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2018 Films Ranked
Updated 2-11-19.




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)


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 depressing (but not without a good reason).]
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).]


Isle of Dogs (Anderson)
The Devil and Father Amorth (Friedkin)
First Reformed (Schrader)
The Surrounding Game (Lockhart and Pruitt)
Widows (McQueen) [* Troubling and dark but very fluid ... and nice that Liam Neeson is playing a bad guy.]
Sorry to Bother You (Riley)
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (Wenders)
Take Your Pills (Klayman)
The Rachel Divide (Brownson)
McQueen (Bonhôte and Ettedgui) [* Willfully glazes over the late genius Alexander McQueen's personal life - it just drops a mention about AIDS and then moves on like nothing happened - but he really was a special person, and his work is legendary.]


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


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)


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)
Recovery Boys (Sheldon)
Unsane (Soderbergh)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard)
The Titan (Ruff)
Disobedience (Lelio)


Burning (Lee) [* It's very good until Jong-su leaves the movie ... and then you realize it's based on a short story from the Worst Murakami.]
Climax (Noé) [* Gaspar's visual sense is impeccable (his title sequences and choice of colors is exemplary) but it's just a Bad Acid Trip on film, and that upside-down camera is irritating. It's Marat/Sade gone Technicolor ... oh, and with a "five page script" (that long?).]
Incredibles 2 (Bird)
Roma (Cuarón)
The Other Side of the Wind (Welles)
Beautiful Boy (Van Groeningen)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Jenkins) [* Barry thinks he's Wong Kar-Wai now, right?]
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 conceited tone.]
Mid90s (Hill)
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)


Ready Player One (Spielberg)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Heller) [* So good to know Richard E. Grant is being recognized for the same character he played in Withnail & I over thirty years later.]
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)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Reed)
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)


Suspiria (Guadagnino) [* Never cared for the original, but this is even more pathetic ... and an hour longer!]
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)


Claire's Camera (Hong)
Fullmetal Alchemist (Sori)

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