My Top Movies & Documentaries for 2019... (so far, and in list order)

by DukeEman | created - 16 Jan 2019 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

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1. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 245,491

A complex tale of mob rule and politics with restraint direction and performances, (albeit Pacino as the rowdy passionate Union leader, Hoffa). This is simply astounding, plus you get to see all the cinema greats together...

2. Sorry We Missed You (2019)

101 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor

Votes: 5,619

A family's heart wrenching journey, and this is only from everyday living in this brilliant modern neorealist movie as Master Loach depicts the struggle of a family in today's corporate World that leaves no space for normality due to the greed that surrounds us...

3. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer, Azhy Robertson

Votes: 175,101

It's like the second coming of Woody Allen, but without Woody, just Noah doing his brand of humour and drama combined to create an emotional charged piece where you felt every raw emotion delivered in this powerful observation on a marriage breakdown...

4. The Final Quarter (2019)

Documentary, Biography, History

Australian documentary filmmaker Ian Darling re-examines the incidents that marked the final 3 years of footballer Adam Goodes' playing career.

Director: Ian Darling

Votes: 264

Succeeds in getting your blood boiling by revealing the racism down under in this well documented story showing what actually happened via archival footage, and sad to say that racism is alive and well...

5. Uncut Gems (2019)

R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

90 Metascore

A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Mesfin Lamengo

Votes: 100,844

What the Safdie boys did in Good Time works even better in this with an amazing manic performance from Sandler in this roller-coaster ride of a jeweller in a very tight spot..,

6. The Two Popes (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 74,388

Not a fan of the church and I'm glad it didn't really sell out, if anything, it was damn interesting, making the current Pope an absolute saint with astounding performances from the two legends of screen as they take on the mighty Vatican showing warts and all...

7. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson

Votes: 38,962

Murphy is at the top of his game in this tight and fun scripted story on the life of a shaker and mover in the entertainment industry during the crazy Seventies where I'm sure I laughed out aloud more than a few times......

8. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 13,946 | Gross: $0.40M

Now have respect for Knightley, and all those involved in this brave project...

9. The Report (I) (2019)

R | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.

Director: Scott Z. Burns | Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine

Votes: 19,575

For me this was a revelation and riveting method in telling the cover-up, plus Driver carries this political maze of stupidity with his controlled performance which builds and explodes with passion and conviction when the going gets tough...

10. The Laundromat (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, AJ Meijer, Arsenio Castellanos

Votes: 32,899

Love Soderbergh's creative skill in telling this convoluted story of where the rich hide their money, and the cast is at the top of their game...

11. Paddleton (2019)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Director: Alex Lehmann | Stars: Christine Woods, Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Jen Sung

Votes: 8,510

Convincing performances from the two leads and well handled by all for not allowing this to drop into sentimental cancer melodrama dross...

12. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 47,740

WTF! The art galleries of L.A. will never be the same in this hoot of a dark comedy with a hint of Dario Argento thrown in...

13. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 130,998 | Gross: $0.35M

Amongst the hilarity there is a deep emotional depth that struggled to come to the surface, but well played out and realised...

14. Little Women (2019)

PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 62,346

Well structured story of a classic that was given the modern sensabilities, and I adored the characters in this heartwarming adaptation of a woman's plight in a misogynist time...

15. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 389,893 | Gross: $135.37M

Tarantino's homage to Hollywood at the end of the 60's decade with a fantasy ending just like Inglourious Basterds...

16. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 110 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows

Votes: 10,385

Another fascinating observational piece on the plight of the American workers as they get swallowed up by the Sleeping Dragon...

17. Klaus (2019)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Directors: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso

Votes: 57,689

A fun retelling of the Santa Claus myth, and somehow I kind of like this version as the truth, even if it was schmaltzy at times, but overall clever and entertaining...

18. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 182,595

Fun to be had with this great cast, and a great ride through the many twists and turns...

19. Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures and a documentary feature about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS.

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Helena Christensen, Michael Hutchence, Bob Geldof, Paula Yates

Votes: 908

The most amazing and private footage ever assembled on a music artist to tell the story of fame, love and torment...

20. Ad Astra (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 144,550 | Gross: $35.40M

The Apocalypse Now kind of journey through space with a bit of Solaris thrown in, and Pitt loses his charm for some serious and effecting acting...

21. 37 Seconds (2019)

115 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Yuma is a young Japanese woman who suffers from cerebral palsy. Torn between her obligations towards her family and her dream to become a manga artist, she struggles to lead a self-determined life.

Director: Hikari | Stars: Minori Hagiwara, Makiko Watanabe, Mei Kayama, Shizuka Ishibashi

Votes: 666

Brave storytelling of a cerebral palsy magna artist exploring her sexuality and in the process discovering her life secrets...

22. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama

68 Metascore

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Charlie Pye Jr., Michael Harding, Christopher Wolfe

Votes: 10,787

The type of film that gets your blood boiling due to the fact that justice is controlled by those who are unjust in this fine drama with grand performances...

23. Doctor Sleep (2019)

R | 152 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 74,797

Like a good Stephen King novel this long horror tale takes time for the set-up and then delivers right to the final end...

24. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

53 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 36,994 | Gross: $6.56M

To know the works of Jarmusch is an advantage, and his piss-take on the Zombie genre is a treat with a top cult cast that perfectly play it deadpan in this wry and dry zombie feast where the joke is on us...

