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  • Dune
  • The Green Knight
  • Annette
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The 17th Annual Better-Than List (2021)

34 films

The Better-Than List for 2021. The year movies turned from pop myths to anti-myths.

Movie culture reached a turning point…

  • Drive My Car
  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • Belfast
  • West Side Story
  • The Power of the Dog

Obama’s 13 Commandments

15 films

Notes on a demagogue’s favorite movies.

Here it is again. The annual list event: “Barack Obama’s Favorite Movies of 2021.”…

  • About Endlessness
  • Army of the Dead
  • Coming 2 America
  • Dear Comrades!
  • Georgetown

Mid-year Reckoning (2021)

11 films

Best Films of 2021 So Far: Midyear Reckoning. Mediocre content vs. meaningful communication.

So far, this year’s movie peaks come…

  • Straight Up
  • Nomadland
  • The Forty-Year-Old Version
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • On a Magical Night

The 16th Annual Better-Than List (2020)

36 films

2020’s films went from real cinema to increasingly politicized dreck.

It’s very likely that James Sweeney’s Straight Up would still…

  • Dormant Beauty
  • 300: Rise of an Empire
  • The Lego Movie
  • Me and You
  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Mid-year Reckoning (2014)

13 films

The Best of 2014, So Far. A baker's dozen of the best.

Since there’s no end in sight to Hollywood’s…

  • The Dark Knight
  • Vertigo
  • Joker
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • The Social Network

The Antifa Film Syllabus

15 films

Twenty-five movies that turned a generation into nihilistic anarchists.

Lately, many Americans have recognized that the past several generations of…

  • Capone
  • Corpus Christi
  • Deerskin
  • Ladies in Black
  • On a Magical Night

Mid-Year Reckoning (2020)

10 films

Virtual cinema’s best, so far.

"Now is the time to make content that makes people uncomfortable,” boasts a recent front-page…

  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Within Our Gates
  • Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
  • Fieldwork Footage
  • Hallelujah

Better-Than Black List (2018)

64 films

The New York Times rewrites film history to fit liberal bias. Here’s my course correction.

Ruling film culture starts with…

  • The We and the I
  • Short Term 12
  • Man of Steel
  • Gravity
  • Pain & Gain

The 9th Annual Better-Than List (2013)

36 films

See year's best films, reject the overrated

The false politics of film culture 2013 (films exploiting race, class, sexual politics)…

  • Dormant Beauty
  • Pain & Gain
  • The We and the I
  • Yossi
  • Man of Steel

Mid-year Reckoning (2013)

27 films

Tallying the year’s best films–so far.

That Kanye West’s outdoors projection New Slaves was the most exciting cinematic event of…

  • Unforgivable
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • Taken 2
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • The Deep Blue Sea

The 8th Annual Better-Than List (2012)

30 films

Armond White takes stock of the past movie year in annual list In 2012, politics became personal fantasy.

Movies weren't…

  • Unforgivable
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Dark Horse

Mid-year Reckoning (2012)

35 films

2012's best so far and Sarris remembered.

This year, I want to do the Mid-Year Reckoning differently, as a tribute…