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Chris’ Top 25 Films of 2019

Chris rounds out our year-end releases with his top 25 movies of the year (number 25 may surprise you!). Click here to check out all of our year-end lists.

25. Cats (Tom Hooper)

The first entry in a best-of-the-year list

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IN FABRIC Review

Salacious and nonsensical in such admirable manners, the film sees Strickland harnessing his more obtuse qualities as a director and stylist to great effect.

9.5

KNIVES OUT Review

Knives Out is an intricate murder mystery that revels in delightful menace while constantly subverting your expectations.

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PARASITE Review

Parasite is a defiant piece of class critical cinema which features a director in obstinate control of his message, vision and artistry.

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FIRST LOVE Review

Settling comfortably into the familiar subject of a yakuza turf war, First Love sees eccentric director Miike delivering a standardized but darkly comedic action-crime odyssey.

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AUGGIE Review

Auggie broaches the issue of A.I. relationships with the diminutive, surface-level approach of a bad “Black Mirror” episode.

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ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Review

It is not everyday you walk away from a film and think the 30-minute, one-take aspect is the least interesting about it, but it is rings true for Ueda's layered horror comedy experience.

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WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE Review

While a middling, inoffensive family comedy may be its aim, Where’d You Go, Bernadette allows its divisive filmmaker to make some broad, uncomfortable statements on the nature of genius.

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THE FANATIC Review

Durst’s film shows a respectable ability to communicate what happens when the fantasy of celebrity breaks down on both sides of the spectrum.

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Japan Cuts 2019: THE JOURNALIST Review

With a narrative that feels uncomfortably ripped from the headlines, The Journalist reinforces the need for a critical and independent media through the tense lens of a bureaucratic thriller.