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
Fourteen (Sallitt) 73

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Sunset (Nemes) 71
Belonging (Çevik) 70
High Flying Bird (Soderbergh) 69

B Recommended

Too Late to Die Young (Sotomayor) 68
They Shall Not Grow Old (Jackson) 68
Sword of Trust (Shelton) 67
Her Smell (Perry) 67
Hotel by the River (Hong) 66
Apollo 11 (Miller) 65
Gloria Bell (Lelio) 64
Bait (Jenkin) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Dragged Across Concrete (Zahler) 62
In Fabric (Strickland) 61
Us (Peele) 60
*Conjuring the Rolling Thunder Re-vue (Scorsese) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

*Triple Frontier (Chandor) 59
Peterloo (Leigh) 58
Rojo (Naishtat) 57
Paddleton (Lehmann) 57
Loro (Sorrentino) 56
*All Is True (Branagh) 56
*I Am Mother (Sputore) 56
Dogman (Garrone) 55
Piercing (Pesce) 55
Greta (Jordan) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

Ray & Liz (Billingham) 54
Diane (Jones) 54
Asako I & II (Hamaguchi) 54
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Bi) 53
Ash Is Purest White (Jia) 53
3 Faces (Panahi) 53
*The Hole in the Ground (Cronin) 52
JT LeRoy (Kelly) 52
The Kid Who Would Be King (Cornish) 52
Transit (Petzold) 51
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (Dunham) 51
Non-Fiction (Assayas) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

The Dead Don't Die (Jarmusch) 50
*The Fall of the American Empire (Arcand) 50
Pain and Glory (Almodóvar) 50
A Faithful Man (Garrel) 50
Everybody Knows (Farhadi) 49
Pasolini {2014} (Ferrara) 49
*The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (Krzykowski) 48
The Wild Pear Tree (Ceylan) 48
Climax (Noé) 47
*Yomeddine (Shawky) 47
*Leto (Serebrennikov) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

*Hotel Mumbai (Maras) 45
*Birds of Passage (Gallego, Guerra) 45
Girls of the Sun (Husson) 44
*The Aftermath (Kent) 43
*Trial by Fire (Zwick) 43
The Command (Vinterberg) 43
Our Time (Reygadas) 42
Jupiter's Moon (Mundruczó) 42

C Pass

*Mary Magdalene (Davis) 41
Meeting Gorbachev (Herzog, Singer) 41
High Life (Denis) 40
Knife + Heart (Gonzalez) 40
*An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu) 40
*The Brink (Klayman) 38

C- Ugh

The Heiresses (Martinessi) 36
The Image Book (Godard) 36
*Donnybrook (Sutton) 34
Grass (Hong) 32
*Ophelia (McCarthy) 31

D+ Double-Ugh

D Bomb

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

Black Mother (Allah)
*The Chambermaid (Avilés)
Consequences (Stante)
Diamantino (Abrantes, Schmidt)
The Fourth Direction {2015} (Singh)
Fausto (Bussmann)
John & Jane {2005} (Ahluwalia)
A Land Imagined (Yeo)
Long Way Home (Novais Oliveira)
Outlaws (McCallum)
*The Plagiarists (Parlow)
Present.Perfect. (Zhu)
Rafiki (Kahiu)
Ruben Brandt, Collector (Krstić)
The Welts {2004} (Piekorz)
Woman at War (Erlingsson)
Working Woman (Aviad)
Yardie (Elba)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing