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Where you can watch the best movies of 2019 right now

  • Where you can watch the best movies of 2019 right now

    The cinema of 2020 has found itself at an eerie, uncertain standstill. While the majority of the world has seen its theaters shut down and dance on the tightrope of bankruptcy until further notice, upcoming film releases are left in limbo. Some have been optimistically pushed back until summer or later in the fall, others have been pushed back until next year, and others have been left entirely up in the air as to when they’ll ever see a screen, be it at home or in the theater.

    Films like “The Invisible Man,” which had a brief wide release in cinemas before the coronavirus lockdown, was sent to pricey video on demand for all to enjoy in the quarantined comfort of their living rooms; and “Trolls World Tour” had a successful release entirely via at-home purchase.

    The fate of film exhibition is anyone’s guess right now, and whether or not a film can survive a solely streamable release can depend on whether it’s a blockbuster or an indie movie. In spite of these uncertainties for the future, there is still a wealth of worthwhile flicks from the previous year that are easily accessible for at-home viewing, either streamed or rented.

    So, while Christopher Nolan is apparently working tirelessly to find a way to get theaters to open sooner rather than later, in the meantime, audiences can easily access a whole host of riveting, entertaining films that they may have missed in the past year. And with not much else to do right now, many will have plenty of time to get through every single one. Stacker compiled the top 100 movies of 2019, according to Metacritic. Initial ties were broken by IMDb user rating, and further ties were left as is. Counting down from 100, here’s where you can watch the best movies of 2019.

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  • #100. Clemency

    - Streaming: Only available to rent
    - Director: Chinonye Chukwu
    - Metascore: 77
    - IMDb user rating: 6.4
    - Run time: 112 minutes

    In this drama starring Alfre Woodard, a prison warden psychologically and emotionally afflicted by her job must confront her past of committing prisoners to death row as she faces the next inmate she is licensed to execute. Premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the film won the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury award, and was nominated for 19 other awards as well.

  • #99. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

    - Streaming: Only available to rent
    - Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
    - Metascore: 77
    - IMDb user rating: 8
    - Run time: 95 minutes

    Chronicling the rise of singer Linda Ronstadt in the 1960s, this documentary follows Ronstadt’s life from her childhood in the Midwest to her stardom as a folk rock star, to her eventual retirement in 2011 after being diagnosed with what was thought to have been Parkinson’s disease. Jamie Ludwig of the Chicago Reader wrote that “the film successfully paints Ronstadt as a whip-smart, boundary-breaking artist.”

  • #98. Holiday

    - Streaming: Tubi, Kanopy
    - Director: Isabella Eklöf
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 5.7
    - Run time: 93 minutes

    In this Danish-language film, the trophy girlfriend of a powerful drug lord becomes acquainted with his friends in the town of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera, and everything goes well until she meets a Dutch tourist there by chance. It was described by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “an icily accomplished drama about sexual violence, toxic masculinity and toxic femininity.”

  • #97. High Flying Bird

    - Streaming: Netflix
    - Director: Steven Soderbergh
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 6.2
    - Run time: 90 minutes

    Shot entirely on an iPhone 8, Steven Soderbergh’s drama is about a sports agent who must pitch a controversial business opportunity to a rookie client during an NBA lockout, with only 72 hours to do so. The film is Soderbergh’s second to be shot on an iPhone, and IndieWire’s David Ehlrich described the film as “phenomenal.”

  • #95. Styx (tie)

    - Streaming: Kanopy
    - Director: Wolfgang Fischer
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 6.5
    - Run time: 94 minutes

    In this German-Austrian film, a beleaguered doctor’s holiday plans to sail from Gibraltar to Ascension are interrupted when a storm brings her trip in contact with a boat of refugees. The film screened at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, and was called a “taut, moral thriller” by The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis.

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  • #95. Non-Fiction (tie)

    - Streaming: Hulu
    - Director: Olivier Assayas
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 6.5
    - Run time: 108 minutes

    Alain, a successful French publisher, refuses to publish the manuscript of one of his friends and longtime authors Leonard, which ends up making things difficult for both men and their spouses. The film, shot on 16mm and tackling themes of adapting to a rapidly changing world, held its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

  • #93. Monos (tie)

    - Streaming: Hulu
    - Director: Alejandro Landes
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 7.1
    - Run time: 102 minutes

    In the Colombian mountains, a group of teenage guerilla soldiers hold an American woman captive and watch over a milk cow, as the kids engage in bizarre rituals and the woman tries to escape her imprisonment. Inspired by the literary works “Lord of the Flies” and “Heart of Darkness,” the Spanish-language film’s cast and crew endured a daunting shoot in the jungles of Colombia.

  • #93. 3 Faces (tie)

    - Streaming: The Criterion Channel, Kanopy
    - Director: Jafar Panahi
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 7.1
    - Run time: 100 minutes

    This Iranian drama follows the lead actress Behnaz Jafari and director Jafar Panahi playing versions of themselves. They go on a trip to find a young girl who sends Jafari a video begging for help to leave her strict family to study theater. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or.

  • #92. A Hidden Life

    - Streaming: Only available to rent
    - Director: Terrence Malick
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 7.4
    - Run time: 174 minutes

    From acclaimed director Terrence Malick, this World War II drama surrounds the true story of a devoutly religious Austrian farmer named Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis and faced the possibility of execution. The film was in post-production for more than two years and features a more structured, linear narrative than is typical of Malick’s past works.

  • #91. Diego Maradona

    - Streaming: HBO, Kanopy, DIRECTV
    - Director: Asif Kapadia
    - Metascore: 78
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 130 minutes

    This British documentary chronicles famed soccer player Diego Maradona in the 1980s when he transferred from FC Barcelona to the poorly perceived S.S.C. Napoli, using hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage. The film was described by Robert Abele of The Los Angeles Times as “a bracing, well-controlled run across a rocky pitch.”

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