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Best Films of 2018

Movie list created by Stehako Avatar

This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz.
Created December 2018
UPDATED August 2019
- Recently added: The Favourite, Bat Times at the El Royale, RGB
Movies Seen: 81
Next movies to watch: Without a Trace and Sorry to Bother You

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Also-Seen:
Rated 6/10
A Simple Favor ... The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ... Galveston ... Mowgli ... Den of Thieves ... The Christmas Chronicles ... Game Over, Man! ... I Feel Pretty ... Hereditary ... Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again! ... The Spy Who Dumped Me ... Dumplin' ... Battle ... Widows ... John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken ... Thoroughbreds
Rated 5/10
The Meg ... Skyscraper ... Book Club ... Holmes & Watson ... Set it Up
Rated 4/10
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ... Second Act ... Terminal ... Dark Crimes ... Anon
Rated 3/10
Dude ... A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

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Lily James continues to impress me and shines with likability. The story it's self is fine and the production as a whole is fine enough. The title ends being a little more memorable than the movie itself.


I never would have thought it possible to actually make Margot Robbie not look stunning, but they did it. Congrats, make-up team!
This movie didn't seem to really know what it wanted to be, another "Marie Antoinette {2006)"?. Another costume period drama? A family film? A thriller? What?



As a director Eastwood seems to be going down a strange path. I love his ability to experiment at his ripe old age, but this one fell a little flat. Still, he no doubt is the big sell as the main actor. Too bd the supporting cast seems second rate.
The movie left me with thinking he could have made this a better movie ten years ago.




Jason Clarke is superb at playing an unlikable character. In this he plays a real-life unlikable schmuck... and he does it well.
For this first time I will actually say Ed Helm's performance was impressive. I think he should stick to this type of acting rather than be cast in comedies in which he doesn't deserve to be.




This is actually one of Redford's best performances. What ruins is the unnecessary story between his character and the very dull Casey Affleck's character. If it just stuck with his illegal hobby, his two comrades and his new love interest the film would have been a well-paced delight.



Rated 6.4/10






Rated 6.4/10



Actually not a bad comedy here. Leslie Mann is the main draw, but the rest of the cast turns in decent performances. Many of the scenes are unnecessarily silly and gag-inducing; but that's what comedies like to do, I suppose.





Rated 6.5/10




Rated 6.5/10



The energy of Jack Black and the infinite talents of Cate Blanchet turn this kids movie into something better than maybe it had the right to be.




Rated 6.7/10






Rated 6.8/10







Director: Ben Lewin
His 8th movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


It's rare to see Paul Rudd play it serious, but when he does he nails it. I think this movie may have suffered from awkward direction and writing. I can also see the ending being too unspectacular to really draw a healthy audience. Too bad because it's an interesting WWII story the cast does a fine job.

Added to Lists:

Top Ten Performances - Paul Rudd
The Incredible Collection of WWII Stories


I was looking for a jolly holiday with Mary... what I found was a slipshod attempt to recreate magic from a classic.
Yes, Emily Blunt is delightful, but the direction, writing and editing killed this movie. I'm not sure how looked at the structure of this movie and all its scenes and thought it would actually work. This is was a high-production value movie with the high caliber cast that seemed to be directed by an amateur. This is strange since I rather revere Rob Marshall and gave him a pass with his other mess, "Into the Woods". Looks like the reverence will have to end.
The movie relied on old animation and a likable cast to save it. In the end it was fine enough family movie, but it's sad to think how great the original was in comparison. I know it's not always fair to compare, but alas I feel I must.

There are some great cameos and fine new songs, even if half were unnecessary to the story.

If you want to relive the magic of Mary Poppins watch "Saving Mr. Banks". That is a wonderful movie all on its own but does very in recreating that magic.


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Rated 6.8/10



The latest example of poor comedic writing, casting (Enough Ed Helms!) and editing. This movie had a lot of potential but only became fairly entertaining and funny. Where are the new comedy classics??

