I don’t know why I am putting myself through this aggravation. Yet the urge to RANK lurks within me.

My criteria: this movie has to have played in a theater, not at a festival, at some point between Jan 1 and June 30. I am using Mike D’Angelo’s list of theatrical releases as my source for what is legit.


No goddamn television. That means you, too, Twin Peaks Episode 8. 4-wall the IFC Center and get back to me!

Also: I haven’t seen everything. I missed the new Cate Shortland movie (something with Berlin in the title) and It Comes At Night.

I’ve seen a great number of terrific movies at Sundance & Cannes that haven’t come out yet: The Florida Project, A Ghost Story, Call Me By Your Name, Mudbound, Whose Streets? and Good Time are all very likely to end up on the REAL top 10 list at the end of the year.

Tied for 11th place: Kong: Skull Island, The Big Sick, Okja, Baby Driver, Wonder Woman — but this isn’t a top 15, this is a goddamn top 10, so let’s go.

10: Colossal, Nacho Vigalondo
9: Graduation, Cristian Mungiu
8: Manifesto, Julien Rosenfelt
7: The Lure, Agnieszka Smoczynska
6: Dawson City: Frozen Time, Bill Morrison
5: Catfight, Onur Tukel
4: The Lost City of Z, James Gray
3: I Called Him Morgan, Kasper Collin
2: Raw, Julia Ducournau
1: Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev