2020 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released in 2020, and the last two columns for films seen in 2020. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2019 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2020. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2020
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2020 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (†).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2020 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than two years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

B+/A- Near Great

*First Cow (Reichardt) 78

B+ Must See

A White, White Day (Pálmason) 76
The Nest (Durkin) 73
Fourteen (Sallitt) 73

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

B Recommended

About Endlessness (Roy Andersson) 65
Save Yourselves! (Fischer, Wilson) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Sibyl (Triet) 63
The Vast of Night (Patterson) 63
The Invisible Man (Whannell) 62
Bad Education (Finley) 62
The Burnt Orange Heresy (Capotondi) 61
*On the Record (Dick, Ziering) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

Vitalina Varela (Costa) 59
Tesla (Almereyda) 59
The Whistlers (Porumboiu) 58
*Corpus Christi (Komasa) 58
Bacurau (Mendonça Filho, Dornelles) 57
Da 5 Bloods (Lee) 57
Palm Springs (Barbakow) 56
Color out of Space (Stanley) 56
To the Ends of the Earth (Kurosawa) 56
Disappearance at Clifton Hill (Shin) 55
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno {2017} (Kechiche) 55
*Ghost Town Anthology (Côté) 55
Kajillionaire (July) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

The Traitor (Bellocchio) 54
Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia (various) 54
Sorry We Missed You (Loach) 54
Premature (Green) 53
The Truth (Kore-eda) 53
State Funeral (Loznitsa) 52
Beanpole (Balagov) 52
I Wish I Knew {2010} (Jia) 52
*Troop Zero (Bert, Bertie) 51
Dirty God (Polak) 51
A Voluntary Year (Köhler, Winckler) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

Zombi Child (Bonello) 50
Martin Eden (Marcello) 50
Deerskin (Dupieux) 49
Sea Fever (Hardiman) 48
*The Painter and the Thief (Ree) 48
A Girl Missing (Fukada) 47
Synchronic (Benson, Moorhead) 47
*Lost Girls (Garbus) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

Family Romance, LLC. (Herzog) 45
*The Last Full Measure (Robinson) 45
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Hittman) 43
*Wendy (Zeitlin) 43
*Olympic Dreams (Teicher) 43
Saturday Fiction (Lou) 42

C Pass

A Rainy Day in New York (Allen) 41
Nine Days (Oda) 41
Fire Will Come (Laxe) 41
I Was at Home, but... (Schanelec) 40
*Young Ahmed (Dardennes) 39
The Wild Goose Lake (Diao) 38

C- Ugh

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Iannucci) 35

D+ Double-Ugh

*The Last Thing He Wanted (Rees) 22
Viena and The Fantomes (Naranjo) 21

D Bomb

Liberté (Serra) 16

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

The Assistant (Green)
Atlantis (Vasyanovych)
Boys State (Moss, McBaine)
The Cloud in Her Room (Zheng)
Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Valkeapää)
Exil (Morina)
A Family Submerged (Alché)
The Fever (Da-Rin)
Giraffe (Hartmann)
Kala azar (Rafa)
The Metamorphosis of Birds (Vasconcelos)
MS Slavic 7 (Bohdanowicz)
Nafi's Father (Dia)
Nasir (Karthick)
Ordinary Love (D'Sa, Leyburn)
Possessor (Cronenberg)
Red Moon Tide (Patiño)
*Sergio (Barker)
Share (Bianco)
The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs (Singh)
Sound of Metal (Marder)
Surge (Karia)
Twelve Thousand (Trebal)
*Until the Birds Return {2017} (Moussaoui)
Welcome to Chechnya (France)
Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine (Piperno)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing