2018 in Movies

My reviews of movies released in 2018.

1. Free Solo, directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (9/10)

Unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Read the review of Free Solo.

2. El Reino (aka The Realm), directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (8/10)

This thriller, about white collar corruption in Spain, is nearly a great film, but goes off the rails in its third act. It’s still a pretty incredible film, with one really incredible moment which should be in a different film but it’s still incredible. Read the review of El Reino.

3. McQueen, directed by Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui (8/10)

This documentary made me interested in a fashion designer, which is really hard. Read the review of McQueen.

4. Museo, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (8/10)

This is a fantastical re-imagining of an archaeology heist in Mexico city in the 1980s. The film is a barrage of different styles and filmmaking techniques, and usually I find this extremely off putting in a film. But given the skill that is used to tell this story in those different styles, and given that the film itself is so damn entertaining, I really did enjoy the different styles and the strange and fantastical retelling of this story, which makes no pretense to being true. Read the review of Museo.

5. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, directed by Henry Dunham (8/10)

This is a pretty great debut film, which suffers only from its script, which is stagey in the extreme and a little unrealistic. Ignore the reviews which tell you it’s too similar to Reservoir Dogs. This movie is well shot, well edited and really well lit. Read the review of The Standoff at Sparrow Creek.

6. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, directed by David Slade (8/10)

A landmark in entertainment even if I don’t love the story. Read the review of Bandersnatch.

7. Support the Girls, directed by Andrew Bujalski (8/10)

A pretty great “day in the life” dramedy. Read the review of Support the Girls.

7. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (7/10)

A major landmark if nothing else. Read the review of Black Panther.

8. Screwball, directed by Billy Corben (7/10)

This is a pretty damn amusing, albeit overly glib, documentary about the Biogenesis baseball scandal. It’s not journalism, so don’t go into it expecting it is, but it’s really entertaining. Read the review of Screwball.

9. Hold the Dark, directed by Jeremy Saulnier (7/10)

My most anticipated film was also the TIFF film I liked least. I don’t know if it’s the bigger budget, or it’s the first time adapting source material, but things do not work as well as in Saulnier’s earlier films, which are all worth watching. Read the review of Hold the Dark.

10. Avengers: Infinity War (6/10)

For me, probably the best of the Avengers films if only because for once, the stakes are real. Read the review of Infinity War.

11. Blockers, directed by Kay Cannon (6/10)

Reasonably funny. Read the review of Blockers.

12. Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard* (6/10)

This movie makes no sense but it’s more entertaining than most of these. Read the review of Solo.

13. Apostle, directed by Gareth Evans (5/10)

I liked lots of things about this film but not the actual film. Read the review of Apostle.

13. Winchester, directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig (4/10)

A mess. In retrospect 4/10 feels kind. Read the review of Winchester.

14. Extinction, directed by Ben Young (3/10)

High concept, no budget, bad execution. Read the review of Extinction.