Best Films of 2018

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus (eventually) mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2018 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Pete Billington: Wolves in the Walls
Panos Cosmatos: Mandy
Josephine Decker: Madeline's Madeline
Armando Iannucci: The Death of Stalin
Tamara Jenkins: Private Life
Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade
Ari Aster: Hereditary
Bing Liu: Minding the Gap
Carlos Lopez Estrada: Blindspotting
Sam Levinson: Assassination Nation
Jennifer Fox: The Tale
Paul Dano: Wildlife
Boots Riley: Sorry to Bother You
Debra Granik: Leave No Trace
Reinaldo Marcus Green: Monsters and Men


Berlin (feb):
Alonso Ruizpalacios: Museo
Marcelo Martinessi: The Heiresses
Wes Anderson: His Isle Of Dogs
Steven Soderbergh: Unsane
Philip Groening: My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot
Aleksey German: Dovlatov
Adina Pintilie: Touch Me Not
Erik Poppe: U - July 22
Lav Diaz: Season of the Devil
Christian Petzold: Transit
Cannes (may):
Chang-dong Lee: Burning
Zhangke Jia: Ash is Purest White
Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Ahlat Agaci/ The Wild Pear Tree
Hirokazu Kore-eda: Shoplifters
Pawel Pawlikowski: Cold War
Matteo Garrone: Dogman
Alice Rohrwacher: Happy as Lazzaro
Jong-bin Yoon: The Spy Gone North
Jafar Panahi: Three Faces
Kirill Serebrennikov: Summer
Asghar Farhadi: Everybody Knows
Jean-Luc Godard: The Image Book
Venezia (aug):
Director: Title
New York (oct):
Director: Title

Toronto (sep):
Director: Title

Ratings for the 2018 season

MUST SEE...:

7.5 Zhangke Jia: Ash is Purest White
7.5 Hirokazu Kore-eda: Shoplifters
7.5 Pawel Pawlikowski: Cold War
7.4 Chang-dong Lee: Burning
7.3 Matteo Garrone: Dogman
7.3 Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Ahlat Agaci/ The Wild Pear Tree
7.3 Alex Garland: Annihilation
7.2 Alonso Ruizpalacios: Museo
7.2 Paul Schrader: First Reformed
7.2 Chloe Zhao: The Rider
7.2 Alice Rohrwacher: Happy as Lazzaro
7.1 Terry Gilliam: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
7.1 Jafar Panahi: Three Faces
7.1 Francis Lawrence: Red Sparrow
7.1 Atsuko Hirayanagi: Oh Lucy
7.1 Morgan Neville: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
7.0 Jim McKay: En el Septimo Dia
7.0 Damon Cardasis: Saturday Church
7.0 Coralie Fargeat: Revenge
7.0 Sangsoo Hong: The Day After
7.0 Michael Pearce: Beast
7.0 Xavier Beauvois: Les Gardiennes/ The Guardians
7.0 Alan Rudolph: Ray Meets Helen
7.0 Christian Gudegast: Den of Thieves
Eva Husson: Girls of the Sun
7.0 Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Before We Vanish
7.0 Alex Ross Perry: Golden Exits
7.0 Rachel Israel:Keep the Change
7.0 Armando Iannucci: The Death of Stalin
7.0 Pete Billington: Wolves in the Walls
7.0 Panos Cosmatos: Mandy
7.0 Josephine Decker: Madeline's Madeline
7.0 Andrea Pallaoro: Hannah
7.0 Marcelo Martinessi: The Heiresses
7.0 Wes Anderson: Isle Of Dogs
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: Unsane
7.0 Philip Groening: My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot
7.0 Aleksey German: Dovlatov
7.0 Adina Pintilie: Touch Me Not
7.0 Erik Poppe: U - July 22
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: Unsane
7.0 Anders Walter: I Kill Giants
7.0 Aaron Katz: Gemini
7.0 John Krasinski: A Quiet Place
7.0 Lynne Ramsay: You Were Never Really Here
7.0 Ryan Coogler: Black Panther
7.0 Sebastian Lelio: Disobedience
7.0 Nadine Labaki: Capernaum
7.0 Jong-bin Yoon: The Spy Gone North
7.0 Kirill Serebrennikov: Summer
7.0 Asghar Farhadi: Everybody Knows
7.0 Jean-Luc Godard: The Image Book
7.0 Felipe Barbosa: Gabriel and the Mountain
SO SO...:

