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2018’s films ranked

A duplicate of the 2018’s films ranked page, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).


02.24.19: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2018, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)


This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2018 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the OFCS and AWFJ awards); some films released in the UK without US releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2018 unless otherwise noted.


other yearly rankings:
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]
BlackKklansman (07.30/08.10/08.24)
Paddington 2 (10.29.17/01.12/11.10.17)
The Death of Stalin (10.02.17/03.09/10.20.17)
A Quiet Place (04.02/04.06/04.02)
Border (09.28/10.26/03.08.19)
The Favourite (10.18/11.23/01.01.19)
Roma (12.01/11.21/11.30)
If Beale Street Could Talk (10.19/12.14/02.08.19)
Shoplifters (10.24/11.23/11.23)
Capernaum (12.01/12.14/02.22.19)
Tully (05.01/05.04/05.04)
Black Panther (02.13/02.16/02.13)
A Wrinkle in Time (03.17/03.09/03.23)
Mary Magdalene (03.05/TBA/03.16)
Beast (09.18.17/05.11/04.27)
Summer 1993 (05.12/05.25/07.13)
Blindspotting (10.02/07.20/10.05)
Shirkers (01.06.19/10.26/10.26)
First Reformed (05.30/05.18/07.13)
The Sisters Brothers (11.07/09.21/04.05.19)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (12.12/06.08/11.09)
Studio 54 (06.11/10.05/06.15)
The Insult (02.13/01.12/TBA)
The Rider (04.05/04.13/09.14)
A Star Is Born (09.25/10.05/10.03)
A Fantastic Woman (01.25/02.02/03.02)
Makala (09.21.17/08.24/02.02)
Even When I Fall (04.09/TBA/04.13)
McQueen (05.14/07.20/06.08)
First Man (10.04/10.12/10.12)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (07.17/07.06/08.02)
A Simple Favor (08.29/09.14/09.21)
Hotel Artemis (07.17/06.08/07.20)
A Second Chance (10.11.14/07.13/03.20.15)
RBG (04.28/05.04/01.04.19)
Eighth Grade (05.31/07.13/04.26.19)
Hearts Beat Loud (07.30/06.08/08.03)
Whitney (06.14/07.06/07.06)
Three Identical Strangers (07.16/07.29/11.30)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (12.06/12.14/12.12)
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2018 (90th Academy Awards) (02.07/02.09/direct to VOD)

[4.5 stars]
Isle of Dogs (03.19/03.23/03.30)
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (09.23/09.28/09.21)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (10.17/10.19/02.01.19)
At Eternity’s Gate (02.24.19/11.16/03.29.19)
All About Nina (09.29/09.28/TBA)
Destroyer (10.14/12.25/01.25.19)
Sorry to Bother You (10.11/07.06/12.07)
Vox Lux (10.16/12.07/05.03.19)
Free Solo (02.02.19/09.28/12.14)
The Front Runner (10.14/11.07/01.11.19)
The Little Stranger (09.18/08.31/09.21)
Widows (10.10/11.16/11.06)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (01.18.19/09.14/01.18.19)
I Kill Giants (03.27/03.23/04.06)
Juliet, Naked (08.15/08.17/11.02)
The Cinema Travellers (01.17/TBA/01.26)
Sadie (10.06/10.12/TBA)
Adrift (07.03/06.01/06.29)
Crazy Rich Asians (08.31/08.15/09.14)
Apostasy (10.07.17/direct to DVD/07.27)
Night Comes On (07.28/08.03/TBA)
The Wife (07.18/08.17/09.28)
Science Fair (09.23/09.14/10.19)
Woman Walks Ahead (06.16/06.29/TBA)
A Kid Like Jake (05.31/06.01/direct to DVD)
Generation Wealth (05.29/07.20/07.20)
ACORN and the Firestorm (05.08/04.06/TBA)
Loveless (01.16/02.16/02.09)
Where Is Kyra? (04.06/04.06/TBA)
Game Night (02.22/02.23/03.02)
Funny Cow (04.04/direct to VOD/04.20)
A Private War (10.20/11.02/02.01.19)
Leave No Trace (05.30/06.29/06.29)
My Generation (09.22.17/direct to DVD/03.14)
Beauty and the Dogs (09.19.17/03.23/direct to VOD)
Of Fathers and Sons (02.23.19/11.16/TBA)
Pad Man (02.25/02.09/02.09)
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2018 (90th Academy Awards) (02.11/02.09/direct to VOD)

