Top 50 Films of 2019

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With the curtain coming down on another cinematic year it’s time for our annual rundown of our favourite films we saw in the last twelve months. Our editor-in-chief, Hamish Calvert has put together this list of his favourite fifty films from 2019, based on U.K. release dates, but first some honourable mentions for ten films that narrowly missed out on a spot.

Honourable Mentions: Knife+Heart, Seahorse, The Nightingale, Blue Story, The Report, Capernaum, Under the Silver Lake, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Rocketman & Benjamin.


#50. Sauvage
Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet

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Félix Maritaud, of ‘120 BPM’ fame, stars here as Léo, a sex worker trying to survive in his unforgiving line of work. Camille Vidal-Naquet’s drama is an unflinching insight into male prostitution but always with a specific focus on the individual, in this instance Léo. Marritaud’s performance as the young man is excellent and his ability combined with the film’s screenplay means that ‘Sauvage’ delivers some of the most heartbreaking moments seen in cinema all year.


#49. Blinded by the Light
Director: Gurinder Chadha

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Gurinder Chadha paid homage to Bruce Springsteen with her new jukebox musical ‘Blinded by the Light’. Viveik Kalra leads the film brilliantly as Javed, a teenage student whose life if changed after discovering the music of the Boss. It’s a coming-of-age story that deals with themes of racism, family and following your dreams and proved to be one of the feel-good films of the summer.


#48. Judy
Director: Rupert Goold

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‘Judy’ saw Renée Zellweger portray Hollywood legend Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s biopic of the late great singer and actress. Her performance is stunning to say the least, recording her own versions of Garland’s most loved songs as well as her acting. The film is an emotional insight into the earliest and the latest stages of Garland’s career and a must see for all fans of hers.


#47. Eating Animals
Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn

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One of the years very best documentaries came in the form of Christopher Dillon Quinn’s timely ‘Eating Animals’. The film, narrated by Natalie Portman, looks at the implications of eating meat and how animal agriculture effects the ethics of the food we eat. It’s a truly shocking insight into the meat industry and features an abundance of eye-opening content.


#46. Zombieland: Double Tap
Director: Ruben Fleischer

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’, a sequel that no one asked for but one that actually turned out pretty well. Reuniting the original cast from the first film, Tallahassee, Wichita, Colombus and Little Rock returned to kick some more zombie ass. It’s silly cinematic fun at its best, keeping what we loved from the original with plenty of amusing new ideas to keep the narrative moving forward.


#45. Instant Family
Director: Sean Anders

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Sean Anders delivered an equal parts funny, equals parts emotional effort with his adoption drama ‘Instant Family’. The screenplay for the film is inspired somewhat by Anders’ own personal experience of adoption and it was wonderful to watch this kind of story be told on the big screen. At times the comedy and drama don’t always mix perfectly but its heart is firmly in the right place and you’d be hard pushed not to be moved by this one. Oh and Rose Byrne is in it too and she’s always great.


#44. Ready or Not
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett

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Did any film released this year have a better ending than ‘Ready or Not’? I think not. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett delivered one of the most fun horror films we’ve seen in recent years. With a superb leading performance from Samara Weaving, her work here cements her status as a contemporary scream queen as she consistently moves the film forward while maintaining audience attention. Whether audiences were ready or not this is one horror they won’t forget in a hurry.


#43. Hustlers
Director: Lorene Scafaria

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Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lopez. Lorene Scafaria’s crime drama ‘Hustlers’ provided audiences with one of the most captivating performances of the year thanks to Lopez’s portrayal of Ramona. The film itself is based on a New York magazine article about strippers stealing from their rich clients and serves as a compelling retelling of the true story. Oh and there’s a montage set to a Britney Spears track, enough said.


#42. The King
Director: David Michôd

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Netflix historical drama ‘The King’ saw Timothée Chalamet star as King Henry IV of England. With impressive performances from its lead star and good support from Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris & Ben Mendelsohn this drama was a captivating story of the clashing of kingdoms. With grand scenes of battle and dramatic tension in spades too ‘The King’ proved a royal treat for Netflix users.


