Oliver has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    ★★★★½

    An excellent little Western and remake that manages to shine past its genre conventions with a surprisingly engaging script that handles its premise well with convincing pathos, taut plotting, and astounding performances.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    A surreal, atmospheric, complex, and nuanced existential drama about memory, identity, mortality, regret, and loneliness—superbly acted, magnificently composed, brilliantly realized by Charlie Kaufman, and with an unforgettable ending as heartbreaking as it is beautiful.

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★½

    Featuring flawless performances and an understated craftsmanship, Roman Polanski’s essential WWII masterpiece depicts a true story in its most brutal and realistic form while delivering a devastating, beautiful, and poignant drama that follows the life of a Holocaust survivor and pianist played superbly by Adrien Brody.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    In spite of its incompetent and senseless characters, this macabre slasher got under my skin with its documentary-style direction and droning soundscapes while leaving me shaking after its intense buildup of nerve-racking tension, disgust, and absolute hysteria. A masterwork of low-budget horror.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    Notwithstanding its magnificent artistry and impressive lead performance, those looking for a thematically coherent and realistic story will be disappointed, but those looking for a beautifully nightmarish phantasmagoria of Swedish folklore, emotional trauma, toxic relationships, stunning imagery, and many transfixing scenes in an idyllic setting to contrast with its macabre pagan cult plot will relish in Ari Aster’s lyrical, evocative, and incredibly cathartic horror breakup movie.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★½

    Despite the slightly disorienting jumps in time and a few other imperfections, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is a joy to watch from beginning to end and is a splendid adaptation of its source material that feels bound to become a classic, with its sensibly told story and the timeless themes within it, while also making a great use of its cast and featuring a gorgeous costume and production design.