10. Wonder Woman
One of the biggest movies of the year finally showed that it’s possible for DC to match Marvel in the movie industry. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins make a foremost female team and it could not have come at a better time. Women are primed to take control of many things in 2018 and the Amazon warrior is their ultimate symbol, especially in the industry that women have really blown the doors off of. Full review here
9. The Glass Castle
This is the movie based on Jeanette Walls autobiography in which she is played beautifully by Oscar winner Brie Larson, chronicles her childhood with parents who lived a rather gypsy like existence always on the run from debts and the government leaving them in poverty. As she gets older, Jeanette begins to resent her parents for the life they have given her and her siblings. Woody Harrelson plays her alcoholic father who struggles with his addiction and life. Her always optimistic mother is played by Naomi Watts.
8. Wind River
One of my favorite movies last year was Hell Or High Water which was written by Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan is a writer AND director for the first time with Wind River. With two great leads by Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen it tells the story of a murder on an Indian reservation and the FBI agent (Olsen) and the local official from Fish and Game (Renner) who discovered the body. The wild search lands them in an unlikely situation that may get them killed as well.
7. Blade Runner 2049
Set 30 years after the original sci-fi classic, Ryan Gosling plays K a blade runner tracking down replicants who need to be put out of commission. After one such event he begins discovering things that lead him on a stranger path and meet him up with Rick Deckard once again played by Harrison Ford. What made this sequel so great was that the tone and vision of Ridley Scott’s original are kept perfectly intact by the visionary Denis Villeneuve. It is without question one of the best sequels in years.
6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand gives yet another powerful performance alongside Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. The story of a woman tired of there being no progress in her daughters murder case she takes an unusual course of action by renting 3 billboards on the edge of town calling out the local police department and its chief played by Harrelson. With great performances all around it has been a big player on the awards scene. Full review here
5. The Disaster Artist
If there is one movie I was very surprised by it was The Disaster Artist. There are many reasons for this surprise one being that I’m not at all a big James Franco fan, I feel he tends to over act a lot of the time. Another reason is all the praise it was getting considering its subject. I just had a hard time believing that a movie about the making of possibly the worst movie of all time would have a hard time being good. I’m happy to say I was dead wrong on all fronts. I laughed and laughed hard and thought it was an all around very good movie.
4. All The Money In The World
One of the most talked about movies of the year not only because of how fine of a film it is but because of the re-casting and reshoot all within a month of its release. After sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey emerged, director Ridley Scott decided to save his movie instead of scraping it and he cast Christopher Plummer in Spacey’s place. Everything worked out and for what seems like for the better. Plummer has earned himself a Golden Globe nomination and along with Michelle Williams, steals the movie. Full review here
3. I, Tonya
Prepare for a trip back to the mid 90’s when big hair and figure skating were all the craze. Even before “the incident” figure skating was at one of its all time highs in popularity. Throw in America’s sweetheart and her rival America’s redneck and you have the ultimate drama. Lucky for us the rednecks story is fascinating from beginning to end. With stand out performances by Margot Robbie who plays the infamous Tonya Harding and Allison Janney as her mother it truly is one of the, can’t miss movies of the year. Full review here
Christopher Nolan proved that a modern day war picture doesn’t have to be violently graphic to be a great film or to convey the terror and impact of war for those involved. It is truly one of, if not, best picture of the year and perhaps of Nolan’s career (the dark knight is tough to top though). This has most definitely been one of the best war pictures in the last 20 years or so. Look for many accolades to come there way this awards season. Full review here
- Lady Bird
I can’t say enough great things about Greta Gerwig’s movie about a teen girl and her struggle to navigate a difficult time in her life along with an overbearing mother who doesn’t know how to connect with or give her daughter what she needs. Saorsie Ronan is emerging as one of the great actresses out there right now and is charging headfirst into her third Oscar nomination and quite possibly her first win. Full review here