Top Ten 2019

As I get on in my movie-going career, I find that more and more I want to enjoy myself when I go out to see a film (or, less often, stream one at home).  Yes, it’s good to be intellectually challenged or recognize great craftsmanship, and those qualities are both included in selections below; but […]

Top Ten 2019

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As I get on in my movie-going career, I find that more and more…

Top Ten 2017

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In order to accommodate the films I liked, I've cleverly divided them into three categories: domestic, foreign and documentary. The bigger issue was weighing movies I enjoyed against movies I admired. For once, my choices and the taste of the award-givers weren't far apart.

Top Ten - 2016

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By my rating standards, 2016 was the worst year yet for new movie releases. Perhaps as a reflection, dinner party discussion tended more toward what TV series are you watching/have you seen, than what's your favorite movie of the moment.

Top Ten 2015

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My Top Ten this year is a bit of a cop-out, although not without precedent among major film critics: with no clear standout movie I will list my favorites in alphabetical order.

Top Ten 2014

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Four of my ten highest-rated movies in 2014 were actually 2013 releases. This has caused me to add a PS to my last year's Top Ten (see below) and acknowledge what a bad year 2014 was for movies.

Top Ten - 2013

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At one point, I thought I would use this year's list to highlight the unconventional approaches to moviemaking that gave me so much enjoyment.

Top Ten 2012

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1. A Separation and Amour. Every year, it seems, there is a critical favorite that avoids the smaller cities until the deadline for my list has passed. Last year it was A Separation, which opened in 2011 but was far and away the best film I saw in 2012.

Top Ten - 2010

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This year for the first time I am offering three Top Ten movie lists, and the first, for reasons of pre-Oscar urgency, will merely be my capitulation of the ten nominees for best film.

Top Ten Movies 2009

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“Gritty” is the word that comes to mind when I think of the movies that made the greatest impact on 2009 for me.