DISCLAIMER: These are movies from the calendar year 2020 (released in the United States). I have not seen a ton of movies from the calendar year 2020 because of the closing down of movie theaters. Also I don’t have a desire to pay 20 bucks to watch a movie at home when it’ll eventually be streaming. If I am not going to be getting an experience, then I am not gonna shed the cash.

Now with that being said, since I have begun tracking more rigorously on Letterboxd in March, I have seen at least 60 movies that were released in the calendar year 2020. (For the curious, I have watched 214 movies overall since March).

And here are the five worst movies from the calendar year (released in the United States) 2020.

Number 5
Fantasy Island

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jeff Wadlow, Christopher Roach, Jillian Jacobs, Gene Levitt
Cinematographer: Toby Oliver
Staring: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Jimmy O. Yang
Release Date: February 14, 2020

Expectations were low, but they were not low enough. Fantasy Island has a pretty and recognizable cast and a bland, boring non-scary story. Blumhouse Productions pumps these movies out like a well oiled factory machine, but this one has a deformity.

The most disappointing part of Fantasy Island is how blatantly unfunny it is. There are no comedic moments at all. Ryan Hansen and Jimmy O. Yang try and have chemistry but they are like an improv group that are just constantly stepping over people’s lines.

Stanko Rating: F (0.5/5 Stars)


Number 4
VFW

Director: Joe Begos
Writer: Max Brallier, Matthew McAdrdle
Cinematographer: Mike Testin
Staring: Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson
Release Date: February 14, 2020

This movie was so dark. Literally, I think it was filmed in the black.

I got this movie on a whim and hoped its dark tone would appeal to my senses, but getting into VFW proved very very difficult. The violence is raw and over-the-top and frankly a bit to realistic in its gruesomeness to be appealing.

Just a small indie movie that I did not like at all. A shot in the dark that hit nothing.

Stanko Rating: F+ (1.5/5 Stars)


Number 3
Artemis Fowl

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Hamish McColl, Conor McPherson, Eoin Colfer
Cinematographer: Haris Zambarloukos
Staring: Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad, Rachael Ofori
Release Date: June 12, 2020

This was supposed to be a touchstone piece of IP for Disney? This was supposed to start a franchise??

Artemis Fowl is SO boring, and the fact its tailored to kids and everyone agrees its the definition of “bleh” is not a good sign. This movie has JUDI DENCH IN IT, as well as other notable names like Colin Farrell and Josh Gad; but it just does not matter.

Stanko Rating: D- (1.0/5 Stars)


Number 2
Dangerous Lies

Director: Michael M. Scott
Writer: David Golden
Cinematographer: Ronald Richard
Staring: Camila Mendes, Nick Purcha, Joe Costa
Release Date: April 30, 2020

What is worse than hate? Indifference.

I forgot Dangerous Lies existed. I looked at my list and was like “what was this.”

I then watched the trailer and remembered that I hated it and it was the classic “just need to plow through to put it on the list.”

Stanko Rating: F+ (1.0/5 Stars)


Number 1
Hard Kill

Director: Matt Eskandari
Writer: Joe Russo, Chris LaMont, Clayton Haugen, Nikolai From
Cinematographer: Bryan Koss
Staring: Jesse Metcalf, Bruce Willis
Release Date: August 21, 2020

Bruce Willis. What has happened to you? Just, how, what and why?

Hard Kill has the worst dialogue in a movie I have seen this season. It failed at being entertaining trash. It was just bad trash.

Also Jesse Metcalfe…I haven’t seen you since John Tucker Must Die and now I wanna go back into the cave where I only knew your bad acting from a teenage movie and not a pish-posh bad shoot’em up.

Stanko Rating: F- (0.5/5 Stars)


HONORABLE MENTIONS: Hubie Halloween, Bloodshot, New Mutants, Wonder Women 1984

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