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The Movies of 2018: U.S. Releases
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⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
A Ciambra Dir. Jonas Carpignano. Pio Amato, Damiano Amato, Koudous Seihon A–
Ava Dir. Sadaf Foroughi. Mahour Jabbari, Shayesteh Sajadi, Bahar Noohian A–
Black Panther Dir. Ryan Coogler. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira B+
Happy as Lazzaro Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani A–
If Beale Street Could Talk Dir. Barry Jenkins. KiKi Layne, Stephan James A
Isle of Dogs Dir. Wes Anderson. Voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin A–
Life and Nothing More Dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza. Andrew Bleechington A
Madeline's Madeline Dir. Josephine Decker. Helena Howard, Molly Parker B
On Body and Soul Dir. Ildikó Enyedi. Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi B
ROMA Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Nancy García García A–
Sorry to Bother You Dir. Boots Riley. Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson B+
Western Dir. Valeska Grisebach. Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Viara Borisova A
Zama Dir. Lucrecia Martel. Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Minujín, Matheus Nachtergaele A

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
Angels Wear White Dir. Vivian Qu. Vicky Chen, Zhou Meijun, Jiang Xinyue, Peng Jing B
Annihilation Dir. Alex Garland. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac C+
BlacKkKlansman Dir. Spike Lee. John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier B–
Blindspotting Dir. Carlos López Estrada. Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Javina Gavankar B–
Bodied Dir. Joseph Kahn. Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Walter Perez B
Border Dir. Ali Abbasi. Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson B+
Burning Dir. Lee Chang-dong. Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun, Choi Seung-ho B
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Dir. Marielle Heller. Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant B+
Capernaum Dir. Nadine Labaki. Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw B+
Dark Money Dir. Kimberly Reed. Documentary about corporate involvement in elections B+
Eighth Grade Dir. Bo Burnham. Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Luke Prael, Emily Robinson B+
The Favourite Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz B
First Man Dir. Damien Chazelle. Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke A–
First Reformed Dir. Paul Schrader. Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Philip Ettinger B+
The Hate U Give Dir. George Tillman, Jr. Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby B+
Hereditary Dir. Ari Aster. Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro B+
The Judge Dir. Erika Cohn. Documentary about Palestinian female Shari'a judge B
Lean on Pete Dir. Andrew Haigh. Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz A–
Leave No Trace Dir. Debra Granik. Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Ben Foster B+
Monsters and Men Dir. Reinaldo Marcus Green. John David Washington B+
No Date, No Signature Dir. Vahid Jalilvand. Amir Aghaee, Navid Mohammadzadeh B+
Ready Player One Dir. Steven Spielberg. Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn B–
The Rider Dir. Chloé Zhao. Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott B–
Shoplifters Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda. Jyo Kairi, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô A–
Summer 1993 Dir. Carla Simón. Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí A–
The Tale Dir. Jennifer Fox. Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter B
Tully Dir. Jason Reitman. Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston A–
Vox Lux Dir. Brady Corbet. Raffey Cassidy, Natalie Portman, Stacy Martin, Jude Law B+
You Were Never Really Here Dir. Lynne Ramsay. Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts B+

