The year ends today — mercifully.

On most other trips around the sun, I see over 100 flicks in theaters. This year, I hit about a third of that.

Which means I’ve rethought what to include on my inventory of the best cinematic experiences of 2020. I usually reserve this list for films with some theatrical run but, with theaters closed more often than not, I expanded consideration to movies only available on cable or streaming services.

I still cannot pull the trigger on including limited series; they either don’t tell one coherent story or don’t have the same behind-the-scenes talent guiding every segment. In a single case, I treat one segment as its own experience, meriting high praise.

Enough talking, let’s get to the 10 best flicks of this miserable, lousy year.

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