It’s obvious by the end of every calendar year which movies got the most buzz over the last 12 months and which movies must be seen in the lead up to the awards season. This year, the majority of cinephiles out there know they need to check out the likes of “Nomadland,” “Minari,” and “Promising Young Woman” ahead of nomination announcements, among other titles. Films such as “Da 5 Bloods,” “The Invisible Man,” and “Borat 2” opened with a ton of publicity and garnered millions of eyeballs. But where is all the love for “Babyteeth,” “The Other Lamb,” and other low-profile indie films that just couldn’t fight to the top of the always-growing pile of content? That’s what the end of the year is for: catching up on the movies that fell through the cracks.
Fortunately, IndieWire has rounded up 20 well reviewed films released over the last 12 months that demand more attention heading into the new year. Blurbs have been pulled from various reviews.