The 20 Best Movies of 2020

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10. Dick Johnson Is Dead
> Starring: Michael Hilow, Ana Hoffman, Dick Johnson, Kirsten Johnson
> IMDb rating (0-10): 7.5
> IMDb votes: 2,837
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

The award-winning documentary is about a daughter, Kirsten Johnson (“Cameraperson”), helping her elderly father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, prepare for his death by staging his death several times. Claudia Puig from FilmWeek wrote: “A very moving personal essay done in a heartfelt, surreal, and funny fashion.”

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9. David Byrne’s American Utopia
> Starring: David Byrne, Jacqueline Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman
> IMDb rating (0-10): 8.3
> IMDb votes: 1,861
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Spike Lee directed this documentary about the former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and his critically-acclaimed Broadway show “American Utopia,” which is based on his most recent album and tour of the same name. “It would have been a miraculous celebration of neighbourly love even if it hadn’t been released in the middle of a pandemic,” wrote Clarisse Loughrey of the Independent (UK).

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8. Disclosure
> Starring: Laverne Cox, Bianca Leigh, Jen Richards, Alexandra Billings
> IMDb rating (0-10): 8.3
> IMDb votes: 3,556
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

“Disclosure” takes a close look at how Hollywood has depicted transgender people over the years and the impact that depiction has had on transgender people in the country. The documentary is “a history of trans representation of screen as told by actual trans people,” according to Orla Smith from Seventh Row. One of them is award-winning actor Laverne Cox, who rose to fame with her role in the show “Orange Is the New Black.”

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7. Athlete A
> Starring: Maggie Nichols, Gina Nichols, John Nichols, Steve Berta
> IMDb rating (0-10): 7.7
> IMDb votes: 6,797
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Netflix documentary “Athlete A” shows how reporters from The Indianapolis Star broke the story about Dr. Larry Nassar’s years of abuse of gymnasts competing for USA Gymnastics. “After ‘Athlete A,’ you may never again watch America’s pursuit for gold with quite the same enthusiasm,” wrote Jake Coyle of the Associated Press.

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6. Small Axe: Mangrove
> Starring: Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall
> IMDb rating (0-10): 8.1
> IMDb votes: 2,539
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Small Axe is a collection of five films created and directed by Steve McQueen for BBC and Amazon concerning the experiences of West Indian immigrants in London during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. “Mangrove” is about the Mangrove restaurant in West London, a center of Black British intellectual activity in the 1960s, and the trial that followed after nine people were arrested for protesting the repeated police raids of the restaurant. “Mangrove” has an IMDb rating of 8.1 out of 10 and a Tomatometer score of 99% — both the highest of any film in the Small Axe series.