[4 stars]
I Am Not a Witch (10.03/09.07.18/10.20)
Pili (10.11/TBA/10.12)
Journey’s End (11.20.17/03.16/02.02)
The Mercy (12.16.17/11.30/02.09)
Unsane (03.13/03.23/03.23)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (07.23/07.27/07.25)
The First Purge (07.02/07.04/07.04)
93Queen (07.13/07.25/02.01.19)
Vice (01.08.19/12.25/01.25.19)
Skate Kitchen (05.29/08.10/09.28)
Mary Queen of Scots (12.03/12.07/01.18.19)
On the Basis of Sex (11.28/12.25/02.22.19)
Lost Child (09.14/09.14/TBA)
Lizzie (10.02/09.14/12.14)
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (11.25/11.29/11.29)
Green Book (10.13/11.21/02.01.19)
Stan & Ollie (10.21/12.28/01.11.19)
Bohemian Rhapsody (10.24/11.02/10.24)
Fahrenheit 11/9 (10.10/09.21/10.19)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (07.21/07.20/07.20)
Nancy (06.02/06.08/direct to DVD)
Disobedience (04.24/04.27/11.30)
Half the Picture (05.29/06.08/TBA)
Angels Wear White (05.04/05.04/TBA)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (05.30/08.03/09.07)
The Hate U Give (10.19/10.05/10.22)
Monsters and Men (11.08/09.28/01.11.19)
The King (aka Promised Land) (09.19.17/06.22/direct to DVD)
Annihilation (03.25/02.23/direct to Netflix)
Ocean’s Eight (06.12/06.08/06.18)
Madame (03.17/03.23/07.20)
Borg vs McEnroe (09.11.17/04.13/09.22.17)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
(04.08/direct to Netflix/04.20)
The Chamber (01.18.17/02.23/03.10.17)
The Party (10.09.17/02.16/10.13.17)
Sweet Country (04.22/04.06/03.09)
Marrowbone (aka The Secret of Marrowbone) (03.25/04.13/07.13)
Destination Wedding (08.30/08.31/TBA)
Dark River (06.30/06.29/02.23)
The Happy Prince (06.12/10.10/06.15)
Love After Love (04.28/03.30/direct to VOD)
New Town Utopia (05.03/TBA/05.04)
Love, Simon (04.03/03.16/04.06)
Finding Your Feet (03.07/03.30/02.23)
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (05.17/07.20/06.27)
Searching (08.19/08.24/08.31)
Tehran Taboo (02.15/02.14/10.05)
Please Stand By (01.25/01.26/TBA)
Edie (05.01/TBA/05.25)
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (01.18/01.19/05.18)
Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story (01.18/01.19/TBA)
Colette (09.15/09.21/01.11.19)
Minding the Gap (02.22.19/08.17/03.22.19)
Final Portrait (08.18.17/03.23/08.18.17)
The Judge (04.29/04.13/11.23)
Dark Money (07.07/07.13/TBA)
Saving Brinton (05.17/05.18/06.26)
Jeune Femme (aka Montparnasse Bienvenüe) (05.15/TBA/05.18)
Prospect (10.31/11.02/TBA)
3 Days in Quiberon (11.16/TBA/11.16)
Under the Wire (11.14/11.16/09.07)
Becoming Astrid (11.10/11.23/TBA)
Tea with the Dames (aka Nothing Like a Dame) (09.19/09.21/05.02)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (09.03/09.21/09.21)
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018 (90th Academy Awards) (02.07/02.09/direct to VOD)

[3.5 stars]
Bumblebee (12.09/12.21/12.24)
Liyana (10.20/10.10/TBA)
Bird Box (12.13/12.13/12.13)
Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (10.27/11.30/11.16)
12 Strong (01.23/01.19/01.26)
Never Goin’ Back (05.29/08.03/TBA)
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (07.29/07.27/08.03)
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (06.07/06.08/03.23)
Bad Reputation (10.01/09.26/10.26)
The Old Man & the Gun (10.12/09.28/12.07)
Family in Transition (11.28/11.16/TBA)
Little Pink House (04.14/04.20/TBA)
The Hurricane Heist (04.03/03.09/04.06)
Avengers: Infinity War (04.26/04.27/04.26)
Beautiful Boy (10.13/10.12/01.18.19)
Far from the Tree (07.19/07.20/direct to VOD)
Love, Gilda (09.19/09.21/TBA)
Goldstone (10.16.16/03.02/direct to DVD)
The Final Year (01.21/01.19/01.19)
Weed the People (10.25/10.26/direct to VOD)
In the Land of Pomegranates (01.05/01.05/TBA)
Journeyman (10.08.17/TBA/03.30)
Oh Lucy! (02.19/03.02/TBA)
What They Had (10.25/10.19/03.01.19)
The Receptionist (07.17/TBA/07.20)
Unlovable (11.22/11.01/TBA)
Yardie (05.29/03.15.19/08.24)
Mountain (11.08.17/05.11/12.15.17)
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (04.08/04.13/08.10)
Postcards from the 48% (07.02/TBA/07.06)
Rampage (04.11/04.13/04.11)
The Quake (10.14/12.14/TBA)
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (12.07/12.07/TBA)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

[3 stars]
Ralph Breaks the Internet (11.27/11.21/11.30)
Mary Poppins Returns (12.21/12.19/12.21)
Utøya – Jul 22 (11.04/TBA/10.26)
Puzzle (07.19/07.27/09.07)
Boundaries (05.21/06.22/direct to VOD)
They Shall Not Grow Old (10.16/12.17/11.09)
Creed II (11.21/11.21/11.30)
Eating Animals (06.15/06.15/TBA)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (06.05/06.22/06.06)
The Meg (08.07/08.10/08.10)
Johnny English Strikes Again (09.30/10.26/10.05)
Freak Show (05.25/01.12/06.22)
Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (04.17/04.27/04.20)
Pacific Rim: Uprising (03.21/03.23/03.23)
Thoroughbreds (04.07/03.09/04.06)
Under the Tree (08.06/07.06/08.10)
Gemini (09.20.17/03.30/direct to VOD)
Never Steady, Never Still (04.17/TBA/04.20)
Crowhurst (03.23/TBA/03.23)
Revenge (05.09/05.11/05.11)
Every Day (04.14/02.23/04.20)
Down a Dark Hall (08.21/08.17/direct to DVD)
Mohawk (03.02/03.02/direct to VOD)
Half Magic (02.18/02.23/TBA)
Blockers (03.22/04.06/03.30)
The Bookshop (07.29/06.29/08.24)
The Children Act (08.20/09.14/08.24)
Incredibles 2 (07.18/06.15/07.13)
Anon (04.30/direct to Netflix/05.11)
Jonathan (aka Duplicate) (11.25/11.16/direct to DVD)
Do You Trust This Computer? (08.15/08.17/TBA)

[2.5 stars]
Wildlife (09.24/10.19/11.09)
Possum (10.01/11.02/10.26)
Hereditary (05.29/06.08/06.15)
Cold War (Zimna wojna) (08.31/12.21/08.31)
Custody (Jusqu’à la garde) (02.21/06.29/04.13)
Mirai (11.28/11.30/11.02)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (05.22/05.25/05.24)
Lean on Pete (09.26.17/04.06/05.04)
Foxtrot (09.26.17/03.02/03.01.19)
Mary Shelley (05.19/05.25/07.06)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (02.24.19/11.09/11.09)
Welcome to Marwen (12.18/12.21/01.01.19)
In Darkness (05.24/05.25/direct to VOD)
Don’t Leave Home (09.11/09.14/TBA)
The Cured (02.23/02.23/05.11)
All I Wish (aka A Little Something for Your Birthday) (03.27/03.30/direct to DVD)
Furlough (03.16/03.16/TBA)
Alpha (08.21/08.17/08.24)
Outlaw King (10.17/11.09/11.09)
Scorched Earth (02.02/02.02/direct to VOD)
Wildling (04.09/04.13/04.20)
Breaking In (05.10/05.11/05.11)
Memoir of War (La Douleur) (08.25/08.17/TBA)
Burning (01.29.19/10.26/02.01.19)
The Grinch (11.03/11.09/11.09)
Halloween (10.08/10.19/10.19)
Jinn (09.27/11.15/TBA)

