Best of 2018, Vol. II: Top 30 films of 2018

Though I’ve still got a couple of final films to watch (Ben Is Back, Vox Lux) before I should officially release this list, in honor of the last day of 2018, which was mostly a very good year for me and also a great year for film, here are my picks for the best films of the year (as well as a couple of bonus categories).

30. Museo

29. Support The Girls

28. Won’t You Be My Neighbor

27. Green Book

26. A Quiet Place

25. Annihilation

24. The Front Runner

23. First Man

22. Puzzle

21. Eighth Grade

20. Widows

19. Colette

18. Cold War

17. The Kindergarten Teacher

16. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

15. Ash Is Purest White

14. A Private War

13. Bad Times At The El Royale

12.  A Star Is Born

11. Chappaquiddick

10.  The Rider

9. Never Look Away

8. A Simple Favor

7. Shirkers

6. Burning

5. The Wife

4. The Favourite

3. Thoroughbreds

2. Sorry Angel

1. Shoplifters

Honorable mentions: Blindspotting, The Cakemaker, Damsel, Destroyer, Disobedience, El Angel, Finding Your Feet, Game Night, Her Smell, High Life, Jane Fonda In Five Acts, Juliet, Naked, Lean On Pete, Leave No Trace, The Leisure Seeker, Lizzie, McQueen, Mary Poppins Returns, Non-Fiction, On Chesil Beach, The Party (not to be confused with Life Of The Party, which I loathed), Private Life, RBG, The Seagull, The Sisters Brothers, The Tale, Tea With The Dames, Tully, The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin, Vice, We The Animals, Who We Are Now, Wildlife

Critical favorites I didn’t hate, but (to various degrees) didn’t love: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, Beautiful Boy, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, The Bookshop, Boy Erased, Crazy Rich Asians, The Death Of Stalin, Happy As Lazzaro, Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Queen Of Scots, Minding The Gap, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, The Old Man And The Gun, The Outlaw King, Roma, Suspiria, Zama

Critical favorites I hated: Bohemian Rhapsody, First Reformed, Isle Of Dogs, Love, Simon, Madeline’s Madeline, On The Basis Of Sex, Sorry To Bother You, Under The Silver Lake, You Were Never Really Here

Happy New Year!

xx

J.V.