2019 was packed with quality films. But choosing only 5 honorable mentions was actually more challenging than settling on the Top 10. Since I saw each of these 10, I had a feeling that they deserved a spot on this list:
1. “WILD ROSE”
Jessie Buckley is sensational as a young woman from Scotland looking to make it big as a country music singer in Nashville. Julie Walters is fantastic as her mom. Every scene is raw, natural and quite unexpected. It’s the most freeing, satisfying and powerful movie experience of 2019.
From director Bong Joon-Ho, it’s the most meticulously crafted and daring film in years.
3. “KNIVES OUT”
Rian Johnson rises above the “Last Jedi” internet melodrama with a rich, surprising and highly entertaining whodunnit. I hope it wins Best Picture: Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes.
4. “AD ASTRA”
Brad Pitt’s sci-fi drama soars on every level.
Alfre Woodard is incredible as a death row prison warden. It opens in select theaters today. SEE IT!
6. “WEATHERING WITH YOU”
The year’s best animated feature is a moving anime romance. Fathom Events and GKIDS are screening it in select theaters nationwide on January 15th & 16th. Buy your tickets NOW!
This is gripping, thought-provoking ensemble drama. Shout out to the Independent Spirit Awards for giving it some well-deserved nominations.
8. “MIKE WALLACE IS HERE”
One of the most criminally overlooked films of 2019 is a riveting documentary on the legendary newsman.
9. “I LOST MY BODY”
Netflix’s innovative animated fantasy deserves a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination on Jan. 13.
10. “STORM BOY”
Also highly under-seen, it’s a sweet, updated take on a classic Australian family story.
“1917” – Sam Mendes’ WWI drama essentially filmed as one continuous take is a crowning achievement.
“The Current War” – Glad this Thomas Edison/George Westinghouse drama got resurrected
“Doctor Sleep” – A dynamic follow-up to “The Shining”
“The Farewell” – Lulu Wang’s emotionally effective dramedy “based on a true lie”
“Fighting with My Family” – A WWE saga with humor, heart and humanity