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Top 10 Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)


Script written by Nick Spake. How many have you seen? Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Best Movies of the Year (So Far). For this list, we’re taking a look at movies that received their U.S. release in 2018, earning acclaim from critics and admiration from mainstream audiences alike.
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Top 10 Best Movies of the Year (So Far)



How many have you seen? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Movies of the Year (So Far).

For this list, we’re taking a look at movies that received their U.S. release in 2018, earning acclaim from critics and admiration from mainstream audiences alike.

#10: “Incredibles 2” (2018)


Pixar finally delivered the follow-up audiences have been begging for. It might’ve taken 14 years to catch up with the Parr family, but “Incredibles 2” picks up as if no time has passed amidst a showdown with the Underminer. This sets the stage for a story full of stylish action sequences and hilarious character moments with Elastigirl literally getting wrapped up in a mystery. Of course, the film gives the entire Parr family time to shine, particularly little Jack-Jack, who’s a riot whether battling a raccoon or bonding with Auntie Edna. With storytelling extraordinaire Brad Bird back in action, this sequel didn’t let us down by any stretch of the imagination.

#9: “First Reformed” (2017)


Despite not having a single Oscar nomination to his name, writer/director Paul Schrader has established himself as one of the most uncompromising voices ever to grace the silver screen. “First Reformed” is perhaps his best outing of the 21st century, exploring timely themes regarding the environment, religion, and military veteran suicide. While we’ve seen these issues touched upon before, a film as surreal and provocative as this only could’ve come from Schrader’s perspective. “First Reformed” functions as a fascinating character study of Ethan Hawke’s Reverend Toller, who’s either a martyr doing God’s work or an alcoholic eco-terrorist about to crack. However you interpret it, the film will stick with you long after the credits roll.

#8: “Paddington 2” (2017)


With a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you wouldn’t think anything would be able to top the original “Paddington.” Against all the odds, though, this sequel managed to be even funnier and more charming than its predecessor, scoring an elusive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In a plot involving stolen pop-up books and prison breaks, “Paddington 2” serves up a visually stunning, family-friendly romp that you’ll want to eat up like a marmalade sandwich. One could even argue that the film offers relevant commentary on immigration, as Paddington fights against persecution and tries to reconnect with his Aunt Lucy. Speaking of which, if the ending of this movie doesn’t melt your heart, nothing will.

#7: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (2018)


If you grew up watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” you’ll certainly have a strong connection to this documentary. Of course, even if the show wasn’t a staple of your childhood, you might be surprised to learn just how influential Fred Rogers was. In addition to lessons on friendship and art, Rogers wasn’t afraid to tackle topics like depression, persecution, and death. In addition to younger audiences, Rogers’ sincerity and reasoning could even resonate with adults, most notably during a U.S. Senate meeting regarding government funding for PBS. While the film doesn’t shy away from Rogers’ imperfections, it’s ultimately a celebration of his life that reminds us that anyone can make a difference by simply being neighborly.

#6: “Annihilation” (2018)


Following “Ex Machina,” writer/director Alex Garland keeps up the momentum with another instant sci-fi classic that’s larger in scale, but equally thought-provoking and intense. Centered on a group of female scientists who venture into a mysterious disaster zone, “Annihilation” assembles an all-star cast that includes Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson. The real star of the movie, though, is its haunting environment, which is alluring and menacing all at once. Just as the setting has numerous different layers to it, the story is a monster movie and psychological thriller rolled into one. Even when treading on somewhat familiar territory, “Annihilation” stands out as a singular masterpiece that’ll be talked about for years to come.

#5: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)


It’s debatable what the absolute best MCU movie is, but “Avengers: Infinity War” fulfilled its promise of being Marvel’s biggest achievement to date. Josh Brolin didn’t disappoint with Thanos’ long-awaited arrival either, delivering an intimidating and complex portrayal of a warlord whose power is only matched by his charisma. Along the way, the film successfully incorporates almost all of our favorite heroes without feeling bloated. Everybody works off one another to perfection here, reminding us just how attached we’ve become to these characters over the past decade. If you had difficulty collecting yourself as the credits rolled on the shocking ending, you were probably grateful “Ant-Man and the Wasp” came along to lighten the mood.


#4: “A Quiet Place” (2018)


It’s interesting to think how some of today’s most ambitious horror movies are coming from artists primarily known for their comedic background. With “Get Out,” Jordan Peele went from Mad TV to modern Hitchcock. Similarly, “A Quiet Place” sees writer/director/star John Krasinski shed his Jim Halpert persona to deliver a tense, creative, and emotional thriller. Working alongside real life wife Emily Blunt, Krasinski plays a father determined to keep his family safe during an alien invasion where even the slightest sound can mean certain doom. The film is naturally light on dialogue, but heavy on atmosphere, drama, and terror, submerging the audience in a constant state of caution. It’s definitely worth making noise over.

#3: “You Were Never Really Here” (2017)


With echoes of “Taxi Driver” and “Drive,” “You Were Never Really Here” centers on a deeply disturbed man who says little, but speaks volumes through his actions alone. That’s always been a strength of writer/director Lynne Ramsay, who relies on harrowing imagery and carefully crafted sound design to get her story across. Ramsay turns in a tightly-plotted narrative about a hired gun sworn to rescued the abducted daughter of a senator. Matters turn out to be more complicated than they seem, however, as our suicidal protagonist is given a reason not to give up on life. Unsettlingl while also being unusually hopeful, this is a dreamlike experience carried by a stellar performance from Joaquin Phoenix.


#2: “Black Panther” (2018)



“Infinity War” may’ve been more epic in size, but “Black Panther” was the more personal MCU movie, arguably leaving a greater impact. Director Ryan Coogler ingeniously brings Wakanda out of the comics and onto the silver screen, creating a culture that feels surprisingly real. Likewise, the film flawlessly integrates identifiable themes that ring true in today’s political and social climates. At the center of everything is a rousing rivalry between our hero and villain, who would be so alike if it weren’t for their contrasting methods and ideologies. Throw in a winning supporting cast, detailed production values, and inventive action, and you have a universal crowd-pleaser that proves Marvel fatigue won’t be setting in anytime soon.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“Isle of Dogs” (2018)

“Game Night” (2018)

“The Rider” (2018)


#1: “Hereditary” (2018)



Earning comparison to “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” few modern films have chilled audiences to the core quite like “Hereditary.” Toni Collette gives an Oscar-caliber performance as a grieving mother who’s either losing her mind or becoming surrounded by madness. Milly Shapiro is equally exceptional as a troubled 13-year-old girl who’ll make your heart race with a click of her tongue. Where so many horror films rely on jump scares, director Ari Aster demonstrates the power of slowly creeping up on the audience. That’s not to say “Hereditary” isn’t without graphic imagery, and while the film may not be for the faint of heart, it succeeds in getting under your skin and into your head.
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