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
12 Days Dir. Raymond Depardon. Documentary about French psychiatric patients in court B
24 Frames Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. Two-dozen vignettes extrapolated from old photos B
Beautiful Boy Dir. Felix van Groeningen. Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet C+
Beauty and the Dogs Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania. Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli B
Blockers Dir. Kay Cannon. Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton B
Boy Erased Dir. Joel Edgerton. Lucas Hedges, Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman B
Call Her Ganda Dir. PJ Raval. Documentary about murdered Filipina trans sex worker C–
Christopher Robin Dir. Marc Forster. Ewan McGregor, voice of Jim Cummings B
Cold War Dir. Paweł Pawlikowski. Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Borys Szyc B
Colette Dir. Wash Westmoreland. Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough B–
Crazy Rich Asians Dir. Jon M. Chu. Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh B–
The Death of Stalin Dir. Armando Iannucci. Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi B
Destroyer Dir. Karyn Kusama. Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell B
Disobedience Dir. Sebastián Lelio. Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola B
En el séptimo día Dir. Jim McKay. Fernando Cardona, Abel Perez, Gilberto Jimenez C+
The Endless Dirs. Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead. Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead B
Free Solo Dirs. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin. Documentary about climbing B+
Gemini Dir. Aaron Katz. Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Nelson Franklin B
Good Luck Dir. Ben Russell. Documentary about Serbian and Surinamese mines B+
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Dir. Sophie Fiennes. Documentary B
The Green Fog Dirs. Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson, Evan Johnson. Experimental film C
Hannah Dir. Andrea Pallaoro. Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Jean-Michel Balthazar B
I Feel Pretty Dirs. Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein. Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams B–
In Between Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud. Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura B–
The Insult Dir. Ziad Doueiri. Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh C+
Kings Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Halle Berry, Lamar Johnson, Daniel Craig B–
Let the Sun Shine In Dir. Claire Denis. Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois B
Love, Simon Dir. Greg Berlanti. Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp C+
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts Dir. Mouly Surya. Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra C+
The Miseducation of Cameron Post Dir. Desiree Akhavan. Chloë Grace Moretz C+
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Dir. Christopher McQuarrie. Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill C+
Monrovia, Indiana Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary about a small U.S. town B+
November Dir. Rainer Sarnet. Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Heino Kalm, Arvo Kukumägi B
The Other Side of Everything Dir. Mila Turajlić. Documentary about secret history B+
Paddington 2 Dir. Paul King. Voice of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville B–
A Quiet Place Dir. John Krasinski. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds C
RBG Dirs. Julie Cohen, Betsy West. Documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg B–
Rogers Park Dir. Kyle Henry. Christine Horn, Jonny Mars, Antoine McKay, Sara Sevigny B
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland Dirs. Kate Davis, et al. B–
A Star Is Born Dir. Bradley Cooper. Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott B+
Suspiria Dir. Luca Guadagnino. Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Angela Winkler D
Sweet Country Dir. Warwick Thornton. Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey Furber B
Three Identical Strangers Dir. Tim Wardle. Documentary about reunited triplets C+
Viper Club Dir. Maryam Keshavarz. Susan Sarandon, Julian Morris, Edie Falco B
Wajib Dir. Annemarie Jacir. Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Leila Bakri B–
Where Is Kyra? Dir. Andrew Dosunmu. Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland B
Whitney Dir. Kevin Macdonald. Documentary about Whitney Houston's rise and fall B
Widows Dir. Steve McQueen. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez B
The Wife Dir. Björn Runge. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater B–
Wildlife Dir. Paul Dano. Ed Oxenbould, Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Camp B
Woman Walks Ahead Dir. Susanna White. Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes C+
Won't You Be My Neighbor? Dir. Morgan Neville. Documentary about Fred Rogers B–
The Workshop Dir. Laurent Cantet. Matthieu Lucci, Marina Foïs, Warda Rammach B
A Wrinkle in Time Dir. Ava DuVernay. Storm Reid, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller C

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
The 15:17 to Paris Dir. Clint Eastwood. Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler D
Are We Not Cats Dir. Xander Robin. Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea LJ Lopez B–
Dark River Dir. Clio Barnard. Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, Shane Attwooll C
The Day After Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Sae-byeok C
Double Lover Dir. François Ozon. Marina Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Myriam Boyer B–
Game Night Dirs. John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein. Jason Bateman B–
Girl Dir. Lukas Dhont. Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Katelijne Damen D
The Happy Prince Dir. Rupert Everett. Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas C–
Incredibles 2 Dir. Brad Bird. Voices of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell C
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again Dir. Ol Parker. Lily James, Amanda Seyfried C–
Ocean's Eight Dir. Gary Ross. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway B–
The Old Man & the Gun Dir. David Lowery. Robert Redford, Casey Affleck C
Outside In Dir. Lynn Shelton. Mark Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever C+
Red Sparrow Dir. Francis Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons D
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Dir. Matt Tyrnauer. Documentary B
Unsane Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Amy Irving C–
Under the Tree Dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson C
What They Had Dir. Elizabeth Chomko. Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon B–

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
Bohemian Rhapsody Dir. Bryan Singer. Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy D–
Halloween Dir. David Gordon Green. Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Judy Greer F
Nobody's Fool Dir. Tyler Perry. Tika Sumpter, Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick D–
On Chesil Beach Dir. Dominic Cooke. Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson F
The Party Dir. Sally Potter. Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall D–
Proud Mary Dir. Babak Najafi. Taraji P. Henson, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Billy Brown F
The Seagull Dir. Michael Mayer. Annette Bening, Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan C–