Notice my title photo for my 2020 movie wrap-up features a television screen instead of a theater screen? Yeah, it was that kind of a year. We watched exactly one movie in a theater before everything shut down, so the rest of our movies were watched on the small screen, at home, and only a few were new releases. sigh ... just when recliner seats made it possible for me to enjoy movie theaters again!
Nonetheless, it was still a good year for movies at our house!
We watched only 13 movies last year, down from 16 in 2019 and 22 in 2018, as the TV options continue to expand and improve with so many streaming options in addition to cable. Actually, I see from my notes that we watched 19 movies in 2020, but I only reviewed 13 of them. That's a shame because some of those not reviewed, like The Goldfinch and The Town were quite good. You can see the full list of 2020 movie reviews and genres below, with my favorites marked with *, but I only review movies that I like, so all of the movies listed below are worth watching. I didn't see any documentaries (second year in a row!) or musical drama (I did watch but didn't review Hamilton). It was tough to categorize many of the movies, as more and more, movies are blurring the genre lines: funny mysteries, dramas with plenty of humor, action/comedy/romance, etc.
You can see my full list of movie reviews, covering several years at the Movie Reviews tab.
And now, for my top picks (full reviews at the links):
Unique and super-twisty
(it's a weird movie poster so don't judge it by that)
Great courtroom drama with all-star cast based on Grisham novel
Best Comedy & Best Movie of the Year
Warm, funny, action-packed adventure set in New Zealand
Best Sci Fi
Teens in 50's-era town investigate strange noise
Best Family Movie
Disney remake of classic adventure novel about a man and dog
All Movies Reviewed in 2020:
My favorites are marked with *, but I only review movies I enjoy, so all of these are worth a try:
Family & AnimatedThe Call of the Wild