Drama. Completed. Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Tweet Share Post Bookmark A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon. Eye-opening film about the conservative husband-and-wife who operated a celebrated gay bookshop in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Jack Cunningham was an HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. The Nest is the long-awaited second feature from writer-director Sean Durkin, whose 2011 debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene, kicked off Elizabeth Olsen’s career with her claustrophobic portrayal of a young woman struggling to leave her time in a cult behind. [Read the full review], We all love righteous statements and victorious endings. Octavia Spencer, Votes: Steven Yeun, But its crowning jewel is the performance by Beharie. So while Gina Prince-Bythewood, previously best known for the sublimely romantic Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights, might not be the first name you’d think of for a comic-book movie about a group of immortal superheroes who’ve been fighting evil for centuries, she turns out to be an inspired choice. Alexander Ludwig, Votes: Dylan Smith, Norm Lewis, PG-13 Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play two hapless Icelandic contestants at the annual European competition of kitschy disco music. The Best Movies of 2020 So Far. Christopher Gorham, Sophia Metcalf, 97 min Dance drama from Georgia, in which two male dancers forge a connection but must keep it a secret in the hyper-masculine world they occupy. What we said: “A superbly elegant, enigmatic drama that compels a shiver of aesthetic pleasure and fear.” Read the full review. Haley Bennett, Florence Pugh, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of those occasions, a courtroom drama about the 1969 trial of prominent protesters at the Democratic National Convention held the year before. | Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. Lee Isaac Chung Meanwhile, his wife, a home health-aide worker, struggles with her own corner of a so-called growth industry. Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong. ‘Assured and watchable’ … The Perfect Candidate. | Garbus focuses on the conflict between a working-class mother (Amy Ryan) whose oldest daughter has disappeared and the Suffolk County Police — led by a grave, empty suit (Gabriel Byrne) — who don’t exactly put themselves out for missing “hookers.” The film lacks the scope of Kolker’s book, but in tracing a link between murderous misogyny and patriarchal indifference it leaves you bereft (Why aren’t they acting like committed TV cops?) Stars: Cary Joji Fukunaga | | Stella Chestnut, R Their camp experience lays the foundation for a seminal demonstration in which disabled people (among them the commanding Judy Heumann) occupy HEW headquarters for more than a week. Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. Trump Brags About Supporters Harassing Biden Campaign Bus, Video: Trump Supporters Allegedly Tried to Run Biden Bus ‘Off the Road’, Eminem Lends ‘Lose Yourself’ to New Joe Biden Campaign Ad, Trump Will Declare Victory Before All Votes Are Counted, Report Says, Don’t Panic If You Missed the Mail-in Ballot Deadline. 160 min Dev Patel, | Director: Directors: | Camilla Luddington, R The result is a funny, rowdy, and melancholy movie about the temporary intimacies that alcohol can enable. What we said: “This film cannot simply be judged on its own terms, but as part of a gigantic (but mostly unseen and perhaps unseeable) whole: a colossal multimedia art installation project 15 years in the making that has become legend.” Read the full review. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. Diana Bolan, Angus Imrie, PG-13 115 min Action, Thriller. Never Rarely Sometimes Always takes place over the course of a few days in which a pregnant teenager travels with her cousin to New York City to obtain the abortion that restrictions have made unavailable to her in their home state of Pennsylvania. ', Universal Pictures; Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures; Nick Wall/Paramount Pictures. Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys tell you an intimate, personal story of their band, and their 40 years of friendship together. Cillian Murphy, Ryder Lerum, Maybe not in theaters, which are still inching their way toward opening depending on what phase of re-launch your state is in. Melanie Clark Pullen, R And like Hugo’s novel, this Les Misérables is also a story of poverty, injustice and revolt, intensified by the hostility of people who have strong feelings about who belongs in a country and who doesn’t—a conflict that’s overheating not just in France but in countries worldwide. | | Only live-action movies included. Jeff Baena The Assistant captures that shaky sliver of youth when you don’t yet know the answer to those questions. | What we said: “A documentary with an absorbing and unexpectedly complicated story to tell, whose paradoxes and sadnesses are not entirely resolved by the end.” Read the full review. What makes it all work — and work so beautifully — is