2018 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released in 2018, and the last two columns for films seen in 2018. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2017 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2018. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2018
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2018 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (†).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2018 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than 2 years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

B+/A- Near Great

B+ Must See

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Lean On Pete (Haigh) 70
24 Frames (Kiarostami) 69
PROTOTYPE (Williams) 69
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Wilkerson) 69

B Recommended

Let the Corpses Tan (Cattet, Forzani) 68
The Rider (Zhao) 67
Claire's Camera (Hong) 67
The Green Fog (Maddin, Johnsons) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

This Is Our Land (Belvaux) 63
The Death of Stalin (Iannucci) 63
Werewolf (McKenzie) 60
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Dumont) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

Dark River (Barnard) 59
*Lover for a Day (Garrel) 58
Pendular (Murat) 58
Outside In (Shelton) 56
*Mary and the Witch's Flower (Yonebayashi) 56

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

Western (Grisebach) 54
Zama (Martel) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

*In Between (Hamoud) 50
Bright Sunshine In (Denis) 48

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

The Workshop (Cantet) 45

C Pass

Mom & Dad (Brian Taylor) 41
Redoubtable (Hazanavicius) 40
The Ritual (Bruckner) 38
The Day After (Hong) 37

C- Ugh

The Banishment (Zvyagintsev) {2007} 31

D+ Double-Ugh

D Bomb

Caniba (Paravel, Castaing-Taylor) 8

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

A Ciambra (Carpignano)
Arábia (Uchôa, Dumans)
Beast (Pearce)
Cocote (Carlo de los Santos Arias)
The Last Family (Matuszynskiego)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Surya)
1% (McCallum)
Paddington 2 (King)
Scaffolding (Yair)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing