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by erikoksman | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Listing personal favourites from the year 2018

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1. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 130,672

Beautiful in the every sense of it. A modern classic.

2. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 264,274 | Gross: $32.73M

A truly masterful script with great directing. There are some flaws like awkward dialogue but the wonderful tone and ideas make it an unforgettable experience.

3. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 152,627 | Gross: $44.94M

With the perfect pacing, this movie creates one of the most powerful scenes in recent years.

4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 110,359

Multiple short stories, some more interesting than others but the way the all relate to one another is great. // Some stories are more interesting than others, but all of them are certainly entertaining. The directing is so good that pretty much every character is relatable or entertaining with minimal exposition. I think the filmmakers used the narrative decision to have plenty of seemingly unrelated stories very well by all of them handling similar themes in drastic tones. It's also just very nice to look and listen to as the technical qualities are top notch.

5. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 54,607 | Gross: $17.49M

The idea behind it is wonderful and entertaining throughout. I feel like it was slightly under lit as the colors were really beautiful and even more quirky style would have benefited it even more. I feel like some important scenes may have been edited out and as a consequence the narrative doesn't feel like it flows smoothly. The performances were great.

6. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 323,729 | Gross: $85.08M

Both main characters are enjoyable and the humour is great. Predictable plot holds it down a bit.

7. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 37,193 | Gross: $14.92M

So spectacular visually. My own expectations held it down a bit, but I'm sure i'll enjoy it even more on a re-watch.

8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 318,827 | Gross: $190.24M

Superb animating. The characters are funny and the idea of having multiple versions of the same characters is smart.

9. 6 Balloons (2018)

TV-MA | 74 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A woman (Jacobson) learns her brother (Franco) has relapsed on heroin.

Director: Marja-Lewis Ryan | Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Charlotte Carel, Madeline Carel

Votes: 3,375

Super difficult to find anything to enjoy about it. It is so raw and feels so disgusting that it really has a punch. The visualization of the drowning perhaps felt a bit unnecessary.

10. A Twelve-Year Night (2018)

TV-MA | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Brechner | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort, César Troncoso

Votes: 7,237

It experiments a lot to make the movie feel interesting which I appreciate a lot. The performances are great and so is the cinematography. The lenght of it was a bit too much for me on the first viewing.

11. Private Life (2018)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Gabrielle Reid, Amy Russ

Votes: 13,697

A movie that I could appreciate even though the subject matter made it hard to relate to. Suberbly acted and very funny.

12. At Eternity's Gate (2018)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen

Votes: 24,779 | Gross: $2.29M

Quite unique visually and great performance from Dafoe, ultimately left me wanting for more.

13. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Alan Cumming, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Orson Welles

Votes: 3,882

Interesting documentary about a very interesting man and his interesting project.

14. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 582,263 | Gross: $700.06M

Pretty decent superhero movie that gives the viewer *something* to chew on. Still quite cliched and some awful CGI in some scenes.

15. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

86 Metascore

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg

Votes: 272,872 | Gross: $220.16M

Simply put: The action scenes are incredible, the rest of it is dull. Why does this movie have to be so long? The characters are all shallow and the whole movie incredibly formulaic. Some of the twists are actually surprising but not all. Also, the viewer is forced let go of their suspension of disbelief in a way that is not rewarding. As I said, the action scenes are superb, although the constant aspect ratio switching is quite annoying.

16. Creed II (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Sport

66 Metascore

Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 96,519 | Gross: $115.72M

Quite formulaic fighting movie that makes the viewer feel the punches.

17. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

Votes: 270,992 | Gross: $213.77M

Despite being set in an interesting universe, uninteresting movie about a character that should be more interesting.

18. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith

Votes: 248,594 | Gross: $417.72M

Brainless action offers some brainless fun.

19. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

R | 122 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg

Votes: 5,627

A movie, that admittedly was too much to chew on at the time of watching. Very unique way of storytelling.

20. Black Tide (2018)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The disappearance of a boy sends an alcoholic cop on the track of a suspicious teacher while falling for the grieving mother.

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Sandrine Kiberlain, Élodie Bouchez

Votes: 2,329

Quite underwhelming movie despite Cassel being a commanding presence.

21. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 451,193 | Gross: $324.59M

Feels too samey to its predecessor. Some fun gags sprinkled throughout.

22. Mortal Engines (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

44 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.

Director: Christian Rivers | Stars: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae

Votes: 94,736 | Gross: $15.95M

Laughable at times, you would wish this movie was better since the basic idea behind it is quite smart.

23. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

52 Metascore

The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp

Votes: 202,801 | Gross: $159.56M

Despite having likeable cast, the structure of this film is like thin ice.

24. Bird Box (2018)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 259,051

A movie that could have been decent falls short on pretty much every aspect.

25. Beirut (2018)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Jon Hamm, Jay Potter, Khalid Benchagra, Ania Josse

Votes: 17,577 | Gross: $5.02M

I think the script is too complicated and full of not so interesting twist and turns with shallow characters, the direction is unsure whether it wants to be realistic or witty and stylistic, the editing makes the people talking to one another feel unauthentic and the cinematography is truly awful with almost every scene being underexposed. The performances were all right and I know there is a good story underneath all my complaints.

26. The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless and shameful behavior.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Charlie Tahan, Ben Mendelsohn, Connie Britton, Edie Falco

Votes: 5,579

The script is quite interesting at times and the performances are quite decent but the direction and the edting especially make it feel unpleasant.

27. Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman - and begins to rebel against society.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Davis, Cindy Katz, Michael Shannon

Votes: 16,381

Absolutely horrendous attempt to modernize a classic piece of art.

28. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan

Votes: 126,203 | Gross: $174.53M

Extremely shallow, impressively unfunny with unbelievable characters. The conflict of cultural values was somewhat interesting, it looks very professional and the sets are gorgeous.

29. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

45 Metascore

Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Ray Corasani

Votes: 26,963 | Gross: $36.25M

A movie that should not be a movie. Bout one hour too long, perhaps could work as a short.

30. Les Unwanted de Europa (2018)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, History

The film retraces the events of a trail in the Pyrenees, which fleeing fascism that was infecting the heart of Europe. Catalans and internationalist militants fleeing the Franco regime ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrizio Ferraro | Stars: Vicenç Altaió, Bruno Duchêne, Euplemio Macri, Pau Riba

Votes: 89

Some very pretty shots and one good conversation. The rest of it is a bore-fest in which I had no idea what I should be trying to get out of the movie.

31. The Mule (2018)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick L. Reyes, Cesar De León, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 96,680 | Gross: $103.80M

I hated every single character, I felt it all so pretentious and was just waiting for it to end.

32. Aquaman (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

55 Metascore

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Votes: 338,104 | Gross: $335.06M

The thing I hate absolutely most about this movie is that it acknowleges how stupid it is, yet expects the audience to take it seriously. I also thougth it looked garbage par an interestingly shot fighting scene and neat underwater scene.



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