10) Stan & Ollie
Stan & Ollie is a delightful and gentle tribute to the famed comedic duo. Told in the pair’s twilight years of fame, the film wonderfully depicts their relationship as though its a marriage in its last throws. At the same time, the picture effortlessly illustrates how Laurel and Hardy’s comedy uplifted and united people. Consequently, the movie becomes a little slice of innocence that’s much needed in our bitter and divided times.
9) It Chapter 2
It Chapter Two is an ambitious and sobering effort, weaving past and present with such beautiful elegance, that the film becomes the cinematic equivalent of group therapy. It never forgets the human element of the story and how fear can paint us in the worst possible way.
Joker is a genuinely startling experience. It’s the sort of film that’s been pitched and promised when most comic book movies are in development but never delivered. It doesn’t reinvent the mass popular sub-genre. Instead, it shows new colours the comic book movie can apply to its canvas.
7) Under The Silver Lake
Under the Silver Lake takes the neo-noir to mesmerising heights by combining standard elements from a Hitchcockian thriller, Lynchian surrealism and ’90s slacker comedy. The result is a film that shines in its momentary weirdness than overarching narrative and theme.
6) Marriage Story
Marriage Story doesn’t just depict divorce with biting and painful realism. It also asks questions about how much you can lose a sense of self in a relationship and how finding your voice is crucial to your identity. The film’s best aspect comes from the blocking of key scenes where the characters use the full space to shout, vent and emotionally break down.
5) The Irishman
The Irishman is a return to mob movies for Scorsese and is a sobering rumination of the genre, as opposed to an electrifying rebirth.
4) Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 necessitates its existence by opening up its narrative to the alluded aspects of the previous films. In this way, the film is like an old toy that you rediscover and find that it has more features than you initially thought.
With images that will remain etched in your mind and a premise that keeps unravelling into something rich and interesting: Us is a serious call to arms film for cementing Jordan Peele’s talent as a horror auteur of the highest degree.
2) If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk is about how injustice haunts every day living. It can cause us to become cynical, question long presumed truths and even want to emotionally outburst against the entire world.
1) Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is an astounding cinematic work; a singular mosaic, presenting genuine existential angst through the prism of a gleaming era, which was starting to lose its sheen. But like the magic of movies, for a brief moment, Tarantino makes us believe that the magic of 1969 never truly died.