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Don’t Let the Pandemic Bury These Underrated Movies

It doesn’t take an expert to surmise that 2020 was a rough year for Hollywood. After temporarily shutting down the entire industry, the pandemic then accelerated discussions around the potential demise of movie theaters and the effects of shifting consumer habits. (Maybe some people don’t mind watching the biggest films of the year from the comfort of their couches.) But with vaccinations continuing to roll out and recent blockbusters like Godzilla vs. Kong making a decent impression at the box office—at least given the lower standards of a post-pandemic release—there’s hope yet that the industry-wide panic for 2020 will be an outlier from an unprecedented situation instead of a sign of things to come. Perhaps the surest sign that theaters are back in a big way is that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rolling out four movies in the span of six months.

But while we all want to leave 2020 in the rearview, the year wasn’t a total wash when it comes to movies. There were still many notable releases in the world of streaming, from star-studded awards bait (Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7) to non-Marvel superhero movies (The Old Guard, Project Power) to indie curiosities from exciting up-and-coming filmmakers (The Vast of Night, Sound of Metal). Still, with the notable exception of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which admirably tried to reignite the box office over the summer, most films released last year didn’t have the benefit of major backing from their respective studios. Releasing a film in the middle of the pandemic was not unlike a stretched-out version of the Dumpuary tradition in which studios toss a movie in the barren wasteland of January, historically the worst month with respect to box-office totals. The studios that chose to drop a

Article source: https://www.theringer.com/movies/2021/5/4/22418151/most-underrated-movies-2020-empty-man-new-mutants

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