The word I would use to describe The Vast of Night is vintage. This is an old school movie, with a look from the 1950’s, a classic style, tone, and by far one of the most surprising films of 2020. The Vast of Night is a sci-fi picture and even though it may not feature the explosions or CGI creatures, it is one of the most inventive films this year. Director Andrew Patterson has made something unique and equally rooted in classics, such as The Twilight Zone, The Day the Earth Stood Still, or even the 1958 version of The Blob. There is something strange going on in a border town of New Mexico on the night of the big high school basketball game. That leaves the scrappy Fay (Sierra McCormick) and radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz), as the lone observers, looking for signals that are being sent across the airwaves. The Vast of Night may be a micro-budget picture, but this is big, fantastic sci-fi cinema.