Best movies 2019 – Best films of 2019 – Digital Spy

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We’re near the end of 2019, so there’s no better time to look back over the year in cinema and pick out our favourite movies of the year. (Note – they’re ordered by how recently they came out, not by preference.)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a lot of movie and is far from flawless, but overall, it’s an emotional, thrilling and satisfying end to the Skywalker Saga, with plenty of surprises up its sleeve.
Knives Out is so much fun to watch, a genuine laugh out loud two hours that somehow doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet still maintains the stress of its incredibly high stakes. There was a murder, after all.
The Report is certainly worth your time: for its remarkable performances, particularly from Adam Driver, but also for the accuracy and unflinching honesty with which it looks at the past. Because without understanding the past, we’re liable to repeat it.
Frozen 2 will satisfy fans of the original as it offers big laughs and even bigger songs, and if it doesn’t quite match the original, it comes very, very close.
The Farewell is a devastatingly personal look at family and belonging, told through the lens of a second-generation immigrant searching for her place in the world. Sweet and heartbreaking, funny and tragic with powerhouse performances and thoughtful, detailed cinematography and direction. Prepare to cry.
Ad Astra proved to be worth the wait after release date delays. Propelled by one of Brad Pitt’s finest performances, it’s a thrilling and thought-provoking journey through space.
Not only does It Chapter Two live up to that seminal novel but also to the standards set in the first movie. The cast might be different but the heart and horror remain as strong as before. Pennywise missed the Losers’ Club – and we missed him too.
It would be easy for the sequel to feel like a letdown after the epic Avengers: Endgame, but Spider-Man: Far From Home is constantly funny, surprising and thrilling. For everything that the movie had to deal with, it really is as good as fans could have hoped for.
Quite simply, if you’re a Toy Story fan and were planning to avoid Toy Story 4 because the trilogy ended so perfectly, you’d be missing out. It’s a hilarious and heartfelt movie that reminds us we’ll always have a friend in Toy Story.
Booksmart, the directorial debut from Olivia Wilde, is a hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age comedy that manages to subvert every trope in the book while also creating a relateable, loveable cast of characters.
With Elton looking back on his life from rehab, Rocketman plays loose with the truth in order to stage joyous and inventive takes on Elton’s classics. Taron Egerton puts in a magnificent performance, and there’s excellent support from Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is an often-relentless and beautifully-staged ballet of bloody violence that rarely lets up. Director Chad Stahelski is careful to add in quieter moments to expand the unique world of the series though, ensuring the action never becomes too much.
A hilarious, painful and emotional coming-of-age tale led by a brilliant performance from Elsie Fisher as 13-year-old Kayla who’s just trying to make it through middle school. Eighth Grade is an awkward watch at times, but so, so worth it.
Avengers: Endgame had so many demands and expectations weighing on it. Despite some flaws, there’s no denying that this is a truly impressive achievement, and a worthy conclusion to a story years in the making.
Aquaman hinted a bold, new approach to DC’s movies that doesn’t try to emulate the MCU’s successes. Shazam! makes good on that promise, waving goodbye to the grim-faced Batfleck years, leaving us excited about what they’ll do next.
Expectations for Us were naturally high after the success of Get Out, but Us is every bit as creepy, funny and hard to shake off. Everything is so assured and meticulously crafted to scare the shit out of you.
Like its namesake, The Lego Movie 2 takes everything good about the first film and adds to it. Lord, Miller, Mitchell and their team have cemented this as the kids movie franchise to beat, and they didn’t have to use any glue to do it.
If Beale Street Could Talk is a beautiful, moving tale of a young couple split apart by a bitter miscarriage of justice. It features some brilliant performances that put the viewer face-to-face with its cast.
Melissa McCarthy reminds us that there’s much more to her than pratfalls and jokes about her weight in Marielle Heller’s deliciously dark Can You Ever Forgive Me? The movie skirts a fine line between romanticised Hollywood storytelling and the portrayal of extremely unpleasant individuals.
Quite unlike any period drama you’ve seen before, The Favourite is a savage and filthy look at the feud between cousins Abigail Masham and Sarah Churchill, behind the scenes of Queen Anne’s court in the early 18th century.

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