The best films of 2019: Scorsese’s mob opus whacks everything in its path

John Maguire picks his ten best movies of 2019, and no prizes for guessing the film that came out on top

22nd December, 2019
The best films of 2019: Scorsese’s mob opus whacks everything in its path
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in The Irishman

It’s been another bountiful year at the cinema, that old-fashioned, light-based community hall of comfortable seats and crunchy snacks that prevails and even thrives against the couch-based threats of streaming services, prestige telly and internet piracy. From gangster epics to supervillain blockbusters, jaw-dropping documentaries to gut-wrenching horrors, there’s still nothing like going out to see a good film. For these ten films, and many others I’ve liked or loved this year, watching them in a...

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