Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
Studio: Netflix

What is there to say about the Irishman that hasn’t been said about every Martin Scorcese masterpiece ever made? That it’s an exercise in excellence? That it’s one of the greatest mob movies ever made? That it’s a film about Catholic Italian-American Mafia male norms and the prices they pay for such behavior? That it’s cinema, not that superhero crap that these mouth-breathing jamokes go crazy over? Marty has shown how this way of life never pans out in the long run but never in this way. Instead of glorifying the life at times in films like Goodfellas and Casino, The Irishman unravels the way time does: slow, yet deliberate. While some may say the movie drags, I say so does life sometimes. The Holy Trinity of mob actors—Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro, and Al Pacino—all give masterclasses in acting. Pesci came out of retirement to give us the performance of his life; Pacino reached back in his bag of tracks to deliver us a Jimmy Hoffa that will surely never be topped; and DeNiro played the stoic Frank Sheeren as he portrays a man who sacrificed his family for another. The Irishman lived up to the hype in my book and Martin Scorsese once again showed why he’s the greatest living, American director. —Angel Diaz