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Movies | Top Ten Movies of 2018

Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) returns in Mission: Impossible - Fallout

As I won't be watching any more new films before 2019 arrives, it's a pretty safe time to reveal what my top ten movies of 2018 were, counting down in reverse order. And just to note: this is my top ten of the year - if your top ten is different, then that's just fine.

Honourable mentions for those that didn't quite make it: (in alphabetical order) Creed II, Lady Bird, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Favourite.

10. I, Tonya

Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) dazzles on the ice in I, Tonya

Margot Robbie is just fantastic as Tonya Harding, and the supporting cast are all pretty much fantastic too. It can veer from almost slapstick comedy to domestic abuse without any real warning, so can be a difficult watch - but it never loses your attention.

9. Annihilation

This is one of the weirder sights to see in Annihilation

For last year and the other films on this list, they were all released in the cinema for the year they appear, but Annihilation is a movie I've only watched on Netflix. Despite never seeing it on a big screen, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, with Alex Garland continuing his hot streak with movies.

8. The Post

Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) butt heads with the US government in The Post

Along with others like Bridge of Spies, this movie has been referred to as 'lesser Spielberg' - in other words, not on par with movies like Jaws, ET, Schindler's List, or Saving Private Ryan. It just goes to show how incredible a director Spielberg is that a 'lesser' work is still one of the best of the year.

7. Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel (Constance Wu) struggles to fit in with her fiance's family in Crazy Rich Asians

I'm really not one for romantic comedies, and yet I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. While the central story-line may be formulaic, it's executed to perfection and the wide cast is fantastic fun to spend time with. I'm honestly looking forward to the sequel, which I didn't think I would before I saw this movie.

6. Molly's Game

Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) gets in over her head in Molly's Game

Technically, I saw this before Christmas in 2017, but it is officially a 2018 release for the UK and so it makes it onto this list, just as it would've if it had counted for last year. Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba are great to watch and I appreciate that the movie assumes the audience can keep up as it charges along.

5. Black Panther

T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) fights for the future of his country in Black Panther

Dodgy CGI in the climax aside, I loved this movie from start to finish. It has one of the all-time great sympathetic villains in Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger, and a whole host of incredible women in key roles. Special credit to Chadwick Boseman, whose performance is often under-appreciated by those talking about this movie.

4. A Star is Born

Jack (Bradley Cooper) can only watch as Ally (Lady Gaga) surpasses him in A Star is Born

This is a ridiculously-good debut as a director for Bradley Cooper, although even his efforts are outshone by Lady Gaga as Ally. Cooper's performance as Jackson is also probably a career best too, but Gaga is simply incredible and deserves many awards for her magnificent display here.

3. Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos (Josh Brolin) proves to be ultimate threat to the universe in Avengers: Infinity War

If my recent post about this movie wasn't enough to explain why I love this movie, then I doubt anything will be. Despite its two-and-a-half hours running time, the events of this film simply race by right up to the cataclysmic finale that left every screening I saw in a state of shock. Bring on Avengers: Endgame.

2. BlacKkKlansman

Patrice Dumas (Laura Harrier) and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) take on the KKK in BlacKkKlansman

Just a slight change of subject matter in comparison to the previous film, Spike Lee's latest is brilliant in its own right, but passes into greatness when you hit that final montage and you realise that everything you've seen has been setting up for those final images to hit home as hard as they do.

1. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Walker (Henry Cavill), Hunt (Tom Cruise) and Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) - not to be messed with in Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Much like I felt Blade Runner 2049 last year was a new benchmark for science-fiction cinema, I honestly believe that Fallout does the same for action movies. I don't think I can give it any higher praise other than to say it is a true classic of its genre and deserves more awards than I imagine it will receive for just how perfect every second of this movie really is.



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