Over the past week, we have published individual top 10 movies of 2020 lists representing each member of the /Film staff. And today, we present the grand climax of that endeavor: the site’s overall Top 15 Movies of 2020 list.
Peter Sciretta, Jacob Hall, Ethan Anderton, Ben Pearson, Hoai-Tran Bui, and Chris Evangelista all contributed to this feature, with their personal lists being used to determine what made this main list and what did not. Let’s say goodbye to 2020 by celebrating one of its few silver linings – the movies.
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A common refrain over the past few months has been that 2020, in addition to being a rough year for everyone overall, was also a rough year for movies. But while the pandemic’s impact on the entertainment industry cannot be overstated (and may not truly be known for several more years), and several big-budget movies were bumped further down the release calendar, I’m not ready to relegate the films of 2020 to the same scrap heap that the rest of the year deserved. There were plenty of great films that made their way to audiences – you just had to do a bit more digging to find some of them.
Looking back at a year we’d all rather forget, I’ll happily remember these films as buoys which helped keep me afloat during some scary, discouraging times. These are my ten favorite movies of 2020. Read More »
On the December 30, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
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Things get romantic in the trailer for Sylvie’s Love, a new Amazon movie from writer-director Eugene Ashe starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha. Thompson’s character dreams of making it big in the TV business while Asomugha is an up-and-coming jazz musician. The two grow close, only to drift in different directions. But chance, or fate, brings them together again – and not without complications. Or, as the official description puts it, “the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957.” Watch the Sylvie’s Love trailer below.
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One of 2020’s best films finally has a release date.
Sylvie’s Love, a swooning romance starring Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Christmas Day. Amazon acquired the movie after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting word about its release because it was one of my favorite movies of the festival. Learn more about it below. Read More »
Hollywood’s Golden Age is full of grand, sweeping love stories, but that era of cinema history didn’t exactly provide an equal playing field for filmmakers and actors of color. So Sylvie’s Love, writer/director Eugene Ashe’s new grand, sweeping love story, feels less like a pure homage than him making a movie that should have existed back then but was never given the chance. The result is an exquisite piece of old-school filmmaking, one in which star-crossed lovers and rain-soaked streets and a heart-achingly beautiful score combine to transport us into a sort of cinematic Twilight Zone where such a movie would have been placed right alongside contemporaries like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, From Here to Eternity, or Roman Holiday.
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