25. True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt

Votes: 1,315

Wouldn't have expected any less from the director of Snowtown Murders and Macbeth as he takes the surreal and homoerotic path that has you questioning the legend of Ned Kelly that is a bit out there, but I guess that's what makes it freaking interesting...

26. The King (I) (2019)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

62 Metascore

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher, Edward Ashley

Votes: 63,823

A perfect dark moody topic for Michôd in this lavish production on the young King Henry V who gets swallowed up by the manipulative palace politics that even back in the 15th Century wise men knew that war was bloody and meaningless, and this captures perfectly the conflicting mind and soul of a young Henry the 5th, played brilliantly by Chalamet, with Edgerton not far behind...

27. 6 Underground (2019)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

Meet a new kind of action hero. Six untraceable agents, totally off the grid. They've buried their pasts so they can change the future.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy

Votes: 101,270

One of the better and creative OTT Michael Bay actionners that at least has a decent political slant to it and has fun along the way, and to all those user reviews that go on about the editing being lousy, they have no idea...

28. Hala (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

Director: Minhal Baig | Stars: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi

Votes: 1,004

Really enjoying the European flavour in the current crop of U.S. films that don't rely on dumbing it down to the current political fractions on all sides, downplaying it perfectly with an emotional depth in both the performances and direction...

29. Share (I) (2019)

R | 87 min | Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

Director: Pippa Bianco | Stars: Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie

Votes: 1,285

An intelligent and well crafted story without the dramatic hype with fragmented pieces of a teenager's blackout-night and the consequences with family and friends, all carried out in a lowkey but effective tone...

30. The Elephant Queen (2019)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, Family

69 Metascore

Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole. This epic journey, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, takes audiences across the African savannah, and into the heart of an elephant family. A tale of love, loss and coming home.

Directors: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone | Star: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 738

Heartfelt journey and survival of an amazing creature that was corny at times by its presentation, but still hooks you in and manipulates your emotions with good reason...

31. I Am Mother (2019)

TV-14 | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

In the wake of humanity's extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Director: Grant Sputore | Stars: Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton, Luke Hawker, Summer Lenton

Votes: 60,279

A rebellious teenage daughter is put through the test by the mother robot, creating plenty of tension in this neat local sci-fi film that didn't sell out to the popcorn audience and explain every single detail, a project John Hinde would have been proud of...

32. Danger Close (2019)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Bracey, Daniel Webber

Votes: 4,846

We get thrown straight into the thick of it where the characters develop as the battle intensifies and the politics of a platoon plays out in this top Aussie production, but there is no real factor that makes it stand out from all the rest of the war classics...

33. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Biography, History

86 Metascore

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg

Votes: 4,073

Dylan puts on a mask and surrounds himself with a great band, including Baez, with some surprising appearances and music to die for in Scorsese's masterful storytelling of Dylan's historical 1975 road trip concert with fascinating characters who drove it across the unstable country at the time and survived to tell the tale...

34. I Lost My Body (2019)

TV-MA | 81 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

80 Metascore

A story of Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle. In another part of town, a severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.

Director: Jérémy Clapin | Stars: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao, Alfonso Arfi

Votes: 16,361

Neatly realized with some fine cinematic moments in the world of animation...

35. The Aeronauts (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

60 Metascore

Balloon pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Vincent Perez

Votes: 15,574

A visual stunner on a true story that seemed a little sensationalised and schmaltzy for the sake of entertainment...

36. Daffodils (I) (2019)

93 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

A bittersweet love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs.

Director: David Stubbs | Stars: Rose McIver, George Mason, Kimbra, Fen Ikner

Votes: 186

Endearing Kiwi musical with plenty of heart and soul...

37. Deadwood: The Movie (2019 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 110 min | Drama, Western

As the residents of Deadwood gather to commemorate Dakota's statehood in 1889, saloon owner Al Swearengen and Marshal Seth Bullock clash with Senator George Hearst.

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 15,585

If Shakespeare were to make a Western, this would be it, including the wonderful profanity..

38. Life Overtakes Me (2019)

TV-PG | 39 min | Documentary, Short

In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life's uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.

Directors: John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson | Stars: Henry Ascher, Nadja Hatem, Mikael Billing, Karl Sallin

Votes: 1,263

An observational piece that will have you intrigued as to what the hell is going on in this world for these children to shut themselves down from the surrounding cruelty that is life...

39. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 64,177

This could have been a fascinating TV series, delving into every possible angle on Bundy, but as it stands it still is intriguing to watch someone can go to great lengths to hide the monster within, with clever casting in the charming Zac playing the evil Bundy...

40. Guava Island (2019)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A young musician seeks to hold a festival to liberate the oppressed people of Guava Island, even if only for a day.

Director: Hiro Murai | Stars: Donald Glover, Rihanna, Letitia Wright, Nonso Anozie

Votes: 7,527

A wondrous musical political fable from the Glover brothers that plays like an extended music video clip, maybe with not enough music...

41. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

TV-PG | 113 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo, Robert Agengo

Votes: 16,992

Emotional struggle of a family on the brink of starvation, and the joy a boy brings in his creation to the backward village of Malawi.....

42. The Highwaymen (2019)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

The untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 60,645

Perfect actors for this lavish production that looks at the law side of the Bonnie & Clyde killing spree...

43. The Dirt (2019)

TV-MA | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

39 Metascore

Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber

Votes: 33,584

This is a treat for the rock n roll die hards and fans of Motley Crue, for the rest of us it's a curious piece about the usual rise and fall of rock stars via sex, drugs and-- You know the rest...

44. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 31,159

I didn't know much about this, which made it more fascinating...