Movies seen in 2018

by Mictateur | created - 03 Jan 2018 | updated - 01 Feb 2019 | Public

This is my attempt at listing and ordering (from best to worst) all the recent movies I've seen in 2018. A few notable exceptions: * Numéro Une, Visages Villages, Faute d'Amour and Barbara, all released throughout 2017 and finally seen during their comeback in theaters in mid-January 2018, are not present on this list. * Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Wildlife and Astérix: Le secret de la potion magique, finally seen in early January 2019, are present on this list.

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1. Little Tickles (2018)

103 min | Drama

Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw. Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was abused, and immerses herself body and soul in her career as a dancer while trying to deal with her past.

Directors: Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer | Stars: Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Deladonchamps

Votes: 823

Starting with this one, these are the movies I label "exceptional". I cried like a baby. 'nuff said.

2. Dogman (2018)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi

Votes: 20,203 | Gross: $0.15M

The dogman broke my heart. Also, the setting was nothing short of breath-taking.

3. Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017)

181 min | Comedy, Romance

59 Metascore

A teen boy comes back to his hometown during summer vacation in search for love (in 1994).

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau, Salim Kechiouche, Lou Luttiau

Votes: 2,522

So nothing happens for three hours, but man, I was WITH them. I feel like I actually spent a summer with these guys/gals.

4. Under the Silver Lake (2018)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

Votes: 28,701 | Gross: $0.05M

The most unlikely movie of the year, which felt like a mix between Mulholland Drive and Inherent Vice. I loved it.

5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 399,967 | Gross: $54.51M

The movie is badass through and through, with a fairly random pitch.

6. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 343,783 | Gross: $137.69M

Starting with this one, these are the movies I label "very good". Amazing movie, chock-full of pop culture references. I almost lost faith in Spielberg, and this movie made me a believer again.

7. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 152,911 | Gross: $44.94M

Damien Chazelle can do no wrong. I loved how most of the experience of the flights was through loud noises and blurry visuals, in stark contrast to other space-related movies.

8. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 12,406 | Gross: $2.42M

This one is as brutally honest as movies go. Also, these are not actors! *mind blown*

9. At War (2018)

113 min | Drama

61 Metascore

After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs, the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent takes the lead in a fight against this decision.

Director: Stéphane Brizé | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie, David Rey

Votes: 1,313 | Gross: $0.00M

A social movie done right. Gripping.

10. The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 350,707 | Gross: $63.86M

It was touching and beautifully made. The music, the sets, the cast, everything came together for this one.

11. Custody (2017)

93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.

Director: Xavier Legrand | Stars: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux

Votes: 7,470 | Gross: $0.08M

So that's a first movie from an unknown dude. Suffice to say that is was so oppressing that I'll be watching his career with great interest.

12. Girl (II) (2018)

R | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A promising teenage dancer enrolls at a prestigious ballet school while grappling with her gender dysphoria.

Director: Lukas Dhont | Stars: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts

Votes: 10,825

Let's put it this way: if you don't feel for her, you're a robot.

13. Phantom Thread (2017)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono

Votes: 103,070 | Gross: $21.02M

This wasn't the masterpiece we all expected, but this was beautiful and quite surprising.

14. Leto (2018)

126 min | Biography, Music, Romance

69 Metascore

A love triangle emerges around a rock and roll musician, his protege and his wife in 1980s Russia.

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov | Stars: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk, Anton Adasinsky

Votes: 5,220

The movie is really not that good, but a few scenes are so amazing that they put a huge smile on your face and you keep thinking about them long after the credits are over.

15. Sorry Angel (2018)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Jacques is an older writer from Paris. Arthur is a young student in Rennes. They instantly fall in love. But they'll have to face rejection and sickness to keep it that way.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès, Adèle Wismes

Votes: 2,560 | Gross: $0.03M

There wasn't really any plot, but the performances were incredible.

16. In Safe Hands (2018)

G | 110 min | Drama

Theo was born an unwanted child. The social services set out to find the perfect home for his adoption.

Director: Jeanne Herry | Stars: Sandrine Kiberlain, Gilles Lellouche, Élodie Bouchez, Olivia Côte

Votes: 1,322 | Gross: $0.00M

A simple and beautiful story. Very poignant.

17. Tully (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A struggling mother of three forms an unexpected bond with the night nanny hired to help with her newborn baby.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Asher Miles Fallica

Votes: 49,040 | Gross: $9.23M

Charlize Theron + Jason Reitman = genius.

18. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 110,519

The Coen bros did not disappoint, with fun stories, a healthy dose of cynicism and a star-studded cast.

19. The Troubleshooter (2018)

81 min | Comedy, Drama

After a failed one-night stand, a mechanic ends up taking care of three children.

Director: Julien Guetta | Stars: Eric Judor, Laure Calamy, Brigitte Roüan, Ilan Debrabant

Votes: 457

This is the poster child for the new recipe for comedies: start as a comedy and then made a 90-degree turn halfway through in drama territory.

20. A Quiet Place (2018)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

Votes: 381,617 | Gross: $188.02M

Birdbox done right, with a great family story, edge-of-your-seat cold open and a monster revealed gradually.

21. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen

Votes: 37,904 | Gross: $0.21M

How to do a thriller without any budget? Just don't show anything, that's how. And the thing is, it works even better than with visuals.

22. Hostiles (2017)

R | 134 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Stella Cooper

Votes: 64,554 | Gross: $29.82M

Everything about this neo-western is top notch, especially the cast.

23. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 128,801 | Gross: $32.02M

The slow resurgence of stop-motion is clearly not over. As quirky as expected with Wes, with probably the most A-listers in a movie this year.

24. Woman at War (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Halla becomes a determined environmental activist, but this threatens a long-held hope of hers.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 6,553 | Gross: $0.85M

An out-of-left-field indie Icelandic gem with a pitch so weird it's hard to believe they actually got the movie funded.

25. In the Fade (2017)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 26,802 | Gross: $0.32M

Simple, raw and yet so effective. Diane Kruger may have a career in Germany yet.

26. The Insult (2017)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud

Votes: 13,525 | Gross: $1.00M

27. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 191,790 | Gross: $49.28M

28. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Votes: 301,586 | Gross: $404.52M

29. The Freshmen (2018)

PG | 92 min | Drama

Friendship sparks between newcomer Benjamin and held-back Antoine during the first year of medical school.

Director: Thomas Lilti | Stars: Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil, Michel Lerousseau, Darina Al Joundi

Votes: 1,701

30. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 219,048 | Gross: $48.96M

31. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 168,538 | Gross: $30.01M

32. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 582,653 | Gross: $700.06M

33. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 451,558 | Gross: $324.59M

34. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 52,896 | Gross: $3.31M

35. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 319,387 | Gross: $190.24M

36. The Prayer (2018)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Thomas is a drug addict. In an effort to put an end to his habit, he joins a community of former addicts who live isolated in the mountains and use prayer as a way to cure themselves.

Director: Cédric Kahn | Stars: Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Alex Brendemühl, Louise Grinberg

Votes: 900

37. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

Votes: 271,215 | Gross: $213.77M

38. Oh Lucy! (2017)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 2,599 | Gross: $0.38M

39. The Disaster Artist (2017)

R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen

Votes: 128,365 | Gross: $21.12M

40. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 234,010 | Gross: $608.58M

41. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 54,319 | Gross: $2.47M

42. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 264,544 | Gross: $32.73M

43. Knife + Heart (2018)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

Director: Yann Gonzalez | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet

Votes: 3,050 | Gross: $0.03M

44. Gaspard at the Wedding (2017)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

When his father gets remarried, Gaspard must return home to the family zoo. Afraid to deal with his siblings, he convinces a stranger, Laura, to be his date.

Director: Antony Cordier | Stars: Félix Moati, Laetitia Dosch, Christa Théret, Marina Foïs

Votes: 653

45. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery