Ground

“I never get tired of recomending every single documentary about climate change and how we are destroying the planet at a scary pace. Kiss the Ground reveals the power of the few people fighting to save soils from being infertile by the hand of industrial agriculture. It sure is food for thought and the boldness of its direction clearly makes a very good point for us to take action.”

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17. La Vita Davanti a Sé

Sophia Loren‘s new film is a powerful drama with incredible beautiful performances, about how life for the old can be life changing for the young. With a powerful soundtrack and a message that disrupts the timeline, La Vita Davanti a Sé is one adorable fable that will bring you to tears.”

16. Athlete A

Netflix has brought some of the most shocking and revolting true crime documentaries this year. None like Athlete A has left me more flabbergasted with its sincere approach and how it gave a voice to all the victims who survived the horrors inflicted by one single man.”

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15. Hamilton

“This screen version of the Broadway musical Hamilton is everything we needed for these dark times. A story of hope, with amazing performances by a very talented and diverse cast, and a movie event so extraordinary that it actually brings us closer to a theater stage and all its glory.”

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14. Crip Camp

Barack Obama produced this feel-good-documentary that brings your spirits up and reveals a side of society that stood too long in the shadows. Endearing, beautifully shot and with the most loving leads I ever saw on screen. Crip Camp is one movie for the ages”

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13. A Secret Love

“This queer doc is also one that I am particularly found of, because it is as brave filmmaking as it is a brave love story. A Secret Love will bring to tears and will warm your heart in the hopes that society will continue to walk forward and paving the way for love to infiltrate all our souls.”

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12. Mank

David Fincher is back in his prime, with a bold and audacious portrait of troublemaker Herman Mankiewicz and his troubled relationships while coming up with Citizen Kane‘s unusual screenplay. It is a fine masterpiece that recovers the spirit of the 30s and 40s with striking visuals and amazing performances, although not for everybody’s tastes.”

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11. Soul

Disney Pixar‘s new entry is as loving as all the classics that made us feel human again. It is a charming adventure, filled with lovable characters, and a magnificent soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Highly enjoyable tearjerker.”

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10. Wolfwalkers

“This is the type of animation that is usually discarded in major lists, but Wolfwalkers brings the juice back again for director Tomm Moore, with a striking visual masterpiece about belonging and making amends with nature. A truly beautiful picture.”

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9. Black Bear

Aubrey Plaza‘s new feature is one that made me feel personally challenged. I didn’t like it at first, but when I started wrapping my head around it, I was with my mouth open of how ingenious the movie actually is. An unusual set with marvelous performances and mindblowing storyline. Black Bear is something unique and special.”

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Aubrey Plaza in “Black Bear.”

8. Host

“I mean… it is probably the most scary thing I have watched this entire year. Done with an incredible direction, Host is simple in its core and that is why it is so effective. It has so many scares you will need a moment for yourself to relax after watching it.”

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7. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin‘s court drama is cunning and has amazing characters with an ensemble so good it is hard to resist it. It has all the right ingredients for you to be hooked from the beginning to the very end.”

6. Las Tres Muertes de Marisela Escobedo

“This Netflix documentary was not present in many of this years lists… and I really wonder why… it is so powerful, so gut-wrenching that is of obligatory viewing. A story that will shock and make you humble. A life that was reduced to nothing and immortalized by this particular film.”

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5. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

“The final tribute of Sir David Attenborough to the world is an open letter that appeals to change. We, as human beings need to realize what we are doing to the natural world and need to be conscious of how we are dealing with the planet. When Sir David talks, we all must listen and do something.”

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4. My Octopus Teacher

“This is one I wasn’t actually thinking I would be personally involved with. My Octopus Teacher is a humble, beautifully shot and endearing masterpiece. A film that transcends our relationship with the natural world and brings out the best feeling of trying to protect it.”

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3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Chadwick Boseman‘s final movie is one that has so much to tell us about ambition, about life, and about music. A film that will not touch so many, but has everything that a movie needs to leave an impression. With rock solid acting and one hell of a direction, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the best fictional film of the year.”

2. Crazy, Not Insane

“This one is personally one of my favorite documentaries ever, with the amazing Dr. Dorothy Lewis leading the way and teaching us how to dwell with the troubled minds of serial killers. She is as bold as the film’s approach to the matter, making it a groundbreaking achievement.”

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  1. Welcome to Chechnya

“Raw, visceral, scary portrait of the hunt for blood by a country that wants to erradicate homosexuality in its society. It is as devastating as it is probably a movie that defies everything we have seen throughout this year. It is bold filmmaking that wants to address you an undeniable truth that so many try to ignore.”

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