In early spring, there were plenty of prognostications about the role that art would serve during the period in which we would all be stuck at home. Here was the last form of entertainment standing. At least there would always be something to watch. No guarantee that it would always be that good. Escape, as it turned out, was impossible. Watching television this year was often a fraught activity, the passiveness of the auto-play highlighting the collapse of time outside the frame.
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We did it. We made it to the end of the year, and while there are probably a long list of people you might want to thank for getting you to this point, the real hero this year has been television. After a year primarily spent in quarantine, television had the impossible job of giving us prestige drama , high camp , lowly reality TV snackables , and also Al Pacino fighting Nazis. As the kids online say, "We ate good this year. Looking back at a year's worth of television is always a curious exercise because, to some extent, it reveals something about where we're at as a culture.
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Let's face it: sucked in an unprecedented way, by every single measure known to mankind, except one—television! With nowhere to go and nothing better to do, we've had little choice but to rely on the TV gods to entertain us, and the powers that be did so well at their one job that a weird conspiracy theorist might even wonder if Netflix and its peers had known in advance how the year was going to go. Wake up, sheeple!
Photo by Pixar. Thumbnail: Warner Bros. Rotten Tomatoes has collected every movie designated Certified Fresh over the past year, creating our guide to the best movies of For wide releases of which there were significantly fewer this year, as you can imagine , the minimum number of reviews is For streaming or limited release movies, that number is Across all release types, each movie needs at least five of its reviews to be written by Top Critics. So what were some notable movies approved by critics in the most unpredictable, disrupted year in film history? Early in , we saw the likes of The Invisible Man , Emma. Over the next eight months, Certified Fresh originals each gave platforms their moment to entertain. Synopsis: A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth.