2019 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released in 2019, and the last two columns for films seen in 2019. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2018 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2019. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2019
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2019 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (†).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2019 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than two years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

B+/A- Near Great

B+ Must See

In My Room (Köhler) 76
Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell) 76

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Sunset (Nemes) 71
High Flying Bird (Soderbergh) 69

B Recommended

Too Late to Die Young (Sotomayor) 68
Her Smell (Perry) 67
Hotel by the River (Hong) 66

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Dragged Across Concrete (Zahler) 62
In Fabric (Strickland) 61

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

Peterloo (Leigh) 58
Rojo (Naishtat) 57
*Paddleton (Lehmann) 57
Loro (Sorrentino) 56
Dogman (Garrone) 55
Piercing (Pesce) 55
Greta (Jordan) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

Ray & Liz (Billingham) 54
Asako I & II (Hamaguchi) 54
Ash Is Purest White (Jia) 53
3 Faces (Panahi) 53
The Kid Who Would Be King (Cornish) 52
Transit (Petzold) 51
Non-Fiction (Assayas) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

A Faithful Man (Garrel) 50
Everybody Knows (Farhadi) 49
*The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (Krzykowski) 48
The Wild Pear Tree (Ceylan) 48
Climax (Noé) 47

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

*Birds of Passage (Gallego, Guerra) 45
Girls of the Sun (Husson) 44
Our Time (Reygadas) 42
Jupiter's Moon (Mundruczó) 42

C Pass

Meeting Gorbachev (Herzog, Singer) 41
High Life (Denis) 40
Knife + Heart (Gonzalez) 40

C- Ugh

The Heiresses (Martinessi) 36
The Image Book (Godard) 36
*Donnybrook (Sutton) 34
Grass (Hong) 32

D+ Double-Ugh

D Bomb

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

Black Mother (Allah)
Consequences (Stante)
Diamantino (Abrantes, Schmidt)
The Fourth Direction {2015} (Singh)
John & Jane {2005} (Ahluwalia)
Outlaws (McCallum)
Rafiki (Kahiu)
Woman at War (Erlingsson)
Yardie (Elba)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing