by Rob DiCristino
Honorable Mentions: Avengers: Endgame, The Lighthouse, The Farewell, Booksmart, Dolemite is My Name, Marriage Story, and the films listed here.
10. One Cut of the Dead (Dir. Shinichiro Ueda)
9. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Dir. Celine Sciamma)
8. Long Shot (Dir. Jonathan Levine)
7. Midsommar (Dir. Ari Aster)
6. Jojo Rabbit (Dir. Taika Waititi)
5. Knives Out (Dir. Rian Johnson)
The Last Jedi), but I’ll be goddamned if Knives Out isn’t Johnson racing in his highest gear, a joyous Agatha Christie homage with a remarkable cast that reminds us exactly why we like movies in the first place. It’s the kind of movie that encourages us to use our brains to have fun, one that proudly proclaims that a story can challenge our expectations without breaking rules or faking us out. Knives Out is a murder mystery without a murder, a whodunnit in which, as the poster says, any one of them could have done it. How can we possibly resist?
4. Uncut Gems (Dirs. The Safdie Brothers)
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Dir. Quentin Tarantino)
2. Parasite (Dir. Bong Joon-ho)
1. The Irishman (Dir. Martin Scorsese)