I don't like the idea of compiling a year's "best" (too know-it-all for me), so here are my favorites out of all the movies I reviewed this year:
A terrific condensation of the high jinks on Wall Street circa 2008. This documentary makes the whole mess somewhat comprehensible and even more maddening.
I was a little disappointed, but I still found this to be terrific storytelling combined with first rate craft. The ensemble of Bridges, Damon, Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld (who plays Mattie Ross) is hard to beat.
A terrific story, beautifully shot, with flawless acting by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and others. I can't imagine too many people over 30 not liking it.
Long, long, long, but powerful reimagining of Carlos the Jackal (assassin, playboy, sort-of-revolutionary).
The critics in Hollywood always love to see a movie star revealed in a bad light and here Jeff Bridges is fat and slovenly and greasy and ultimately quite wonderful in what everybody seems to agree is his best role yet. The love story wasn't entirely convincing to me but this is a well-made film.