My Favourite Films of 2020

While I haven’t been to the cinema for many months, I’ve managed to watch a decent amount of new movies thanks to

10. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

An enjoyable, if flawed family movie about an oddball kid who views the world as being full of conspiracies and mysteries. The main kid is really good in this and the supporting cast are all on good form too. It just could have done with a bit of tightening up in places. Review.

9. A Secret Love

The story of an older lesbian couple who lived together for years as “roommates” before coming out this is a moving portrayal of love and family, as well as serving as a reminder of how far we’ve come in terms of gay rights, but how far we still have to go. Review.

8. Spenser Confidential

I’m a big fan of Mark Wahlberg’s action movies and this one, a fun crime buddy movie is entertaining enough without breaking much new ground. The plot is solid, the action is well done and Wahlberg and Winston Duke are a good pairing. Review.

7. Extraction

Chris Hemsworth punches and shoots his way through the streets of Dhaka as he tries to keep the son of a mobster safe. It’s a fast paced, relentless thrill ride with superb fight scenes, a likeable Hemsworth as the hero and some bone crunching violence. Review.

6. The Babysitter: Killer Queen

A sequel to a supremely entertaining horror comedy this re-treads a lot of the same ground, but manages to continue to be a fun and exciting watch. It fizzes with energy and humour, and the central performances are great. A super fun, OTT joy. Review.

5. Enola Holmes

Millie Bobby Brown is the charming lead in this enjoyable romp about Sherlock’s little sister who goes searching for their missing mother and stumbles onto a plot of assassination and political machinations. Light and with a real sense of fun. Review.

4. Circus of Books

Fascinating documentary in which the filmmaker delves into her parents’ past running an adult bookstore catering to the gay community. It touches on issues like the AIDS crisis, censorship and the gay rights movement, while also being an interesting exploration of a family dynamic. A moving, heart warming movie about acceptance, people changing and quiet moments of decency. Review.

3. The Invisible Man

Intensely gripping thriller in which Elisabeth Moss is hounded and tormented by her abusive ex, who fakes his death and uses his scientific breakthrough to continue terrorising her. Despite the sci-fi premise it keeps things grounded and captures the way abusers manipulate and isolate their victims. A tense, captivating movie. Review.

2. The Old Guard

Charlize Theron leads a group of mercenaries who always revive after being killed. She’s extremely badass as the jaded warrior who just wants the cycle to end and the story of these supernatural soldiers being pursued by a corrupt Big Pharma exec manages to add the right amount of danger. There are some wonderful touches and it’s probably the best action movie in years. Review.

1 Onward

Pixar knock another one out of the park with this inventive and moving story set in a fantasy realm where magic has been forgotten for the convenience and safety of technology. The story of two brothers, their late father and their adventures as they rediscover magic moved me to tears in the cinema while still providing plenty of laughs and thrills. Inventive, fun, emotional, this is up there with Pixar’s best, which is pretty damn high. Review.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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