The Lost Year: Movies We Missed in 2020

In 2020, the big screen was blank, the seats empty, and the popcorn machine barren. It was not a good year for movie theaters. But while The Little was closed for 14 months, the movies themselves were still riveting, beautiful, and just downright excellent. These films deserve to be watched on the glorious big screen, and at The Little, we’re going to make that happen.

The Little’s “The Lost Year: The Movies We Missed” series will showcase the hits, hidden gems, and award winners of 2020 (and beyond) in the way they were meant to be watched — in a movie theater (and paired with all the Little Popcorn you can carry).

Browse the film lineup below.


First Cow

First Cow

Friday, July 16 • 7:30pm
Thursday, July 19 • 7:30pm

A loner and cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. 

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Saturday, August 14 • 8pm
Thursday, August 19 • 7:30pm

Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.

Starring Cristin Milioti (Fargo, The Mindy Project) and Andy Samberg (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), this Lonely Island Classics comedy “brilliantly reinvents the ‘Groundhog Day’ formula” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire).

American Utopia

David Byrne’s American Utopia

Wednesday, September 15 • 7:30pm

Directed by Oscar-Winner Spike Lee, this filmed version of the electrifying Broadway musical sensation brings Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning musician David Byrne(Talking Heads) together with 11 musical artists from around the world to perform songs from across Byrne’s career.



Friday, September 24 • 7:30pm
Thursday, September 30 • 7:30pm

Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard’s resonant MLK/FBI presents a sobering overview of the American intelligence community’s efforts to discredit and destroy Martin Luther King, Jr. “A worthy addition to the ever-timely media concerning Martin Luther King Jr.” – Amon Warmann, Empire. “Superb” – Odie Henderson,

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Friday, October 15 • 7:00pm
Thursday, October 21 • 7:30pm

When students in their high school inexplicably start to explode (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. They soon discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today in this dark comedy.

Katherine Langford (Knives Out, Love, Simon) and Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete) star in what promises to become a cult-classic in the “horrors of high-school” genre.



Friday, November 20 • 7:30pm
Saturday, November 21 • 3:30pm

A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.

Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, this hand-drawn mesmerizing Celtic-inspired adventure from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) is perfect for families, fans of animation, and devotees of ethereal fantasy storytelling.

Saint Frances

Saint Frances

Friday, December 10 • 7:30pm
Thursday, December 16 • 7:30pm

After an accidental-pregnancy-turned-abortion, a deadbeat nanny finds an unlikely friendship with the six-year old she’s charged with protecting in this comedy-drama from art-house favorite film distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Saint Frances approaches an array of weighty issues with empathy, humor, and grace — and marks star and writer Kelly O’Sullivan as a tremendous talent to watch.” 99% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

Barb and Star

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Saturday, February 19 • 7:30pm

Take a trip and break out of your shell with Barb and Star! From the gals who brought you Bridesmaids (co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo) comes Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time — ever — and embark on a Floridian holiday wilder than they even imagined.

Bright, colorful, and extremely, unabashedly silly, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar is the ultimate goofy, tropical antidote to your mid-winter blues.

First Cow

Miss Juneteenth

Friday, June 10 • 7:30pm
Co-presented with the Black Cinema Series | A former beauty queen and single mother prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant. A selection of the Sundance Film Festival, with award-nominations from SXSW, Gotham Awards, and the Indie Spirit Awards. Writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples is currently adapting her film into a series for NBC/Universal.
First Cow

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Wednesday, June 29 • 7:30pm
Co-presented with the High Falls Women in Film Series | An intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City.
First Cow

The Vast of Night

Saturday, July 30 • 7:30pm
Co-presented with Summer Airwaves: Radio on Film | One night in New Mexico, in the late 1950s at the dawn of the space-race, two radio-obsessed teens discover a strange frequency over the airwaves in what becomes the most important night of their lives and in the history of their small town.