The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

The funniest movie of the year, "Mean Girls" in corsets with Rachel Weisz absolutely effing owning in the Regina George role, "The Favourite" is a hilarious and cutting piece of palace intrigue. Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman are all incredible, a trio of co-leads in the tradition of "Goodfellas," "Zodiac," or "The Social Network." Yorgos Lanthimos' film belongs in the same zip code as those classics from a quality standpoint as well, with a sharp-edged script that powers the proceedings to its downbeat, darkly comic conclusion. And while this is a movie all about those aforementioned women, don't sleep on at least one man: Nicholas Hoult, who hams it up with an abandon reserved for Ryan Phillippe in "Cruel Intentions." Outside of Daniel Kaluuya in "Widows," Hoult is the supporting actor of the year.

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