I don't think I've visited the cinema as much any year before as I have this year. The act of settling down in a cinema chair and forcing yourself to concentrate on the same thing for a couple of hours feels great to me. At home it's too easy to hit the pause button and get distracted; in the cinema, the environment is there to be fully immersed.
Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
When I walked out of this I thought I really had to see it a second time to really know what I thought of it, but overall this is pretty great. PT Anderson does it - again.
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
This story is worth your time and possibly the movie of the year. I don’t want to spoil anything, if you like great photography I would just see this film without knowing too much about it.
Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.
This movie is weird but I really liked it. Some Fear and Loathing vibes but without the drugs.
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confess his secret hobby.
The story starts off simple and gets more gripping as it goes along. One to watch.
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Three billboards only released in Belgium this year - I dug in my notes to find what I wrote about this film and all it said was “Very, very good.”
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.
While perhaps a bit too long, this is a great story with some really memorable moments. It has a certain sweetness and peace to it, like a summer that never ends.
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to “Sparrow School”; a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
I think this was severely underrated in the reviews; I am not sure why it got mediocre scores because I really enjoyed it.
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.
A well-made comedy film starring Jason Bateman, an actor I've come to like this year (see: Ozark on Netflix)