10. A Quiet Place:
The simple premise of living in a world overrun by creatures that hunt with incredible hearing, and having to survive that is terrifying. This movie was really effective in the theater because the audience knows from the very beginning of the film that the smallest sound could mean death, and the fact that this movie grips you to your seat with barely any dialogue is impressive to me. And the fact that this is the directorial debut of Jim from “The Office”, John Krasinski- to me, that’s impressive.
A World War II action film mixed with zombies, this film was a lot of fun to watch and the film knew exactly what it was. This is a film that didn’t take itself too seriously, it gave some great action, and it dipped. And I respected “Overlord” for being able to do that.
Finally, a found footage movie that’s actually effective! “Searching” takes the found footage genre and applies it effectively in the real world. In this movie, a father is searching for his missing daughter, and it’s nerve-wracking.
7. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies:
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the Teen Titans GO series, I grew up watching the original series, and I didn’t really get the appeal of Teen Titans Go, but this movie honestly surprised me! It poked fun at a lot of problems that DC Comics films have nowadays, it had great heart, and it even had a Stan Lee cameo segment that was hilarious to me!
6. Game Night:
This was one of my favorite comedies this year. The reason why the gags in this film works is because it has the blueprints of a murder mystery, but none of the characters are taking it seriously because they’re all over-competitive jerks… Especially Jason Bateman’s character who is competing against his more successful brother.
5. Ralph Breaks The Internet:
I was a huge fan of the original movie, “Wreck It Ralph”, but the reason why this movie works, is because unlike “The Emoji Movie” this movie understands the internet. The friendship between Ralph and Vanellope is sweet, and the animation is gorgeous.
4. Mission Impossible: Fallout:
This was the knuckles to the seat film of the year. Mission Impossible: Fallout might be my new favorite film in the series because this film humanizes the characters by exploiting their weaknesses during their missions. The dynamic of Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill was a highlight to me because their characters are polar opposites in every sense of the word.
3. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse:
See Sony, it’s really not that hard to make a Spider-Man movie! The style of the film is solid, and it also has a great story. This movie focuses on Miles Morales, which is a Spider-Man character I didn’t know a whole lot about. This movie is packed with a whole bunch of references, and Nicholas Cage as Spider-Man Noir was a true highlight for me.
This was the sleeper hit of 2018 for me. This film follows the traditional revenge story, but adds a twist to it. It funny, violent, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. This movie is what “Venom” should’ve been. The cinematography by Leigh Whannell made this movie stand out in the crowd, and this movie has a clever twist that you don’t see coming.
1. Avengers: Infinity War:
The amount of superheroes that were able to fit on the screen is impressive to me, and this felt like a cool, popcorn action film. However, what separates this from the other Marvel movies is Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who is cool, calm, and collected villain that doesn’t have to shout, and gives a compelling reason why he wants the Infinity Stones. So, why is this movie number 1? Because it took a lot of balls to do the ending this film chose, and if you saw the movie, then you know what I’m talking about.