Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Movie List -- The Top 166 So Far

THE STANDOUTS (15) - This should go without saying, but these are all must-sees.

A Star Is Born ***1/2
Beautiful Boy ***1/2
Won't You Be My Neighbor? ***1/2
Three Identical Strangers ***1/2
Green Book ***1/2
The Old Man & the Gun ***1/2
A Quiet Place ***1/2
The Rider ***1/2
Mission: Impossible - Fallout ***1/2
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO) ***
American Animals ***
Sicario: Day of the Soldado ***
The Sisters Brothers ***
Instant Family ***
Boy Erased ***

THE GOOD (57) - These represent quality filmmaking all-around.

Red Sparrow ***
Tully ***
Hereditary ***
Eighth Grade ***
We the Animals ***
Widows ***
Hotel Mumbai ***
Bohemian Rhapsody ***
Roma ***
Fahrenheit 11/9 ***
Game Night ***
Halloween ***
Crazy Rich Asians ***
Blockers ***
Incredibles 2 ***
Andre the Giant (HBO) ***
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO) ***
Lords of Chaos ***
Can You Ever Forgive Me? ***
Hold the Dark ***
A Prayer Before Dawn ***
Searching ***
The Frontrunner ***
July 22 ***
A Private War ***
Wildlife ***
Skyscraper ***
Black Panther ***
Filmworker ***
The Package ***
Tag ***
I Feel Pretty ***
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek ***
Vox Lux ***
Skin ***
Teen Spirit ***
Ready Player One ***
Upgrade ***
The Oath ***
Mid-90s ***
Tragedy Girls ***
Summer of '84 ***
Holiday ***
Calibre ***
The Ritual ***
Alpha ***
The Night Comes For Us ***
They Fight (Fox Sports) ***
The Bill Murray Stories ***
Overlord ***
Freaks ***
Hotel Artemis **1/2
Solo: A Star Wars Story **1/2
Burden **1/2
Small Town Crime **1/2
Beirut **1/2
Set It Up **1/2

THE GOOD... BUT SHOULD'VE BEEN BETTERS (28) - Why weren't these good movies better? I don't really know. But they should've been. Hence, the name of this section.

BlacKkKlansman **1/2
Destroyer **1/2
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs **1/2
Support the Girls **1/2
Operation Finale **1/2
The Equalizer 2 **1/2
Leave No Trace **1/2
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot **1/2
Fahrenheit 451 (HBO) **1/2
Paterno (HBO) **1/2
My Dinner With HervĂ© (HBO) **1/2
The Tale (HBO) **1/2
The Favourite **1/2
First Reformed **1/2
You Were Never Really Here **1/2
Adrift **1/2
The 15:17 to Paris **1/2
Piercing **1/2
Assassination Nation **1/2
Lizzie **1/2
Life Itself **1/2
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan **1/2
Isle of Dogs **1/2
Monster **1/2
Monsters and Men **1/2
The Kindergarten Teacher **1/2
Blindspotting **1/2

THE GUILTY PLEASURES (20) - These are movies that I shouldn't like but I do, for one reason or another. I only feel ashamed because the Internet tells me I'm supposed to.

Uncle Drew ***
The Spy Who Dumped Me ***
Night School **1/2
Den of Thieves **1/2
The Happytime Murders **1/2
A Futile and Stupid Gesture **1/2
Billionaire Boys Club **1/2
Venom **1/2
Life of the Party **1/2
The First Purge **1/2
Hell Fest **1/2
Final Score **1/2
Keep Watching **1/2
14 Cameras **1/2
Like Me **1/2
Gotti **
The Commuter **
Death Wish **
Game Over, Man! **
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter **

THE UNDERWHELMING DISAPPOINTMENTS (36) - Chalk it up to expectations but these movies just didn't cut it for me.

First Man **1/2
If Beale Street Could Talk **1/2
White Boy Rick **1/2
Burning **
Ant-Man and the Wasp **
Unfriended: Dark Web (version A) **
Bad Times at the El Royale **
Cam **
The Girl In the Spider's Web **
Ocean's 8 **
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom **
Avengers: Infinity War **
Annihilation **
Unsane **
Mandy **
Apostle **
The Wind **
Climax **
The House With a Clock In Its Walls **
Bird Box **
Bad Samaritan **
Hot Summer Nights **
Never Goin' Back **
Tyrel **
Rampage **
Arizona **
The Catcher Was a Spy **
The Miseducation of Cameron Post **
The Strangers: Prey at Night **
The Guilty **
Beast **
Pledge *1/2
Truth or Dare *1/2
Ibiza *1/2
Gringo *1/2
In Fabric *1/2

THE BAD (10) - For better or worse, I just don't know what these movies were thinking.

Suspiria *1/2
Mile 22 *1/2
Deadpool 2 *
The Predator *
Father of the Year *
Slice 1/2*
The Cloverfield Paradox 1/2*
Dark Crimes 1/2*
Sorry to Bother You 1/2*
Fraud (zero stars)

IN PROGRESS (4) - I started watching these but I never quite finished. Make of that what you will.

Action Point (40 minutes)
Extinction (15 minutes)
Super Troopers 2 (5 minutes)
The Week Of (30 minutes)

EMBARGOED (1) - Silence is golden... for now.


OOPS, I MISSED (111): 6 Balloons, 7 Days in Entebbe, 10x10, 12 Strong, After Everything, A Kid Like Jake, El Angel, The Angel, Anna and the Apocalypse, Anon, At Eternity's Gate, Blaze, Billy Boy, Blue Iguana, Book Club, Capernaum, Cargo, The Children Act, Christopher Robin, Colette, Come Sunday, Cruise, Damsel, The Darkest Minds, The Death of Stalin, Disobedience, Dog Days, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, Dude, Dumplin', Early Man, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, A Fantastic Woman, Fifty Shades Freed, Final Portrait, First Match, Flower, Ghost Stories, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, The Hate U Give, Hearts Beat Loud, How It Ends, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Hunter Killer, The Hurricane Heist, In Darkness, Insidious: The Last Key, The Insult, Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town, Jonathan, Juliet, Naked, Kin, Kings, The Kissing Booth, The Land of Steady Habits, Lean on Pete, Let the Corpses Tan, Like Father, The Little Stranger, The Lodgers, London Fields, Loveless, Love, Gilda, Love, Simon, Loving Pablo, Madeline's Madeline, Mary Shelley, The Meg, Mortal Engines, Mute, Nancy, The Neighbor, Nobody's Fool, Nostalgia, The Nun, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, On Chesil Beach, The Open House, The Other Side of the Wind, Outside In, The Outsider, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Paddington 2, Papillon, Patient Zero, Peppermint, The Polka King, The Possession of Hannah Grace, Proud Mary, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Puzzle, Robin Hood, Roxanne Roxanne, Second Act, Seeing Allred, Shoplifters, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, A Simple Favor, Skate Kitchen, Slender Man, Studio 54, Superfly, Tau, To All the Boys I Loved Before, Tomb Raider, Unloved, Veronica, What They Had, Where Hands Touch, Where Is Kyra?, The Wife, Winchester, A Wrinkle in Time

COMING SOON (20): Aquaman, Ben Is Back, Border, Bumblebee, Cold War, Creed 2, Dragged Across Concrete, Holmes & Watson, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, The Mule, On the Basis of Sex, Outlaw King, Private Life, Prospect, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Stan & Ollie, Vice, Welcome to Marwen