Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

It’s that time of year again, when film critics try to sell you on the thrilling visuals and intense emotions of the year’s best movies with painstakingly curated lists. It’s not easy to pinpoint what makes a movie special using words, and, though a noble effort, it’s maybe sometimes better to just let the films speak for themselves.

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By making a supercut of his favorite movies of the year, that’s exactly what David Ehrlich, senior film critic at Indiewire, has been doing for the last few years. This year’s edition just arrived—see it above—and it aims to capture the essence, beauty, and appeal of what are, by his estimation, the best films of the year. He’s also written an accompanying essay that distills each film “into a single memorable moment.”

Critical favorites Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, and A Ghost Story top the list, which is rounded out by commercial hits—Get Out, Baby Driver—obscure indies—Faces Places, Columbus, The Lure—and foreign favorites—Lady MacBeth, A Fantastic Woman.

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Mother! is on there, too, if any of you feel like arguing about it in the comments.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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