Balagov’s almost supernatural command of film language: the elegance of his storytelling, the vivid, symbolic use of color, the humanism of the performances. Alicia Vikander, | Gross: Lorcan Finnegan Anya Taylor-Joy, Rob Lodermeier Stars: It doesn’t go for it. What we said: “Everything rattles and zings like a pinball machine, and it’s a bracing, entertaining, richly satisfying experience.” Read the full review. | | Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Bill Murray, But there’s no tidy resolution to Kitty Green’s quietly tense workplace drama The Assistant, in which Julia Garner gives an understated yet tightly wound performance as the beleaguered assistant to a Harvey Weinstein-like film executive. Sign up for our newsletter. Goldenite, Josh Hamilton, R From a fervent animated romantic fantasy to a brilliant depiction of trauma and loss in Russia at the end of World War II, these are the best movies of 2020 (so far). Leigh Whannell Falling in love in 1947, two women -- Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue -- begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice. But this feverish spectacle directed by Cathy Yan and scripted by Christina Hodson is a triumph that takes the typically limp superhero genre and injects it with life and bravado as it traces Harley Quinn’s (played by a brilliant Margot Robbie) emancipation from the shadow of her relationship to the Joker. Min-hee Kim, | Director: Johnny Flynn, He’s right. Stars: Benjamin Ree’s deliciously satisfying documentary begins like a true-crime tale and then transforms into a kind of sublimated love story. Director: Director Andrew Ahn is slowly perfecting the former. | Alice Krige, | With gentle cinematography shot through with amber light and an intelligently wrought script, Miss Juneteenth has many pleasures. [Read the full review], Europe's Second Wave of COVID-19 Is Being Driven by Two Countries, You can unsubscribe at any time. Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda makes his French language debut with a drama starring Catherine Deneuve as a film star who has just published her (controversial) memoirs, and Juliette Binoche as her daughter. An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis. Ordinary Love (2019) 3. Nicolas Cage, J.K. Simmons, | A gangster picture? Australian acting royalty Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn are very good as middle-class parents struggling to unclutch their pearls for the sake of their daughter’s happiness, but the film is really a showcase for up-and-comer Eliza Scanlen, late of Sharp Objects and Little Women, who’ll hopefully get to play a character in the full flush of health soon. Chris Pine, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Misbehaviour. This could easily become mired in clichés, but director Gavin O’Connor and writer Brad Ingelsby strike a fine balance between delivering the promised underdog sports drama and presenting a portrait of trauma and grief that resists easy solutions. Sarita Choudhury, R In most good rom-coms, you fall in love with the characters; in The Half of It, you fall in love with their sheer longing. 119 min Alexxis Lemire, 113 min You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. | Stars: Why it’s worth watching: Unrelenting in its pursuit of scenarios where guys point big guns at each... 3. A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years. Martin Lawrence, It’s a haunted-house flick, only the setting isn’t some moody old gray manse but a run-down rowhouse in a bleak, impoverished English suburb, where Bol (Gangs of London’s Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù) and his wife, Rial (Lovecraft Country’s Wunmi Mosaku), have just arrived from South Sudan, penniless and shell-shocked. Ryan Findley, PG-13 Newcomers Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder aren’t just magnetic — they convey, often without words, what it means to have someone to really rely on. Action, Adventure, Fantasy A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light. A montage of time-loop hookups becomes uproarious because of the precise windows we get on each; a night spent doing cocaine with a stranger is summed up in perfect snapshots of druggy mischief and maudlin obliteration. | The tony Pennsylvania prep school in which Tayarisha Poe’s nimble debut takes place might bring to mind mean-rich-kid chronicles like Cruel Intentions — but it has more in common with Rian Johnson’s 2005 baby-faced neo-noir Brick. Of course, this new world Amy is entering is just as stifling and patriarchal in its own way as the traditional one she thinks she’s fleeing. What we said: “Where screenwriter Susie Farrell and director Julian Jarrold succeed is in constantly refusing an easy moment of empathy or relatability for David, even at the moment of crisis that starts the drama.” Read the full review. It starts off in unspeakable tragedy — the young director is known for booby-trapping his films with the occasionally devastating image or plot development — which makes for a striking emotional and structural gambit. A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.