Top 2020 movies

It was definitely a strange year for movies, with most being either delayed or released solely online for streaming due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, many films still found their way into audiences’ hearts one way or another. Take a look at our list of top movies from last year, and let us know about your favorites in the comments.

Soul

Pixar knocked it out of the park once again, creating a fun watch for both adults and adolescents while also challenging the audience to rethink their outlook on life. It speaks to everyone in a different way, and that’s what makes this film so great. It’s not just a movie, it’s an experience.

— Max Abood

Love Wedding Repeat

I normally don’t choose romantic comedies, but my mom was watching this and invited me to join her. I’m so glad I did! It was hilarious, and I would definitely rewatch.

— Ainsley Cotherman

Sound of Metal

My number one movie last year ties together my two favorite things: movies and music. A metal drummer begins to lose his hearing while road-gigging with his girlfriend, who is the lead singer and guitarist of their band. During this experience, he is forced to face hard truths and come to terms with what the rest of his life may look like without what he loves most. It is such a simple premise executed so perfectly. From the incredibly impressive sound design to the powerhouse performance from the lead actor, Riz Ahmed, this film keeps you engaged and 100 percent invested in this character’s development. With heavy topics such as addiction, self-preservation, identity, and the importance of community, there is certainly no lack of raw emotion in this film.

— Cale Ward

The Trial of the Chicago 7

I dreaded watching The Trial of the Chicago 7, expecting a heavy, dreary drama and a painful reminder of America’s not-so-distant (and current) ugliness. But I like Aaron Sorkin, and I figured I might at least learn something. Instead, I found the film to be hopeful, wildly entertaining, and very well-written. It’s a classic Sorkin, full of fast-paced, pithy courtroom dialogue and vibrant characters. The cast has great chemistry and really makes the movie shine. While the film is a bit dramatic and not as visually striking as it could have been, the script, acting, and pertinent political and moral lessons make it well worth your time.

— Maci Ward

Wendy

In this film, writer and director Benh Zeitlin brings a modern, American setting to the classic tale of Peter Pan and Wendy. Zeitlin indulges in a noticeably expressionistic approach, spending much of the runtime fleshing out grand themes and the living island of Neverland before embracing a more linear narrative. I enjoyed the wildly different mise-en-scène compared to most Peter Pan movies, and the new twists to the lore were exciting to witness. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I found Wendy to be a fascinating, original take on the beloved story.

— Levi Yager

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