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

Burning (Lee) 77
*Support the Girls (Bujalski) 74

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Thoroughbreds (Finley) 71
Sorry to Bother You (Riley) 70
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
Shoplifters (Kore-eda) 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
Mission: Impossible—Fallout (McQuarrie) 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
A Family Tour (Ying) 51
Souvenir (Defurne) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

Pass Over (Lee) 50
*In Between (Hamoud) 50
The Prayer (Kahn) 50
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (Neville) 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
*Juliet, Naked (Peretz) 43
*Ghost Stories (Dyson, Nyman) 43
Jupiter's Moon (Mundruczó) 42
Mandy (Cosmatos) 42
*A Prayer Before Dawn (Sauvaire) 42

C Pass

Mom & Dad (Brian Taylor) 41
*Before We Vanish (Kurosawa) 41
*What Will People Say (Haq) 41
Godard Mon Amour (Hazanavicius) 40
*The Third Murder (Kore-eda) 40
*Please Stand By (Lewin) 39
*Paul, Apostle of Christ (Hyatt) 38
*The Guardians (Beauvois) 38
The Day After (Hong) 37

C- Ugh

The Image Book (Godard) 36
*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)
Blindspotting (López Estrada)
Blood {2013} (Rudnitskaya)
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)
Makala (Gras)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Surya)
*Milla (Massadian)
*Minding the Gap (Liu)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Akhavan)
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