The thirty best films of 2018

Here’s the full list of thirty. If theres’s a film I regret not writing about, it’s Tully, an acerbic depiction of a pregnant Charlize Theron and her nanny. Whenever Reitman and Theron collaborate, something special happens. Tully is his best to date. 1. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soon) 2. Zama (Lucrecia Martel) 3. Let the SunshineContinue reading “The thirty best films of 2018”

The best films of 2018, final edition

We’ve reached the end. Click on hyperlinks for full reviews. 4. You Were Never Really Here, dir. Lynne Ramsay. “Twenty-seven years ago, Gus Van Sant captured something delicately fierce about River Phoenix as he tricked on Portland streets in My Own Private Idaho. Lynne Ramsay does the same with his younger brother Joaquin, but in YouContinue reading “The best films of 2018, final edition”

The best films of 2018, pt. 4

I inch closer to the top. Click on director hyperlinks for full reviews. 8. First Reformed, dir. Paul Schrader. The ending still annoys: a hairshirt and long kiss with the Woman of his dreams is too close to Paul Schrader’s idea of paradise. But the austerity of this depiction of a scribbling minister (Ethan Hawke)Continue reading “The best films of 2018, pt. 4”

The best films of 2018, part three

Into the top ten I go. Click on hyperlinks for full reviews. 12. Sorry to Bother You, dir. Boots Riley. A mess of a film, but the story of 2018 at the movies, if a motif exists, is accepting tonal disparities and fictive leaps into the absurd. This office comedy that turns into an apocalypticContinue reading “The best films of 2018, part three”

The best films of 2018, part one

I saw more movies than ever yet I saw more consensus than ever as critics released their year-end lists. Two of the world’s best directors released more than one film in 2018; one of those directors has catapulted himself to the top of the essential list. Click on director credits below for full reviews.

Florida Film Critics Circle — My ballot

Florida Film Critics Circle, of which I’m a member, released its nominations for 2018’s best films of 2018 are out this afternoon. The Favourite leads with nine nominations. I contributed the following list. We announce winners on Friday. BEST PICTURE (list three choices in no particular order) Claire’s Camera Shoplifters You Were Never Really Here BEST ACTOR (listContinue reading “Florida Film Critics Circle — My ballot”

The best films of 2018, third quarter report

1. Claire’s Camera (Hoo Sang-Soo) 2. Zama (Lucrecia Martel) 3. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis) 4. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) 5. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) 6. Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) 7. Winter Brothers (Hlynur Pálmason) 8. The Rider (Chloé Zhao) 9. Annihilation (Alex Garland) 10. Sollers Point (Matthew Porterfield) 11.Continue reading “The best films of 2018, third quarter report”

The best films of 2018, first half report

  Although in years past I’ve watched plenty of good films before July – Strangers by the Lake and The Lost City of Z, my favorite films of 2014 and 2017, respectively, came out way early in the release cycle – 2018 has already been blessed with career-high work from Lucretia Martel, Paul Schrader, and LynneContinue reading “The best films of 2018, first half report”