Our Favorite Movies and Music of 2023

The Movies and Music Topic Team picked our favorite releases in music and movies of the past year.

Here are the highlights of the Best Music releases.


SZA’s willingness to keep it real and raw resonates deeply with listeners. While technically released in December of last year, we needed a full year to appreciate the artistry of SOS. This is my Album of the Year, Grammy winning or not. - Adrienne

The Record by boygenius

I'm a fan of Phoebe Bridgers (she can basically do no wrong), Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker each on their own but together they've created something very special. Standout track: We're in Love - Anne

Mañana Será Bonito by Karol G

This inspiring album celebrates personal struggle, pride, and triumph while also drawing from diverse musical and cultural influences. As the album's title suggests, Karol G reminds us that looking forward to a brighter tomorrow can be an act of solace and strength. - Juan

Unreal Unearth by Hozier

Hozier continues to evolve his music, this time collaborating with new artists and producers. Themes of loneliness, isolation, and heartbreak paired with references to Dante's Inferno as a literary device make this one of Hozier's darkest albums. Hozier explores utilizing his native tongue, Gaelic, on songs like De Selby Part 1 and Unknown for the first time, creating new sounds and meaning for him as an artist. - Sarah

Here are the highlights of the Best DVD/Blu-Ray releases.

Poker Face, Season One

This was my favorite watch of the year. I was so glad to see that it was available at the library since I don't have access to the streaming platform. This crime series mixes murder and comedy to great effect. Like the old "Columbo" tv show, the question isn't whodunit, but how will Charlie Cale figure it out and prove it. This is a perfect vehicle for Natasha Lyonne. - Debra 

The Others

A creepy gothic ghost story, highly recommend if you enjoy slow burn horror and thriller films. The new Criterion 4k restoration of this film looks stunning. I am very happy to see Alejandro Amenábar getting the recognition he deserves for his entries in the horror genre! - Diana

1923: A Yellowstone Origin Story, Season One

My addiction to Yellowstone continued this year with the prequel stories. As ever, the adventures are dramatic and engaging. It was also eye-opening, and made me take pause to consider aspects of our history, particularly the Native American story. - Diane

Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar

Seeing Jackie Chan blossom into one of the great stars of his generation is a fascinating process. This group of six films from 1978 - 1985 show Jackie Chan honing his on screen persona and his truly stunning physics defying martial arts work of breathtaking stunts which set a new standard in film, reinvigorated the whole genre and made him an international superstar. - Don

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3

"Orange is for blue. Black is for orange, yellow is for green, green is for red and red is for yellow." -RL

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