2018 in Movies

My reviews of movies released in 2018.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

A landmark in entertainment even if I don’t love the story.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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

Reasonably funny. Read the review of Blockers.

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

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

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

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