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Monday, March 1, 2021

George Beremov's TOP 20 Best-Reviewed Movies of 2020

[click on the title to read the quick review]

1. Wolfwalkers (8.50/10)

Quote: "A myth-and-magick Celtic fable, crafted with artistry, skill and love for detail, that dazzles the eye with its lush, richly-textured,
and fantastically hand-drawn animation..."

2. Soul (8.50/10)

Quote: "..."Soul" is just as creative within, telling a moving, exhilarating, soul-stirring, and thought-provoking story about our 'purpose in life'
in a metaphysical manner..."

3. The Swordsman (8.25/10)

Quote: "...this Joseon-set Korean wuxia tale of heroism is dramatically riveting, but it is the snappy and sharply-staged swordplay that
thrills it up, notably the kinetic first duel..."

4. Extraction (8.25/10)

Quote: "A stimulating, edgy, ultraviolent, and thrilling carnage of a high-octane actioner boasting with expertly-staged shootouts and hard- hitting knife and fist fights, as well as exhilarating stunts..."

5. The Invisible Man (8.00/10)

Quote: "With an ingenious high-tech spin on its suspense-filled plot focused on mental abuse which offers deft twists, grisly jolts, splash of gore, dash of wit and killer finale..."

6. Sound of Metal (7.75/10)

Quote: "...utilizing inventive sound effects that not only elevate it stylistically, but put you in the shoes of its flawed, albeit likable protagonist, played by Ahmed with remarkable dedication..."

7. Promising Young Woman (7.75/10)

Quote: "A darkly comic and delightfully nuanced feminist tale of grief, trauma, rage, and vengeance, powered by Mulligan's mesmerizing turn as the crafty Cassie with manic obsession for justice..."

8. Birds of Prey (7.75/10)

Quote: "...an unapologetically wacky, hecticly-plotted, and wickedly violent over-the-top superhero romp with boombastic score that
not only captures the kooky nature of Quinn..."

9. The Gentlemen (7.50/10)

Quote: "Cunning, brilliantly- cast, stylistically flashy, and 
smartly-conceived, Ritchie's new film plays it more like a 
'battle of the minds' than a straight action..."

10. Pinocchio (7.50/10)

Quote:  "...an imaginative and sumptuously-shot rendition with
true fairy tale feel and enchanting tone, thanks to the fantastical sets, props, make-up and special effects..."

11. The Occupant (7.50/10)

Quote: "...a slow if suspenseful, and quiet if cruel Spanish stalker
thriller about despair, intrusion, greed, and dark mania of destroying
 lives and relationships..."

12. Double World (7.50/10)

Quote: "...offering some inventive set pieces and thrilling battles, this is on one hand an engaging story about fellowship, vengeance, and genesis, driven by dignity and determination..."

13. Deliver Us from Evil (7.50/10)

Quote: "...this violent thriller also impresses with a slick photography and edgy camera work that benefit from the Jap and Thai settings,
and some frantic fist combats..."


14. Clouds (7.50/10)

Quote: "...balances out the pathos with sense of humor, sheer passion for music, warm family relations, and sweet teen romance, paying tribute to the real Zach in an arousing way..."

15. Tenet (7.25/10)

Quote: "..."Tenet" is as high-concept as it can get, and further enhanced by Nolan's astonishing vision, sleek looks, and thrilling action set pieces, featuring a wow 'inverted' technique..."

Quote: "..."The King of Staten Island" is urban dramedy with equal amounts of raunchiness, wit, laughter, and heart that
touches as much as it entertains.."

17. 18 Presents (7.25/10)

Quote: "...an emotional roller- coaster of a tearjerker, featuring a rousing, heartwarming and poignant mom-daughter relationship, in which both characters grow and change in surprising ways..."

18. Another Round (7.25/10)

Quote: "..."Druk" is way more profound then it seems, concerning themes such as midage angst, catharsis, and how alcohol affects our lives, and when you add to that Mikkelsen's brilliant turn..."

19. Eye for an Eye (7.25/10)

Quote: "...this Spanish thriller is more than just a cat-n-mouse 'game of fate', offering an intriguing, intricate, suspenseful, and multilayered
plot-line, filled with twists and turns..."

20. Pieces of a Woman (7.25/10)

Quote: "...this is a deeply intimate story of loss and broken bonds that explores the contrary ways of coping with grief by juxtaposing the uneasy Sean and the quietly sorrowful Martha..."

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Interesting mix of genres. I've only seen a third of them.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

True that. It's not your typical Nomadland-and-Minari-are-amazing-films type of list. Lol