2019 cinema ranked

Nearly halfway through the year, and I gotta say this has been one of the more weirder years for movies in recent memory.

(reviews for each film in the notes)


will update these as the year progresses:

Best Film: Avengers: Endgame

Best Directing: M. Night Shyamalan (Glass)

Best Actress: Florence Pugh (Midsommar)

Best Actor: Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame)

Best Supporting Actress: Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart)

Best Supporting Actor: James McAvoy (Glass)

Best Original Screenplay: Ari Aster (Midsommar)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Avengers: Endgame)

Best Animated Film: Toy Story 4

Best Documentary: have yet to see one this year

Best Cinematography: Pawel Pogorzelski (Midsommar)

Best Original Score: West Dylan Thordson (Glass)

Best Soundtrack: Elton John (Rocketman)

Best Production Design: Henrik Svensson (Midsommar)

Most Overrated Film: The Souvenir (wouldn't really call it overrated, it just wasn't for me)

Most Underrated Film: Glass

  • Avengers: Endgame

    1.Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    An exciting and satisfying love letter to these heroes that we’ve grown to know over the course of a decade. A monumental achievement in blockbuster filmmaking.

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  • Glass

    2.Glass

    ★★★★½

    Glass may not be the finale some people want, but I found Shyamalan’s crossover event film to be a unique and fascinating study on these unique and fascinating trio of characters. Beautifully shot, thematically deep, and overall just a nice little flick.

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  • Toy Story 4

    3.Toy Story 4

    ★★★★½

    As skeptical as I was about this installment, this film managed to surprise me and also move me to tears. A beautiful and heartwarming sequel that may not have been a necessary idea to begin with, but having now seen it, I couldn’t imagine the series without it.

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  • Midsommar

    4.Midsommar

    ★★★★

    A viscerally disturbing slow burn into a nightmarish Hell in the veil of a Swedish pagan cult. Ari Aster directs the shit out of this with beautiful cinematography and trippy visuals. A demented folk tale with a macabre sense of humor.

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  • The Beach Bum

    5.The Beach Bum

    ★★★★

    Matthew McConaughey plays the role of his lifetime in this incredibly fun, hilarious, and at times heartfelt slice of life film. Harmony Korine directs the shit out of this.

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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    6.John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    Contains some of the finest jaw-dropping and bone-cracking action I’ve seen this whole decade. The criminal underworld in this series is so unique and this entry adds interesting layers to it.

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  • Booksmart

    7.Booksmart

    ★★★★

    A funny and fast paced coming of age tale with a lot of heart. Very enjoyable!

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  • Us

    8.Us

    ★★★★

    A suspenseful, eerie, and easily rewatchable second feature from Jordan Peele who proves that he’s a force to be reckoned with.

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  • Rocketman

    9.Rocketman

    ★★★★

    Taron Egerton knocks it out of the park playing an iconic music legend. Rocketman separates itself from the rest of the music biopic movies by actually showing genuine interest in its' subject, and the fact that it was also a musical really put a unique spin on the standard rock biopic. Thoroughly entertaining, and of course, the music is fantastic.

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  • High Life

    10.High Life

    ★★★★

    An absorbing space tale that explores weighty themes in a unique/disturbing way. Hypnotic and visually stimulating.

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    11.Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★

    Visually dazzling and highly entertaining, this was a totally kick-ass manga come to life. Alita is one of the coolest characters I’ve seen in a film lately, and I want two more sequels, right now.

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  • Shazam!

    12.Shazam!

    ★★★★

    One of the bigger surprises of 2019, Shazam! is a heartwarming tale about family that just so happens to have a superhero involved.

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  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    13.The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★★★

    While not as fresh as the original, this sequel still manages to work in its’ own way, providing an emotionally engaging story along with some decent laughs.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    14.Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★½

    An overlong movie that has many deep layers that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’ve only seen it once and would love to see it again to uncover the different layers of the movie that I hadn’t noticed before.

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  • Child's Play

    15.Child's Play

    ★★★½

    Way better than it had any right to be. A different yet unique and creative take on the Chucky lore with some pretty gnarly gore scenes.

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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    16.Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    Has a lot more creative ideas and funny moments than Homecoming does, but this sequel is ultimately a little too unfocused and repetitive. There's a lot to really love about it, but I feel so mixed on the writing that it's hard to ignore.

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  • Climax

    17.Climax

    ★★★½

    A visually arresting descent into absolute chaos that is kind of hard to watch at times, but ultimately worth watching and admiring for the sheer audacity of the filmmaking on display.

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  • Gloria Bell

    18.Gloria Bell

    ★★★½

    Julianne Moore does very well in her role, and the movie is perfectly fine. Simple and sweet, not bad for a Sunday afternoon viewing.

  • Brightburn

    19.Brightburn

    ★★★½

    Totally dug what the movie was going for, just felt the story needed fleshing out more.

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  • Crawl

    20.Crawl

    ★★★½

  • Fighting with My Family

    21.Fighting with My Family

    ★★★½

    One of the better sport movies I’ve seen in a while.

  • Captain Marvel

    22.Captain Marvel

    ★★★½

    I think Brie Larson pulls the role off well enough, and her origin story is one of the more interesting ones of the MCU. The film itself on the other hand plays things really safe, which isn’t entirely a bad thing, it’s just a decent film idk man

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  • The Upside

    23.The Upside

    ★★★½

    Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s performances/chemistry make this standard film an enjoyable watch.

  • Game Over

    24.Game Over

    ★★★

    The first and second halves of this movie are completely different in tone and it ends up feeling really disjointed as a result. Although, this film does have some creative ideas and some tense scenes.

  • Missing Link

    25.Missing Link

    ★★★½

    Very nicely animated and entertaining enough, but not entirely memorable.

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  • Guava Island

    26.Guava Island

    ★★★

    An optimistic effort but one that feels kind of incomplete in some ways.

  • Happy Death Day 2U

    27.Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★★

    Doesn’t quite stick the landing as well as the original, and while there are interesting ideas in this movie, they’re not executed quite as well as I would’ve hoped for.

  • Aladdin

    28.Aladdin

    ★★★

    Not as bad as it could’ve been, but still doesn’t do quite enough to really stand out amongst the slew of Disney live action remakes. Acting was all great, except for whoever played Jafar, who was severely miscast.

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  • Men in Black: International

    29.Men in Black: International

    ★★★

    Starts off rather enjoyable, but ends up devolving into a bit of a slog as the plot progresses. Fun at times, but ultimately forgettable. Not the worst MIB film tho.

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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    30.Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★

    The world-building is impressive, but the main issue with this film is its' screenplay. It has its' fun moments, and should be a treat for huge Pokémon fans, but ultimately the film's plot is rather forgettable.

  • Escape Room

    31.Escape Room

    ★★★

    The set pieces and unique visual style make this otherwise dull film tolerable.

  • Stuber

    32.Stuber

    ★★½

    The two lead actors are immensely enjoyable to watch together, but the movie surrounding them is rather generic and flimsy.

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    33.Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★½

    Oof, this was disappointing, as it was one of my most anticipated movies of the summer. I'm aware that plot and characters aren't super important at this point in the franchise (even though the 1954 and 2014 versions were character-centric, but whatever (never actually saw the 1954 one, I've just heard a lot about it)), but the movie spends so much time with its' characters and it obviously wants you to care about them, but they're so thinly written and bland that I could not care about what happened to them. The monster fight scenes are obviously pretty rad and visually impressive, but I honestly felt those scenes could've been done slightly better as well. The whole movie was just kind of a slog to get through, and that's the saddest thing I could say about it. I loved Michael Dougherty's two previous films, so that made it all the more disappointing.

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  • Greta

    34.Greta

    ★★½

    An attempt at a modern B-movie level thriller that unfortunately just isn’t quite interesting or engaging enough to recommend.

  • Ma

    35.Ma

    ★★½

    Don’t make her drink alone.

  • The Prodigy

    36.The Prodigy

    ★★½

    The spooky fall atmosphere is well maintained throughout a majority of this film, which creates for some nice visual moments, but this film itself suffers from weak writing and an anti-climactic ending.

  • Cold Pursuit

    37.Cold Pursuit

    ★★½

    The film’s attempts at mixing dark comedy and action are pretty shoddy to say the least.

  • Yesterday

    38.Yesterday

    ★★½

    An interesting premise is wasted on a generic romance storyline and is dragged on for way longer than necessary.

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  • Annabelle Comes Home

    39.Annabelle Comes Home

    ★★

    This installment in the ever-expanding Conjuring cinematic universe offers nothing new or inventive to the table, aside from some good looking cinematography. Kind of a slog to get through honestly, especially when we're stuck watching uninteresting characters make blisteringly stupid decisions.

  • The Souvenir

    40.The Souvenir

    ★★

    A dreadfully boring film. I wish I could see what critics saw in this one, but I couldn’t find myself emotionally invested in anything that happened. Though it was a pretty film to look at.

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  • Serenity

    41.Serenity

    ★★

    Terrible for all the right reasons, Serenity is worth watching just to get a sense of how NOT to make a movie. Baffling and asinine, yet simultaneously hilarious.

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  • Pet Sematary

    42.Pet Sematary

    ★★

    What could’ve been a creepy reimagining of a classic Stephen King tale, is instead just a lazy and poorly paced snoozefest that doesn’t explore its full potential whatsoever.

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  • Hellboy

    43.Hellboy

    ★★

    While David Harbour is not a bad Hellboy, he’s unfortunately wasted in one of the more disappointing comic book films I’ve seen. It also has some of the worst writing in a comic book film, and is overall just a forgettable and dull drag.

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  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    44.The Secret Life of Pets 2

    ★★

    In some ways, this is slightly better than the original, since the plot this time around doesn’t shamelessly rip off all 3 Toy Story films, instead vouching to do its own thing. But when this film does its own thing, it’s just so...uninspired, which makes it worse than the original in some ways. The film is cute and harmless, but that's literally all it has going for it, and it never aims for more than what it is.

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  • Dark Phoenix
  • A Madea Family Funeral

    46.A Madea Family Funeral

    This isn’t a real movie.

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