#41. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Director: J. J. Abrams

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A Star Wars film that was divisive? No, never? Whilst the weakest of the sequel trilogy ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ still managed to complete this saga in a solid and satisfying way. It’s apparant that Abrams has played it rather safe in comparison to the films two predecessors here but he still delivers a Star Wars film with emotional weight, exciting action and high stakes, a fine finish to a great trilogy.


#40. Joker
Director: Todd Phillips

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Todd Phillips brought us a new slant on the usual DC outings with his standalone origin story, ‘Joker’ but who knew that it would become the most controversial film of the year? Nonetheless, controversy aside Joaquin Phoenix delivers an outstanding and transformative performance as the titular villian, one that is no doubt worthy of awards glory. The narrative is one of the best origin stories seen on screen to date, actually exploring the character and the key events that lead to his descent into madness. There’s no need for Batman here as ‘Joker’ has more than enough substance by itself to sustain its runtime. Phillips has certainly left his mark on DC, creating one of their finest films to date.


#39. A Bump Along the Way
Director: Shelly Love

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Northern Irish comedy drama ‘A Bump Along the Way’ opened the 2019 Belfast Film Festival and has been a hit with audiences ever since. Director Shelly Love brings Tess McGowan’s hilarious and heartfelt screenplay to life. Set and filmed in Derry, this is a little slice of home on the big screen for local residents and it captures the culture perfectly. If you like ‘Derry Girls’, you’ll love this.


#38. Doctor Sleep
Director: Mike Flanagan

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Adapting any Stephen King novel is pressure enough for a screenwriter, but add on the fact that it’s the sequel to one of the most popular horror stories of all time and this is all before taking up directing duties too. Mike Flanagan certainly has ambition and his work on ‘Doctor Sleep’ proves, once again, that he has the talent to back it up. Wonderfully blending what audiences knew from the original film with a new twisted tale to develop as well Flanagan delivered one of the best horrors of the year impressively combining three source materials.


#37. Only You
Director: Harry Wootliff

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Laia Costa & Josh O’Connor starred in Harry Wootliff’s ‘Only You’. This emotional romantic drama draws you in with the endearing chemistry of onscreen couple, Elena and Jake. You’ll root for them from the get go and as the drama intensifies so will your investment in them as a couple. Both lead stars give exceptional performances and the moving screenplay is both informative and emotional, definitely one to seek out if you missed it during the year. 


#36. John Wick: Chapter 3
Director: Chad Stahelski

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Somehow there are still plenty of bad guys for John Wick to beat up, however as long as they keep coming I imagine we’ll keep buying tickets to see Keanu Reeves do his thing. ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ was more of what we loved from the first two films with the action and combat sequences reaching to new heights. With more screen time for Ian McShane & Lance Reddick and a scene stealing turn from Halle Berry this third installment proves that John Wick is showing no signs of slowing down, so don’t get in his way!


#35. Escape Room
Director: Adam Robitel

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It was ‘The Crystal Maze’ meets ‘Saw’ for Adam Robitel’s horror flick ‘Escape Room’. There’s nothing particularly high brow about this film, and nor it is of the same calibre to many of the other horror films on this very list but that doesn’t mean it’s not of value. the The film has a fun and incredibly engaging concept that’s executed well, give or take a few small missteps here and there, and as a result this horror is a well paced puzzle for viewers and characters alike. You might think twice before booking that escape room experience now.


#34. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Director: Jon Watts

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In Tom Holland’s second solo outing as Spidey, Peter Parker was picking up the pieces after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’. New addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jake Gyllenhaal also starred, portraying Mysterio. He brought a fantastic energy to the screen and the film benefited greatly thanks to his and Holland’s dynamic. Sticking around after the credits goes without saying when it comes to Marvel but what was done here in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ felt like one of the biggest and best cliffhangers we’ve seen in some time. As enjoyable as the film was though, the hilarious press tour was probably slightly better!


#33. The Farewell
Director: Lulu Wang

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Lulu Wang brought us one of the most moving films of the year thanks to her family drama ‘The Farewell’. Awkwafina leads a talented cast as this family attempt to maneuver through the challenging and sensitive situation they find themselves confronted with. The result is a tender film that has much to say on the clash of cultures, family and illness. There’s one particularly heartbreaking moment, amongst a film of many, which will more than likely stay with you long after the credits have rolled, a definite sign of a film with lasting impact.


#32. Judy and Punch
Director: Mirrah Foulkes

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Australian director Mirrah Foulkes brought us a clever re-imagining of the classic Punch & Judy puppet shows in her feminist revenge drama ‘Judy and Punch’. The film is a dark yet humourous take on the gender roles in this well known show. Mia Wasikowska & Damon Herriman are excellent in the titular roles, evoking the exact reactions from the audience that the screenplay demands of them. All tied together excellently by François Tétaz’s tremendous score this is one of the years very best original films.


#31. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Director: Marielle Heller

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In awards season this year director Marielle Heller treated us to a film adaptation of American author Lee Israel’s 2008 memoir, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’. The film stars Melissa McCarthy in the leading role with Richard E. Grant supporting. Both performers received Oscar nominations for their work in the film and deservedly so. The film offers a compelling account of the career of Israel, and her fascinating story. Brought to life in such entertaining fashion thanks to the humourous screenplay and eccentric performances of the cast this film is a career defining moment for all involved.


#30. Aladdin
Director: Guy Ritchie

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Guy Ritchie brought us into a whole new live action world with his remake of Disney classic ‘Aladdin’. Polarising audiences, as it seems all of these remakes do, he undoubtedly still captured the fun of the original film, delivering a multitude of vibrant sequences including many great musical numbers. He gets the most from his cast too who do an impressive job of filling the shoes that came before them. No more so than Will Smith who overcame the reveal of his Genie that originally sent Film Twitter into meltdown.


#29. Last Christmas
Director: Paul Feig

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A Christmas romantic-comedy directed by Paul Feig, co-written by Emma Thompson, starring Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding AND featuring the music of George Michael. That’s all the information you need.


#28. Ben is Back
Director: Peter Hedges

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One of several addiction dramas to be seen on the big screen this year, ‘Ben is Back’ often feels like a TV movie, however a really good one. Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts portray a mother and son fighting against the son, Ben’s drug addiction. Don’t let its holiday setting fool you into thinking this is going to a cosy cute affair though as this drama is an often heart wrenching watch. The fantastic performances of its leads and the emotional drama make it a worthwhile endeavour though delivering an engaging drama full of heart.


#27. Booksmart
Director: Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde’s feature length directorial debut ‘Booksmart’ proved a huge hit with critics and audiences upon its release back in May. Rightly so as this coming of age comedy lead brilliantly by Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever was laugh out loud hilarious on countless occasions. The collaborative screenplay penned by four female writers offers a funny and representative insight into female friendships that aren’t often depicted on screen. Doing so in such entertaining fashion makes ‘Booksmart’ an essential entry into the cinematic year.


#26. Triple Frontier
Director: J.C. Chandor

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In a year full of questionable Netflix content, ‘Triple Frontier’ was arguably one of the best films released by the streaming platform. J.C. Chandor’s crime drama sees an all-star cast including Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac deliver an action packed, ethically charged film that might just be the director’s best work to date. The ensemble cast contribute performances as strong as the action sequences that their characters find themselves in, however it’s the writing that elevates the film further enhancing the action at every turn.


#25. Lost Lives
Directors: Dermot Lavery & Michael Hewitt

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Based on the 1999 book of the same name which recounts the details of every single death resulting from The Troubles, ‘Lost Lives’ is a harrowing reminder of those that have been taken from us before their time. Narrated by a number of talents including Bronagh Gallagher, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson, they tell the stories of several of the individuals found in the pages of this book. Politics and history aside this film focuses only on the lives of those that have been lost, doing so in unbiased, and devastating fashion and in doing so creating essential viewing for all Irish/Northern Irish audiences.


#24. The Dig
Directors: Ryan and Andy Tohill

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Ryan and Andy Tohill delivered another excellent Northern Irish export thanks to their tight mystery thriller ‘The Dig’. Their film is a slow paced exploration into character dynamics and relationships that span fifteen years, allowing for a consistently intriguing narrative even if the actual events of the story seem comparatively sparse. The quad of main performances are brilliant and the film builds at a steady pace to a shocking and satisfying conclusion, all set against the wonderful cinematography of Angus Mitchell.


#23. Pain & Glory
Director: Pedro Almodóvar

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Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar returned to the big screen with ‘Pain and Glory’. A reflective piece of film-making looking at the life of fictional film director Salvador, played wonderfully by Antonio Banderas. The film is told in a non-linear fashion showcasing the crucial moments of Salvador’s life that have brought him to his current position in the present day. With fantastic support from frequent collaborator Penélope Cruz and its emotionally engaging narrative ‘Pain and Glory’ instantly becomes a modern classic of world cinema.


#22. Thunder Road
Director: Jim Cummingsthunder-road

This year the UK were finally treated to the release of ‘Thunder Road’, the feature length directorial debut of Jim Cummings. Demonstrating his talent in-front of and behind the camera Cummings delivers a hilarious but also really moving film. The odd tone won’t work for everyone but those who do connect with ‘Thunder Road’ will have a blast from start to finish, enjoying the blend of deep emotion and brilliantly bizarre humour.


#21. Wild Rose
Director: Tom Harper

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Jessie Buckley became Scottish singing sensation Rose-Lynn Harlan in Tom Harper’s musical drama film ‘Wild Rose’. Musically the film was an immediate triumph, boasting a superb country soundtrack, with ‘Glasgow (No Place Like Home)’ proving a particular highlight, fingers crossed for some deserved awards recognition here. If this wasn’t enough Buckley, alongside her on-screen mother Julie Walters and supporting star Sophie Okonedo all give fantastic performances in this excellent female lead narrative.


#20. Beautiful Boy
Director: Felix Van Groeningen

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Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet star as father and son in drug addiction drama ‘Beautiful Boy’. Showcasing the dark places drug and alcohol addiction can take a person this drama pulls no punches and delivers a harrowing portrayal of this affliction. What it does so well is highlight the effects on both the user and the effects that it has on those that love them the most. It tells a frustrating, emotional and important story, that raises awareness and captivates its audience making this challenging watch also a thoroughly worthwhile one.


#19. Colette
Director: Wash Westmoreland

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In what was a wonderful year for Kiera Knightly, ‘Colette’ kicked it all off back in January. This riveting period drama tells the story of  French writer, Gabrielle Colette. Knightly’s superb portrayal of the writer consistently propels the story forward, which feels truly relevant for today despite its 19th century setting. Her chemistry with co-star and on screen husband Dominic West makes for an intriguing dynamic throughout contributing to an irresistible exploration of relationships and gender politics.


#18. Hotel Mumbai
Director: Anthony Maras

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Dev Patel starred in this retelling of the horrific 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks that left guests and staff trapped inside The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India. Directed by Anthony Maras, this film is an incredibly difficult watch throughout. The cast of performers convey the fear that these individuals must have experienced in especially realistic fashion, resulting in an extremely emotional film. Some may wonder if a film is nessecary, or even appropriate so soon after the real life events but ‘Hotel Mumbai’ excellently showcases the extreme bravery demonstrated by so many during this time, highlighting the absolute best of humanity alongside the worst.


#17. Shazam!
Director: David F. Sandberg

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The seventh installment into the DC Extended Universe and easily the most fun to date, ‘Shazam!’ proved that there’s more to this comic book universe than just the Justice League. As cheesy as they come David F. Sandberg’s cinematic take on this comic book character embraces all aspects of its genre delivering one of the most entertaining films the DCEU has ever produced. With electric chemistry between Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer, as well as the brilliant supporting cast ‘Shazam!’ succeeds remarkably especially considering the mostly unknown story of its main character. More like this please DC.


#16. Official Secrets
Director: Gavin Hood

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Keira Knightly stars as whistle blower Katherine Gun in Gavin Hood’s docudrama ‘Official Secrets’. Hood’s film tells the story of Gun leaking a memo regarding the invasion of Iraq alongside Martin Bright’s coverage of the story in the press. Bright is portrayed here by Matt Smith, and he along with Knightly deliver two brilliant performances in this excellent piece of film-making. Laced with tension and intrigue ‘Official Secrets’ is told from several different perspectives keeping audiences drawn in at all times, recounting this true story in truly cinematic fashion.


#15. Dragged Across Concrete
Director: S. Craig Zahler

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‘Dragged Across Concrete’ is one of many films this year to boast a running time of over two and half hours long, thankfully this is a film that deserved a running time that long. S. Craig Zahler’s third film saw Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson team up as police detectives who find themselves suspended from duty. However, the narrative focuses on what happens when they take matters into their own hands. The results of this is that ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ delivers a well paced, shocking and violent crime thriller that continues this directors faultless filmography to date.


#14. Boy Erased
Director: Joel Edgerton

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Lucas Hedges starred as college student Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist minister who is forced to go through gay conversion therapy. The film offers a shocking insight into what occurs at gay conversion camps, resulting in a very challenging watch at times. What ‘Boy Erased’ also does though is focus on the relationships Jared has with both his mother and father, portrayed by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. The trio of central performances are all excellent and help to deliver this emotionally charged narrative with the urgency that it deserves.


#13. Marriage Story
Director: Noah Baumbach

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Noah Baumbach’s latest film saw Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star as a couple going through a divorce. Both lead performers are excellent in their roles and deliver some of the best dramatic acting of the year. Baumbach’s film reveals the often over-complicated procedures involved with divorce and how quickly good intentions can go out the window. With a great supporting cast as well ‘Marriage Story’ offers an engrossing insight into this couple as they navigate their way through this challenging transition in their lives, and good news – it’s on Netflix, so get streaming!


#12. Ford v Ferrari
Director: James Mangold

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More boringly known as ‘Le Mans’ 66′ here in the UK this sports biopic revved its way into cinemas late in the year and only narrowly misses out on a podium position here! Director James Mangold balanced the drama on and off the track with precision and delivered plenty of exhilarating racing sequences to keep audiences entertained. Superb performances from Matt Damon, Christian Bale and the rest of the impressive cast ensured that ‘Ford v Ferrari’ was a thrilling sporting showdown worthy of its cinematic success.


#11. Hail Satan?
Director: Penny Lane

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Director Penny Lane delivered one of the years most fascinating documentaries in the form of ‘Hail Satan?’. Her film focuses on the Satanic Temple and their actions which advocate for religious freedom. It brilliantly highlights the misconceptions that surround Satanism, doing so in often hilarious fashion. Lane’s subject is immediately intriguing and the way she has made her film ensures that it’s an engrossing and eye-opening watch throughout and easily becomes a favourite documentary of the year.


#10. Little Women
Director: Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of ‘Little Women’ assembles a mighty cast of performers whose collective talent feels unparalleled. Their wonderful performances give life to the wealth of interesting and engaging characters. Their development throughout the film, thanks to the careful writing and the narrative structure makes for a truly compelling film that expertly juggles the variety of relationships and drama constantly unfolding. A strong send off for 2019 and a new festive favourite for sure.


#9. Knives Out
Director: Rian Johnson

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Rian Johnson assembled a huge A-list cast for his new whodunit, ‘Knives Out’ where it would be easier to tell you who wasn’t in it than who was! His original screenplay was excellently brought to life thanks to this star studded cast, headed up brilliantly by Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas. The wealth of larger than life characters made for ample intrigue and mystery which played out in such boisterous fashion. Delivering  such a fun, clever and entertaining murder mystery if this wasn’t the last we saw of Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc we know many film fans who’d be very happy.


#8. Crawl
Director: Alexandre Aja

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‘Crawl’ saw Kaya Scodelario take on a hoard of hungry alligators who invade her family home after a massive storm hits. Alexandre Aja’s creature feature is a short and simple film, but one with plenty of bite! It boasts a fun concept, executed well with plenty of alligator action. It could have done without the somewhat forced family drama that fills the gaps inbetween the girl vs gator sequences but it’s a small price to pay for the fun frights that the film has in abundance. Snap this one up whenever you get a chance!


