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):
Debra Granik: Leave No Trace
Ari Aster: Hereditary
Pete Billington: Wolves in the Walls
Jennifer Fox: The Tale
Armando Iannucci: The Death of Stalin
Panos Cosmatos: Mandy
Josephine Decker: Madeline's Madeline
Tamara Jenkins: Private Life
Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade
Bing Liu: Minding the Gap
Carlos Lopez Estrada: Blindspotting
Sam Levinson: Assassination Nation
Paul Dano: Wildlife
Boots Riley: Sorry to Bother You
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):
Pawel Pawlikowski: Zimna Wojna/ Cold War
Zhangke Jia: Jiang Hu Er Nv/ Ash Is Purest White
Hirokazu Kore-eda: Manbiki Kazoku/ Shoplifters
Nadine Labaki: Capernaum
Chang-dong Lee: Burning
Alice Rohrwacher: Lazzaro Felice/ Happy As Lazzaro
Jafar Panahi: Se Rokh/ Three Faces
Gaspar Noe: Climax
Debra Granik: Leave No Trace
Terry Gilliam: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Ahlat Agaci/ The Wild Pear Tree
Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman
Eva Husson: Girls of the Sun
Kirill Serebrennikov: Leto/ Summer
Jean-Luc Godard: The Image Book
Asghar Farhadi: Everybody Knows
Lars von Trier: The House That Jack Built
David Robert Mitchell: Under the Silver Lake
Vanessa Filho: Angel Face
Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Asako I & II
Benedikt Erlingsson: Kona Fer I Strid/ Woman at War
Venezia (aug):
Yorgos Lanthimos: The Favourite
Jacques Audiard: The Sisters Brothers
Alfonso Cuaron: Roma
Joel & Ethan Coen: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
Jennifer Kent: The Nightingale
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng: Manta Ray
Emir Baigazin: Ozen/ The River
Mahmut Fazil Coskun: Anons/ The Announcement
Pema Tseden: Jinpa
Soudade Kaadan: The Day I Lost My Shadow
Mike Leigh: Peterloo
Julian Schnabel: At Eternityís Gate
New York (oct):
Director: Title

Toronto (sep):
Jacques Audiard: The Sisters Brothers
Alfonso Cuaron: Roma
Nicole Holofcener: The Land of Steady Habits
Chang-dong Lee: Burning
Gaspar Noe: Climax
Steve McQueen: Widows
Karyn Kusama: Destroyer
Brady Corbet: Vox Lux
Marielle Heller: Can you ever Forgive me
Sebastian Lelio: Gloria Bell
Barry Jenkins: If Beale Street Could Talk
Bradley Cooper: A Star is Born
David Lowery: The Old Man and the Gun
Alex Ross Perry: Her Smell
Damien Chazelle: First Man

Ratings for the 2018 season

MUST SEE...:

7.5 Zhangke Jia: Jiang hu er nv/ Ash is Purest White
7.5 Hirokazu Kore-eda: Manbiki Kazoku/ Shoplifters
7.4 Chang-dong Lee: Beoning/ Burning
7.4 Yorgos Lanthimos: The Favourite
7.3 Jacques Audiard: The Sisters Brothers
7.3 Alfonso Cuaron: Roma
7.3 Matteo Garrone: Dogman
7.3 Alex Garland: Annihilation
7.3 Nadine Labaki: Capernaum
7.3 Blake Williams: Prototype
7.2 Alonso Ruizpalacios: Museum/ Museo
7.2 Alice Rohrwacher: Lazzaro Felice/ Happy as Lazzaro
7.2 Joel & Ethan Coen: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
7.1 Jafar Panahi: Se Rokh/ Three Faces
7.1 Francis Lawrence: Red Sparrow
7.1 Ari Aster: Hereditary
7.1 Morgan Neville: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
7.1 Debra Granik: Leave No Trace
7.1 Gaspar Noe: Climax
7.1 Terry Gilliam: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
7.1 Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Ahlat Agaci/ The Wild Pear Tree
7.1 Jong-bin Yoon: The Spy Gone North
7.0 Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman
7.0 Christian Gudegast: Den of Thieves
7.0 Nicole Holofcener: The Land of Steady Habits
7.0 Jennifer Kent: The Nightingale
7.0 Phuttiphong Aroonpheng: Manta Ray
7.0 Emir Baigazin: Ozen/ The River
7.0 Mahmut Fazil Coskun: Anons/ The Announcement
7.0 Pema Tseden: Jinpa
7.0 Soudade Kaadan: The Day I Lost My Shadow
7.0 Eva Husson: Girls of the Sun
7.0 Pete Billington: Wolves in the Walls
7.0 Karyn Kusama: Destroyer
7.0 Brady Corbet: Vox Lux
7.0 Panos Cosmatos: Mandy
7.0 Josephine Decker: Madeline's Madeline
7.0 Ava DuVernay: A Wrinkle in Time
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 John Krasinski: A Quiet Place
7.0 Kirill Serebrennikov: Summer
7.0 Asghar Farhadi: Everybody Knows
7.0 Jean-Luc Godard: The Image Book
7.0 Boots Riley: Sorry to Bother You
7.0 Susanna Fogel: The Spy Who Dumped Me
7.0 Desiree Akhavan: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
7.0 Jean-Stephane Sauvaire: A Prayer Before Dawn
7.0 Bing Liu: Minding the Gap
7.0 Rodrigo Cortes: Down a Dark Hall
SO SO...:

6.9 Josephine Decker: Madelineís Madeline
6.9 Hiromasa Yonebayashi: Mary and the Witch
6.9 Vanessa Filho: Angel Face
6.9 Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Asako I & II
6.9 Benedikt Erlingsson: Kona Fer I Strid/ Woman at War
6.9 Matthew Porterfield: Sollers Point
6.9 Carla Simon: Summer 1993
6.9 Russell Harbaugh: Love After Love
6.9 Gustavo Letelier: El Destello de la Luna
6.9 Valerie Massadian: Milla
6.9 Lars von Trier: The House That Jack Built
6.9 David Robert Mitchell: Under The Silver Lake
6.9 Robert Schwentke: The Captain
6.9 Aneesh Chaganty: Searching
6.9 Isabel Coixet: The Bookshop
6.9 Paul Weitz: Bel Canto
6.9 Eli Roth: The House With a Clock in Its Walls
6.8 Nick Park: Early Man
6.8 Mike Leigh: Peterloo
6.8 Julian Schnabel: At Eternity's Gate
6.8 Paul Feig: A Simple Favor
6.8 Haifaa al-Mansour: Mary Shelley
6.8 Spike Lee Pass Over
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 Claire Denis: Let the Sunshine In
6.8 Andrew Dosunmu: Where Is Kyra
6.8 Serge Bozon: Mrs Hyde
6.8 Hirokazu Kore-eda: The Third Murder
6.8 Stephen Susco: Unfriended - Dark Web
6.8 Christina Choe: Nancy
6.8 Joe Penna: Arctic
6.8 Desiree Akhavan: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
6.8 Jordana Spiro: Night Comes On
6.8 Jon Chu: Crazy Rich Asians
6.7 Michel Hazanavicius: Godard Mon Amour
6.7 Jennifer Fox: The Tale
6.7 Joe Martin: Us and Them
6.7 Michael Sucsy: Every Day
6.6 Jeremiah Zagar: We the Animals
6.6 Carlos Estrada: Blindspotting
6.6 Dominic Savage: The Escape
6.6 Marie Monge: Treat Me Like Fire
6.6 Jaume Collet-Serra: The Commuter
6.6 Scott Cooper: Hostiles
6.6 Raoul Peck: The Young Karl Marx
6.6 Alexandre Moors: The Yellow Birds
6.6 Xavier Giannoli: The Apparition
6.5 Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms: Small Town Crime
6.5 Marielle Heller: Can you ever Forgive me
6.5 Sebastian Lelio: Gloria Bell
6.5 Barry Jenkins: If Beale Street Could Talk
6.5 Ali Soozandeh: Tehran Taboo
6.5 Al Pacino: Salome
6.5 John Cameron Mitchell: How to Talk to Girls at Parties
6.5 Tamara Jenkins: Private Life
6.5 Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade
6.5 Bing Liu: Minding the Gap
6.5 Carlos Lopez Estrada: Blindspotting
6.5 Sam Levinson: Assassination Nation
6.5 Paul Dano: Wildlife
6.5 Boots Riley: Sorry to Bother You
6.5 Reinaldo Marcus Green: Monsters and Men
6.5 Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade
6.5 Kay Cannon: Blockers
6.5 Cory Finley: Thoroughbreds
6.5 Jennifer Yuh Nelson: The Darkest Minds
6.5 Crystal Moselle: Skate Kitchen
6.5 Andrew Niccol: Anon
Passable...:

