We all know it’s been a strange year (both in terms of movies and well, everything else) and it would be easy to assume, with all of the endless delays to high-profile films like TENET and the latest BOND, that this means it’s a barren year for cinema. Nothing could be further from the truth, in my opinion (my list of 2020 favourites already has 40 films on it) and in fact, 2020 has been a really strong year for cinema. It isn’t always easy to find the hidden gems, what with all of the confusing streaming, video-on-demand and theatre-at-home options. So – with FRIDAY 10 JULY being a bumper day for US film releases – I’ve rounded up what is out there, explained how to watch it and linked to our reviews – all in one handy post.
The Old Guard (Netflix)
This Charlize Theron superhero action movie directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood is one for everyone the world over to enjoy!
Greyhound (Apple TV)
A big-budget Tom Hanks WWII movie is definitely still worth watching, even if it has to be on a small screen.
Palm Springs (Hulu)
This Andy Samberg rom-com was the biggest sale at Sundance 2020.
Relic (VOD – Amazon, iTunes etc)
Another Sundance 2020 hit, this understated Australian horror film stars Emily Mortimer and is directed by Natalie Erika James.
The Beach House (Shudder)
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. This creepy little horror stars Liana Liberato.
Guest of Honour (Kino Marquee)
Kino Marquee has been a wonderful source of international arthouse films during lockdown and is a great way to support independent cinemas. Highlights have included Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach), Tommaso (Abel Ferrara), Bacurau, Beanpole, Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint and House of Hummingbird. The latest (arriving on July 10) is Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honour.
We Are Little Zombies (Oscilloscope)
A highlight of Sundance 2019, I strongly urge you to check this one out, if you’re able to.
Review coming to Jumpcut soon.
First Cow (VOD – Amazon and Virtual Theatres)
Kelly Reichardt’s latest has been picked up by A24 and had the potential to finally throw this acclaimed director into the limelight more than she ever has been before. Now that it probably won’t be seeing a theatrical release, it looks like she is still waiting for the recognition she deserves. I urge you to seek this one out if/when it is available in your region.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Lincoln Center)
This Sundance 2020 documentary is available exclusively through Lincoln Center’s Virtual Cinema.
Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)
This mucho beloved Sundance 2020 documentary arrived on Netflix on July 8 and I believe it’s available in all territories!
So there you have it! There is plenty in the world of cinema to be excited about and to seek out at home.
If you’re able to support independent arthouse theatres while watching some quality movies, all the better!