This year truly was a huge one for movies.
With unbelievable female-fronted films like Booksmart and The Farewell, rad superhero flicks like Avengers: End Game and Captain Marvel, and powerful dramas like The Irishman and Uncut Gems, it’s been hard to pick some favourites. We’ve sifted through all of the outstanding releases of 2019 and put together a list of the top films of the year.
Check out the best movies of 2019 below.
Avengers: End Game
The final installment in the Avengers saga came out this year, and it sees the Avengers reuniting after intergalactic warlord Thanos disintegrates half of the universe. Avengers: End Game served as the crossover to end all crossovers, bringing a whopping 21 movies into one giant finish.
Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart is an outstanding and hilarious female-fronted coming-of-age film that follows two studious best friends, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein). The friends try to actually party for once the night before their graduation, and it follows their vulnerable, heartfelt, comedic journey through to the end of their high school experience.
Female-fronted superhero film Captain Marvel follows an extraterrestrial Kree warrior, played by Brie Larson, as she finds herself caught in an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. The film, which takes place in 1995, sees Captain Marvel trying to uncover the secrets of her past, as she has recurring memories of another life as Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.
Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit is a comedic drama that takes place in Nazi Germany. Jojo, a lonely German boy, discovers that his single mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. The young man is forced to confront his nationalism throughout the course of World War II, aided by his only imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.
Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sees the writer-director adding in his own take on the classic “whodunit” film. The film revolves around the death of famous crime novelist Harlan Thrombey, who passes away just after his 85th birthday. Detective Benoit Blanc then investigates the man’s death, exploring his dysfunctional family and seemingly devoted staff.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a huge hit this year. The movie is a fictionalized version that revolves around the period of time when Charles Manson and his followers wreaked havoc on Los Angeles. The movie is told through the perspective of actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).
Writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is an unbelievable film that plays with tension in truly unique ways. The film explores how humans can relate to each other and the ways that we value the people around us, looking at how the decisions of the rich are often forced to be dealt with by poor people.
Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is a powerful film that follows a young woman who returns to China to visit her dying grandmother. The darkly hilarious, yet melancholic film explore secrets and lies that bring families together, as the entire family convinces the grandmother that she is healthy and well.
While The Irishman runs at three hours and thirty minutes, each and every second of it is worth seeing. Martin Scorsese’s star-studded flick truly made waves upon its Netflix release, as it follows an intense retelling of the life of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro). The film even uses a new de-aging process, which pushes the famous cast back in time.
Adam Sandler actually plays a serious role in Uncut Gems as he takes on the part of New York City jeweler Howard Ratner, who has a gambling problem. The nerve-wracking film follows the practically unlovable character as he rapidly cycles through both victory and defeat. Uncut Gems will definitely have you on the edge of your seat!
Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his renowned film Get Out came out this year. Us is a horror flick that follows a creepy pair of doppelgängers that haunt a family on their summer vacation. Essentially, Adelaide Wilson and her family return to her childhood home, where she is haunted by a traumatic experience from her past.
Honourable Mentions: Ad Astra, The Beach Bum, Hustlers, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Joker, Midsommar, Toy Story 4