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56 Best Movies & Shows Released in 2020

Find the best movies and show to watch from the year 2020. These handpicked recommendations are highly-rated by viewers and critics.

This gorgeous drama-thriller is set in bustling Istanbul where different characters, mostly women, cross paths.And when I say gorgeous, I mean of the drop-dead variety. The cinematography is reminiscent of the Japanese style of Kazuo Miyagawa or Columbus director Kogonada.And it’s all matched by the dialogue. The first episode follows a woman who lays bare her life in a first session with a psychologist. The story then moves on to her psychologist seeing her own clinician, mostly discussing how she feels about seeing veiled patients.

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Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) builds on an amazing soundtrack and fantastic source material to craft the incredibly atmospheric, high-stakes drama about low-stakes relationships, that is Normal People. Every detail of every scene feels studied, everything that is not necessary is removed. The dialogue is sharp and funny. The acting, from the two main characters to the last extra, is perfect.There is no way that the plot description will do Normal People any justice, and it would be revealing too much any way. It's best to go into this not knowing much. One thing is certain, if you liked modern dramas that are about how and what is said as much as they are about what happens, you'll love Normal People.

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This excellent legal drama starts with a successful partner losing her retirement savings to a Ponzi scheme. The person accused of running the scheme is the father of her newest junior associate. They both find themselves out of options and join a black-run firm that specializes in police brutality cases. From legal questions that start on Reddit and 4Chan to trying to find a Trump supporter in the firm, The Good Fight is relatable without being cringy. Everything is believable, including the characters and the arcs.  The Good Fight feels like Suits or The Good Wife, but it also feels much better. It's sharper.

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This star-packed drama about an infamous trial of anti-Vietnam war activists is one exceptional movie.The story goes back to 1968 when different and unconnected groups traveled to Chicago to protest at the Democratic National Convention. They were met with heavy police and National Guard mobilization, and later on, beaten and arrested. Their trial, for allegedly inciting violence, is at the intersection of almost everything that went wrong and keeps going wrong with the American establishment. Racism, incompetence,  the corruption of power, complacency, you name it, it's all here.Director Aaron Sorkin's creation captures this intersection brilliantly. The result feels like it's as much about 2020 as it was about 1968.   

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This smart and affecting drama is about a struggling family man who tries to turn his life around by working in package delivery. Gig economy delivery people are usually freelancers who own their trucks and are responsible for packages until they're delivered. Of course, a lot goes wrong, parking tickets, traffic, complicated customers, etc; but this movie is not about that. It's about how the very nature of the job is exploitative. From peeing in a bottle to sacrificing family, Sorry We Missed You is an introduction to the world of the people that bring you packages.And huge benefit: it's directed by the legendary Ken Loach, who works only with amateur actors. It has a raw and real feel to it without ever being melodramatic. It's an incredible achievement and an important movie.

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This is one of the craziest, most high energy movies you’ll ever watch. It’s about a 9-year-old who is considered a case the healthcare system calls a “system crasher”: someone who has exhausted every option child protective services has and still failed to get better.This girl, called Benni, wants to get out of the system and go back to live with her mom, but her mother is scared of her. She is introduced to a new shelter with a social worker who tries a different approach in one last attempt to reform her.System Crasher is a wild ride, but it’s made with so much heart that the thrills never feel senseless: it’s a movie that will stay with you for a long time.

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This outstanding Polish movie is about an ex-convict who goes through a transformation in jail and decides he wants to become a priest. Not being able to at first because of his criminal record, he cons his way into taking over a parish.Corpus Christi is a portrayal of a troubled religious community (a recent accident took the lives of many people in the parish), and perhaps even a reflection of modern-day conservative Poland. But in its essence, and especially due to a breathtaking central performance, it's an examination of the life of a priest beyond the confines priesthood. It's at the same time refreshing, seeing a new way of preaching, and thrilling, waiting for the priest to be exposed.

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Sex Education is an original mix of what its title would indicate, but also of heartfelt and funny stories. Otis, a British teenager whose mom is a sex and relationship therapist, starts harnessing her knowledge to help the sex woes of the kids in his high-school. Hilarity regularly ensues as you’d expect from anything involving sex and uninitiated teenagers. But for all its worth, Sex Education is never cringe-worthy. Its realistic writing of teenage misadventures can teach any adult a thing or two. If you liked Lovesick, another Netflix British comedy about sex trouble, you will like Sex Education.

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This addictive thriller is about two groups of Swedish young people: one already radicalized, fighting in Syria, and the other, still in high-school and on the path to radicalization.An anti-terrorism officer with a questionable past is put in contact with a woman who traveled to Syria and wants to get back to Sweden. In exchange, this woman offers information about an upcoming attack in Europe.Caliphate is fascinating, deeply thrilling, and made with an authenticity that sees past cheap stereotypes to offer genuine insight into what drives young people to become terrorists.

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This British comedy stars Charlotte Ritchie (Feel Good) as a broke young woman who unexpectedly inherits the house of a distant family member. Instead of selling it, she and her boyfriend decide they want to renovate it into a hotel. This doesn't sit well with the house ghosts, who are already strapped for space.The charming performances in Ghosts span the living and the dead. The script is witty and fun. It's the perfect TV show to wind down to: silly, but so well-made.

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