Towards the end of Summer, the year in film was looking pretty bleak. Endgame had smashed box office records, but moviegoers had precious few truly great films to choose from. Fast forward to December and to consider 2019 anything less that great year in film would seem crazy.
Like most years, the best movies in 2019 were reflections of the world around us. Some of the most resonant films put a microscope on the global inequality we see today. We were treated to films that thoughtfully explored economic hardship, the uphill battle faced by women in male dominated worlds and the zero sum nature of late capitalism. It’s truly been a spectacular year for movies and here are my 10 favorites from 2019.
As has become something of a tradition in his career, Clint Eastwood is back to make a late-year Oscar push. Although the strategy has produced diminishing returns — with the exception of 2014’s American Sniper — since Million Dollar Baby cleaned up at the 05 Oscars, the film world still holds its breath for what Eastwood will do in December. Maybe they shouldn’t.