What a year 2019 has been for movies. With the sexiest movies of 2019, there's no through line that connects them all outside the fact that each of them have the capability to raise an eyebrow (or two). The Best Films of 2019, According to the Independent Film Community We asked a range of influencers in the independent film world to share their … Michael BarkerCo-President, Sony Pictures Classics, 1. An artful fable that examines what it really means to save the world, Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War” is the rarest of things: A crowd-pleaser about climate change. Let us know in the comments, but remember the rules: Just because a big festival hit isn’t on the list doesn’t mean it won’t show up once it hits theaters. Forget it, digital phonies, great theater is as natural and exciting and dangerous and beautiful as breathing. I went in thinking it would be a silly comedy about strippers and was treated to a full-on story with J. So, without further ado, our list of the 20 best movies of 2019 that we’ve already seen, at various film festivals around the world that should be set for release some time this year if they’re not already—plus a very comprehensive list of at least another 40 films (around 65 total!) Incidentally, Shults and his film not only won the Audience Award at the Key West Film Festival, but he also rocked a mean “Don’t Stop Believin'” at the late-night karaoke that followed our closing reception. Whether Duke is trying to jump over a cat, or Bo is running away from Gabby Gabby’s army of horrifying ventriloquist dummies, the movie’s elegant physical energy makes it a rare testament to the virtues of computer-generated animation — a form that too often feels like a shortcut — and serves to remind us that this franchise is still better suited to Pixar’s style than anything else the studio has ever made. “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Really tough to reconcile the art, the artist and audience complicity. Read the full review here. “Midsommar”: Ari Aster’s dazzling, singular film freaked me out. These movies explore themes that studio movies wouldn't dare, and explore them in a more adventurous way than studio films would ever consider, too. What a film. “Traitor” Last April, Beyoncé marched onto a stage in the Coachella Valley and led more than 100 singers, dancers, and steppers through the greatest performance in the modern history of music festivals. Read the full review here. “Shrill” – Yes, I am recommending a show about a millennial woman living in Portland. “Apocalypse Now: The Director’s Cut” “I Was at Home, But…” Year-end conversations about the movies are often dominated by top 10 lists from critics who spend the year watching movies. I have worked on over 250 documentaries over the years – but there is something special about “For Sama” and these filmmakers and this family. Read the full review here. “Joker”: Amazing intersection of violence and mental illness. Read the full review here. Although it’s difficult to narrow down to only 10, my list covers my favorite women-directed films of the year. Having wisely taken the talented-beyond-his-years young director Trey Edward Shults under their wing after his debut, “Krisha,” they give him the tools to really shine in this drama that is a showcase for both inspired direction and a masterclass in acting. One makes you swoon, one makes you want to lie down. 3. Rieke longs to see the jungle that Charles Darwin once designed for the island: “Wild, untouched nature that was actually planned.” And she longs to do it alone. “Apollo 11”: The thought that I could be bewitched and patriotic about the moon landing, so many years later, surprised me. Alex Ross Perry’s work has always had the courage to be profoundly unpleasant, but none of his previous stuff can prepare you for the incredible sourness of “Her Smell,” which is one of the most noxious movies ever made before it hits bottom and tunnels out through the other side. Dec 2, 2019 9:00 … “Atlantics” For those of us tracking a range of quality movies released throughout the year, the hunt often begins much earlier, when many of these titles first surface on the festival circuit. “My First Film” In “Ray & Liz,” photographer Richard Billingham recreates his old memories (real or imagined) as though each moment were a shard of a broken mirror that he’s trying to piece back together with his bare hands. Read the full review here. An epic crime saga with an understanding of how societies evolve – by confluence of everything from the external forces of globalization to the personality trait of a specific individual – that is worthy of Tolstoy or Coppola. “The Farewell” Eaton’s film goes deep with the musician, and quickly. This film captured those moments of us as the audience who was being underserved and had an appetite for these fun films. A swiss army knife of a team member while at THINKFilm, Dylan Marchetti would go on to be associated with WellGo USA for many years after THINK. The 20 Worst Movies Ever Made. His name was Hu Bo, and he was 29 years old. Sole honorable mention goes to those leading the charge to ensure theaters across the country, small and large, are allowed to screen the films that made many of us cinephiles in the first place. Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. For a man, that might seem like a bit of bravado; for a woman, it drifts closer to an act of defiance. I can only hope I can be as strong and committed as these three are. “Little Women” A blunt, breathless, and astoundingly unsentimental morality play that’s told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller, Wolfgang Fischer’s “Styx” is every bit as ominous as its title suggests, and far less fanciful. Dan Berger rose from intern at THINKFilm to president of Oscilloscope Laboratories in record time, and with acquisitions like “Midnight Traveler,” it’s easy to see why. An appropriately furious portrait of oppression that finds beauty in the possibility for intersectional struggle. The film has so many layers – and to see how the church played such an important part in the community was so insightful. “Sound of Metal”: Marder’s sound design and Riz Ahmed’s performance were both dazzling, but put entirely in the service of empathy. “Clemency” The format for this developing resource is simple: Any movie reviewed by IndieWire that has received a B+ or higher makes the cut. The Best Movies of 2019 by ThomKubK | created - 21 Jan 2019 | updated - 6 hours ago | Public A list of my favorite Films and TV series of 2019 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. Co-starring Robert Pattinson as a death row inmate who’s sentenced to a lifetime of space exploration, this perseverant meditation on the end of human existence is a hypnotic voyage straight into the heart of the void, as Denis goes to the ends of the known universe to reaffirm that she’s one of the most exciting filmmakers on the planet. Anchored by a bravely loathsome and unhinged Elisabeth Moss in the lead role, Perry’s film boasts one of the year’s very best supporting casts (including Eric Stoltz, Agyness Deyn, and Amber Heard), and it puts them all to great use in the service of a difficult but extremely rewarding story about the strength we get from the people in our lives. He has recently moved on, but his last great act was the masterful release of Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow.” We forget how lucky we were year 10-15 years ago when masterful Chinese martial arts and period pieces were released with some regularity, and “Shadow” reminds us of what we are missing with its lush landscapes, gravity defying martial arts, and color-coded scenes of good and evil. Former THINK’er Andrew Carlin spent a few years heading up theatrical sales at Music Box Films before he moved on to Oscilloscope. “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Gina DuncanVice President, Film and Strategic Programming, Brooklyn Academy of Music. 3. More on the best culture of 2019; Fri 20 Dec 2019 04.36 EST . Long may it reign. Chronicling the reckless fall and tentative rise of punk rocker Becky Something — lead singer of the band Something She — “Her Smell” is told across five long scenes that stretch over 10 years, each of the vignettes unfolding in real time, and most of them set in the snaking bowels of a concert venue’s backstage area. “Les Miserables” You could help but be moved. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! “Fosse/Verdon” – Worth watching for Michelle Williams alone, but extra entertaining if you know and love all the musicals. Bi’s lyrical neo-noir begins with the poetic tale of a man returning to his hometown and searching for a long-lost love, then finds him putting his 3D glasses on at a movie theater — a cue for the audience to follow suit, as the movie launches into a staggering 55-minute long take shot entirely in 3D. “The Farewell” This year has felt interminable! All rights reserved. 9. It Will Blow Your Mind”, “Hollywood’s Big Office Slump May Point to Bigger Issues”, “Men Are in Trouble and Hollywood Wants Help”, Ira DeutchmanProfessor of Professional Practice, School of the Arts Film Program, Columbia University, “Parasite” “Leaving Neverland” – A disturbing, graphic, clear-eyed account of horrible child abuse inflicted by an extremely powerful man. TV Shows. This year brought some talented Asian American women filmmakers to the forefront, telling their stories their way and how they wanted to. This is a hard one for me, because when was it not 2019? And even if “An Elephant Sitting Still” can be read as one man’s self-immolating act of surrender, to do so would be to ignore the film’s compellingly fraught relationship with the politics of survival in a no-hope nation. Here are the best movies of 2019 to watch, from crowd-pleasing blockbusters to … “Amazing Grace” Read the full review here. “Uncut Gems”: The second most heart attack inducing film of the year. “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” An unexpected and truly bizarre thought might — no, will — occur to most viewers during “Hail Satan?,” though the lightning bolt of an idea is sure to strike different people at different points of Penny Lane’s provocative, hilarious, and latently enraging documentary about The Satanic Temple. “From Dresden on the 50th Anniversary of Slaughterhouse 5”, “Look at the Mueller Report. With his wife Molly, a culinary writer, the filmmaker abandoned their Santa Monica home to launch a sustainable farm an hour outside the city. 4. Most of my year is spent watching films submitted to the Toronto International Film Festival, some of them yet to be released. “The Irishman” “Parasite”: Genius film. “Synonyms” This is in no particular order: 1. “The Assistant” “Honeyland” Not because the fans have stopped buying tickets, but rather because the old white men who own the teams want to feel as though they own the young black players, as well. Without further ado, here are 25 best indie films of the 2010s. Hats off to Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and that cast: Billy Porter; MJ Rodriguez; Indya Moore; Angelica Ross; and Dominique Jackson blew us away every week.