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2018 Films Ranked
Updated 1-20-19.

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B+

They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Neville)
Dovlatov (German)
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (Neville)
Zama (Martel)
The House That Jack Built (Von Trier) [* Ooooooh are the feminists gunna hate the shit out of this (the entire movie is a Trigger Warning) ... but if you can bury your self-righteous indignation for a bit, it's an exceptional dark comedy from the inimitable Lars, who probably knows a little too much about the psychology of serial killers to be healthy. No one else on Earth could have made this film.]


B

Support the Girls (Bujalski)
Green Book (Farrelly) [* The Buddy Movie of the year. (Who knew it was Bobby holding his brother back?)]
Cold War (Pawlikowski) [* Odd move dedicating it to his parents (!?), but this grim troubled love narrative is totally absorbing. And sad, of course.]
Lean on Pete (Haigh)
Happy as Lazzaro (Rohrwacher)
Leave No Trace (Granik) [* Doesn't delve too much into the back story ... and for once it works. Incredibly, impossibly sad.]
They Shall Not Grow Old (Jackson) [* Somber, respectful, colorized without looking cheap ... it's a must-watch for history buffs.]
Reversing Roe (Stern and Sundberg)
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Moore) [* Moore-the-Provocateur-and-Comedian remains as relevant as ever, but the Hitler comparison needs to stop (as tempting as it might be).]


B-

Isle of Dogs (Anderson)
The Devil and Father Amorth (Friedkin)
First Reformed (Schrader)
The Surrounding Game (Lockhart and Pruitt)
Sorry to Bother You (Riley)
Take Your Pills (Klayman)
The Rachel Divide (Brownson)


C+

Venom (Fleischer)
Den of Thieves (Gudegast)
Adventures in Public School (Rideout)
The Night Comes for Us (Tjahjanto)
Game Night (Daley and Goldstein)
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Sollima)
White Fang (Espigares)
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (McQuarrie)
Survivors Guide to Prison (Cooke)


C

The Commuter (Collet-Serra)
Deadpool 2 (Leitch)
Annihilation (Garland)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (The Coens)
A Star Is Born (Cooper)
Hold the Dark (Saulnier)
Next Gen (Adams and Ksander)
Blockers (Cannon)
Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town (Papierniak) [* There's a difference between being punk and being a punk.]
Peter Rabbit (Gluck)
BlacKkKlansman (Lee)
Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell)
The Outsider (Zandvliet)
Bird Box (Bier) [* Bullock's great, but I spent all two hours questioning the logistics and plausibility of it all: I have trouble getting to the bathroom in the dark ... how are these people supposed to drive? There's "Okay, I'll suspend my disbelief" and then there's "I don't believe a second of this."]
The Hate U Give (Tillman, Jr.)
Game Over, Man! (Newacheck)
Private Life (Jenkins)
Madeline's Madeline (Decker) [* Theatre is probably not the best form of therapy. Just sayin'.]
Hereditary (Aster)
Vice (McKay) [* Hard to blow off a movie with a cast this stacked - and how about Carell as Rummie? - but there's too much bile to be funny, if that's what it wanted to be. If it was trying to be an Oliver Stone movie, that's another story.]


C-

First Man (Chazelle)
Submergence (Wenders)
Black Panther (Coogler)
The Favourite (Lanthimos) [* Or, Mean Girls Circa 18th C. England. Except Yorgos holds all of his characters in disdain.]
Ibiza (Richanbach)
The Workshop (Cantet)
Avengers: Infinity War (The Russos)
The Package (Szymanski)
Extinction (Young)
American Animals (Layton)
The Bleeding Edge (Dick)
The Polka King (Forbes)
Thelma (Trier)
The 15:17 to Paris (Eastwood)
When We First Met (Sandel)
22 July (Greengrass)
Ocean's Eight (Ross)
The Old Man and the Gun (Lowery) [* Hope you like counting because Redford's got a lot of wrinkles. Which it reminds you of with every close-up and conversation.]
Recovery Boys (Sheldon)
Unsane (Soderbergh)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard) [* Splashy cash grab that would be nothing without Lucas' heavy lifting of designing the characters.]
The Titan (Ruff)
Disobedience (Lelio)


D+

Incredibles 2 (Bird)
Roma (Cuarón)
The Other Side of the Wind (Welles)
Beautiful Boy (Van Groeningen)
Tomb Raider (Uthaug) [* This just in: you can get Jacobi and Kristen Scott Thomas to appear in anything.]
Eighth Grade (Burnham)
You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay)
Thoroughbreds (Finley)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Singer) [* Malek did his homework, but all the contorting of facts is too much ... not to mention the smug tone.]
Mid90s (Hill) [* I saw Kids too, Jonah.]
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Bayona)
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Van Sant)
Outlaw King (Mackenzie)
The Nun (Hardy)
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Serkis)
Bad Times at the El Royale (Goddard)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Colangelo)
Tully (Reitman)
Birthmarked (Hoss-Desmarais)
The Ritual (Bruckner)


D

Ready Player One (Spielberg)
Ismaël's Ghosts (Desplechin)
The After Party (Edelman)
Death Wish (Roth)
Set It Up (Scanlon)
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Wain)
Happy Anniversary (Stern)
Anon (Niccol)
Mute (Jones)
How It Ends (Rosenthal)
Manhunt (Woo)
In Darkness (Byrne)
Golden Exits (Perry)
The Kissing Booth (Marcello)
Like Father (Rogan)
Alex Strangelove (Johnson)
Double Lover (Ozon)
Thunder Road (Cummings) [* Save the speeches for Summer Stock, man.]
The Sisters Brothers (Audiard)
A Quiet Place (Krasinski)
The Party (Potter)
Ideal Home (Fleming)
Kodachrome (Raso)
Outside In (Shelton)
Malevolent (De Fleur)
Gotti (Connolly)
Father of the Year (Spindel)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Newell)
Billionaire Boys Club (Cox)
6 Balloons (Ryan)
Every Day (Sucsy)


D-

A Wrinkle in Time (DuVernay)
Paradox (Hannah)
Fifty Shades Freed (Foley)
Dude (Milch)
The Cloverfield Paradox (Onah)
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (Hill)
The Week Of (Smigel)
Cargo (Howling and Ramke)
Apostle (Evans)
The Open House (Angel and Coote)
Tau (D'Alessandro)
Winchester (The Spierigs)
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (Samuels)
Super Troopers 2 (Chandrasekhar)
I Kill Giants (Walter)
Flavors of Youth (Various)


F

Fullmetal Alchemist (Sori)


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