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David Vicari's Best Movies of 2023

07:00 February 19, 2024
By: David Vicari

Where Y'at Movie Editor's Best of 2023

The 96th Academy Awards are coming up soon (March 10), so it is time for me to pick my personal favorite films of last year. First, a few honorable mentions: Mission Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One was the most entertaining action picture of 2023, and Evil Dead Rise retains the horrific gory spirit of 1981's original The Evil Dead.

Now, here are the movies I consider the best of 2023.

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Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is a profoundly affecting documentary chronicling actor Michael J. Fox's battle with Parkinson's disease. It's sobering, yet often very funny thanks to Fox's wry sense of humor.

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Fatigue has set in for the comic book movie craze, but Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 delivers and doesn't feel like a tired retread, especially for a third chapter in a film series. All the characters are as fun as ever, the movie has a formidable villain (Chukwudi Iwuji), and a compelling backstory for the genetically engineered Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper).

It's great that director Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, along with Barbie, got people to go and see a movie in the theater. Oppenheimer, about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) developing the atomic bomb and its aftermath, is a character study in the guise of a sprawling epic and it completely works. Scenes of majestic awe, like the testing of the bomb, are complimented by intimate moments in Oppenheimer's life.

At the center of Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon is a tragic love story between a Native American woman (Lily Gladstone) and an easily manipulated man (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is helping to murder her people for their money. It's this relationship that gives this fascinating crime thriller weight.

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My favorite movie of 2023 is Godzilla Minus One. Director, writer, and visual effects artist Takashi Yamazaki has created an intelligent horror movie meditating on the nightmare that Japan endured during the ending of World War II and has also written a main character (Ryunosuke Kamiki) struggling with inner turmoil. The scenes with the giant atomic monster Godzilla are well spread out and incredibly exciting, and Godzilla is actually scary in this movie. This is the best Godzilla film ever made, and, I don't say this lightly, it's even better than the original 1954 Gojira.

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