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2019’s film ranked (a teaser)

My on-the-fly, as-I-see-movies ranking of the new theatrical releases of 2019 has begun. It’s here, and there are already quite a few movies on it… but this year, the ongoing ranking will be available only for my Patreon patrons at the $5/month level and above. You can join my Patreon here, or click through from the button you’ll see on the 2019’s films ranked page. (Current Patreon patrons can find easy info here on how to connect your Patreon account to FlickFilosopher.com in order to access the ranking post and other Patreon-only content here.)

To whet your appetite, here’s what the list looks like today. I’d really appreciate your financial support at Patreon so I can continue doing this work, in my 22nd year here at FlickFilosopher.com, and my 17th year doing an on-the-fly ranking.


This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2019 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the OFCS and AWFJ awards); some films released in the UK without US releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2019 unless otherwise noted.


other yearly rankings:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


gagged smiley
my reaction under gag order for now

[none at the moment]

confused smiley
my reaction under consideration

[none at the moment]

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]
Jellyfish (02.15/TBA/02.15)
Woman at War (09.28/03.01/05.03)
Wild Rose (09.12.18/05.10/04.19)
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2019 (91st Academy Awards) (02.01/02.08/direct to VOD)

[4.5 stars]
An Impossible Love (01.04/TBA/01.04)
3 Faces (Se rokh) (03.02/03.08/03.29)
Voices of the Sea (01.09/TBA/01.11)
Who Will Write Our History (02.02/01.18/TBA)
Communion (01.12/01.04/TBA)

[4 stars]
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (01.30/02.08/02.08)
Arctic (09.27.18/02.01/TBA)
All Is True (01.28/05.10/02.08)
Daughter of Mine (02.09/02.01/TBA)
What Is Democracy? (11.05/11.16/TBA)
Of Love & Law (02.26/TBA/03.01)
Children of the Snow Land (02.27/TBA/03.14)
Fighting with My Family (02.07/02.14/02.27)

[3.5 stars]
A Breath Away (01.31/02.01/TBA)
Saint Judy (02.23/03.01/TBA)
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2019 (91st Academy Awards) (02.01/02.08/direct to VOD)
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2019 (91st Academy Awards) (02.01/02.08/direct to VOD)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

[3 stars]
Red Joan (02.14/TBA/04.19)

[2.5 stars]
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (01.20/02.01/02.22)
Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (02.26/02.08/03.08)
The White Crow (10.18/04.26/03.22)
Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (02.28/02.13/05.17)
An Acceptable Loss (01.17/01.18/TBA)
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (02.10/02.08/TBA)

red for no
give it a miss

[2 stars]
The Aftermath (02.26/03.15/03.01)
Rust Creek (01.26/01.04/TBA)
King of Thieves (08.31.18/01.25/09.14.18)
Out of Blue (10.12/03.22/TBA)

[1.5 stars]
[none yet]

[1 star]
Berlin, I Love You (02.13/02.08/TBA)
Peterloo (10.29.18/04.05/11.02.18)
Glass (01.16/01.18/01.18)
Nina (01.24/TBA/01.25)

[.5 stars]
Girl (02.19/direct to Netflix/03.15)

[0 stars]
The Upside (01.08/01.11/01.11)
The Prodigy (02.20/02.08/03.15)
Alita: Battle Angel (01.31/02.14/02.06)
Cold Pursuit (02.04/02.08/02.22)
Serenity (02.26/01.25/03.01)


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