Alive's film critic ranks his children, er, the films from his favorite distributor
I'm in love with a movie distributor. In the past half-decade, A24 has released more of my favorite films than any other studio — including two this week — and it's not even close. My love for A24 is so great that my editor jokingly dared me to rank them (editor's note: it wasn't a joke). It's like ranking my children, but here we go. And, Andy, I hate you.
24. “While We're Young”
It's a lesser film from Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”), but it's still a sharp satire of aging hipsters.
23. “The Blackcoat's Daughter”
An underrated, atmospheric horror flick with a great performance from Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper of “Mad Men”).
22. “De Palma”
A documentary retrospective of director Brian De Palma combines interviews and amazing use of footage from his films.
21. “It Comes at Night”
Check out this post-apocalyptic creeper if you loved “A Quiet Place.”
20. “Good Time”
This frenetic crime thriller completely changed the way I thought of Robert Pattinson as an actor.
19. “Spring Breakers”
Kudos to the studio for letting Harmony Korine (“Gummo”) make something this weird and glossy. Spring break … forever.
An estranged aunt becomes the basis for a narrative that turns heartbreaking and terrifying.
17. “Obvious Child”
Director Gillian Robespierre created an endearing rom-com that happened to have an abortion storyline.
16. “The Disaster Artist”
Maybe you have to know and love “The Room” to love this telling of its making, but I do.
15. “American Honey”
This freewheeling story of a young runaway is more uplifting than cautionary.
14. “20th Century Women”
Writer-director Mike Mills' follow-up to “Beginners” was a celebration of generations of strong and smart women.
13. “A Ghost Story”
A mournful love story that's often more of a tone poem. Director David Lowery wears his Terrence Malick influence well.
How many emotions can you feel in the course of one movie? Brie Larson's performance embodies a mother's dedication.
11. “The Spectacular Now”
Young love and loss play out in this underrated early A24 gem featuring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.
10. “The Witch”
A supernatural folktale set in 17th century New England was an unlikely mainstream hit, but for a reason.
9. “Swiss Army Man”
If you only see one heartfelt and inspiring movie about a lonely man who befriends a farting corpse...
A24's first and (so far) only Best Picture winner was deserving and incredible. And it's No. 8 for me, even though any one of the films from here on could top this list.
An intimate and wholly heartbreaking documentary recounting the short life of a generational talent, singer Amy Winehouse.
6. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Director Yorgos Lanthimos and Colin Farrell reteamed for their second dark, weird and wonderful movie under the A24 banner. (Read on to see the first.)
5. “Lady Bird”
Writer-director Greta Gerwig just made one of the great coming-of-age movies ever with her directing debut.
4. “The Florida Project”
This colorful tale, told through the eyes of a child growing up in poverty near Disney World, is an unexpected delight.
3. “The Lobster”
The earlier Lanthimos/Farrell pairing gets a slight edge. This dystopian comedy is about as dark as they come.
2. “Under the Skin”
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien disguised as a human who lures men to their death in a movie so beautiful and strange it could find no other home than A24.
1. “Ex Machina”
It was not an easy decision, but I can't put anything above Alex Garland's mind-bending sci-fi drama. Now go watch all these movies.