Sometimes a film wears its anguish like fingerprints on a mirror. Dano handles this material based on a 1990 Richard Ford novel in a crisp, muted fashion, increasing the sense of instability for his characters who cannot predict how their actions will antagonize or threaten the others. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis Why It Made the Cut: Not only is this the Marvel entry that you can enjoy without watching any other Marvel movies—a massive feat—but everything about Black Panther went above and beyond the confines of the much-maligned superhero flick. Here We Go Again Courtesy of Universal Studios. Here he concocts a ravishing period piece in which an early 18th century British monarch engages in a pas de trois with two ambitious courtiers. But mostly eschews those tropes, instead conjuring the deepest, darkest, most awful emotional devastation you could comprehend, and bringing it to nightmarish fruition. Cam Released: November 16 Cast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid Director: Daniel Goldhaber Why It's Great: Unlike the Unfriended films or last summer's indie hit Searching, this web thriller from director Daniel Goldhaber and screenwriter Isa Mazzei isn't locked into the visual confines of a computer screen.
. So, it's no surprise that Chris Elliott and Abby Elliott excel at playing gleefully obnoxious versions of themselves, with Chris telling crude jokes while drinking his life away and Abby unleashing brutal one-liners while stressing out about her upcoming wedding. But we feel his eagerness to want to help set things right, to reassure his mom, to reconnect with his dad — and we feel his growing resentment when his vision of an orderly universe keeps getting jarred. Where to see it right now: Rent on Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube 54. Over 20 years into the franchise, the dream-team pairing of and writer-director have kicked things up into an even higher gear, delivering a new action masterpiece packed with mind-blowing chases, burly brawls, and jaw-dropping stunts. In the movies, you have humanity right next to you presumably not using a cell phone , and humanity in front of you, so outsized and vivid as to sometimes be overwhelming.
For much of its two-hour running time, Cosmatos keeps you waiting, building the unease and delivering retina-frazzling acid-hued imagery. This schmaltzy, campy, Cher-filled island love fest provided the medicine we needed to make it through 2018. Saoirse Ronan is dependably excellent as Lady Bird herself — likeable, charming and infuriating, often all at the same time — while Laurie Metcalf teases out subtle, tear-jerking emotion as her fraught but deeply-caring mother. A finale in which Zama takes action then transforms the film into a nightmare of confusion, alienation and futility. Its director was fired during filming. Shot with the bright colors of a 90s music video and the roving camera movements of a Michael Bay blockbuster, Coralie Fargeat's ultra-slick reinvention of the rape-revenge sub-genre follows Jen Lutz as her romantic getaway with a married man Janssens is interrupted by his two loathsome hunting buddies. Hovering over the action like a wide-eyed goth specter, Riseborough proves an enchanting object of black-magic desire.
But when a demon biker gang kidnaps Mandy Bloom on behalf of cult leader Jeremiah Sand, Red kicks into overdrive on a gore-soaked vengeance quest. A screenwriter helming a feature for the first time, Gudegast is not in the same league as Mann as a filmmaker and Butler, sporting unflattering tattoos and a barrel-like gut, is hardly Al Pacino. A Quiet Place What happens when a supernatural entity can't hunt you unless it can hear you? Gemini Released: March 30 Cast: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee Director: Aaron Katz Land Ho! Isle of Dogs Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Oh, and there is also gambling on duck races, because men have to do something. Even in this rarified world, the stakes are high and the actresses are unquestionably playing for keeps. Clara's Ghost Released: December 6 Cast: Paula Niedert Elliott, Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott, Bridey Elliott Director: Bridey Elliott Why It's Great: Casting your own famous family as thinly veiled stand-ins for themselves and shooting a movie at your parents beautiful Connecticut home is the type of indulgent indie movie cliche that might send movie-goers running for the exits. Luckily, it's the rare blockbuster with charming human moments that doesn't feel the need to overcompensate with scenes of mass destruction or constantly apologize for its modest scale.
They may not be the best movies of the year, but they sure are the steamiest. In Paddington 2, a talking bear in a blue duffle coat, voiced by Ben Whishaw, tries to buy a present for his 100-year-old aunt and wrongfully ends up in prison. In the ripped-from-the-headlines crime melodrama The Mule, the 88-year-old filmmaker plays Earl Stone, an elderly horticulturist who falls on hard times and becomes a drug runner for a Mexican drug cartel, but this isn't a geriatric take on Breaking Bad or an ultra-violent shoot-em-up in the style of this year's loathsome drug war action movies or Peppermint. It's a plus that the footage which the teenage Tan shot, unearthed after decades, is a marvel — an arresting, picaresque, candy-colored ode to childlike wonder that makes one pine for the film, and career, that could have been. Best among the year's best ensemble is Simon Russell Beale, known for his Shakespearean roles on stage, who as head of the secret police is wonderfully ruthless, cajoling, caustic, and coolly inhumane.
Even when the movie feels like it might float away, you want to float with it. This year she followed up with , another gripping drama about people living on the fringes of society. Besthdmovies has the lowest Google pagerank and bad results in terms of Yandex topical citation index. The film stars newcomer Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey and your crush of 2018 yup, Noah Centineo, as one of her crushes, Peter Kavinsky. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Yojiro Noda, and Yoko Ono Why It Made the Cut: Lightning-quick, beautiful-looking, and full of heart. The psychosexual hallucinatory heavy-metal grindhouse revenge saga of your cinematic dreams, Mandy is a midnight movie of mythic madness. Whether it be a muted drama, a surreal comedy, or a creepy horror flick, this was the year we needed somewhere to escape our own world for a few hours.
Watch a clip: Joe's piercing gaze … by on 5. Plus, who knew that a silent movie could be so damn scary? There's a camaraderie and playfulness to the whole admittedly paper-thin enterprise. Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah, the backstop for the monarch and who may or may not have the best interests of state in mind , engages in a dominant-submissive relationship where the power dynamics are constantly challenged. In a just world, the Braven-verse would be rapidly expanding every year. No matter what brings, Infinity War is a success beyond even our own mountainous expectations.
Emma Stone has never been better. It is, in fact, an intimate, deeply personal, black-and-white Polish film about love and folk music. As a depiction of a writer, an artist really, going to extreme lengths to create and survive, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Filmed in the Coen Brothers' typically meticulous style, the stories are recognizably Coenesque in that fate keeps dealing a surprising hand. If there's one thing that pleases almost anyone even if not everyone cares to admit it , it's sex. More than a little unhinged, Clara finds herself neglected by her show-biz-obsessed offspring and dismissed by her bitter husband, but Bridey's roving camera sees her with poignant and hilarious clarity. Elsie Fisher is a revelation as thirteen-year-old Kayla, whose day-to-day existence on the cusp of middle school graduation is defined by social media, squabbles with her single dad Josh Hamilton , and social anxiety and ostracism. He felt as useless as a horse with a broken leg.