#7. Sorry We Missed You
Director: Ken Loach

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Ken Loach’s latest film provided audiences with a powerful insight into gig economy. The film focuses on one working class family and the struggles of the parents to provide under the unfair restrictions of their jobs. It’s a brutally honest and challenging watch and Loach doesn’t pull any punches in his exploration of this crucially important issue. As a result it’s an often heartbreaking experience but ‘Sorry We Missed You’ is essential viewing for all and arguably the best of British film-making this year.


#6. Ad Astra
Director: James Gray

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A rather divisive sci-fi flick which left some viewers Sad Astra, and even some a little Mad Astra but for those who enjoyed it ‘Ad Astra’ quickly joined the ranks of this decades finest sci-fi stories. With its strong leading turn from Brad Pitt coupled with Hoyte van Hoytema’s cinematography and Max Richter’s score the film became awe-inspiring to those happy to take this calculated cinematic voyage. Communicating such personal truths in its limitless setting took incredible balance and director James Gray achieved this to near perfection. Houston, there’s no problems here.


#5. Ordinary Love
Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn

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Directors, and married couple Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn returned to the big screen this year with ‘Ordinary Love’, a film shot entirely in Northern Ireland. Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson starred as a wife and husband dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The combination of Owen McCafferty’s excellent screenplay, the superb performances from Manville & Neeson and the careful directorial touches made ‘Ordinary Love’ a joyous celebration of an enduring relationship. Understandably it was a hard watch at times but a wholly worthwhile one too.


#4. Us
Director: Jordan Peele

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Jordan Peele’s sophomore film proved that the success of ‘Get Out’ was no fluke. Featuring a terrifying leading performance by Lupita Nyong’o, ‘Us’ seamlessly blended slasher horror and social commentary in chilling fashion. The film’s score and soundtrack perfected the eerie atmosphere present from the get go and created an iconic sound that will be forever unmistakable. If it wasn’t for another directors sophomore effort ‘Us’ would easily be the best horror film of the year, but with two so brilliant films from the genre they may as well be doppelgängers…


#3. If Beale Street Could Talk
Director: Barry Jenkins

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After his Oscar winning Best Picture ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins returned to the big screen with ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’. Whilst not quite matching his previous film’s Oscar success this is no indicator of a decrease in quality as Jenkins still delivered an exceptional love story for the ages. With stunning leading turns from Kiki Layne and Stephen James, Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s novel of the same name in such a tender way. A more beautiful film you will not have seen all year and Nicholas Britell’s soul stirring score will speak to you long after the credits roll.


#2. Avengers: Endgame
Directors: The Russo Brothers

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The cinematic superhero event of the decade, and now the highest grossing film of all time (mainly thanks to that unfinished, deleted Hulk scene) is everything a Marvel fan could have wished for, and more! ‘Avengers: Endgame’ delivered the emotional, dramatic and spectacular finale to the Infinity Stones Saga that it so deeply deserved. The Russo Brothers out did themselves here after already providing the Marvel Cinematic Universe with some of its finest exports to date. Balancing the most heroes ever seen before on screen together with ease, they conclude a story preceded by a massive twenty one films in such a heartbreaking, exciting and satisfying way creating an undisputed triumph of comic book cinema.


#1. Midsommar
Director: Ari Aster

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Ari Aster’s follow up to his directorial debut ‘Hereditary’ saw Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor star as a couple, Dani and Christian, who along with a group of friends travel to Sweden for a festival that takes place only once every ninety years. ‘Midsommar’ was meet with critical acclaim but it received more mixed reviews from audiences. It’s clear that Aster isn’t interested in jump scares instead focusing on the exploration of the grief and decaying relationship that Pugh’s Dani is experiencing. So, whilst not necessarily scary in the way many expected ‘Midsommar’ was still incredibly disturbing, featuring an abundance of horrifying sequences and imagery. It’s a remarkable film that showcases Aster’s confidence and ability as a director and we can’t wait to see what cinematic creations he can conjure up next!


Written by Hamish Calvert


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