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Film: The Best Movies of 2020, New Years Flicks, August Wilson Onscreen

Goodbye and good riddance, 2020! Here's to all you readers out there. May this new year be an improve
Jan 1, 2021 • View in browser
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Goodbye and good riddance, 2020! Here’s to all you readers out there. May this new year be an improvement on the last, and may you only have good and interesting cinematic experiences. (Regardless of whenever it may be safe to go to a theater again.) Thank you for your continued support of Hyperallergic! This week we have our top 15 film list for the year, a giant stack of video essay recommendations, and much more. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
– Dan Schindel, Associate Editor for Documentary

Our Favorite Movies of the Year
From Lovers Rock
From Lovers Rock
Hyperallergic has put together extensive year-end coverage, since 2020 obviously gave us a lot to talk about. As part of that, I polled staff and frequent film contributors on their favorite movies that came out in this strange year for moviegoing. The result is our top 15 list, and I couldn’t be prouder of it.
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a Portrait of Black Masculinity Among Blues Musicians
A Japanese TV Host Searches for Meaningful Experience in Uzbekistan
Woke, Beyond the Punchlines and Performativity
True Crime From a Family's Point of View
What to Stream
From The Phantom Carriage
From The Phantom Carriage
The last streaming roundup of 2020 is, appropriately, about movies that prominently feature New Year’s Eve. Would anyone else writing this kind of list feature both a classic screwball comedy and a Swedish silent horror film? I don’t think so!
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is nearly on its way out, but you’d do well to peruse the Bronx Documentary Center’s online exhibition The End of Truth to remind yourself of how our government has distorted information over these past four years.
This week, in lieu of a single video essay recommendation, how about a hundred of ‘em? Sight & Sound’s annual poll of prominent creators on their favorite videos of the year is out. From academic exercises to mini-documentaries and much more, there’s something new for anyone to discover. Check it out!
Until we can see you in the theater again, stay safe!
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