The future of guerilla warfare – waged by young people who barely understand themselves, much less their opponents – came to life in Alejandro Landes’s atmospheric stunner, a movie that confronts the viewer like no other this year. Its churning, keening synth score by Mica Levi (‘Under the Skin’, ‘Jackie’) is yet more evidence that we’re in the presence of a potential all-time giant.
The votes are in, the ballots counted. The time has come to pick the 20 best films of 2019, as selected by Time Out’s team of dedicated film critics. Does JLo’s turn as a loveable stripper make the cut? What about Todd Phillips’s divisive supervillain origins story ‘Joker’, or Quentin Tarantino’s homage to ‘60s Hollywood? Did we go cult mad with Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’, or were we more royally impressed with ‘The Favourite’. And was there really a film released this year about a killer red dress? (Short answer: yes!)
Without further ado, here’s our pick of the best 20 films released in the UK during 2019.
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