At least TV still knows how to do comedy.




Rated 6.9/10







Rated 6.9/10




An electric performance from Carrey Mulligan brings life to a mostly lifeless movie... but perhaps that was the point... she is in a lifeless town and in a lifeless marriage with a lifeless kid.




Rated 6.9/10



A comic-book fan's dream come to life. Though, I did watch it with my kid, who wanted to watch it immediately after watching it and he hasn't read a comic book at all. So, maybe it's just a likable movie...
I found several animation sequences to be impressive and the variety of Spider-Man characters made it interesting.
Otherwise I found this felt like I was watching an animated show from the 90s. That's not an entirely bad thing, I watched those... just didn't find either amazing.

But how about that voice cast? Wow.




Rated 7.0




A modest coming of age in a time of jazz uncertainty. Some white kids from the 'burbs head to south central and get some needed culture and understanding. A story brimming with excitement for what is to come for them and for music...





Rated 7.0/10






Rated 7.1/10




Perhaps the most unfairly maligned film of the year. People gave it low ratings because it is emotionally manipulative. Oh, so sorry you were forced to tear up at a sad or happy moment because this little movie forced you to. What's wrong with being reminded of your feelings?





Rated 7.1/10






This Tarantino wannabe has a lot going for it, but it falls flat for the most part and wants to be too much like Tarantino, especially "Hateful Eight". Still dug it overall.



7.1



A fun teen movie that took queues from the right classics and made it its own on top of that. Unlike in some teen movies, most of the main characters are likable.



Rated 7.1/10






The story of the ridiculously influential Doug Kenney and the group of people who changed comedy forever... for the good.
It's pretty funny even if it's nowhere near as funny as the material they came up with.
Will Forte leads a well-known cast and he keeps it under control, not making it too weird.



Rated 7.2/10




RBG

I had been wanting to watch this, and with her passing, no better time. There isn't anything innovative with the form here, but the documentarians laid out her life, relationships, career, and societal impact rather effectively.


Dafoe is brilliant and Schnabel puts his unique thumbprint all over the filming. It's depressing, but that is to be expected, what wasn't expected is that it was still somehow life-affirming.



Rated 7.2/10



All the silliness of the first one with less of the laughs.





Rated 7.3/10






If you like "Veep" you will likely enjoy this one, as it's also created by the witty mind of Armando Iannucci. Even with it being a subject absolutely care nothing about the dialogue and characters keep this one going. It takes a dull subject and effectively livens it up.





Rated 7.3/10



I am still really into this franchise. The story is well-constructed, the acting still there, and of course... montages still on point!




Rated 7.4/10







Rated 7.4/10







Rated 7.4/10







Rated 7.4/10







A nice, straight-forward story of RGB making an important change in the landscape of gender equality in the US. Felicity Jones is likable as always and Armie Hammer plays another perfectly cast Harvard student/grad, but they completely underused the indelible Kathy Bates.
The ending is nice and the movies song, "Here Comes the Change" should have been nominated or an Oscar.



Rated 7.5/10






Rated .5/10



I appreciate the genre bend and I was impressed by the acting. The story was barely there. The ending was sudden and strange...
I think the director, Lanthimos, has a unique eye and messed-up sense of humor, which I'm all for; but this was not his most successful. Knowing this it's strange this was the one that got the Academy's attention.




Rated 7.5/10







Rated 7.5/10








Rated 7.6/10








Rated 7.6/10







Rated 7.6/10








Rated 7.7/10




This image sums up the movie very nicely. The awkwardness, the uncertainty, the anticipation, the loneliness, the insecurity, the desire for more... most of us have all felt this and around 8th it's possibly more prevalent than any other time in our adolescence.





Rated 7.7/10







Rated 7.8/10



A very potent documentary with all the characters, twists and turns you want in a biodoc.

It's about artists, fartists, race, racists, statues, status, love, love lost, passion and... life.





Rated 7.8/10





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