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'First Cow,' 'Nomadland,' 'Kajillionaire,' 'Small Axe' and more of 2020's top films

'First Cow,' 'Nomadland,' 'Kajillionaire,' 'Small Axe' and more of 2020's top films
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He may have made the best film of the year in his short film “New York, New York,” a tribute to an undefeatable pandemic-stricken city.'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Eliza Hittman’s film about a 17-year-old Pennsylvania woman (newcomer Sidney Flanigan), traveling to New York for an abortion, is a delicately restrained, heartbreaking neo-realistic drama.It’s also, with a glorious rendering of Harlem, one of the best New York movies in years.From director Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is a tremendous exercise in mood and a beautiful showcase for some up-and-coming talents.

The movie’s harsh Western landscape, where two poor travelers (played by John Magaro and Orion Lee) suggests a critique of capitalism as much as Ken Loach’s also excellent modern-day gig-economy drama “Sorry We Missed You.This is a gentle, humane and dizzyingly poetic ode to the people on the fringes of American society, the ones who choose to wander and drift across the great Western landscape.

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