As we begin a new year, it’s time to look back at the best movies of 2019. Here’s the cream of the year’s cinematic crop.
10) The Farewell
Awkwafina stars in a sweetly sentimental comic drama about an American woman who travels to China to visit her terminally ill grandmother.
9) The Two Popes
Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins give splendid performances as Pope Francis and Pope Benedict who confront one another with their opposing philosophies.
8) The Irishman
Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci deliver the goods in Martin Scorsese’s epic, violent gangster flick. The length is excessive, but it’s an impressive, blood-soaked morality tale and savvy character study.
Lupita Nyong’o gives a stunning dual performance in Jordan Peele’s original horror thriller. Prepare to be creeped out and intrigued at the same time.
6) Apollo 11
This impressive documentary about the 1969 moon mission consists entirely of footage never before seen by the public.
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho’s comic drama works as a full-blooded thriller and a potent social commentary.
4) Toy Story 4
It’s a brilliantly conceived and executed animated story that works as a comedy, as an action adventure and as an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the series.
3) Little Women
The old chestnut is given a modern feminist sensibility while maintaining the appealingly traditional feel of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved writings.
2) Marriage Story
Noah Baumbach’s involving and sensitive look at a divorce boasts fine performances from Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
A stunning WWI drama that unfolds in a single shot, “1917” is the year’s best film and officially opens in KC on January 10th.