By Michael Smith, Tulsa World

The nominations for "best movies of the year" all come out at the end of the year.

So when do all the best movies generally arrive in theaters? At the end of the year.

That's not always the case. "Black Panther" was a Marvel best-picture nominee last year and took home three Oscars after a February 2018 release.

While it's generally the case, we can at the halfway point of 2019 examine what are the best-of-cinema choices this year so far. Those marked with a * can be seen on streaming services and DVD; the others are still in theaters.