Freeze Frame: The Best Films of 2022

Time for my annual countdown of the best movies of the year.

10) Amazing aerial stunt work overcomes the absurd, testosterone-fueled script in the entertaining box office blockbuster, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

9) The deceptively low-key drama “Aftersun” is a complex and affecting drama about the vagaries of memory and the uncertainties of family dynamics.

8) “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” is a touching and heartfelt stop-motion animated mockumentary about a shell’s efforts to locate his family.

7) “Sidney” is a documentary about the trailblazing, Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier that adds solid historical context to his amazing life story.

6) War is hell, and if you need further proof, check out the German entry “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a new and brutal adaptation of the WWI novel.

5) Surprisingly, the sci-fi “Predator” prequel “Prey” turned out to be the best entry in the action franchise, a riveting adventure pitting the alien hunter against Native Americans.

4) “She Said” is a timely journalist procedural about the reporters who exposed sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, sparking the #MeToo movement.

3) Viola Davis stars in this action-packed historical adventure “The Woman King” about warriors who protect their African kingdom in the 1820s.

2) Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film “The Fabelmans” is about a young boy who discovers the magic of filmmaking. It’s a humane, warm, and beautifully acted coming-of-age story.

1) The wildly imaginative sci-fi epic “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is about one family’s battle to save the multiverse. Funny, highly original, and philosophically thought-provoking, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is the best movie of the year.


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