2018 Moviesby a_reel_person | created - 21 Feb 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
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1. Black Panther (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
Votes: 510,642 | Gross: $700.06M
Black Panther is Marvel's more thematically rich and socio-politically relevant joint to date, but fortunately, it also happens to be a great movie. The pacing drags a bit during the first half and the CGI looks very sub-par, but the memorable characters (including the most compelling comic-book movie villain since you-know-who), performances, stellar directing and score far outweigh its flaws. 8.5/10.
2. Annihilation (2018)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Votes: 226,308 | Gross: $32.73M
In the same vein of Ex-Machina, Annihilation is Alex Garland's latest sci-fi think-piece that relies heavily on its themes, ambiguity, and layers to open a dialogue between moviegoers. Few films nowadays dare to defy expectations like this, and Annihilation gets extra points, not only for doing that but also for being pretty darn good. 8/10.
3. Game Night (I) (2018)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.
Votes: 161,338 | Gross: $69.00M
This studio comedy might be no game changer, but its solid (yet sometimes convoluted) script, charming performances (particularly show stealer Rachel McAdams) and surprisingly creative cinematography are worth getting the gang together for. 7/10.
4. Thoroughbreds (2017)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.
Votes: 24,774 | Gross: $2.83M
With its tight script, elegant directing by first-timer Cory Finley and great performances across the board (including one from the late, great Anton Yelchin), Thoroughbreds is an engaging dark comedy you should stop sleeping on. 8/10.
5. Ready Player One (2018)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
Votes: 299,168 | Gross: $137.69M
Although Ready Player One could be Steven Spielberg's most spectacular blockbuster since the original Jurassic Park, it doesn't shy away from being derivative to a ridiculous extent. It's tons of fun, but unlike any of the movies it references, it's not going to be remembered any time soon. 6/10.
6. Isle of Dogs (2018)
PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.
Votes: 106,822 | Gross: $32.02M
Isle of Dogs combines Wes Anderson's trademark style with breathtaking stop-motion animation to deliver one of 2018's most visually stunning films. Its star-studded cast is guaranteed to steal a chuckle out of you, its allegorical approach to fascism and xenophobia gives it extra points for relevance and although I'd have appreciated English subtitles to understand the numerous Japanese-spoken parts, the story's emotional core of a boy in the search of his dog knows no language nor cultural barriers, as it appeals to practically anyone who ever loved a canine. 8/10.
7. A Quiet Place (2018)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
Votes: 301,097 | Gross: $188.02M
A Quiet Place is a heartfelt family drama about guilt, forgiveness and acceptance that happens to have creepy aliens in it, and I say that in the best way possible. This film is a marvel of visual storytelling and pure sound designer's delight. Go see it in the auditorium with the best sound system possible. 8/10.
8. You Were Never Really Here (2017)
R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Votes: 70,580 | Gross: $2.52M
A dark, twisted, disturbing visually poetic and profound revenge tale with one of Joaquin Phoenix's best performances to date (which, to whoever is the least familiar with his acting resume, won't come off as an easy thing to say). Although the pacing might not be everyone's cup of tea, and it's quite hard to watch at times, this movie is simply a cinematic treat. 8.5/10.
9. Ghost Stories (I) (2017)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror
Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after being given a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.
Votes: 23,272 | Gross: $0.14M
Ghost Stories is one of the freakiest, most clever and unique horror movies you’ll see all year, but I feel as if saying anything beyond that could detract from the ideal experience of going in blind, such as I did. See it as soon as you can and enjoy the spooks! 8/10.
10. Blockers (2018)
R | 102 min | Comedy
Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.
Votes: 56,415 | Gross: $59.84M
Blockers turns a tired, late 90's-mid 2000's premise (teenagers want to get laid) into a smart, heartfelt comedy that delivers as many laughs as it does emotion. Overall, it's just hard to envision a film featuring John Cena drinking beer through his butthole having such deep statements on parenthood and sex. 7/10.
11. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Votes: 660,428 | Gross: $678.82M
A cinematic event so bold, big and epic, that it raises the bar for the summer blockbuster in unprecedented ways. A more than satisfying conclusion to ten years worth of build-up and character development. Triumphant in its use of an unconventional structure and choice of protagonist. Infinity War is the superhero movie that's guaranteed traumatize your children. 8/10.
12. Cold War (2018)
R | 89 min | Drama, Music, Romance
In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.
Votes: 32,662 | Gross: $4.57M
This tale of impossible love in impossible times could’ve lasted three hours and I would’ve been more than happy. In fact, Cold War’s 88-minute running time is both a blessing and a curse. Every frame is a work of art on itself. The musical selection is diverse and beautiful. It’s Casablanca for a new generation. 8.5/10.
13. Deadpool 2 (2018)
R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.
Votes: 385,971 | Gross: $324.59M
Deadpool 2 is not flawless, but it's hard to critique a flick that not only points out its own shortcomings, but proudly wears them as a badge. This movie accomplishes everything it wants to: it helps revitalize a tired sub-genre by making fun of it and subverting its tropes (while shamelessly embracing others) even more so than its predecessor. Think of this one as Logan but with twice as many dick jokes. 7/10.
14. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Votes: 223,270 | Gross: $213.77M
Unlike The Last Jedi, Solo delivers few to no surprises. The set pieces are entertaining, some standout characters are memorable and with exceptionally big shoes to fill, Alden Ehrenreich delivers his own take on the galaxy's favorite nerf herder; it's just a shame that every other thing surrounding said performance feels so safe and uninspired. 6/10.
15. First Reformed (2017)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
Votes: 33,029 | Gross: $3.45M
First Reformed juggles a lot of heavy stuff with rare grace: the struggle between faith and reason, the role religion plays in modern society, loneliness, pollution and social activism, all wraped around the tale of a troubled man of God, slowly giving himself up to despair. The cinematography is oustanding, the performances are fantastic, and although the third act makes some bold choices that’ll alienate some, it’s the strangeness of it that sets it apart from any other movie you’ve seen this year. Think of it as the spiritual sequel to Taxi Driver you never knew you needed, until now. 9/10.
16. Upgrade (2018)
R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.
Votes: 102,894 | Gross: $11.87M
Upgrade is an ingenious cyberpunk action thriller about the horrors of technology taking over our lives that, in spite of initially falling on the trappings of a revenge story (fridging, again, ugh) still manages to have the right amount of surprises and unique ideas to earn its place within the genre. It's Her meets RoboCop with just a pinch of Get Out, and if that captures your interest alright, then don't miss out on this one. 7/10.
17. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.
Votes: 16,535 | Gross: $22.61M
More than just a documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor? feels like a warm embrace from Mr. Rogers himself; a man who didn't have a single cynical bone in his body, and whose teachings feel today more relevant than ever. Inspiring, wholesome and absolutely necessary. I dare anyone to watch it without tearing up at least once. 9/10.
18. Cargo (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.
Cargo is the socially-conscious zombie drama about parenthood and hope for the next generations that's as scary as it is optimistic and you didn't know you needed until now. Just be sure to bring some tissues, because these zombies might lack brains, but they sure have a big heart. 7/10.
19. Hereditary (2018)
R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.
Votes: 148,737 | Gross: $44.07M
I wasn't a horror fan until recently, and Hereditary represents everything I love about the genre: it's genuinely creepy, incredibly disturbing and undoubtedly smart, all thanks to the superb writing and directing from first-timer Ari Aster, as well as a cast filled with nerve-racking performances (give all of the Best actress awards to Toni Colette RIGHT NOW) and a score that will keep every single muscle in your body tense for the entirety of its runtime. Its genius use of symbolism and allegory to tell a frightening, compelling story about family, guilt and mental illness will haunt you, literally, long after the credits roll. 9/10.
