The organizers of the Cannes Film Festival set out their gender equality credentials, Monday, on the eve of the event getting underway. Variety chief critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge look back at the most remarkable releases from the past six months, championing everything from well-meaning micro-indies to a pair of exceptionally well-made superhero tentpoles, to reveal that 2018 is off to a great start. Starring Ben Whishaw and Julie Walters, the family-friendly sequel has scored 628,000 sales in 2018 so far. Alex Garland's made something that earns 2001: A Space Odyssey and Stalker comparisons yet is hauntingly original; the entire lighthouse sequence is the scariest thing I've seen this year. If you want to learn a lesson and also bawl your eyes out, then boy, do I have a recommendation for you.
We're already six months into 2018, and it's proven a pretty big year for movies. But even that abrupt turn serves an affectingly bleary purpose, as Tully explores the quotidian pains and redeeming pleasures of raising children, before delving deeper into a melancholy assessment of dawning middle age, roads not taken now forever closed and futures narrowed by choice and circumstance. The film is unexpectedly profound, if polarizing, and deserved more consideration than it has gotten. Everyone's favourite bear, Paddington, takes third slot. The Korea sequences of Black Panther alone guarantee its spot on this list, and after The Last Jedi a return to the not-so-contemporary, not-so-pop-culture, old-fashioned melodrama and myth of Solo: A Star Wars Story was a welcome one.
What left a great emotional impact on the people who bring you Screen Rant every day? Her policy interests to the extent that the movie is interested in detailing them are solid, progressive, and forward-thinking, particularly when it comes to the environment. As a horror nut, it's no surprise that my top two movies of the year so far are both horror movies: Hereditary, an absolutely masterful exercise in making me curl up in my seat like a coward; and A Quiet Place, which demonstrated what's possible when you have an effective core idea and a director who knows what to do with it. The former film stars Tilda Swinton and her real-life daughter, Honor Swinton-Byrne, and revolves around a complicated love story—critics. Hereditary was the heady psychological horror palette cleanser I needed after a month of underwhelming but not terrible franchise films Solo, most notably - while Love, Simon was a refreshing feel-good story that, in spite of increasingly polarizing times, told an uplifting journey of acceptance and inclusion. For full-length reviews of all of 2018's great releases so far, you can check out the , but here are the top picks from the editors. Great characters like Domino and Cable are added into the mix, the overall story feels more complete and interesting, and Ryan Reynolds' Merc with a Mouth remains a blast to watch.
For no other reason than to be able to fangirl and squeal about the romantic scenes and panty-melting men. But, it's not my favorite movie of the year so far ; Incredibles 2 is. Goldberg, an Oscar winner herself, has hosted the Academy Awards multiple times—in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2002. Twenty photographers lined the carpet in 1994; this decade, that number grew to nearly 50. It wowed audiences at Sundance and Phoenix Film Festival, and when it releases nationwide on July 13, you will understand why. Best movie lists are always subjective and I'm sure some of you will be mad if I don't include a movie you thought was the best.
First and foremost, it would be a nice nod to the 20-year anniversary of , which began when Goldberg took the stage in her infamous Queen Elizabeth costume and makeup. I know this tv series started airing in 2017 and finished airing in 2018. If The Big Sick could do it, why not Brittany? Should things go really well for these two films, perhaps The Farewell and The Souvenir could even fight their way into the best-picture race, avenging snubbed A24 films like The Florida Project and Eighth Grade. When, saying goodbye to a past life, Jandreau gets on the back of a horse for one last ride, he seems to fly—and with him, thanks to Zhao, the movie flies. Further, Love, Simon brings a fresh new voice to romcoms as it follows a gay high school student navigating coming out and falling in love for the first time. He writes crosswords for The New Yorker, The New York Times and the American Values Crossword Club.
Is it really the chemistry of the drugs? The Academy has since forged ahead with a hostless Oscars, instead shoring up the night like Jennifer Lopez and Charlize Theron. The second is Brittany Runs a Marathon, a Jillian Bell-starring dramedy about a flailing millennial that could also have screenplay potential. There's been a lot of good but not too much great which makes me question why I suggested we do this. Bursting into the Top 5 in typical superhero style is one of the year's most talked-about movies, Black Panther. To spend time close to it is to be altered by it, the mind whirring in new directions, toward troubling existential thoughts. And Gil Nak Won is now Han Jae Yi, an aspiring actress following in the footsteps of her mother. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? Zhao turns the story of his choice into an odyssey of the soul, teasing her drama right out of the lives of her found actors.
Below, our picks for the best 2018 has to offer, so far, presented in alphabetical order. Paddington 2 There is a reason this movie which was released in the U. I mean, what does Wonder Woman do? As a singer, Doris Day had a warm voice that captivated millions of post-war record-buyers. Breaking any of these rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight. You'll remember this movie for years to come.
And let's be clear on one thing. While the nonsensical killing off of Vanessa Morena Baccarin drew some deserved ridicule, the fact that the hilarious end credits scene undid that mistake makes me inclined to forgive and forget. Directed by Marielle Heller—snubbed this year for the finely wrought Can You Ever Forgive Me? Another popular franchise, Thor, is up in fourth, with Thor: Ragnarok, the third of the superhero movies centred around Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian god of thunder. Success and heroes, mixing under the same roof—for one night only. It's something that's wholly unique in many ways, including making sound a character in the story, which is what sets it apart from other thrillers out there.