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Parasite became the first non-English-language movie to win the best picture Oscar (Curzon)

Parasite became the first non-English-language movie to win the best picture Oscar (Curzon)

Parasite became the first non-English-language movie to win the best picture Oscar (Curzon)

It’s been a year like no other, with cinemas closed for lengthy periods as we desperately sought out new movies during successive lockdowns.

But as all changed there were plenty of new movies delivered quickly to various streaming and rental platforms that you might have missed. Our movie reviewer Esther McCarthy picks her top ten gems of 2020 that you can stream or rent at home right now.

On the Rocks

Sofia Coppela’s sparkling new dramedy is a delight and sees Bill Murray going full Bill Murray. Set in contemporary New York, his daughter (Rashida Jones) is convinced her husband is having an affair. Against all her better judgement, her colourful father (Murray) persuades her to turn detective. What develops is a movie that’s wryly funny and surprisingly moving.

Now showing on Apple TV.

Parasite

This pitch-black Korean tale, the Best Picture Oscar winner this year, is a masterpiece - funny and subversive and then something else altogether. It’s set around a working-class family who hatch a plan to inveigle themselves into the lives of a wealthy family. The movie already works terrifically well as a sharp, hilarious and well-observed take on the class system. Then it builds even further.

Now showing on Prime Video and various rental platforms including Apple TV and Volta.

Bad Education

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are fantastic in this true-life scandal about the biggest school embezzlement in US history. Jackman plays the top dog in a high-achieving school that’s drawing top-level college admissions - and as a result, soaring property values for families keen to raise their kids there.

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Jack Whitehall and the cast for the Bad Education Movie, which has begun filming in Cornwall (Tiger Aspect Productions/PA)

Jack Whitehall and the cast for the Bad Education Movie, which has begun filming in Cornwall (Tiger Aspect Productions/PA)

Jack Whitehall and the cast for the Bad Education Movie, which has begun filming in Cornwall (Tiger Aspect Productions/PA)

Bad Education is a film about process, and the uncovering of the scandal by the local student newspaper only serves to add to the offbeat humour.

Now showing on Sky or to rent on Microsoft.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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Jessie Buckley’s still not sure what I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is about

Jessie Buckley’s still not sure what I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is about

Jessie Buckley’s still not sure what I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is about

Our own Jessie Buckley is superb in this bizarre but brilliant movie from Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). We first meet her on a car journey through the rural American snow with her boyfriend of six weeks, Jake (Jesse Plemons) as they travel to meet his parents.

There are bizarre events when they arrive at his family home and the stage is all set for a psychological thriller, but Kaufman’s film is stranger and more unique than that.

Now showing on Netflix.

Finding Jack Charlton

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Paul with Jack and his wife Pat at a match in 2015

Paul with Jack and his wife Pat at a match in 2015

Paul with Jack and his wife Pat at a match in 2015

This richly detailed movie about one of our most iconic sporting legends will remind you of glory days and bring a tear to your eye. The documentary recalls the Irish team’s monumental campaigns in Germany, Italy and the USA and how the country went a little bit crazy on football euphoria during those times.

Poignantly, it also offers an intimate account of Charlton’s struggles with dementia in the final year of his life. Contributors include his family, Packie Bonner, Niall Quinn and the always charismatic and straight-talking Paul McGrath.

Now showing on various rental platforms including Volta and Rakuten.

Wolfwalkers

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A scene from Cartoon Saloon's animated movie Wolfwalkers on Apple TV+

A scene from Cartoon Saloon's animated movie Wolfwalkers on Apple TV+

A scene from Cartoon Saloon's animated movie Wolfwalkers on Apple TV+

Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon have outdone themselves with this beautifully detailed and entertaining tale which is sure to be in with a shout at next spring’s Oscars. A young wolf-hunter’s loyalties are tested when she gets to live among them in the film, which zips along at a lively pace, is packed with great characters and every shot is stunning to look at.

Now showing on Apple TV.

1917


The year’s first big release was a gem. A war movie that is scant on plot but high on action, 1917 is a smart and unmissable blend of conflict film, thriller and commentary on the horrors of war. Sam Mendes’ film is cleverly made to look like it was filmed in one take to crank up the tension. Two British soldiers are tasked with crossing the German front in broad daylight, to stop a German trap that will cost the lives of 1,600 soldiers.

Now showing on various rental platforms including Rakuten and Microsoft.

Jojo Rabbit

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JoJo Rabbit

JoJo Rabbit

JoJo Rabbit

Thor Ragnarock director Taika Waititi directs and stars in this satirical film about a young Nazi boy who imaginary friend is Hitler. Jojo has become captivated by the Nazi regime’s targeting of children during WW2. So when he discovers that his mother (Scarlet Johansson) is concealing a teenage Jewish girl in his family home, his world is shaken. The satirical humour builds into something truly moving.

Now showing on streaming services Sky Go and Now TV, or to buy on Sky Store and Apple TV.

The Lighthouse

Easily a contender for most batshit movie of the year, The Lighthouse is a thriller for those who like their films indie and edgy. Directed and co-written by Robert Eggers, whose last movie, The Witch, became a sensation, this historical horror is shot in black and white and is set on a remote US lighthouse in the late 19th century. The Beckett-like tale is almost entirely a two-hander between Robert Pattinson and Willem Defoe, who start to go demented during a lengthy stint on the remote island.

Now showing to buy on Google Play and Sky Store.

The Invisible Man

A great psychological thriller which earns its scares and is anchored by a great turn from Elizabeth Moss, this is one of the year’s most overlooked. A great lengthy opening scene shows her character trying to escape from the home of Adrian, a powerful tech boss who has been controlling her and vowed to never let her go.

Now showing on Sky Go and Now TV, or to rent on Google Play.

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