20. Ocean's Eight (2018)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.
Votes: 142,660 | Gross: $139.38M
Ocean's 8 gives us a caper movie that's entertaining from beginning to end thanks to a crew that benefits from its amazing chemistry and overall solid performances. It does, however, get a little messy towards its third act. I hope that the inevitable sequel pairs this killer cast with a better script and director. 6/10.
21. Incredibles 2 (2018)
PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.
Votes: 200,656 | Gross: $608.58M
Besides some minor grievances I had regarding a plot twist that everyone saw coming from a mile away and some pacing/editing issues, this movie does a great job at maintaining the charm of the original, and although it might not surpass it, it delivers a surprisingly mature plot, spectacular action sequences and relevant themes that justify its existence. Incredibles 2 is a fun, action-packed sequel that was definitely worth the wait. 8/10.
22. Tag (I) (2018)
R | 100 min | Comedy
A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.
Votes: 82,808 | Gross: $54.55M
The based-on-true-events movie about a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for thirty years is sadly better at concept than execution. When it tries to get serious, it lacks any real emotional impact, but when it's just balls-to-the-wall fun, it doesn't disappoint. In the end, it's a really sweet tale of friendship put through the test of time that could have used a tad of self-awareness, but seeing this cast riffing-off each other is enough reason to give it a chance. 5.5/10.
23. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Votes: 216,752 | Gross: $417.72M
Fallen Kingdom has some visually interesting sequences and visionary directing from J.A. Bayona, but beyond that, there's sadly nothing more. The film's theme is so heavy-handed that it results in cartoony villains, the characters lack any development, make questionable choices and the plot feels like an excuse to have CG dinosaurs eating people every two scenes. If that's everything you ask from a movie, then you'll be fine. 5/10.
24. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
Votes: 39,492 | Gross: $17.49M
Holy shit, man. Boots Riley is a true genius whose particular vision I didn't know I needed until now because Sorry to Bother You is a truly hilarious, wonderfully shot, magnificently performed, absurd, fascinating, layered, clever satire on capitalism, excesses, race, and modern slavery, that simply demands to be experienced. And please, avoid spoilers for that delightfully wack third act like the plague. 9/10.
25. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Votes: 239,303 | Gross: $216.65M
Ant-Man and the Wasp suffers from narrative issues and sloppy, exposition-heavy dialogue and scenes, but its charm, heart and lighthearted fun make up for its shortcomings. This is the upbeat summer blockbuster that Marvel fans needed in order to smile again after the depression fuel that was Infinity War. 7/10.
26. Eighth Grade (2018)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.
Votes: 42,253 | Gross: $13.54M
Many people use “slice of life” to describe movies that feel raw, authentic and well, life-like. Eighth Grade, however, is one of the few I’ve seen that truly lives up to that standard. It’s a funny, charming, uplifting but also sad, awkward, ironic and honest ode to the pains and joys of growing up. It never relies on absurdism or farse to tell the tragicomic story of its protagonist, but instead, puts her through genuine situations and complex emotions we can all relate to, regardless of age, gender or race. Elsie Fisher gives a performance for the ages and Bo Burnham’s vision perfectly encapsulates the voice of a generation he wasn't even part of. In case you couldn’t tell by now, I absolutely adored this one. 9.5/10.
27. Skyscraper (2018)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family is trapped inside by criminals.
Votes: 80,033 | Gross: $67.80M
Skyscraper is Die Hard meets The Towering Inferno for the Fast & Furious generation, only here female characters have actual agency over themselves and the plot, which is always cool. If you've seen an action movie starring The Rock, you've seen this one too. Hell, if you've seen Die Hard and/or Towering Inferno, you've seen this one too. 4/10.
28. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.
Votes: 41,630 | Gross: $167.51M
Even a snobby film grad like me has to admit that, every once in a while, there comes a charming kids movie like Hotel Transylvania 3 that asks you to lay back for an hour and a half without over-analyzing things like an anti-social dweeb. Your kids will love it and you're going to laugh too, but it doesn't deliver as many laughs nor feels as the first two. 5/10.
29. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past.
Votes: 59,226 | Gross: $120.63M
I'd normally nitpick the shit out of this movie, starting with its script, pacing and directing, but I don't want to be THAT guy. Even with all of its flaws, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is an uplifting and ridiculously enjoyable celebration of family, love and of course, the fabulous music of ABBA. 6/10.
30. Adrift (I) (2018)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
Votes: 33,399 | Gross: $31.45M
This movie’s structure made it a bit difficult to sit through. The constant back and forth between the aftermath of the wreckage and the flashbacks killed the momentum and made the movie boring to a certain degree. However, once that big reveal came near the end, I was in tears. The movie looks gorgeous and Shailene Woodley is nothing short of amazing. Watch it if you’re a fan of empowering real-life survival stories or shameless melodrama such as I am. 6/10.
31. The First Purge (2018)
R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.
Votes: 40,960 | Gross: $69.09M
The Purge franchise continues to gloss over its killer premise in favor of heavy-handed themes and over-the-top violence. It knows no subtlety by hammering its social message in your head amidst all of the chaos. The highlights were its very effective set-up, action-packed third act, occasional creepy imagery and the usage of a Kendrick Lamar song for the credits. Fans of the franchise will get their fix of CG blood, while the rest of us can enjoy another serviceable, yet flawed action thriller. 5.5/10.
32. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A villain's maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.
Votes: 12,322 | Gross: $29.56M
I've never seen a single episode of Teen Titans Go! but I found this movie to be very enjoyable. It has heart, laughs and some welcomed satire and commentary on the superhero genre, which elevates it from the standard "shut-your-kids-off-for-90 minutes" kind of entertainment. It's also amusing that a movie so clearly aimed at young children has some of the darkest, most morbid jokes I've seen on cinema all year. 6.5/10.
33. The Equalizer 2 (2018)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Votes: 96,081 | Gross: $102.08M
Whenever Denzel Washington delivers a monologue or cleans a room full of bad guys, this movie shines. Its well-directed action sequences might be worth the price of admission, but the multiple plots and how they're handled made me scratch my head constantly, wondering where the hell the movie was going, and not in a good way. Those who enjoyed the first Equalizer will enjoy this one too, although perhaps not as much. 5.5/10.
34. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Votes: 230,178 | Gross: $220.16M
With impeccable directing, intricate storytelling, a suspenseful tone and immersive stunt work, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a cinematic symphony, building towards the highest of notes, in the form of a ridiculously tense third act that's guaranteed to make you shout "HOLY SHIT!" more than once. This isn't only the best installment in a lengthy franchise that keeps getting better each time, but also one of the best action movies, period. Don't you believe me? Go see it in the biggest, loudest screen available. 8.5/10.
35. Blindspotting (2018)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.
Votes: 16,665 | Gross: $4.33M
Blindspotting is the best rap song you’ve never heard in movie form. It tackles some very serious subjects, such as race, identity, toxic masculinity and systemic opression with style and rythm. It’s equal parts funny and light-hearted, as it is raw and gut-wrenchingly real, which is admittely a tad jarring, but it never undermines its powerful message and themes. Please, don’t turn a blind eye on this one! 9/10.
36. Christopher Robin (2018)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
Votes: 51,579 | Gross: $99.22M
Sure, this movie borrows some more-than-familiar plot elements from various family flicks (namely the whole "workaholic dad doesn't have time for his family" cliché) but it does so with charm and a purpose. Christopher Robin might be one of Disney's best live-action efforts to date, or at least the recent ones. It has heart, laughs and some heartwarmingly sweet moments that brought tears to my eyes which, and considering what the theme of the movie is, probably means it succeeded. 7/10.
37. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.
Votes: 46,893 | Gross: $33.56M
Although its runtime is too long for its own good and its twists are predictable, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a constantly entertaining, perfectly harmless summer blockbuster with spectacular action sequences and a match made in Heaven with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. If not here to change spy thrillers forever, this movie, shall you choose to watch it, is still worth your time. 6/10.
38. The Meg (2018)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
Votes: 110,951 | Gross: $143.01M
I can roll with a 70-foot prehistoric shark re-emerging from the depths of the sea, but when you send it to one of the most populated beaches ON EARTH during what looks like a holiday weekend with hundreds, maybe thousands of people swimming close to the open sea and it doesn't kill anyone... that's when I draw the line. That said, and although it sounds weird, this movie could've been stupider for the better. You might want to show up after the second half to get what you paid to see. 4/10.
39. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
Votes: 144,704 | Gross: $48.69M
More than just a film, BlacKkKlansman is a powerful statement; an urgent battle cry against hate, bigotry, and segregation, that's not afraid to tarnish your suspension of disbelief in order to shine a light on our terrifying reality. Poignant, fearless, provocative, and one of this year's best movies. You can watch it for its witty humor, stylish direction and swell performances, but there's no way you'll come out the same person after the credits start rolling. 9/10.
40. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.
Votes: 93,960 | Gross: $174.53M
A timeless tale of love, identity, family, and empowerment told with beautiful visuals, hilarious and endearing performances, plenty of laughs, tears, and heart... man, it's just too good to resist. When it comes to studio romcoms this year, it probably doesn't get any better than Crazy Rich Asians. 7.5/10.
41. Alpha (2018)
PG-13 | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.
Votes: 40,933 | Gross: $35.85M
First of all, this movie looks gorgeous. Yes, the green screen, when used, is painfully obvious, but when shot in location, it's honestly breath-taking. The story is The Revenant meets How to Train Your Dragon, which admittedly sounds pretty cool, but doesn't have the amount of passion nor craftsmanship in the storytelling of those two. I couldn't stop thinking about my baby husky while watching it though, so there's that. 6/10.
42. Searching (III) (2018)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
Votes: 94,515 | Gross: $26.02M
It’s hard to believe that you could keep an audience on edge like very few movies can just by making them stare at computer screens for two hours. Not only does Searching justify its gimmick by turning it into a powerful storytelling tool, but it blends it beautifully with themes of parenting, identity, and paranoia in the modern technological era, and it does so with much more satisfying results than any other movie that’s used this tactic before. How good this film holds up after knowing all of the twists and turns is yet to be seen, but on first viewing, this is a suspenseful masterwork that doesn’t lose its momentum. Also, extra points for being a Sony movie without shameless product placement. If you’re seeking one of 2018’s most effective thrillers, look no further. 8/10.
43. The Nun (2018)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Votes: 87,687 | Gross: $117.44M
Even though I dug this movie’s atmosphere, characters and visuals, the ridiculous amount of jump-scares (which Hollywood should know are not actually frightening but annoying at this point) and inconsequential second act hinder much of its potential to be at the same level of the main Conjuring movies, thus leaving it in about the same ballpark of the first Annabelle. I kinda wished I stayed home re-watching Hereditary instead. 5/10.
44. Time Share (2018)
TV-MA | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Two haunted family men join forces in a destructive crusade to rescue their families from a tropical paradise, after becoming convinced that an American timeshare conglomerate has a sinister plan to take their loved ones away.
Time Share is a beautiful sample of what Mexican cinema is capable of: a sometimes funny, sometimes scary comment on capitalism and its ravages on the human psyche, delivered with style, subtlety, and atmosphere. You'll think twice before you book that room after seeing this one. 8/10.
45. Mandy (2018)
Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
Votes: 43,621 | Gross: $1.21M
Although there's not much going on in this movie story-wise and the revenge plot doesn't really kick off until after the midpoint (spoilers, I guess?) this gruesome, stunning psychedelic nightmare demands to be experienced on the big screen. Mandy is pure insanity, and in a good way. 8/10.
46. The Predator (2018)
R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi