Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Tops the GWNYFCA Best Films of 2019 Mid-Year Poll

Best Films of 2019

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‘Us’ and Apollo 11 Documentary Voted Best Films of 2019 So Far

We’ve reached the halfway point of 2019 and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association (GWNYFCA) have selected Us as the one of the best films of 2019. Jordan Peele’s directorial follow-up to Get Out was selected by all eight voting critics. Us follows in the footsteps of last year’s big winners, First Reformed and Lean on Pete. Critic lists were not ranked in order of personal preference. Lists also ranged between five and ten films. Only films released theatrically between January 1st and June 30th were eligible for nomination.

Second place was a tie between documentary, Apollo 11 and Pixar sequel, Toy Story 4. Both films received five votes. Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, earned four votes. The indie comedy received ample praise from the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAOFCS) as well. A clear favorite with both We Live Entertainment affiliates, Booksmart took LAOFCS’ top prize as 2019’s Best Picture so far earlier this month.

A balance of mainstream and indie films filled out the best films of 2019 field at three votes apiece. Claire Denis’ sci-fi horror film, High Life and German drama, Transit were both favored by several GWNYFCA critics. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, starring Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry was well-received. Elton John biopic, Rocketman, was featured on multiple lists as well. About 30 other films were also selected by the polled critics. However, those films only received one or two votes each.

A breakdown of overall winners and individual critic submissions can be found at Greater Western New York Film Critics Association website. Contributing critics include: Jordan Canahai, Adam Lubitow, Jared Mobarak, David Palmer, Matthew Passantino, Christopher Schobert, Jordan M. Smith and We Live Entertainment’s own Matt Marshall.

For more information about GWYNFCA, check out their official page or on Twitter – #GWNYFCA.

Written by
Matt Marshall has been reviewing films since 2003, starting with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He specializes in home media, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray as well as box office analysis. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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