6.9 Hiromasa Yonebayashi: Mary and the Witch
6.9 Rainer Sarnet: November
6.9 Gustavo Letelier: El Destello de la Luna
6.8 Nick Park: Early Man
6.8 Haifaa al-Mansour: Mary Shelley
6.8 Spike Lee Pass Over
6.8 Gaspar Noe: Climax
6.8 Lav Diaz: Season of the Devil
6.8 Christian Petzold: Transit
6.8 Derek Nguyen: The Housemaid
6.8 Clint Eastwood: The 15:17 to Paris
6.8 Amber Sealey: No Light and No Land Anywhere
6.8 Andrew Dosunmu: Where Is Kyra
6.8 Serge Bozon: Mrs Hyde
6.8 Ari Aster: Hereditary
6.7 Andrew Haigh: Lean on Pete
6.7 Michel Hazanavicius: Godard Mon Amour
6.7 Joe Martin: Us and Them
6.7 Michael Sucsy: Every Day
6.6 Claire Denis: Let the Sunshine In
6.6 Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman
6.6 Dominic Savage: The Escape
6.6 Marie Monge: Treat Me Like Fire
6.6 Joe Penna: Arctic
6.6 Jaume Collet-Serra: The Commuter
6.6 Scott Cooper: Hostiles
6.6 Raoul Peck: The Young Karl Marx
6.6 Ava DuVernay: A Wrinkle in Time
6.6 Alexandre Moors: The Yellow Birds
6.5 Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms: Small Town Crime
6.5 Ali Soozandeh: Tehran Taboo
6.5 Al Pacino: Salome
6.5 Terry Gilliam: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
6.5 John Cameron Mitchell: How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Passable...:

6.4 Brian O'Malley: The Lodgers
6.4 Wes Ball: Maze Runner - The Death Cure
6.4 Xuan Liang & Chun Zhang: Big Fish & Begonia
6.3 Lynn Shelton: Outside In
6.2 Sally Potter: The Party
6.2 Miguel Arteta: Duck Butter
6.1 Bruce LaBruce: The Misandrists
6.1 Sang-soo Hong: Claire's Camera
6.1 James McTeigue: Breaking In
6.0 Michael Mayer: The Seagull
6.0 Michael Radford: The Music of Silence
6.0 Brett Donowho: Acts of Violence
6.0 Max Winkler: Flower
6.0 Cory Finley: Thoroughbreds
6.0 Janus Metz: Borg vs. McEnroe
6.0 Dominic Cooke: On Chesil Beach
6.0 Silas Howard: A Kid Like Jake
6.0 Ben Lewin: The Catcher Was a Spy
YUCK!...:

5.9 Nicolai Fuglsig: 12 Strong
5.8 John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein: Game Night
5.8 Jason Reitman: Tully
5.8 Bavo Defurne: Souvenir
5.8 John Stevenson: Sherlock Gnomes
5.8 Jay Chandrasekhar: Super Troopers 2
5.6 John Curran: Chappaquiddick
5.6 Joshua Marston: Come Sunday
5.5 Greg Berlanti: Love Simon
5.5 Steven DeKnight: Pacific Rim Uprising
5.5 Bart Layton: American Animals
5.4 Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman: Ghost Stories
5.4 Steven Spielberg: Ready Player One
5.4 Paolo Virzi: The Leisure Seeker
5.4 Gary Ross: Ocean's 8
5.3 Drew Pearce: Hotel Artemis
5.3 Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse: Dear Dictator
5.3 Bill Holderman: Book Club
5.2 Kay Cannon: Blockers
5.2 Brett Haley: Hearts Beat Loud
5.1 David Freyne: The Cured
5.0 Eli Roth: Death Wish
5.0 Bob Fisher & Rob Greenberg: Overboard
5.0 Saul Dibb: Journey's End
5.0 Joao Dumans & Affonso Uchoa: Araby
5.0 Roland Joffe: The Forgiven
5.0 Carlos & Jason Sanchez: Allure
5.0 Jose Padilha: 7 Days in Entebbe
5.0 Brad Anderson: Beirut
5.0 Richard Lanni: Sgt Stubby - An American Hero
5.0 Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein: I Feel Pretty
5.0 Lars von Trier: The House That Jack Built
5.0 David Robert Mitchell: Under The Silver Lake
5.0 Baltasar Kormakur: Adrift
5.0 Theresa Bennett: Social Animals
5.0 Simon Baker: Breath
GASP!...:

4.9 Ben Falcone: Life of the Party
4.9 Raja Gosnell: Show Dogs
4.8 David Leitch: Deadpool 2
4.8 Leigh Whannell: Upgrade
4.6 Shawn Christensen: The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
4.6 Adam Rifkin: The Last Movie Star
4.6 Lea Thompson: The Year of Spectacular Men
4.5 Tyler Perry: Acrimony
4.2 Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit
4.2 Brad Peyton: Rampage
4.1 Nash Edgerton: Gringo
4.1 Ron Howard: Solo - A Star Wars Story
4.0 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare
4.0 Johannes Roberts: The Strangers: Prey at Night
4.0 Roar Uthaug: Tomb Raider
4.0 Joe and Anthony Russo: Avengers - Infinity War
4.0 Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig: Winchester
4.0 James Foley: Fifty Shades Freed
4.0 Director X: Superfly
4.0 Brad Bird: Incredibles 2
4.0 Jeff Tomsic: Tag
4.0 Shana Feste: Boundaries
4.0 David Zellner & Nathan Zellner: Damsel
3.8 Juan-Antonio Bayona: Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom
3.8 Ron Howard: Solo - A Star Wars Story

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