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The Best Films of 2022

Now that the Oscars are over, here go my picks for the Best Films of 2022. Todd Field's Tár towers over all others at number one. This is Cate Blanchett's There Will Be Blood, an American epic -- but set largely overseas -- brimming with filmmaking bravado on Field's side and ferocious tragicomedy for its antihero Lydia Tár. By the time we get to its final shot, we've reached the cinematic mashup of Jordan Belfort asking an eager audience to "Sell me this pen" and Daniel Planview, drained, saying "I'm finished!"

  1. Tár
  2. Vortex
  3. Aftersun
  4. Bones and All
  5. To Leslie
  6. Decision to Leave
  7. Broker
  8. The Batman
  9. EO
  10. Cyrano
  11. Happening
  12. Athena
  13. Ali & Ava
  14. Thirteen Lives
  15. Dos Estaciones
  16. Memoria
  17. Armageddon Time
  18. Nope
  19. Women Talking
  20. Top Gun: Maverick
Other films that I thought were enjoyable (even if only for some stretches of their running time): Smile, Emily the Criminal, Barbarian, Avatar: The Way of Water, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Hustle, All Quiet on the Western Front, Father of the Bride (2022), The Good Nurse, Petite Maman, Triangle of Sadness, The Fabelmans, The Black Phone, Prey, She Said, My Policeman, Blonde, Living, Jurassic World: Dominion, DC League of Super-Pets, Ambulance, Elvis, Babylon, Three Thousand Years of Longing, Bros, Scream 5, Jackass Forever, The Greatest Beer Run. Confess, Fletch, White Noise, The Banshees of Inisherin, Call Jane, and The Whale