The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

We are about to leave 2020 behind, a year in which streaming platforms have been much more important than usual when it comes to movie premieres. For this reason, I continue my review of the highlights of the last 12 months after a first stop at the action cinema with the 19 best movies than Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin have premiered in Spain throughout 2020 -beware, those that have only been seen in online festivals do not count-, so there is space for both original productions and those that are not really.

‘Borat, movie film sequel’ (Amazon)

Inferior to its predecessor and with a clearer objective that does not always fully match the character that conquered us many years ago, but also a film with several unforgettable scenes -some hilarious, but another almost freezes your blood- and the discovery of a Maria Bakalova who is practically on the same level, perhaps better at times, than Sacha Baron Cohen.

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‘Other people’s box’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

An effective cross between horror films and social criticism that may not present great news, but knows how to navigate through the themes it proposes so that its impact on the viewer is much greater than that of other productions in the same vein. All this with tight footage in which nothing is superfluous and that leaves us with some of the most powerful moments.

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‘Da 5 Bloods: Brothers in Arms’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

Somewhat unbalanced but with great force. Spike Lee’s last work to date claimed the importance of African American soldiers in Vietnam while proposing a peculiar adventure in search of hidden treasure. It is not missing the expected attack on Donald Trump, but if something stands out above all here it is the overwhelming interpretation of Delroy Lindo.

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‘Daniel is not real’ (Movistar)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

An excellent horror film that starts from a simple but effective premise and then tirelessly expands its mythology. And it does all this by betting on a simple approach, exploring the figure of the doppelgänger to show the particular descent into h**l of the character played by Patrick Schwarzenegger.

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‘Diamonds in the Rough’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

A crude and overwhelming proposal by the Safdie brothers – beware of the staging, totally in line with the sensations it seeks to provoke in the viewer – who find a luxury ally in a sensational Adam Sandler. In addition, it is a proposal that does not stop going more in its use of tension, keeping the viewer at all times on the edge of his armchair, or sofa in the case of Spain, since here it premiered on Netflix despite not being really a original platform.

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‘The Chicago 7 Trial’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

It was emerging as Paramount’s main asset for the Oscars before it decided to sell the film to Netflix due to the current state of theaters. Aaron Sorkin’s second feature film is better written – its structure brings to mind that of ‘The Social Network’ – than directed – there you can see that Sorkin is far from being David Fincher – and is supported by a luxurious cast in which they all have a chance to shine at one point or another.

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‘Pickled in Time’ (HBO)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

A charming sci-fi comedy in which Seth Rogen delivers twice as high marks. A film that explores the importance of the family and that plays very well with the contrast of the awakening in our time of a person who was born more than 100 years ago and who has already lost all his loved ones.

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‘I’m thinking of quitting’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

From Charlie Kaufman one could not expect a conventional film and this is not the case, although it may be his most accessible film despite the fact that in the final section it may be more complicated. Until then, Kaufman had used Ian Reid’s original novel to conduct a fascinating character study through a relationship that breaks down without her deciding to take the plunge. All his cast is very good, but I do not know what we have done to deserve someone with the talent of Jessie Buckley, whose contribution is almost as important as that of Kaufman himself.

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‘Guns Akimbo’ (Amazon)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

A wild pastime that mixes comedy and action with ease. In addition, he knows how to take advantage of his clearly excessive nature both for his funniest phases and for those moments when the explosive action comes to the fore. In addition, it is benefited both by the good work separately from Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving and by the chemistry that both interpreters have.

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‘Hamilton’ (Disney +)

It is still a bit of a trap to qualify as a film what is still recorded theater. Yes, with little tweaks and using images from various functions, but that’s still it. However, I am going to take advantage of the fact that it was sold like this from the first moment to highlight this monumental work by Lin-Manuel Miranda about one of the founding fathers of the United States, who is portrayed accurately and without compassion towards the many mistakes he made throughout his life.

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‘History of the occult’ (Filmin)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

A unique hybrid between political thriller and horror film with a careful staging by newcomer Cristian Ponce, who knows how to handle a seemingly simple formal proposal very well, but which requires a delicate balance to keep the viewer hypnotized and that the story that proposes not to collapse.

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‘Regrettable Stories’ (Amazon)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

The comedy of the year for whom this writes. A new demonstration of Javier Fesser’s ability to build his own universe full of very peculiar characters. In addition, it manages to avoid the usual problems of films divided into different episodes, touching the ceiling with which the function closes, with which I have laughed as few times in this 2020 for oblivion.

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‘The scam’ (HBO)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

An exciting approach to a striking real case that is supported by a sensational interpretation of Hugh Jackman, in my opinion the best of his long career, but without making the mistake of subordinating everything to his personal brilliance. It is true that everything is turning more and more around him, but because it is the logical evolution of the story and showing no mercy, exposing the double standards of its protagonist.

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‘The mother of blues’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

It will go down in history as the last film starring Chadwick Boseman and no one should be surprised if he ends up winning an Oscar for his intense work here, but that does not make us forget the also excellent performance of Viola Davis or how it is used recording a real music record to explore what it was like to be an African American in America in the 1920s.

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‘The Willoughby Brothers’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

Another triumph for Netflix in animated cinema after the wonderful ‘Klaus’. An entertaining family-style adventure but with a lot of personality that knows how to make fun an extension of the characters themselves instead of going the easy way. It is true that the moral that it transmits is nothing to write home about, but it is reached simply and in a way that is consistent with everything we have seen before.

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‘Mank’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

A project much loved by David Fincher, since it starts from a script written by his father before his death, which in the end is the least achieved of the function. And it is that the staging is very careful trying to bring the film closer to both the Hollywood cinema of the time in which it takes place and to ‘Citizen Kane’ in particular, and beware of the amazing performance of Gary Oldman, one of the best of all his career without a doubt.

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‘Beyond the Moon’ (Netflix)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

Perhaps I was expecting a little more from this highly visual animated musical that explores the difficulties of coping with loss by getting pretty close to certain forms common in Disney Classics. And he does it knowing how to combine his most exciting side with his facet of family entertainment, but there are certain details of his script that do not quite work out.

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‘Soul (Disney +)

The new Pixar film A Jewel, a film that explores what it is that leads us to be who we are through. In it, contrasts are often used with an impeccable script, an outstanding animation (and quite varied also, having no problem in resorting with great success to simplicity when the occasion requires it) and a very successful balance between drama, comedy and adventure.

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‘Sound of Metal’ (Amazon)

The 19 best films from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney +, Movistar + and Filmin released in 2020

One of the great surprises of the end of the year, since it could have been perfectly a film subjected to the intensity of the performance of an outstanding Riz Ahmed, but when push comes to shove it is a clever exploration of how his deafness isolates him from the world. , resorting to a masterful use of sound and counting on more stimulating characters throughout his footage.

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