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#367 November 12, 2019

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    Matt writes: With the decade nearing its close in a matter of weeks, the writers at have voted on their favorite films of the past ten years, resulting in the following three-part combined list ranking the Best Films of the 2010s. Part One, which can be read here, covers #25-11, reviewed by the site's editors Brian Tallerico, Matt Zoller Seitz, Nick Allen, Nell Minow and your's truly. You can find the full top ten linked below (following the trailers), and click here to see where each of our selections is currently available to view. 



    The Two Popes (2019). Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Written by Anthony McCarten. Starring Jonathan PryceAnthony HopkinsJuan Minujín. Synopsis: Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. Opens in US theaters on November 27th, 2019.

    Wendy (2020). Directed by Benh Zeitlin. Written by Benh Zeitlin and Eliza Zeitlin. Starring Tommie Lynn MilazzoShay WalkerStephanie Lynn Wilson. Synopsis: Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. Opens in US theaters on February 28th, 2020.

    Sorry We Missed You (2020). Directed by Ken Loach. Written by Paul Laverty. Starring Debbie HoneywoodKris HitchenRhys Stone. Synopsis: 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. Opens in US theaters on March 6th, 2020.

    The Banker (2019). Directed by George Nolfi. Written by George Nolfi and Niceole R. Levy. Starring Samuel L. JacksonNicholas HoultNia Long. Synopsis: Story of one of the first African-American bankers in the United States. Premieres on Apple+ on December 6th, 2019.

    The Invisible Man (2020). Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (based on the novel by H.G. Wells). Starring Elisabeth MossOliver Jackson-CohenAldis Hodge. Synopsis: When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia's works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Opens in US theaters on February 28th, 2020.

    Little Joe (2019). Directed by Jessica Hausner. Written by Géraldine Bajard and Jessica Hausner. Starring Emily BeechamBen WhishawKerry Fox. Synopsis: Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. Opens in US theaters on December 6th, 2019.

    Hala (2019). Written and directed by Minhal Baig. Starring Geraldine ViswanathanJack KilmerGabriel Luna. Synopsis: Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own. Premieres on Apple+ on December 6th, 2019.

    Feast of the Epiphany (2019). Directed by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman. Written by Michael Koresky. Starring Meng AiJody BolluytRob Brush. Synopsis: A woman's carefully planned dinner party takes an unexpected turn when raw emotions rise to the surface. Opens in US theaters on November 29th, 2019.

    The Photograph (2020). Written and directed by Stella Meghie. Starring LaKeith StanfieldChelsea PerettiIssa Rae. Synopsis: A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present. Opens in US theaters on February 14th, 2019.

    Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019). Directed by Eva Orner. Synopsis: Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years. Debuts on Netflix on November 20th, 2019.

    Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops (2019). Directed by Jenifer McShane. Synopsis: A pair of officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit work to divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment. Premieres on HBO on November 15th, 2019.

    Grand Isle (2019). Directed by Stephen S. Campanelli. Written by Iver William Jallah and Rich Ronat. Starring Nicolas CageKelsey GrammerZulay Henao. Synopsis: A young father is charged for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a very twisted and dark night of events. Opens in US theaters on December 6th, 2019.

    Color Out of Space (2020). Directed by Richard Stanley. Written by Richard Stanley and Scarlett Amaris (based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft). Starring Nicolas CageQ'orianka KilcherJoely Richardson. Synopsis: A town is struck by a meteorite and the fallout is catastrophic. Opens in US theaters on January 24th, 2020.

    Ip Man 4 (2019). Directed by Wilson Yip. Written by Hiroshi Fukazawa and Edmond Wong. Starring Scott AdkinsDonnie YenKwok-Kwan Chan. Synopsis: The Kung Fu master travels to the U.S. where his student has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school. Opens in US theaters on December 25th, 2019.

    My Twentieth Century (1989), 4K restoration. Written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi. Starring Dorota SegdaOleg YankovskiyPaulus Manker. Synopsis: Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate families adopted the impoverished orphans. At the dawn of the 20th Century the double-blind experiment hits crescendo for Dora & Lili, born the evening Edison unveiled his incandescent bulb. In 1900, technology was accelerating, could women's rights and national self-determination keep pace? Opens in US theaters on November 15th, 2019.

    Waves (2019). Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. Starring Taylor RussellKelvin Harrison Jr.Alexa Demie. Synopsis: Traces the journey of a suburban African-American family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. Opens in US theaters on November 15th, 2019.

    Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). Directed by Jake Kasdan. Written by Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg (based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg). Starring Dwayne JohnsonJack BlackKevin Hart. Synopsis: A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game. Opens in US theaters on December 13th, 2019.

    A Christmas Carol (2019). Directed by Nick Murphy. Written by Steven Knight (based on the book by Charles Dickens). Starring Joe AlwynStephen GrahamGuy Pearce. Synopsis: A television adaptation of the classic Christmas tale about the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. US release date is TBA.

    Best Films of the 2010s: #10-6 


    Matt writes: Here you'll find essays on the first half of our Top Ten Films of the 2010s: 10. "The Master," reviewed by Glenn Kenny; 9. "Get Out," reviewed by Odie Henderson; 8. "Roma," reviewed by Monica Castillo, 7. "Under the Skin," reviewed by Simon Abrams; and 6. "The Wolf of Wall Street," reviewed by Sheila O'Malley.

    Best Films of the 2010s: #5-1


    Matt writes: And now (drum roll, please!), here are the top five films of the decade according to the writers at 5. "Phantom Thread," reviewed by Peter Sobczynski; 4. "Mad Max: Fury Road," reviewed by Christy Lemire, 3. "Inside Llewyn Davis," reviewed by Tomris Laffly; 2. "Moonlight," reviewed by Brian Tallerico; and 1. "The Tree of Life," reviewed by Matt Zoller Seitz.

    Free Movies

    Penny Serenade (1941). Directed by George Stevens. Written by Morrie Ryskind. Starring Cary GrantIrene DunneBeulah Bondi. Synopsis: A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

    Watch "Penny Serenade"

    Carnival of Souls (1962). Directed by Herk Harvey. Written by John Clifford. Starring Candace HilligossFrances FeistSidney Berger. Synopsis: After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

    Watch "Carnival of Souls"

    Night of the Living Dead (1968). Directed by George A. Romero. Written by George A. Romero and John A. Russo. Starring Duane JonesJudith O'DeaKarl Hardman. Synopsis: A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

    Watch "Night of the Living Dead"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:01 am


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