To say that 2020 has been a trying year for the film industry would be an understatement. Since the ongoing coronavirus pandemic drove the world to a halt back in March, most major new releases have been delayed far past their release dates. One shining glimmer of hope lies in streaming, which has provided a way for many movies originally intended for theaters to still enjoy 2020 releases (whether on streaming platforms like Netflix or Hulu, or through video on demand). Although blockbusters like “Dune” and “Black Widow” have been pushed back to 2021 in hopes of still securing strong box office numbers, the year has also given film lovers time to appreciate the wealth of indie cinema that came out, which might have escaped many viewers’ notice otherwise—look no further than gems like Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Miranda July’s Kajillionaire . Many acclaimed documentary filmmakers have also released remarkable work during this unpredictable year. In 2020, moviegoers got to virtually enjoy the return of iconic director Frederick Wiseman in his city government-centric film City Hall. The documentaries 76 Days and Totally Under Control also shone important light on the terrifying uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still,… Read full this story
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