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

  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★★★

    This is George Clooney’s strongest work as a director since The Ides of March, and you essentially get two movies for the price of one - an arctic survivalist adventure with a rugged Clooney, and a leisurely space opera with an excellent Felicity Jones and Kyle Chandler. Viewed at Austin’s Lake Creek 7 cinema.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★★

    George C. Wolfe’s screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play is astonishingly good, not least because of its remarkably creative staging. It irks me when people dismiss a play adaptation as “stagy” simply because it only has a few locations - when in fact many of these films are helmed by directors who know how to block a scene and make dynamic use out of a small space (look no further than any play-to-film adaptation by Sidney Lumet or Mike Nichols).…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★★

    Jagshemash! This film is NOT bad!

    I admire that Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t make the same film twice. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm may not pack in as many laughs as the original, but it has something different going for it - a strangely moving relationship between father and daughter.

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★★★

    Truly entertaining and unafraid to tackle some big guns, with excellent performances from everyone involved (Theron, Robbie, Kidman, Lithgow).

  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★★

    A mesmerizing film, albeit one with a protagonist who doesn’t particularly drive the narrative (the actress who plays her, Mame Bineta Sane, is wonderful, though).