In 2020, Netflix released dozens of movies. But, some promised a lot and disappointed the public, others were controversial and won the disapproval of society. To help readers who don't want to waste time, Bula has put together a list of the 12 best recent features from Netflix to watch in 2020. The list includes titles from different genres and nationalities, all of which are highly rated by critics specializing in cinema. Among those chosen are the documentary “The Deaths of Dick Johnson” (2020), by Kirsten Johnson; the Nigerian drama “For a Better Life” (2020), by Kenneth Gyang; and the thriller “O Diabo de Cada Dia” (2020), directed by Antonio Dias.
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A few years ago, Dick Johnson, father of filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, was diagnosed with dementia. As a therapeutic activity to face her father's inevitable death, Kirsten decides to enact the ways in which he can die. In each scenario, the elderly person plays with Kirsten's acid humor and imaginative fantasies. Thus, father and daughter prepare for separation and create eternal memories together.
The film tells three different stories, with only one thing in common: Africa. On the Spanish border with African territory, Guard Mateo witnesses the murder of an illegal immigrant and does not know whether to tell his superiors. In Senegal, Spaniard Gonzalo struggles to prevent the killing of elephants. And Adu, a little boy who witnessed the action of poachers, begins to be chased by them.
Using unpublished footage, this documentary addresses the murder of Shannan Watts and his two daughters in Denver, USA. Shannan shared her family's daily life on social media and everyone missed her when she disappeared after a trip with her daughters. Chris, the husband, appealed for information about Shannan on TV, but the police found that he murdered his wife and children.
The film tells the story of three black friends who fought in the Vietnam War: Otis, Eddie and Melvin. Years later, they decide to return to the place where they fought, in search of the remains of the squad leader. In addition, they hope to find a treasure that was hidden by their friend. On this journey, ex-soldiers have to deal with painful memories of the war.
On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes discovers that her mother has disappeared without a trace. After a free and loving childhood, she is under the care of her brothers, who threaten to send her to boarding school. Determined to find her mother, Enola flees to London, where she discovers a major conspiracy behind the disappearance. She becomes a brilliant detective, surpassing the famous brother, Sherlock Holmes.
Despite having doubts about their relationship, a young woman travels to meet her boyfriend's parents, Jake. Upon arriving at their farm, she begins to feel strange and finds the in-laws' behavior bizarre. But in spite of this, she cannot leave, as a snowstorm hits the region. Stuck on the spot, she starts to question everything she thought about her boyfriend and herself.
The story takes place in the 1960s, in a rural Ohio community, and follows several peculiar characters who were affected by the war in different ways. Chief among them, Willard Russell, is a veteran tormented for failing to save his wife from death. His son, Arvin Eugene, grows up trying to become a good man, but ends up being hit by the violence that dominates the city.
This documentary explores the dangerous impact of social networks on civilization. Technology experts and former Silicon Valley employees, some of them creators of the main applications and tools, show how these media have a negative influence on human relationships and behavior. According to the interviewees, there is no privacy on the internet: all users are monitored.
Located in Nigeria, the feature follows Oloture, a naive journalist who is willing to pose as a prostitute to denounce the underworld of human trafficking in her country. But, things get out of control and she becomes one of the victims of pimps, being taken to Europe. Shocked by the brutal violence, Oloture finds friendship and comfort in the other exploited women.
The documentary gathers the footage of Craig, a man who, debilitated by adrenal fatigue, started to dive into an icy underwater forest in Africa. As the cold water invigorated him, he started filming his underwater forays, especially an octopus that caught his eye. Visiting the den of the animal every day, he gained the trust of the octopus, making an unlikely new friendship.
Tyler Rake, a black market mercenary, is tasked with rescuing Ovi, the son of one of India's biggest drug dealers, who is being held hostage by the city of Dhaka. Tyler needs to circumvent the kidnappers, the police and get out of town with the boy safely. If he succeeds, he will receive a great reward. But, even though he is physically prepared, Tyler is emotionally shaken by trauma from the past.
In 1968, in New York, a group of gay friends get together to celebrate the birthday of one of them, Harold. The host of the night is Michael, a drunk and wasteful screenwriter, who bought a special gift for the birthday boy. But the drink night is interrupted when Michael proposes a game of confessions. The truths said end up threatening the group's friendship.