Notable Films of 2018

by StoreSusan | created - 23 Mar 2018 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Just a bunch of films I enjoyed and would recommend that is listed as a 2018 release on IMDb in no particular order. The list is far from being finished, there is still a lot of foreign films I'd like to watch, and films that I just missed in the cinema and will watch eventually.

Side note: Turns out 2018 was a great year for Danish cinema.

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1. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 38,668 | Gross: $0.80M

9/10

2. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 123,895

9/10

3. Checkered Ninja (2018)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A possessed Ninja doll teams up with a teenage boy to avenge the murder of a poor child factory worker.

Directors: Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Anders Matthesen | Stars: Anders Matthesen, Emma Sehested Høeg, Alfred Bjerre Larsen

Votes: 3,128

8/10

4. November 13: Attack on Paris (2018)

55 min | Documentary

Documentary chronicling the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

Stars: Barouyr, Benoit, Philippe Boutinaud, Bernard Cazeneuve

Votes: 1,700

8/10

5. Utøya: July 22 (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Brede Fristad

Votes: 10,131

8/10

6. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 122,891 | Gross: $32.02M

8/10

7. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 50,414 | Gross: $2.47M

8/10

8. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun, Soo-Kyung Kim

Votes: 35,373 | Gross: $0.72M

8/10

9. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 23,201 | Gross: $17.96M

8/10

10. Under the Silver Lake (2018)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

Votes: 26,286 | Gross: $0.05M

8/10

11. Widows (2018)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 76,908 | Gross: $42.40M

8/10

12. The Sisters Brothers (2018)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Western

78 Metascore

In 1850s Oregon, the infamous duo of assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters, chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 44,622 | Gross: $3.14M

8/10

13. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 146,338 | Gross: $44.94M

8/10

14. Journal 64 (2018)

Not Rated | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A series of mysterious disappearances in 2006 are eerily connected to the same institution.

Director: Christoffer Boe | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Johanne Louise Schmidt, Søren Pilmark

Votes: 9,604

7/10

15. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 19,438 | Gross: $12.32M

7/10

16. American Vandal (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 34 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Stars: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro, Travis Tope

Votes: 24,391

7/10 - Season 2

17. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 194,788 | Gross: $44.07M

7/10 - would have been an 8/10 if the ending was more subtle, there also are a few other issues I have with the film but none of them really impacted my enjoyment. While it still is a good film, I'd just recommend watching Rosemary's Baby and The Tenant instead

18. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 34,623 | Gross: $14.92M

7/10

19. Before the Frost (2018)

104 min | Drama

As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Noer | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Clara Rosager, Magnus Krepper, Ghita Nørby

Votes: 636

7/10 - It goes on for maybe 5-10 minutes too long other than that the beginning of the film wasn't that interesting but once I realized what it set up for the second part it made up for it.

20. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen

Votes: 34,740 | Gross: $0.21M

7/10 - It definitely has its problems but I still enjoyed it so incredibly much, a very clear case of a film whose positives heavily outweighing its negatives.

21. The House That Jack Built (2018)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

42 Metascore

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Votes: 47,684 | Gross: $0.09M

7/10

22. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 103,845

7/10

23. Searching (III) (2018)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Director: Aneesh Chaganty | Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La

Votes: 119,183 | Gross: $26.02M

7/10

24. Apostle (2018)

TV-MA | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins, Bill Milner

Votes: 36,087

7/10

25. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 297,613 | Gross: $215.29M

7/10

26. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 53,120 | Gross: $13.54M

7/10

27. Unsane (2018)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple

Votes: 35,912 | Gross: $7.73M

7/10

28. Knife + Heart (2018)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

69 Metascore

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

Director: Yann Gonzalez | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet

Votes: 2,695 | Gross: $0.03M

7/10

29. Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher | Stars: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani

Votes: 11,116

7/10

30. Woman at War (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Halla becomes a determined environmental activist, but this threatens a long-held hope of hers.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 5,660 | Gross: $0.85M

6/10

31. A Fortunate Man (2018)

TV-14 | 162 min | Drama

In the late 19th century, Peter Sidenius is an ambitious young man from a devout Christian family in Western Denmark, who travels to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to study engineering, ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Esben Smed, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Benjamin Kitter, Julie Christiansen

Votes: 3,358

6/10 - I would have to watch it again to finalize my opinion as there are parts of it that I enjoyed a lot but there also is quite a few times where I thought some of it was subpar or not as good as it should have been. not entirely sure if this is a 6 or a 7/10

The book is also better by a lot.

32. Tag (I) (2018)

R | 100 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director: Jeff Tomsic | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 98,192 | Gross: $54.55M

6/10

33. Game Night (I) (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan

Votes: 182,558 | Gross: $69.18M

6/10

34. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

Director: Susanna Fogel | Stars: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi, Mila Kunis

Votes: 60,086 | Gross: $33.56M

6/10

35. Venom (2018)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A failed reporter is bonded to an alien entity, one of many symbiotes who have invaded Earth. But the being takes a liking to Earth and decides to protect it.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze

Votes: 322,505 | Gross: $213.52M

5/10 One of the most entertaining superhero film I've ever seen, it is incredibly flawed, but I was so entertained by the film that it didn't bother me

36. Mid90s (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Director: Jonah Hill | Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith

Votes: 36,497 | Gross: $7.36M

6/10

37. Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

69 Metascore

A villain's maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.

Directors: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail | Stars: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong

Votes: 14,666 | Gross: $29.56M

6/10

38. Game Over, Man! (2018)

TV-MA | 101 min | Action, Comedy

32 Metascore

Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists.

Director: Kyle Newacheck | Stars: Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Chloe Bridges

Votes: 23,662

7/10 - As a fan of 'Workaholics' - their previous work, I highly enjoyed 'Game Over, Man', as it's basically the same characters but in a Die Hard scenario, how ever if you're not a fan of 'Workaholics' you probably won't get much out of it, as the quality of the film making skills at display isn't anything special at all.

39. Blockers (2018)

R | 102 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

Director: Kay Cannon | Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton

Votes: 63,852 | Gross: $59.84M

5/10

40. Summer of 84 (2018)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell | Stars: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew

Votes: 27,713 | Gross: $0.09M

5/10

41. Mandy (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

81 Metascore

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 53,350 | Gross: $1.21M

5/10 - For me there isn't really anything in the substance of the film that I get that much out of, but I really enjoy the style and how Unapolagetic the film is as a whole.

42. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

86 Metascore

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg

Votes: 262,545 | Gross: $220.16M

5/10

43. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

Votes: 107,037 | Gross: $53.55M

3/10



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