10. A Star is Born
A Star is Born is a remake of the Barbara Streisand movie by the same name and it is directed by Bradley Cooper and stars Lady Gaga in the main role. This movie offers them both a chance to shine and they’re amazing together. Lady Gaga has never impressed in anything she has ever done, acting-wise, but here she’s incredible. Clearly, Bradley Cooper catered the role around her and you can tell why he put her in this movie but she did a wonderful job. Bradley Cooper is also really good in the movie and not everyone can do both jobs but he directed a really emotional and compelling film even though it can drag at times and be a bit familiar. A star is born is still a great movie and one that might even win best picture.
9. Bad Times at the El Royale
This is by far the most tragically underrated movie of 2018 and I don’t blame anyone for skipping it out on it. The marketing wasn’t particularly interesting and I saw this one because someone I knew told me it was great. Drew Goddard directed the shit out of this film. There are fantastic performances, most notably Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo (who has a fantastic voice) who both steal every scene they are in. I wasn’t huge on Cabin in the Woods, but this movie blew me away. It was a great crime drama, Tarantino style, but also with a little of Agatha Christie thrown in. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, please check it out. Its well worth you’re time.
8. The Favorite
The favorite is a very poignant historical drama that has terrific performances, an excellent screenplay and a wonderful production design. The film transports you back to the early 18th century and the movie is filled with intrigued, plot twists and character growth. Emma Stone, Olivia Coleman and Rachel Weisz are all fantastic in this film.
7. Mission Impossible: Fallout
MI6 Fallout was everything that I wanted it to be. I’m a huge Mission Impossible fan and I was really hoping that this sixth installment would be as good if not better than the rest. This movie is awesome and such a fun action film that’s better than most of the other ones including James Bond. Tom Cruise can do whatever he wants and I’ll be there opening night to watch it. The entire supporting cast is amazing and their chemistry is fantastic. All the action scenes are extremely exciting, well done and beautifully shot. There is nothing else that I ask for in an action film. MI6 has got it all.
6. Creed 2
Creed 2 was everything I wanted out of the Creed legacy. It was emotional, heartfelt and the characters are what drives this story. Rocky takes a back seat and this is Creed’s journey, as he must defend his father’s honor by defeating Draco’s son in the ring. This movie gave the perfect ending to the Creed and Rocky franchise, so I’m really not interested in seeing more, especially now that Stallone has said that he’s out as Rocky. The ending was perfect and it wrapped up everything in an extremely satisfying way.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Black Panther? Which was a movie I did not have much interest in seeing but went anyway because it was Marvel. I was so shocked coming out of how much Ryan Coogler directed the shit out of this movie. It was brilliantly executed; it embraced the African culture; showed Hollywood diversity and it gave us some wonderful characters that have become some of my favorite heroes in the Marvel universe. Shuri, Okaye, Nakia are all badass female characters and are all a big reason why this movie works so well. Michael B. Jordan gave such a great performance as Killmonger and Chadwick Boseman was just amazing as T’challa. Such a great movie, from beginning to end.
The best horror film of the year by a mile and perhaps of this decade, Hereditary offeres something new to horror fans and and just great entertainment period. It was dark, sinister, extremely suspenseful and it’s got the most shocking scene I’ve witnessed in a movie all year. Toni Collette a deserves best actress nomination (and win) for her role. The entire cast was terrific. It was an incredible experience seeing this one in the theater and it is truly a great movie that will mark it’s place in the horror genre… even with that mind-boggling, crazy conclusion.
3.Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War was the best movie experience I’ve had during the entire year and I did not expect it to be as good as it was. It blew every expectations I had and even offered some things I never expected: surprises, amazing action set pieces, a memorable villain, an earth-shattering final act and a perfect balancing of my favorite MCU characters all brought together in one cinematic experience. This movie was satisfying in every way and it’s almost impossible for Avengers: Endgame to top it. Good luck.
2. Green Book
Viggo Mortenson and Mahershalla Ali are both fantastic in Green Book, which is based on a true story and takes place in the 60’s where racism is very present. Mortenson is unrecognizable as Tony, who is hired to drive around Shirley for two months as he is on tour performing his piano concerts. Their friendship grows as they learn about each other’s cultures, tastes and attitudes and seeing their bond tighten despite their different backgrounds and colors was one of the best movie experiences of the entire year.
Roma is a movie I knew nothing about before the day of it’s release on Netflix. I popped it on and I was blown away by what Alfonso Cueron accomplished. It was brilliantly told and masterfully directed and the performances are top notched. It feels like a personal story for the director, something that you can’t help but think off while you’re watching the film. And it is a very sad and emotionally drowning movie but one that will make you appreciate the power of film. It’s by far my favorite Alfanso Cueron movie to date, and I’m not even the biggest fan of the director. Roma blew me away.