Best Movies of 2018
“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”
– Roger Ebert, Film Critic
Best Comedy Film: Blockers
Runner Up: Game Night
Best Foreign Language Film: Foxtrot
Runners Up: The Guilty, Roma
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Runner Up: Isle of Dogs
Best Horror Film: A Quiet Place
Runner Up: Hereditary
BEST MOVIES OF 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Bad Times at the El Royale
The Hate U Give
A Simple Favor
Hot Summer Nights
You Were Never Really Here
Avengers: Infinity War
The Death of Stalin
Summer of ’84
Hearts Beat Loud
If Beale Street Could Talk
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is changing the game and making history with this triumphant, distinctive tale about the flaws of humankind that is thoughtfully told with a racial conscience. Chadwick Boseman is extraordinary as the King of Wakanda and Michael B. Jordan has an unlimited amount of swag as Killmonger.
Their machismo is no match for their amazing female co-stars, conquering with undeniable confidence by bringing their own style of badassness to the big screen. There’s mesmerizing beauty within the entire production, easily allowing the culture, music and setting to leave you breathless. Director Ryan Coogler has created a world that is astonishing, yet not as foreign as we may believe.
A STAR IS BORN (2018)
Just like that old classic love song, we’ve seen and heard this story time and again throughout our lives; but, this remarkable modern remake gets just about everything right. Keeping the artistic spirit alive and kicking, Bradley Cooper gives his heart and soul in front and behind the camera as its star and director. Lady Gaga has already proven she’s multi-talented and a force to be reckoned with. Together, their love affair is extremely emotional and raw, yet always headed toward heartache. The music and stage performances are phenomenal, but when the tunes are turned down, there’s a ringing of a delicate, passionate drama meant to devastate. And it does.
A QUIET PLACE
John Krasinski brings brilliance to the simplicity of storytelling. He uses startling sound and deafening silence to make this a heart-racing, emotionally exhausting creature feature. The small cast is spectacular, especially Emily Blunt, expressing everything humanly possible while remaining silent. Feeding off the fear of being heard takes this terrific thriller to unbelievably unprecedented heights. We may have a new horror classic on our hands here.
Director Spike Lee is back and he’s not returning quietly. With his best film in decades, his direction and message has a voice that’s furious, funny, provocative, and profoundly powerful. John David Washington is spectacular as the first black cop in Colorado Springs PD who infiltrates the white supremacist group to expose the toxicity and hate that spews from their souls. It’s a stirring true story of racism and prejudice that’s rooted in to America and rots it to its core. Lee internally and visually strikes a chord with impassioned dialogue and incredible imagery concerning our society and how little we’ve seemed to learn.
Director Aneesh Chaganty cleverly keeps you guessing as he wires together all of the instruments of today’s digital age with a spectacular mystery thriller that glues you to the edge of your seat. John Cho is fantastic as a father looking for his daughter as he cracks open a life he never asked about. The movie is an emotionally gripping and riveting roller coaster ride that raises questions about the world we live in, the hopes of a real connection, and what a parent is willing to do for their child.
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“Nature Boy” Brandon Vick is the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and star of Brandon’s Box Office In Your Mouth. Follow him on Twitter @SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.