2018 Movies

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1. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 401,711 | 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

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 176,212 | 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

66 Metascore

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.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan

Votes: 121,307 | 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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks

Votes: 18,375 | 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

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 231,228 | Gross: $137.02M

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

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 75,310 | 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, Mystery

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

Votes: 218,991 | 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

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman

Votes: 48,728 | 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

68 Metascore

Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after finding a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman | Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther

Votes: 15,024 | 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

69 Metascore

Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

Director: Kay Cannon | Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton

Votes: 42,015 | 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, Fantasy

68 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans

Votes: 505,067 | 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. 8.5/10.

12. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

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.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 283,587 | Gross: $318.49M

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.

13. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

Votes: 159,517 | 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.

14. Cargo (I) (2017)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.

Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke | Stars: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter, Caren Pistorius

Votes: 20,700

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.

15. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 93,059 | 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.

16. Ocean's Eight (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 93,581 | 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.

17. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 105,471 | Gross: $607.51M

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.

18. Tag (I) (2018)

R | 100 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director: Jeff Tomsic | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 51,464 | 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.

19. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

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.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith

Votes: 160,361 | Gross: $416.77M

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.

20. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 13,067 | 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.

21. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins

Votes: 126,001 | Gross: $216.53M

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.

22. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 15,380 | 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. 10/10.

23. Skyscraper (2018)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Thriller

51 Metascore

A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family are trapped inside by criminals.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller

Votes: 48,408 | 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.

24. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James

Votes: 22,146 | Gross: $167.03M

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.

25. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Cher

Votes: 36,110 | 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.

26. Adrift (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Hawthorne

Votes: 22,757 | 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.

27. The First Purge (2018)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Gerard McMurray | Stars: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Steve Harris

Votes: 25,665 | 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.

28. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

69 Metascore

A villain's maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.

Directors: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail | Stars: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong

Votes: 6,512 | 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.

29. The Equalizer 2 (2018)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

50 Metascore

Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Orson Bean

Votes: 28,359 | 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.

30. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

86 Metascore

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg

Votes: 143,067 | Gross: $220.12M

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.

31. Christopher Robin (2018)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss

Votes: 19,876 | Gross: $98.63M

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.

32. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Susanna Fogel | Stars: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi, Mila Kunis

Votes: 14,764 | 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.

33. The Meg (2018)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 52,722 | Gross: $142.69M

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.

34. Alpha (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Albert Hughes | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk, Jens Hultén

Votes: 10,412 | Gross: $35.64M

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.

35. The Nun (2018)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Corin Hardy | Stars: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons

Votes: 44,895 | Gross: $116.16M

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.

36. Time Share (2018)

96 min | Drama

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.

Director: Sebastián Hofmann | Stars: Luis Gerardo Méndez, Miguel Rodarte, RJ Mitte, Cassandra Ciangherotti

Votes: 432

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.

37. Mandy (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 17,000 | Gross: $1.12M

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.

38. The Predator (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

48 Metascore

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 34,444 | Gross: $50.75M

This movie gives up on logic halfway through, the editing is a mess, the visual effects are below average and the script feels awfully dated, but I got to admit, I was entertained. The Predator is a silly 80’s action comedy with all of its over-the-top violence, super-macho characters, political incorrectness, and casual sexism. 5.5/10.

39. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

Votes: 22,134 | Gross: $52.31M

This movie’s bloated third act and confusing tone almost bring down the entire thing for me, but the awesome performances by Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively gave life back to this thriller/comedy that could’ve been so much more than just worth watching out of sheer curiosity. 6/10.

40. Smallfoot (2018)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist.

Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig | Stars: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common

Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $58.71M

Smallfoot’s first half is a serviceable kids movie that transforms into a thoughtful family film addressing subjects such as harsh truths vs. white lies, tolerance and internet stardom after the midpoint. If the whole movie was like that, it’d be on par with other WB Animation gems such as The LEGO Movie and Storks, but as it stands, it’s more than enough for younger audiences and their parents to enjoy during a Sunday visit to the movies. 6.5/10.

41. Venom (2018)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze

Votes: 89,755 | Gross: $148.68M

This movie has some cool ideas that either don't mesh together well or fail at execution, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the final product is far from terrible. The story leads to nothing despite a promising, more character-based first act, and the CGI, as well as the villain, were definitely subpar, but everything Venom-related was extremely entertaining to watch and Tom Hardy delivers a great performance, as expected. Whether the amount of humor was intentional or not remains to be seen, but in the end, Venom is a truly bizarre superhero movie that could've used an R-rating and a more consistent tone to its favor. Ironically, Sam Raimi would've rocked this script back in the day. 5/10.

42. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 50,533 | Gross: $101.47M

Words cannot describe how much of a dramatic powerhouse this fourth iteration of A Star is Born is. Every performance, from Gaga and Cooper who are definitely the cutest, most authentic cinematic couple I've seen in a while, to Sam Elliot’s rawness, the outstanding direction, clever commentary on fame and its toll, the music, and oh God, don't even get me started on that final scene... Even if the pacing is uneven throughout (especially during the second half) it’s always a pleasure to spend more time with characters this rounded, compelling and relatable. Also, has anyone ever received every Academy Award? Because I think Lady Gaga should be the first one to do so. 8.5/10.



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