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 two years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

B+/A- Near Great

B+ Must See

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Thoroughbreds (Finley) 71
Lean On Pete (Haigh) 70
*24 Frames (Kiarostami) 69
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Wilkerson) 69

B Recommended

*Leave No Trace (Granik) 68
Let the Corpses Tan (Cattet, Forzani) 68
Who We Are Now (Newton) 68
The Rider (Zhao) 67
Claire's Camera (Hong) 67
Seder-Masochism (Paley) 66
*Beirut (Anderson) 66
Game Night (Daley, Goldstein) 65
*Three Identical Strangers (Wardle) 65
The Green Fog (Maddin, Johnsons) 64
Anna's War (Fedorchenko) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Good Manners (Rojas, Dutra) 63
This Is Our Land (Belvaux) 63
The Death of Stalin (Iannucci) 63
Annihilation (Garland) 62
Those Who Are Fine (Schäublin) 62
*Where Is Kyra? (Dosunmu) 61
Eighth Grade (Burnham) 61
Werewolf (McKenzie) 60
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Dumont) 60
Dim the Fluorescents (Warth) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

The Guilty (Möller) 59
Dark River (Barnard) 59
First Reformed (Schrader) 58
*Lover for a Day (Garrel) 58
Pendular (Murat) 58
Isle of Dogs (Anderson) 58
Bisbee '17 (Greene) 57
A Quiet Place (Krasinski) 57
Incredibles 2 (Bird) 57
Outside In (Shelton) 56
*Summer 1993 (Simón) 56
*Mary and the Witch's Flower (Yonebayashi) 56
Hereditary (Aster) 55
Piercing (Pesce) 55
*Journey's End (Dibb) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

Western (Grisebach) 54
The Commuter (Collet-Serra) 54
*Ray Meets Helen (Rudolph) 53
*American Animals (Layton) 53
Unsane (Soderbergh) 53
*The Seagull (Mayer) 52
Ready Player One (Spielberg) 52
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Van Sant) 52
Zama (Martel) 51
*Hearts Beat Loud (Haley) 51
Souvenir (Defurne) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

Pass Over (Lee) 50
*In Between (Hamoud) 50
The Prayer (Kahn) 50
Gemini (Katz) 49
Tully (Reitman) 49
Shock Waves—Diary of My Mind (Meier) 49
Mammal (Daly) 48
Let the Sunshine In (Denis) 48
*You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay) 47
*Beast (Pearce) 47
*Bad Samaritan (Devlin) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

The Workshop (Cantet) 45
*Rodin (Doillon) 45
*Pope Francis—A Man of His Word (Wenders) 44
*Ghost Stories (Dyson, Nyman) 43
Mandy (Cosmatos) 42

C Pass

Mom & Dad (Brian Taylor) 41
*Before We Vanish (Kurosawa) 41
Godard Mon Amour (Hazanavicius) 40
*Please Stand By (Lewin) 39
*Paul, Apostle of Christ (Hyatt) 38
*The Guardians (Beauvois) 38
The Day After (Hong) 37

C- Ugh

*Ismaël's Ghosts (Desplechin) 34
Mrs. Hyde (Bozon) 33
The Outsider (Zandvliet) 33
*Double Lover (Ozon) 32
The Banishment (Zvyagintsev) {2007} 31
The Dead Man and Being Happy (Rebollo) {2012} 31

D+ Double-Ugh

*Gotti (Connolly) 25

D Bomb

Caniba (Paravel, Castaing-Taylor) 8

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

A Ciambra (Carpignano)
Araby (Uchôa, Dumans)
Ava (Foroughi)
Azougue Nazaré (Melo)
Bilal's Stand {2010} (Sharrief)
Chris the Swiss (Kofmel)
Clara's Ghost (Elliott)
Cocote (Carlo de los Santos Arias)
The Destiny of Lesser Animals {2011} (Albright)
Djon África (Reis, Miller Guerra)
Drift (Wittmann)
Fugue (Smoczynska)
The Giant (Nyholm)
Good Luck (Russell)
The Great Buddha+ (Huang)
In the Last Days of the City (Said)
The Last Family (Matuszynski)
Love, Simon (Berlanti)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Surya)
Milla (Massadian)
Minding the Gap (Liu)
Mountain {2015} (Kayam)
My Favorite Fabric (Jiji)
Narcissister Organ Player (Narcissister)
Notes on an Appearance (D'Ambrose)
On Her Shoulders (Bombach)
1% (McCallum)
Our House (Kiyohara)
Our New President (Pozdorovkin)
Paddington 2 (King)
The Price of Everything (Kahn)
*RBG (West, Cohen)
Scaffolding (Yair)
Scary Mother (Urushadze)
Sir (Gera)
A Skin So Soft (Côté)
Stealth {2006} (Baier)
*Sweet Country (Thornton)
The Tale (Fox)
The Task (Ledare)
The Trouble With You (Salvadori)
Yardie (Elba)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing