PM Film Critic Sean Collier counts down the 10 best films of 2019.
December 18, 2019
As the decade turns, we find ourselves surveying a remarkable and vibrant cinema landscape.
If you’re a movie lover, there is an awful lot to love.
10 — Parasite
Bong Joon Ho’s gripping work of genre defiance is as powerful as it is wry.
How to See It: “Parasite” is now playing in select theaters.
9 — The Irishman
If Martin Scorsese’s elegy to mob movies weren’t almost absurdly over-indulgent, it would probably rank higher on this list.
How to See It: “The Irishman” is now streaming on Netflix.
8 — Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s masterful adaptation of the classic novel is a warm and comforting embrace.
How to See It: “Little Women” opens in wide release on Wednesday, Dec. 25.
7 — Ad Astra
James Gray’s somber, atmospheric sci-fi marvel easily topped my rankings when I saw the film back in September. It has slipped a bit in the intervening months;
How to See It: “Ad Astra” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
6 — The Farewell
Ingrained cultural differences are difficult to dramatize, which makes Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical narrative all the more impressive.
How to See It: “The Farewell” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
5 — Us
Jordan Peele followed “Get Out,” his earthquaking debut, with a sophomore effort heavier on the horror and rife with evocative symbolism.
How to See It: “Us” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
4 — 1917
“American Beauty” director Sam Mendes takes one of the showiest concepts in filmmaking — the (apparently) one-shot feature — and uses it to make a thrilling and bold war epic.
How to See It: “1917” enters limited release on Dec. 25 and is scheduled to expand to Pittsburgh on Jan. 10, 2020.
3 — The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Joe Talbot’s fable of gentrification is a sobering portrait of life pushed out from the roots
How to See It: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
2 — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
I promise: This is not a hometown pick. I didn’t include last year’s Mister Rogers documentary among my year-end selections, and I didn’t anticipate that “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” would impress me as much as it did.
How to See It: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is now playing in wide release.
1 — Marriage Story
On its surface, “Marriage Story” is a somewhat simple film; it’s the story of two people going through a divorce and custody battle.
How to See It: “Marriage Story” is now streaming on Netflix.
Avengers: Endgame; Booksmart; Her Smell; High Life; Jojo Rabbit; Pain and Glory; Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am; Queen & Slim; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Waves