Movies I've seen from 2019by TheSeaLion | created - 12 Jan 2019 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
The movies that came out in 2019 that I have seen. In order from best to worst.
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1. Marriage Story (2019)
R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.
10/10: The acting is fantastic, every feeling and emotion the movie is aiming for hits its mark perfectly, the movie has a theater-like feel to it, it's very genuine and raw with only a few brief moments that don't feel sincere (the stuff with Nicole's family feeling a bit silly), and the dialogue feels real.
2. Knives Out (2019)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
9/10: It's a fun and creative take on a very generic story genre with great acting, good character dynamics, strong writing and pacing, and funny spoofing of the crime genre mixed with a strong social commentary underneath. Aside from the majority of the main cast feeling somewhat interchangeable and a somewhat weak opening that stands out in comparison with the rest of the movie, it's nearly impeccable.
PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Votes: 84,830 | Gross: $160.80M
9/10: The story is a little bit weaker this time around, but the characters are all given sufficient endings to their character arcs, the film hits all of the notes it is striving for, the villain is well written, the action and comedy are fun, the ending is great, and the film only feels like it is repeating stuff once. It might rise to a 9/10 after a second viewing.
4. Little Women (2019)
PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
8/10: There are a few times where the flashbacks feel like there's no buildup to them and some meta moments that don't match with the rest of the movie. Aside from that, there are good performances and well-written characters with good dynamics, strong pacing, and can be surprisingly funny at times.
5. Western Stars (2019)
PG | 83 min | Documentary, Music
Live concert performance of Bruce Springsteen singing songs from his album 'Western Stars'.
8/10: "Western Stars" has an interesting double usage to it where it can be looked at as a way for Springsteen to explore himself and as way of showcasing how he and his artistry have grown and changed. The movie has wonderful music and beautiful cinematography and aesthetics. The only downside (and this might just be the theater I was in) was that the sound quality seemed iffy and poor at points.
6. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War
A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Votes: 54,207 | Gross: $0.35M
7/10: The movie balances a number of tones fairly well and does a good job of making fun characters with strong and well-defined dynamics. There are a few odd points where it feels a bit like a Wes Anderson film in terms of style and some of the chatacter development feels a bit weak or out of nowhere.
7. Shazam! (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.
Votes: 209,200 | Gross: $140.37M
7/10: While the movie does not manage to meld the serious elements and the comedic elements of the story together, it handles each tone well individually. The characters are all interesting and, aside from a few moments, consistent, the hero-villain dynamic is pretty interesting, the jokes are funny, and the movie believably captures a child in the role of a superhero. All in all, very entertaining.
8. Under the Silver Lake (2018)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sam, a disenchanted young man, 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.
Votes: 25,429 | Gross: $0.05M
7/10: The premise, mystery, and main character are all engaging and it's interesting to see how everything comes together in the end, though there are a few loose ends and coincidences. It's a movie that would be good to watch a second time now knowing everything to see just how everything works together.
9. The Irishman (2019)
R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.
7/10: It's a Scorsese film, which means it's a high quality production with great directing and strong performances. It also has a nice, slow burn pace to it. That being said, it feels a lot like what's been seen before from Scorsese in terms of story and style, and it's not that engaging in terms of story or character.
10. Dark Waters (2019)
PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History
A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
7/10: While the film can be a bit underdeveloped in some places and lacks much depth with the characters, it is elevated by its strong performances, tone, and aesthetics.
11. Midsommar (I) (2019)
R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Votes: 104,444 | Gross: $27.33M
7/10: It's a style over substance film where the style is simply incredible and despite having a story that takes a while for things to happen the movie never feels like it drags.
12. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
TV-MA | 122 min | Action, Drama
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie follows fugitive Jesse Pinkman as he runs from his captors, the law and his past.
7/10: It's a decent enough wrap-up to a series that already ended well,but that leaves the giant asterisk of 'what was the point of this?' hanging over the entire movie. The acting, pacing, and writing are great, though the story is a bit lackluster and uninteresting.
13. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Votes: 44,690 | Gross: $105.81M
7/10: While a bit of a rehash of the first film, it does enough to exist as its own thing, the theme and emotional core of the film is well done, and most of the characters are given something fun to expand on their characters. The comedy is a bit weak, and the time-travel aspect is confusing, though that is about it for major issues.
14. Rocketman (I) (2019)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Votes: 91,187 | Gross: $96.37M
6/10: The actual biopic aspect of the film feels rushed towards the end or brushed over and the writing is fairly subpar and over-explained at points, though the film does a decent job of building Elton John as a character. The film's style is interesting where there are a number of musical numbers scattered throughout where Elton John songs are used to propel the story forward in a typical musical fashion, and these are pretty well handled. All of the actors give strong performances as well, especially Taron Egerton as Elton John.
15. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.
Votes: 651,230 | Gross: $858.37M
6/10: It was exactly what "Infinity War" pretended it was: a darker action, adventure superhero flick with stakes to it. This time around, though, the movie focused on the right characters and gave them decent and sufficient character arcs and or climaxes, the jokes were fun, the action was exciting, the fan-service stuff was not annoying, and it was a perfectly serviceable climax with a lot of interesting, emotional, and clever callbacks to previous installments. The darker elements and ideas were a bit of a letdown, the comedy didn't mix with what was happening at times, it felt like more attention could be placed on the characters following such a major loss, some characters and things, such as the Hulk suddenly being fixed, felt forced and tossed in to avoid having to come up with a conclusion to that storyline, and the ending was terribly handled.
16. Unicorn Store (2017)
TV-PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Kit, a twenty-something dreamer, receives an invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.
6/10: It's a fairly traditional coming-of-age story with a few underdeveloped elements, but it's elevated by strong performances, an ongoing juxtaposition of normalcy vs. whimsical/strange, an enjoyable romance subplot, and an interesting premise that sets this apart from other, more generic, coming-of-age story.
17. Knock Down the House (2019)
PG | 87 min | Documentary
A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.
6/10: It gave some good insight into running a grassroots campaign, especially when up against a powerful incumbent, but the documentary feels more interested in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez than the other three candidates to the point where it makes one question why the documentary wasn't just about her campaign. The documentary is well made, just weak in what it is trying to be.
18. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019)
TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime
Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years.
6/10: It gives just enough information to be informative, but it never feels like it delves into anything deeply enough and certain aspects about Bikram, such as his building of an empire of sorts and alleged fraudulent creation of his techniques end up feeling like superficial add-ons as opposed to part of his story.
19. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
5/10: Nothing stands out too much aside from the acting; the story is pretty straight forward in terms of the rising stardom storyline, though you never really get a sense for how much things are changing for the character other than he's now famous and touring/making a movie/struggling to find a distributor for the movie.
20. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Votes: 346,131 | Gross: $135.37M
5/10: It has the competency of Tarantino's directing, but it really lacks a lot of his flair and idiosyncrasies. The dialogue is not as rich, there is little surprise to the events of the story, and it really just feels bland aside from the '60s aesthetic. The story line is almost non-existent, the Mason family aspect felt tacked on and out of place, and you just feel bored as you wait for something to happen. The best part about the movie, hands-down, are the performances, especially from DiCaprio and Pitt.
21. Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.
5/10: It changes enough with the video game levels and the character dynamics to be different, but these new characters dynamics feel weaker than the first film and it actually feels less dramatic, especially when the characters are all down to a single life. It still has fun actions sequences (especially the bridge one) and a good cast, with Awkwafina doing a Danny DeVito impression being the best part of the film.
22. On the Basis of Sex (2018)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.
Votes: 17,696 | Gross: $24.62M
5/10: It feels very generic and it has a surprisingly lousy script. There are a few good moments scattered throughout, but for a movie about Ruth Bader Ginsberg it is a bit of a let-down.
23. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.
Votes: 183,988 | Gross: $85.71M
5/10: The movie feels uneven and directionless with plot elements either feeling underdeveloped or unneeded, the usually strong cast is surprisingly bad, the dialogue is pretty weak and corny, and the action is tensionless.
24. In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
TV-MA | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A Philadelphia police officer struggles with a lifelong obsession to track down a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.
5/10: It has a fairly interesting premise, though it's not handled in the best way. After the second jump in time it becomes obvious what the rest of the movie is going to be, so things just become tedious. The first two time periods are easily the best parts of the movie.
25. Brightburn (2019)
R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Votes: 59,115 | Gross: $17.30M
5/10: It has a good premise, but the execution comes off feeling like the end product is based on the first draft of a script. The characters, story beats, and premise are all there, but they all feel so underdeveloped. This movie could definitely benefit from being longer than 90 minutes.
26. ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre (2019 TV Movie)
71 min | Documentary, Crime, Music
In 1974, while on the way home from a gig, the apolitical rock group, The Miami Showband, fell into the crosshairs of a Protestant unionist paramilitary group that planted explosives on their bus when it was stopped at a fake checkpoint.
5/10: It's competently made for a documentary, but it is not very interesting and it feels like the viewer does not have a good grasp on what is being discussed because it is so short and the audience is tossed into certain aspects of the story in the middle.
27. Dumbo (2019)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.
Votes: 54,576 | Gross: $114.77M
5/10: It is at least different from the original film to warrant its existence, but the pacing and story are off, the characters are fairly uninteresting, and one of the messages is hypocritical.
28. In the Tall Grass (2019)
TV-MA | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
After hearing a young boy's cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out...and that something evil lurks within.
5/10: It's an interesting premise handled in a very dull manner. The characters are not developed enough to be interesting and, after a while, the story becomes boring with so little to keep the audience engaged in it.
29. Child's Play (2019)
R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Votes: 31,575 | Gross: $29.21M
4/10: It's a fairly traditional horror story with a lot of the genre's cliches in it. The characters are pretty much undeveloped stock characters, the characters make mostly dumb decisions (with a few exceptions, which is refreshing), the plot is convenient at times, and it seems to be going for a darkly comedic tone which usually doesn't come across. That being said, the performances are decent, the technology gimmick to the film is fun and creative, and occasionally the horror tropes surprisingly work with what the movie is going for.
30. It Chapter Two (2019)
R | 169 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Votes: 150,491 | Gross: $193.77M
4/10: At almost three hours it long it doesn't feel its length, but the characters are on the weaker and less interesting side, the film can feel a bit tedious at times, the horror isn't that scary and mostly just loud, the tone is a bit off with it sometimes being dark and sometimes being goofy, and the ending is extremely lackluster and too nice to the point where it ultimately doesn't feel like a lot was sacrificed in the end.
31. Us (II) (2019)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
Votes: 177,815 | Gross: $175.01M
4/10: It has a great premise and some genuinely unsettling moments, but the movie runs out of steam at the halfway point. The second act and the third act feels like one long third act, the characters can fluctuate between terrified and joking at any time, the characters are uninteresting and ultimately boring to watch, which also renders the movie to be dull and uninteresting. It does have some great acting in it, though.
32. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Votes: 256,954 | Gross: $388.53M
4/10: It toned down the amount of annoying dialogue and jokes from the first movie to make this one at least bearable, though other problems still carry over. It doesn't feel like there's much consequence to Peter Parker being Spider-Man as his personal issues still just seem to work themselves out, and, even toned down, there were still a lot of groan-worthy attempts at comedy. The movie is also riddled with plot conveniences and pointless character subplots, and, like a lot of Marvel movies, the villain is ultimately weak and uninteresting and only exists so the hero can stop someone.
33. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
4/10: The film feels rushed and underdeveloped at times, especially towards the beginning, it sometimes feels hard to tell if the movie wants the audience to sympathize with Bundy or not, thus making the film feel odd and the goal of it uncertain, the acting is fairly weak save for a few moments, and the music choices are weird and off-putting.
PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.
4/10: Despite being the third film in a trilogy, it feels strangely separate from the others, the movie refuses to take chances with the story and characters, it is usually creatively bankrupt aside from a few clever moments, and it feels like it's more interested in pleasing fans by implementing their bad ideas as opposed to telling a good story.
35. Toy Story 4 (2019)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Votes: 147,590 | Gross: $433.03M
4/10: Toy Story 4 just feels like all of the ideas and themes that the other three movies have already done ad nauseam that it all feels so tiresome and overdone. Alongside that, the story is very forced and it focuses on one of the least interesting aspects of the trilogy (the relationship between Woody and Bo Peep).
36. Doctor Sleep (2019)
R | 152 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
4/10: The movie lacks an artistic vision behind it and ultimately just feels like Kubrick's "The Shining" and King's original "The Shining" novel poorly mixed together with zero characters or story to it for the majority of the runtime.
37. Fyre (2019)
TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
4/10: The order in which things were explained made some bits of information confusing, and it also feels like it breezes over details at certain points. It would have also been nice if they could have interviewed a few of the people who were scammed into coming to Fyre or some of the people who advertised the event who were also lied to.
38. Captain Marvel (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Votes: 390,347 | Gross: $426.83M
4/10: It has two directors and three screenwriters, and boy does it show. The quality is all over the place, ranging from having an understanding of what a Captain Marvel film should be to being an abomination (though it only gets to that point on one occasion). The acting is mostly decent, the movie picks up in the second half, and it's fun to see the early days of Nick Fury. That being said, the script is also fairly lackluster, the dialogue is a bit cliche, and the pacing is off.
39. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Votes: 105,504 | Gross: $110.50M
3/10: It has the drama of "Godzilla" and the action-adventure of "Kong: Skull Island" rolled into one, though neither aspect is quite as strong as it is in the two aforementioned films. The characters are blank and uninteresting, the dialogue is bad and cliche, and the first forty minutes are a bore. Once the monsters start showing up and fighting, though, it becomes a fun and entertaining guilty pleasure film.
40. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Votes: 111,471 | Gross: $144.11M
3/10: The film plays out as a typical detective story, done poorly, but with Pokemon in it. Some of the stuff with the Pokemon is fun and creative and the action set pieces are varying and entertaining, but that's it for the film's major positives. The movie is filled with pointless characters and underdeveloped story/character arcs, and it is so messy that certain story aspects feel like they were dropped and then quickly worked back in at the end because the writer remembered they'd been established. The detective aspect feels almost inconsequential because after the first half of the movie, the detective aspect feels like it was dropped and that the characters are just happening upon everything.
41. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.
Votes: 43,783 | Gross: $73.65M
3/10: It's at least atmospheric enough to make the jump scares work, but that's not enough to save the film from dull characters, aggravatingly stupid horror movie character mistakes, and the continuous notion that no one hears anyone else screaming while they're in the house.
42. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.
3/10: There's an intriguing weirdness to the movie, but it's pretty boring overall. The characters are unlikable and the horror movie rules don't make a lot of sense, the deaths constantly feel like they're the first couple of deaths in a slasher film before the characters start to realize what's happening, it's difficult to understand who everyone is in relation to everyone else, and a few of the deaths are just kind of lame.
43. Joker (2019)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
Votes: 625,540 | Gross: $192.73M
3/10: "Joker" feels like a more competent version of one of Uwe Boll's "Rampage" movies. Its social commentary is plain horrendous and executed terribly, and the through-line of Joker's character is as uninteresting and pseudo-deep as the title character himself. Aside from the performances and aesthetic, nothing much stands out.
44. Pet Sematary (2019)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.
Votes: 65,684 | Gross: $54.72M
3/10: It has bad horror, boring characters, a terrible ending, and is poorly paced. Most movies are not as good as the books, but this just ignores everything that made the book work.
45. Glass (2019)
PG-13 | 129 min<