In the gloomy days following the tragic, unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman in late August, there was one ray of light that gave the world some comfort; Boseman would still grace our screens in one final film. That performance has finally arrived. And what a tremendous swan song it proves to be. As a cocky, hotshot trumpet player with a heavy chip on his shoulder, Boseman's last performance will indeed stand as his greatest. A dazzling showcase for two powerhouse performances from Boseman and a typically commanding Viola Davis,...

Every year, we film critics hope to find those rare movies that deservedly earn the title of "masterpiece." It's a term many seem to throw around quite liberally these days, but it's a word this particularly film critic has always reserved for the absolute cream of the crop. In 2020, it's a pleasure to bestow this special title to writer/director Lee Isaac Chung's Minari; a film that completely took my breath away, leaving it quite difficult to surmise the right words to describe the beauty of Chung's treasure. Every...

From Regina King and Natalie Erika James to Radha Blank and Autumn de Wilde, one of the few redeeming qualities of 2020 has been the confident directorial debuts of numerous female filmmakers. In a year of such darkness, their stellar work has been a bright light of hope for the future of the film industry. As 2020 finally draws to a close, it's time to add another name to that list. And she has delivered one of the year's most deliciously enjoyable treats. Provocative, stylish, and sardonically dark, Promising...

When an actor creates an iconic and award-winning television character, their persona on the small screen inevitably becomes intrinsically linked to the performer themself. It's why we often see television actors seek wildly different film roles to the one they play on a weekly basis. Such is the case with the luminous Rachel Brosnahan, who has been dazzling television viewers for the past three years with her Emmy-winning performance on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Effortlessly making the transition from breakout television star to big-screen leading lady and shattering her...

Last year, it was Brad Pitt in Ad Astra. One year earlier, it was Ryan Gosling in First Man. And who could forget Matt Damon in 2015's The Martian and Matthew McConaughey in 2014's Interstellar? In 2020, it's George Clooney. Yes, we've finally reached the year's obligatory "sad man in space" movie. Alright, so Clooney actually remains completely earthbound in The Midnight Sky, but it's a space-themed film with a huge A-list star playing a miserable astronomer, so Clooney's latest directorial effort joins this club as an honorary...

In a curious twist of fate, 2020 finds itself with not one, not two, but three films centred on the debilitating effects of dementia. In July, Natalie Erika James' Relic painted a terrifying portrait of the disease unlike any seen before. In December, Florian Zeller's The Father will take your breath away with its unique depiction of an aging mind in total collapse. Thankfully, the third film is somewhat more reserved, yet still equally as powerful. With his sophomore feature film, Supernova, writer/director Harry Macqueen takes a refreshingly restrained...

We're drawing closer to the end of a year we'd all rather forget, and what better way to say farewell to the flaming garbage pile that was 2020 than with a big, glitzy dose of Broadway musical magic. Alright, so that's not going to be everyone's answer to brightening up such a dark period of history, but, for those who love their musicals loud, proud, and extra-extravagant, The Prom is everything you need right now. Unapologetically campy and infectiously joyous, The Prom wears its enormous heart on its sleeve...

Fresh off an Oscar win in 2018 for If Beale Street Could Talk and her recent Emmy win for Watchmen, the legend that is Regina King wraps up 2020 by proving there's seemingly nothing she can't do. Taking a seat behind the camera for her auspicious feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, King delivers a remarkable piece of cinema that's equal parts enlightening and entertaining. And, just quietly, it's one of the finest films you'll see all year. Crafted with an assured confidence well beyond her directorial experience...

After five feature films, a TV mini-series, and a Hanna-Barbera animated television film, you'd think Anna Sewell's classic 1877 equine novel Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions, the Autobiography of a Horse had seen enough adaptations for one lifetime. But it's been over a quarter of a century since the titular horse last graced our screens, so, of course, it's time for another version, and this time it's brought to you by Disney. Over 50 years after the House of Mouse released an LP featuring a radio program...

Deck the halls and string up the lights, it's the festive time once again. Yet, with lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, this is likely to be a Christmas like no other. As depressing as that thought is, we can always count on the film industry to pump out a new Christmas-themed piece of escapist cinema just in time for the silly season. As fate would have it, 2020 is blessing us with a holiday movie that feels all sorts of revolutionary. An early Christmas present to enjoy at home...