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The Best Films of 2023

Better late than never.

Special Citation Award: Beau Is Afraid Directed by Ari Aster

20. Elemental Directed by Peter Sohn
19. Napoleon Directed by Ridley Scott
18. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig
17. Priscilla Directed by Sofia Coppola
16. Knock at the Cabin Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
15. The Holdovers Directed by Alexander Payne
14. Oppenheimer Directed by Christopher Nolan
13. The Iron Claw Directed by Sean Durkin
12. Monster Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
11. Earth Mama Directed by Savanah Leaf
10. Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie Directed by Davis Guggenheim
9. Society of the Snow Directed by J.A. Bayona
8. Killers of the Flower Moon Directed by Martin Scorsese
7. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
6. A Thousand and One Directed by A.V. Rockwell
5. Ferrari Directed by Michael Mann
4. Anatomy of a Fall Directed by Justine Triet
3. Past Lives Directed by Celine Song
2. The Zone of Interest Directed by Jonathan Glazer
1. Origin Directed by Ava DuVernay

Other films I enjoyed/didn't hate (in no particular order): The Killer, Telemarketers, Blackberry, May December, The Creator, Leave the World Behind, A Million Miles Away, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, You Hurt My Feelings, Maestro, Somewhere in Queens, Poor Things, The Covenant, Tetris, Air, Fair Play, Flora and Son, Pacifiction, American Fiction, Flamin’ Hot, Master Gardener, The Boogeyman, Next Goal Wins, Talk to Me, Scrapper, The Boys in the Boat, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and The Outwaters

And while I'm at it -- here goes the best television of the year:

1. Top Boy: The Final Season
2. The Curse
3. Fargo Season 5

The best of the rest (in no particular order): The Last of Us, Shrinking, Barry Season 4, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5, The Mandalorian Season 3, Ted Lasso Season 3, Beef, Bupkis, Perry Mason Season 2, Platonic, Somebody Somewhere Season 2, The Righteous Gemstones Season 3, The Bear Season 2 , Only Murders in the Building Season 3, Physical Season 3, High Desert, Winning Season Season 2, and Ahsoka