Thanks to a soft January, a cruise to the Caribbean and some other uncontrollable circumstances, it took a little longer than last year to get to 25 movies. There’s a good chance the 2018 pace will catch up to 2017 by June and typically, the best movies don’t come until the second half of the year anyway. (At this point last year, Logan, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Kedi were the top 3 movies of 2017.) While the box office doesn’t reflect it, ignoring Black Panther, of course, 2018 is shaping up to be slightly better than 2017 although the bottom of 2018 is shaping up to be a cesspool. Here’s the first batch of films from 2018, graded:
The “Thumbs Up” Group
Love, Simon (5 / 5) REVIEW
I wasn’t expecting this to finish at the top of the list but it really was the perfect “coming (out) of age” film.
Black Panther (4.5 / 5) REVIEW
Thoroughbreds (4.5 / 5) REVIEW
Black Panther was excellent (the full review isn’t written yet) but expected, Thoroughbreds was the unexpected one.
I’m way higher on A Wrinkle In Time than most. Game Night was an unexpected delight and some might say I’m not high enough on Annihilation but 4 stars is nothing to sneeze at.
Ready Player One (3.5 / 5) REVIEW
Liked (not loved) it.
These 2 just made the “Thumbs Up” cut but recommendations on Midnight Sun and Every Day could make you re-think listening to my opinion. We all have our vices.
The “Thumbs Eh” Group
Somehow, Peter Rabbit sat at #2 at the box office for much of the first quarter of 2018. The rest of these films all have at least one actor or actress that should have been capable of pulling in more than an animated bunny.
The “Thumbs Down” Group
Usually, when Bruce Willis and Clint Eastwood films are paired up, that’s a good thing.
Early Man (1.5 / 5) REVIEW
Me no like cartoon about caveman.
Bad sequel… bad sequel… just bad.
The half a star here is for Taraji P. Henson in Proud Mary and the one good jump scare in Winchester.
This drive-in triple feature would be worse than any nightmare you could wish on me.