- Parasite: A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.
The movie world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it became the first South Korean film to win the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or. Since then, “Parasite” has became a box office sensation (over $20 million in the U.S. and over $100 million worldwide) and a top Oscar contender in categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, and more.
IMDB Rate: 8,6
Type: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
- The Irishman: An aging hitman recalls his time with the mob and the intersecting events with his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.
For roughly its first two-thirds, The Irishman is hugely entertaining. Then it shifts into something far more complex. It’s a melancholy mob epic.
IMDB Rate: 7,9
Type: Biography, Crime, Drama
- 1917: April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Sam Mendes’ “1917” was one of the final movies of 2019 to screen for film critics, but when it did it earned some of the loudest acclaim of the year.
IMDB Rate: 8,4
Type: Drama, War
- Joker: In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
Joaquin Phoenix has been a top contender to earn a Best Actor nomination for his work in the title role, and it’s almost a foregone conclusion after picking up nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
IMDB Rate: 8,5
Type: Drama, Crime, Thriller
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
This is Tarantino’s most affectionately detailed picture, filled with tenderness for a lost Hollywood, and a lost era of filmmaking.
IMDB Rate: 7,7
Type: Drama, Comedy
- Marriage Story: Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, both astonishing, star as a married couple in the midst of breaking up: To their horror, and ours, their at-first amicable split grows into a monster they had no idea they were capable of creating. This is Noah Baumbach’s most emotionally ragged movie, an acknowledgment that compromises aren’t nuisances that detract from life; they’re the stuff it’s built on.
IMDB Rate: 8
Type: Drama, Comedy, Romance
- Little Women: Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms.
Greta Gerwig’s verdantly alive adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s evergreen 150-year-old novel starring Saoirse Ronan as the ambitious and vibrant Jo March captures the book’s spirit and heart. It also cuts to the reason Alcott’s ideas still resonate: she knew how it felt to yearn for something more, even when you’re not sure what that something more is.
IMDB Rate: 8
Type: Drama, Romance
- Knives Out: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Writer-director Rian Johnson’s ensemble whodunit—about a family fighting over the will of an eccentric mystery writer—is so beautifully made that it skims by in a flash. Ana de Armas gives a wonderful performance as the young woman, a nurse who also happens to be an immigrant, at the heart of the intrigue. This gorgeously layered film is great fun to watch, but it’s also perfectly placed in our era. We’re killing one another, but with something that’s the opposite of kindness.
IMDB Rate: 8
Type: Drama, Comedy, Crime
- Jojo Rabbit: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. “Jojo Rabbit” surprised the industry by winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival despite earning a divisive critical reaction. The TIFF win turned “Jojo Rabbit” into a top Oscar contender, and clearly enough critics enjoyed Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire for it to land awfully close to the IndieWire Critics Poll Top 20.
IMDB Rate: 8
Type: Drama, Comedy, War
- Pain & Glory
A film director reflects on the choices he’s made as past and present come crashing down around him. Pain & Glory may be Almódovar’s most resplendent and moving film, a panorama of vibrant paint-box colors and even more intense emotions and a hymn to the mysterious whatever-it-is that keeps any of us going, in the years, months or days before our bodies betray us.
IMDB Rate: 7,6