red for no
give it a miss

[2 stars]
Skyscraper (07.16/07.13/07.12)
King of Thieves (08.31/01.25.19/09.14)
Smallfoot (09.29/09.28/10.12)
Beirut (aka The Negotiator) (04.15/04.11/08.10)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (05.01/05.25/05.11)
Tomb Raider (03.14/03.16/03.14)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (11.19/11.09/11.21)
The Darkest Minds (08.06/08.03/08.10)
Ghost Stories (12.04.17/04.20/04.06)
Early Man (01.14/02.16/01.26)
Small Town Crime (10.10.17/01.19/TBA)
Winchester (02.02/02.02/02.02)
Bel Canto (09.11/09.14/04.26.19)
The Boy Downstairs (02.16/02.16/06.08)
The Endless (06.01/04.06/06.29)
Here and Now (10.15/11.09/TBA)
Claire’s Camera (03.03/03.09/TBA)
Midnight Sun (03.15/03.23/03.30)
Sherlock Gnomes (04.22/03.23/05.11)

[1.5 stars]
Aquaman (12.13/12.21/12.12)
Overlord (10.24/11.09/11.07)
Little Women (09.23/09.28/TBA)
American Animals (08.20/06.01/09.07)
Dog Days (08.07/08.08/08.10)
On Chesil Beach (10.07.17/05.18/05.18)
The Lodgers (02.25/02.23/direct to DVD)
The Commuter (01.11/01.12/01.19)
Hunter Killer (10.20/10.26/10.19)
Mortal Engines (12.05/12.14/12.08)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (01.22/01.26/01.26)
Gringo (03.08/03.09/03.09)

[1 star]
Disney’s Christopher Robin (08.16/08.03/08.16)
Venom (10.03/10.05/10.03)
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (aka Sicario 2: Soldado) (07.03/06.29/.06.29)
Anything (05.16/05.11/TBA)
The Titan (04.17/direct to Netflix/04.13)
Basmati Blues (02.12/02.09/direct to VOD)
Social Animals (05.26/06.01/direct to VOD)
Double Lover (L’amant double) (08.08.17/02.14/06.01)
You Were Never Really Here (10.13.17/04.06/03.09)
Sicilian Ghost Story (07.30/11.30/08.03)
The Spy Who Dumped Me (08.20/08.03/08.22)
Ready Player One (03.28/03.29/03.28)
Attraction (Prityazhenie) (01.18/direct to VOD/01.19)
Slaughterhouse Rulez (10.29/TBA/10.31)
Peter Rabbit (02.04/02.09/03.16)
Fifty Shades Freed (02.09/02.09/02.09)
Black Hollow Cage (09.28.17/02.09/TBA)
Anna and the Apocalypse (10.25/11.30/11.30)
Life of the Party (05.10/05.11/05.10)
November (02.23/02.23/TBA)
Peterloo (10.29/04.05.19/11.02)
Mom and Dad (02.05/01.19/03.09)
Bad Times at the El Royale (10.09/10.12/10.12)
Book Club (06.01/05.18/06.01)
Unfriended: Dark Web (08.07/07.20/08.10)

[.5 stars]
A Happening of Monumental Proportions (09.08/09.21/TBA)
Life Itself (10.15/09.21/01.04.19)
Padmaavat (01.31/01.25/01.25)
Red Sparrow (03.01/03.02/03.01)
Submission (03.13/03.02/direct to VOD)
Show Dogs (04.15/05.18/05.25)
The Equalizer 2 (08.18/07.20/08.17)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (11.14/11.16/11.16)

[0 stars]
The Mule (01.22.19/12.14/01.25.19)
Robin Hood (11.19/11.20/11.20)
The Predator (09.13/09.14/09.12)
Truth or Dare (04.12/04.13/04.13)
Lies We Tell (11.08.17/02.02/02.02)
Native (02.13/direct to VOD/02.23)
Mute (02.24/03.23/02.23)
The 15:17 to Paris (02.09/02.09/02.09)
I Feel Pretty (05.04/04.20/05.04)
Deadpool 2 (05.15/05.18/05.15)
Terminal (05.27/05.11/07.06)
Overboard (06.13/05.04/06.22)
Mile 22 (09.06/08.17/09.19)
Assassination Nation (10.01/09.21/11.23)
The Happytime Murders (08.24/08.24/08.27)
Mandy (10.05/09.14/10.12)
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (05.30/10.19/10.23)
Suspiria (11.12/10.26/11.16)
Holmes & Watson (01.02.19/12.25/12.16)


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