Top Ten Movies of 2020

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Amber Ann Houghtaling, Writer

As 2020 draws to an end, we can still look back and see what good this year has brought us amongst the bad. Spending so much time inside with nothing to do has led people to watch a lot of movies from the comfort of their homes. So let’s take a look at the top 10 movies of 2020:

1. His House

Taking the spot for number one, we have His House, a horror movie by Remi Weekes, Felicity Evans, and Toby Venables.  His House tells the story of a couple (Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku) who narrowly escapes war-stricken South Sudan by fleeing to England. There, they later discover an evil waiting for them and learn that they are not as alone as they think. I included this movie in the top 3 because it has well-timed jump scares, an interesting plot and it cleverly gives insight into the life and struggles of a refugee. The horrifying and disturbing scenes, accompanied by the deep backstory of the characters, truly come together to make this a great film. Its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.5/10 on IMDb, and 72 on Metacritic also show that this movie is well-liked by a large audience.

This movie went straight to streaming and is now available to watch on Netflix.

2. Run

Coming in at number two is Run by Aneesh Chaganty and Emma Miranda Moore. This film follows the story of a mother, a wheelchair-bound daughter, and a terrible secret. Chloe (Kiera Allen) has had her every move controlled by her mother, Diane (Sarah Paulson). It isn’t until Chloe gets older that a chain of sinister secrets unfolds the truth about her mother. I included this movie in the top 3 because it is extremely suspenseful and has you at the edge of your seat the whole way through. By having a disabled actress play a wheelchair-bound character, the movie’s positive representation of disabilities paves the way for other actors and actresses with disabilities in filmmaking. Overall, this movie makes you question what you would do in certain situations and it gives you insight into the thinking process of someone who is mentally ill. 

This movie went straight to streaming and is available to watch on Hulu.

3. Antebellum

In third place, we have Antebellum by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. Antebellum details the story of a successful woman stuck in a terrifying reality, where she must escape before she loses her life. I included this movie in my top 3 because it portrays the life of a slave in the past and connects it to present-day racism with an intricate and interesting plot. As the film jumps between the past and present, finally merging into one at the end, it opens your eyes to some racist behaviors and thinking that are still prevalent in today’s world, and more specifically, in the south. 

This film went straight to streaming and is available to watch on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango, FlixFling, and Microsoft.

4. Soul

Summary: After Joe, a middle-aged teacher, unexpectedly dies on the day of getting the opportunity to become an aspiring jazz musician, he goes on a quest to get back his life where he befriends an unborn soul.

This movie went straight to streaming on Christmas Day and is available to watch on Disney Plus.

5. The Invisible Man

Summary: After Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and a coincidental series of lethal events tests the lives of those she loves, her sanity begins to spiral as she desperately tries to prove that she is being haunted by an entity that no one else can see.

This movie went straight to streaming and is available to watch on HBO, HBO max, HBO NOW, Amazon Prime video, Microsoft, Google Play, iTunes, FandangoNOW, and VUDU.

6. Host

Summary: Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom when things quickly spiral out of control. Once an evil entity enters their homes, they realize that their lives are at risk. 

This movie went straight to streaming and is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft, iTunes, Fandango, and Google Play. 

7. Birds of Prey

Summary: After Harley’s recent split with Joker, she is thrown onto the streets of Gotham and left to fend for herself with a large target on her back. She befriends three other women and is faced with the task of saving a young pickpocket with a large bounty on her head from Gotham’s most narcissistic and wicked villain.

This movie went straight to streaming and is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO NOW, Google Play, Roku + HBO, Google Play, Microsoft, iTunes, VUDU, and Fandango. 

8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Summary: A young woman travels with her boyfriend to his parents’ house, where reality becomes distorted and she begins to question everything that she knows and what she thought she knew.

This movie went straight to streaming and is available to watch on Netflix. 

9. Mulan

Summary: A fearless young woman, Mulan, risks her life on the battlefield, where she has to disguise herself as a man out of love for her country and family. With her great skills, undying determination, and strength, she earns the respect of her nation and becomes the greatest warrior that China has ever known.

This movie went straight to streaming and is available on Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, iTunes, VUDU, Microsoft, Google Play, and Fandango. This movie is also available on Blu Ray and DVD. 

10. The New Mutants

Summary: Five young teenagers, labeled as mutants, discover that they have powers in a facility where they are being held against their will. With their new powers, they learn to fight for their lives and accept the sins of their past.

This movie went straight to streaming and is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, Google Play, Fandango, and Microsoft.