IIHA has written 45 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Disclosure

    Disclosure

    ★★★★

    Representation Matters.

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★★

    Damn. Didn’t see that coming.

  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★★

    The back half of this movie was wonderful. Tense, desperate, full of missteps and compassion. The struggle to stay afloat and provide for their family is palpable. I just wish they had gotten to the urgency sooner. But, this is definitely worth the watch.

  • Foxy Brown

    Foxy Brown

    ★★★★

    This movie was fun from the opening credits to the final moment of revenge.

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★★

    Stallone was incredibly charming and fueled the film’s watchability. A very well done feel good movie. Glad I finally watched it.

  • Claudine

    Claudine

    ★★★★

    I know what you’re thinking. A romantic comedy about welfare? It totally works. Carroll and Jones have great chemistry and the supporting cast of kids are charming. The soundtrack is really great and those early 70s costumes are too much fun.

  • Mrs Wilson

    Mrs Wilson

    ★★★★

    I adore Ruth Wilson! Watching her slowly unravel was wonderful.

  • Equus

    Equus

    ★★★★

    Having seen this play live on a couple of occasions I was a little let down by the film. The experience of watching this live makes it a really unfair comparison. The performances in the film are quite good. I think having real horses took away from the story. The play draws on your imagination and is incredibly intimate, like you shouldn’t be watching but you are. The film lacked that electric feeling that you were doing something wrong by watching it.

  • The Act

    The Act

    ★★★★

    I hope Joey King finds more work. She was by far the best part of this series. 
    It was also elevated by having Sevigny and Lewis in the supporting cast as well.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★

    This film is visually stunning. Pure golden hour gorgeousness! The experience of a 1916 harvest was captured in such beautiful detail that I was upset the story didn’t measure up. We had a lush fantastical delight for the senses paired with the petty scheme of two liars who use their love as an excuse to con a dying man. The youngster narrating the film was intriguing, but I was irritated that we learned basically nothing about her. Which is too bad because I really wanted there to be a moving story behind the visual f-ing masterpiece Malick created.

  • Day for Night

    Day for Night

    ★★★★

    The central plot is that of making movie. Nothing more, nothing less. Incredibly well done film from start to finish. I wish it made me feel a little more than it did.

  • End of the Century

    End of the Century

    ★★★★

    Beautifully shot daydream with a vacation’s pace and a few steamy distractions.
    This just happened to me last week, sort of,  without the sex. There was definitely plenty of sex 20 years ago and the first 20 minutes could have been filmed on my last vacation, but I’m mostly referring to the minds way of imagining what might have been. Idealizing an imagined past when there isn’t anything wrong with the way things actually are in the present. I’m not sure I would have had as much appreciation for this movie at the end of of century as I do now, but it hardly matters.