Joel has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★★★

    Guy Ritchie is back to the British crime action films that made him such a great director(Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and that slick stylistic look that made those films so crisp along with a cast that comprised of Charlie Hunnam, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant and Henry Golding who all worked so well together thanks to that classic Guy Ritchie dialogue and humor injected into this intense scenes that really sets his films apart…

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★★

    The Lodge is a thriller about a woman stranded in a cabin in the woods during a snowstorm with her boyfriend's two children when strange events occur and this movie has some twists and turns in the story that will definitely divide opinions but I enjoyed every moment of it.
    Riley Keough is great her as the girlfriend and is able to bring a complex performance to the role being vulnerable at times while also being terrifying in others making…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    Blumhouse once again knocks a great low budget horror film of out the park and Elizabeth Moss gives one of her best performances to date. She gives such a layered performance showing both strength and vulnerability. There is also so much tension in this film thanks to the cast giving such great performances and such well shot cinematography especially noting that often the actors are working off nothing and make it look legit when they’re in fights with the invisible…

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★★★

    Gavin O'Connor once again proves he can make a great sports film ( as he did in 2004 with Miracle and 2011 with Warrior) that tells the story of a former basketball destined for greatness(played to near perfection by Ben Affleck) who now must fights his demons to coach a team to the championship.
    Affleck is so great in his role as he can emote strength and vulnerability sometimes in the same scene. He has such a layered character here…

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★★

    Onward was another great film for Pixar-despite it not quite being on par with some of the greats like Up, Incredibles etc- with such great animation, a charming story and a great cast (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt being so great in this working so well off each other) but what really got me was the theme throughout the entire film of brotherly love and how that relationship develops in the story is just pure magic.  
    The aspect of…