1. Everything Everywhere All at Once. The movie that entertains, the first job of cinema, in every frame and pulls your emotions in so many ways while challenging cinematic and societal conventions throughout.
2. The Banshees of Inisherin. Colin Farrell gives the performance of his career in Martin McDonagh's greatest film. It's a wonder this movie, taking place 100 years ago, relates seamlessly to today.
3. The Watcher. Chloe Okuno's directorial debut envelopes us with strong performances and observations about human nature.
4. Kimi. David Koepp knows how to unfurl plot and character while building suspense and making statements about the world today. Steven Soderbergh knows how to move the story along. We are enwrapped throughout.
5. The Fablemans. Steven Spielberg tells his most personal story and photographs, edits, and writes it so well we're eager to plum more personal depths with him wherever he goes. This is a crowning achievement.