Movies Update: The Best Movies of 2020 and More

Plus, Netflix holiday movies, ranked.

By Mekado Murphy

Hey, movie fans!

As we approach the end of a very unconventional movie year, our critics Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott offer their top picks. Our awards season column, headed by Kyle Buchanan, is back with a new name: The Projectionist. This week he had a conversation with Amanda Seyfried, whose performance as Marion Davies in “Mank” is generating Oscar chatter (Read A.O. Scott’s review of the film).

In movie news, Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated star of “Juno,” announced he is transgender. Several members of SAG-AFTRA are suing the union’s health plan over changes in coverage. And Warner Bros. announced it will release each of its 2021 films, including “Dune” and “The Matrix 4,” on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously. It’s an acknowledgment of the new reality.

Along with “Mank,” other films arriving on streaming this week include the drama “Sound of Metal” on Amazon, the documentary “Baby God” on HBO Max and the fairy-tale comedy “Godmothered” on Disney+. And if you’re wondering which Netflix holiday movies to watch, we made a list. (Check it twice.)

Enjoy the movies!




Stage to Screen, Tuesday December 8 at 7 p.m. E.T.

How does a great play or musical turn into an extraordinary movie? When — and why — does Hollywood look to Broadway for inspiration? Join us for a virtual event to explore how theater becomes film with Viola Davis, her “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” colleagues and the creative team behind the feel-good musical “The Prom.” RSVP to attend.

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