AliBouzari has written 19 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★★

    I was waiting for Aubrey Plaza to deliver a masterpiece of her own, and given the space in this movie, she absolutely flourished, what a breathtaking performance, the acting all around is pretty much great; but that's not what stands out about the film, the thing to notice is the screenplay, how it moves away from conventional Hollywood and even independent American film making, the reality and fantasy get mixed up as you can’t place the events in a logical…

  • Bliss

    Bliss

    ★★★★

    Just like Velvet Buzzsaw, this movie suffers from being ahead of it's time, but then again, the smart audience always keeps up.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    Before I watch this and Fantastic Mr. Fox, I had watched Wes Anderson movies and although I liked them I didn't connect to them. Watching these two movies the previous ones definitely made more sense. This one is much more visually enjoyable, every frame like a photo, it just had me ooowing and aweinnnng, wonderful looking. And the voice actors were even better than Fantastic Mr.Fox, the plot is serious and captivating. So, all I can say is, watch it, you'll enjoy.

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★★

    This is quite a captivating picture, not because it's based on a real story, but because how real the movie is. I couldn't ask for a more complete experience to show me the prisoners, their interactions, how there's a certain respect between them even though they're utter savages. I can't say it's a complete showcase of Muay Thai, because there weren't lots of fights; but that didn't matter much, since the story made the fights intense for what was at stake.

  • Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly

    Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly

    ★★★★

    My first Chappelle stand-up experience proved amazingly funny. Smart and very talented with voice immitations, it was absolutely captivating. What I didn't like was how the audience clapped after all the jokes, and even stood up for some, can't blame the people for their natural reaction but it was seriously annoying.

  • The Virtues

    The Virtues

    ★★★★

    Stephen Graham has been around, and I've always enjoyed watching him, but what you see him do here is more than one could put into words, a tremendously memorable performance, it was almost unbelievable how geniuene it was. 

    What is more outstanding than the performances, the sudden distorting score, and the creative directing, is the script. The story enjoys one of the most masterfully crafted climaxes of all time, it had me in goosebumps, my heart rate jumped up, I…

  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★

    Talk about real martial arts show case and I'll tell you about this one. Brutal and fierce hitting all the time, but they went for chokes less than they possibly could, I guess that was convenient to keep to the fights go on for longer. The cop hero going nuts and beating and stabbing the shit out of every one was splendid, he seemed supernatural in regards to stamina. lol 

    The plot didn't have much but the movie didn't really…

  • La Collectionneuse

    La Collectionneuse

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Well, I thought I missed this one but no, watching it last night I realized I had watched it about a decade ago. Here, Rohmer, does what he does in every film I've watched from him: On the surface, it might seem like he's most interested in romantic relationships among people, but how subtly he dives into the psyche of each character, and investigates the ins and outs is something to behold. Rohmer’s cinema is analytical and peculiarly personal, to…

  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★★

    If you are a crime thriller fan, do not miss out on this, all action and fast pace, Drug War Doesn't take a single moment lightly. The professional attitude and procedures of the cops involved along with masterful camera angles made the whole ordeal so realistic, intense and unsettling. Never in a thriller have I witnessed so many twists and turns, thanks to  the sophisticated characters of the captain and the villain who are both seriously unreadable and surprising, you…

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★★★

    The Wailing proves to be a seriously original horror by my standards, unlike any other in regards to tone and atmosphere. The local air that’s given to the movie by precise characterization and introduction of different parts of the village truly adds to the drama and horror to follow. 

    Another significant feature of the movie is how simultaneously funny and scary it is. I really laughed, and sometimes as I was laughing I got real scares as well, I was…

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★

    To think they started off their tremendously shining career with this, isn't that something? I consider this one of their more serious movies, the room for humor is very little, still, there's humor in the turn of events. There's humor in how the ordinary things you do, like carrying a lighter because you like to show it off can come back to bite you in the ass!

    What happens is you watch the characters too alertly because you know they're…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    The movie ends and there comes up the name of one Olivia Wilde, Gee! was I surprised or what! This looked like a movie directed by a very seasoned savvy director, well, to be honest, she always seemed smart. It goes down as one of my favorite movies that involves teenagers, nothing in particular happens, just everyday fun and drama of teenage life, with a little extra edge of “End of an era” anxiety; the performances are flawless, it was…