6.4 David Rosenthal: How It Ends
6.4 Brian O'Malley: The Lodgers
6.4 Andrew Fleming: Ideal Home
6.4 Wes Ball: Maze Runner - The Death Cure
6.4 Xuan Liang & Chun Zhang: Big Fish & Begonia
6.4 Jason Reitman: Tully
6.4 Bjorn Runge: The Wife
6.4 Sam Levinson: Assassination Nation
6.3 Lynn Shelton: Outside In
6.3 Craig William Macneill: Lizzie
6.2 Reed Morano: I Think We're Alone Now
6.2 Dan Fogelman: Life Itself
6.2 Sally Potter: The Party
6.2 Albert Hughes: Alpha
6.2 Miguel Arteta: Duck Butter
6.2 John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein: Game Night
6.2 John Curran: Chappaquiddick
6.2 Brad Peyton: Rampage
6.1 Bruce LaBruce: The Misandrists
6.1 Sang-soo Hong: Claire's Camera
6.1 James McTeigue: Breaking In
6.0 Damien Chazelle: First Man
6.0 Wash Westmoreland: Colette
6.0 Michael Mayer: The Seagull
6.0 Alex Ross Perry: Her Smell
6.0 Bradley Cooper: A Star is Born
6.0 Michael Radford: The Music of Silence
6.0 Brett Donowho: Acts of Violence
6.0 Max Winkler: Flower
6.0 Yann Demange: White Boy Rick
6.0 Janus Metz: Borg vs. McEnroe
6.0 Dominic Cooke: On Chesil Beach
6.0 Marc Forster: Christopher Robin
6.0 Silas Howard: A Kid Like Jake
6.0 Ben Lewin: The Catcher Was a Spy
6.0 Gerard McMurray: The First Purge
6.0 Antoine Fuqua: The Equalizer 2
6.0 Elijah Bynum: Hot Summer Nights
6.0 Marc Turtletaub: Puzzle
6.0 Sylvain White: Slender Man
6.0 Andrew Bujalski: Support the Girls
6.0 Colin Minihan: What Keeps You Alive
6.0 Lenny Abrahamson: The Little Stranger
6.0 Ethan Hawke: Blaze
YUCK!...:

5.9 Nicolai Fuglsig: 12 Strong
5.8 Bavo Defurne: Souvenir
5.8 John Stevenson: Sherlock Gnomes
5.8 Jay Chandrasekhar: Super Troopers 2
5.8 David Leitch: Deadpool 2
5.6 Joshua Marston: Come Sunday
5.6 Stefano Sollima: Sicario - Day of the Soldado
5.6 Anthony Burns: Our House
5.5 Greg Berlanti: Love Simon
5.5 Steven DeKnight: Pacific Rim Uprising
5.5 Bart Layton: American Animals
5.5 Jesse Peretz: Juliet Naked
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
5.4 Gus Van Sant: Donít Worry
5.4 Amma Asante: Where Hands Touch
5.3 Drew Pearce: Hotel Artemis
5.3 Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse: Dear Dictator
5.3 Bill Holderman: Book Club
5.2 Brett Haley: Hearts Beat Loud
5.2 Ryan Coogler: Black Panther
5.1 Matthew Ross: Siberia
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 Peyton Reed: Ant-Man and the Wasp
5.0 Baltasar Kormakur: Adrift
5.0 Theresa Bennett: Social Animals
5.0 Simon Baker: Breath
5.0 Michael Noer: Papillon
GASP!...:

4.9 Ben Falcone: Life of the Party
4.9 Raja Gosnell: Show Dogs
4.8 Leigh Whannell: Upgrade
4.8 Genndy Tartakovsky: Hotel Transylvania 3 - Summer Vacation
4.8 Peter Berg: Mile 22
4.8 Jonathan Watson: Arizona
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
4.6 Brian Henson: The Happytime Murders
4.5 Hadi Hajaig: Blue Iguana
4.5 Tyler Perry: Acrimony
4.5 Christopher McQuarrie: Mission - Impossible - Fallout
4.5 Jon Turteltaub: The Meg
4.5 Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani: Let the Corpses Tan
4.4 Jonathan Baker & Josh Baker: Kin
4.4 Pierre Morel: Peppermint
4.3 Aaron Horvath & Peter Rida Michail: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
4.2 Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit
4.2 Daniel Adams: An L.A. Minute
4.1 Nash Edgerton: Gringo
4.1 Ron Howard: Solo - A Star Wars Story
4.0 Corin Hardy: The Nun
4.0 Shane Black: The Predator
4.0 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare
4.0 Charles Stone: Uncle Drew
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
4.0 Rawson Marshall Thurber: Skyscraper
4.0 Ol Parker: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
4.0 Victor Levin: Destination Wedding
3.8 Juan-Antonio Bayona: Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom
3.8 Ron Howard: Solo - A Star Wars Story
3.6 Leo Zhang: Bleeding Steel

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