Top 10 Most Read Reviews of 2019
Superheroes, the supernatural, and some Texas faves
By Richard Whittaker,
8:00AM, Fri. Dec. 20, 2019
We write 'em, you read 'em. Every year, the Chronicle's team of reviewers tries to give you their opinions on every movie that opens in Austin: But what were the ones you were most interested in reading about? Here's our top 10 most-read film reviews of 2019.
1: Avengers: Endgame
No surprise that the year's biggest film tops our list as we say goodbye to Cap and Iron Man, and somewhat of a farewell to Thor. As we wrote at the time, "From here, there's a whole new universe to explore, but Avengers: Endgame gives us one last look back at where we came from." Read our four-star review here.
2: The Field Guide to Evil
A surprise entry from this horror anthology that takes its inspirations from monster myths around the world. As we wrote, "If the worst effect of A Field Guide to Evil is that it encourages viewers to study up on creeps and scares of the world, that's a sacrifice worth making." Read our three-star review here.
3: The Farewell
Lulu Wang's debut about an awkward family reunion was hilarious and touching, and Matthew Monagle rightly called it "one of the most heartfelt homecoming films in years," adding, "Sometimes, it’s the things we don’t say that prove how much we care." Well, in this case we can't overstate how much we loved this movie. Read our four-and-a-half-star review here.
4: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
In a year of amazing anime releases (A Silent Voice, Promare, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, even the latest One Piece) let's just say we weren't exactly fans of this latest installment in the neverending Sapien franchise. The fan service may be fine for the hardcore, but as we wrote at the time, "For the rest of us, as Cheelai says, 'I basically don't understand a single thing you've said this whole time.'" Read our two-star review here.
5: On the Basis of Sex
Aming all the fictional superheroes, here comes a real-life one. Danielle White called this biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg "an easily digestible outline of Ginsburg, her career, and why her work is so important. It’s a biting piece of herstory that we need right now." Read our three-star review here.
6: Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Did you ever doubt that the ninth film from Quentin Tarantino, the king of film appreciation, would be in this list. Marc Savlov praised this mash note to Tinseltown, "all wrapped up in Quentin Tarantino’s extraordinary and unmistakable auteurist style. Now that’s entertainment." Read our four-star review here.
7: The Beach Bum
You guys really love Matty, and really loved Dan Gentile's curve-bucking review of McConaughey's shaggy-dog-that-won't-stop-humping-your-leg story. "The film has an avalanche of vice on par with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and may be destined for similar cult status – only for those who can stomach (director Harmony) Korine’s style of vulgarity." Read our four-star review here.
8: Raise Hell: The Life and Time of Molly Ivins
Some local love for a Texas heroine. As Marc Savlov wrote about this biography of the late reporting legend, "Few if any other journalistic champions of the underdog and good old-fashioned common sense had Ivins' winning trifecta of smarts, snark, and unrepentant joie de vivre, and (directo Janice) Engel’s terrifically engaging documentary will make audiences – left, right, and center – wonder what on Earth has happened to our invaluable Fifth Estate since Ivins’ death." Read our four-star review here.
Joaquin Phoenix's radical reinterpretation of the Batman villain may have wowed a billion dollars out of audiences, but Josh Kupecki wasn't won over. "It’s DC Comics playing rough, but not rough enough, but maybe that’s too much to ask. Where is the fucking Hellblazer movie already." Read our review one-and-a-half star review here.
10: Captain Marvel
Marvel doesn't just finally make a woman-fronted superhero movie. It sets up the anchor character for the next round of the franchise. As we wrote, "In many ways Captain Marvel follows the classic MCU origin format of the hero finding out who they really are. But just as it worked for Steve Rogers, and it worked for Thor, and it worked for Tony Stark, so it works for Vers, and puts her up there with Marvel's defining trio." Read our three-and-a-half star review here.
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Top 10s 2019, Avengers: Endgame, The Field Guide to Evil, The Farewell, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, On the Basis of Sex, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, The Beach Bum, Raise Hell: The Life and Time of Molly Ivins, Joker, Captain Marvel