Best and Worst Films of 2018
Compiled By Marie Asner
Best Films of 2018 In Alphabetical Order
A Private War (rated R)---Rosamund Pike gives quite a performance as war correspondent Marie Colvin in 2012 Syria. Bringing news to the public at a cost.
A Quiet Place (rated R)---Science fiction and silence, who would have thought? John Krasinski wrote the script, directed, starred in this film along with wife Emily Blunt. How silent can you be?
A Star Is Born (rated R)---Bradley Cooper’s film all the way from directing to starring in a remake of the saga of rags to riches in the music world, but only one can be on top.
Black Panther (rated PG 13)---A comic book creation of another civilization in Africa where pride is worn as a badge.
First Man (rated PG 13)---Ryan Gosling takes the role of Neil Armstrong, first man to step onto the moon, and tells Neil Armstrong’s personal story.
Free Solo (rated PG)--- A stunning photography challenge of following Alex Honnold climbing the 3000 foot El Capitan using only his bare fingers and toes. Not for the faint-hearted to watch. Gives “intestinal fortitude” new meaning. A National Geographic documentary.
Roma (rated R)---A black and white film (subtitles) that grows on you and tells the story of upper middle class life in Mexico during the 1970’s, when everyone who was anyone had a live-in maid.
The Favourite (rated R)---A look at British royalty during the time of Queen Anne and most of the intrigue takes place between three women---the Queen and her attendants. Who needs a High Counsel?
The Wife (rated R)---Glenn Close takes the role of a professor’s wife, who has always been in the background of her husband’s writing career, and propels the situation to quite an ending.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor (rated G)---This documentary about Fred Rogers, of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” brought pleasant television back to parents and children who learned about life with patience and grace.
Worst Films of 2018 in Alphabetical Order
Ant-Man and the Wasp (rated PG 13)---The title says it all. One swat and they are gone.
A Wrinkle In Time (rated PG 13)---Too much costume, too little interest.
Fifty Shades Freed (rated R)---The audience is free at last…if there was an audience.
Gotti (rated R)---Telling the story of John Gotti isn’t easy, but John Travolta was woefully miscast in this bio-pic.
Holmes & Watson (rated PG 13)---Will Farrell and John C. Reilly make Arthur Conan Doyle turn over in his grave several times. This Sherlock Holmes combo is obsolete.
Isle Of Dogs (rated PG)---A Wes Anderson animated film that tried to tell the story of a city putting stray dogs on an island, but got caught by its own net.
Johnny English Strikes Again (rated PG 13)---Rowan Atkinson tries again for a hit in this over-done parody of spy thrillers and comes back with a miss. Enough is enough.
Robin Hood (rated PG 13)---It came, it played, it shot itself in the foot with an arrow.
The House With a Clock In Its Walls (rated PG)---With a title like that you would have thought this was a timely film, but, no, it wound down with a thud.
Venom (rated R)---A comic-book hero/villain lost in a world of special effects. Movie-goers needed anti-toxin to attend.