My reviews of movies released in 2018.
1. Free Solo, directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (9/10)
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)
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)
7. Support the Girls, directed by Andrew Bujalski (8/10)
8. Game Night, directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (8/10)
A sharp, fun and occasionally inventive mainstream Hollywood action comedy that is so much better than most of those it’s kind of amazing. Read the review of Game Night.
9. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (7/10)
10. 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.
11. Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, directed by Charles Officer (7/10)
A pretty good documentary about the most popular children’s book in the world. Read the review of Invisible Essence.
12. A Simple Favor, directed by Paul Feig (6/10)
A mostly fun (and funny) “mommy noir” with a ridiculous ending. Read the review of A Simple Favor.
13. Avengers: Infinity War, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (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.
14. The Panama Papers, directed by Alex Winter (6/10)
15. Ant-Man and the Wasp, directed by Peyton Reed (6/10)
Kind of ridiculously ambitious but at least it’s funny. Read the review of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
16. Hold the Dark, directed by Jeremy Saulnier (6/10)
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.
17. Blockers, directed by Kay Cannon (6/10)
18. Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard* (6/10)
19. Apostle, directed by Gareth Evans (5/10)
20. Climax, directed by Gaspar Noe (5/10)
A unique film, certainly. Read the review of Climax.
21. Venom, directed by Ruben Fleischer (5/10)
I laughed a few times. Read the review of Venom.
22. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarie (4/10)
Yeah, this rating is a little mean. But I’m tired of these plots. Read the review of Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
23. Vice, directed by Adam McKay (4/0)
24. Winchester, directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig (4/10)
25. Rampage, directed by Brad Peyton (3/10)
CRISPZILLA. Read the review of Rampage.
26. I Still See You, directed by Scott Speer (3/10)
27. Extinction, directed by Ben Young (3/10)
28. Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg (3/10)
I hated this movie. Read the review of Ready Player One.
29. Slay Belles, directed by Dan Walker (2/10)
A no-budget Christmas “horror comedy” with no scares and a couple of laughs, tops. Read the review of Slay Belles.