My Top 10 Movies of 2018
The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards airs January 13 on The CW and I’m looking forward to attending once again! Ten of the year’s finest films will compete for best picture, some of which also made my Top 10 List! My number 1 fave o’ the year isn’t nominated but only because the studio didn’t submit it for consideration in time for nominations. These are my favorites of 2018:
10) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Now my second favorite Christmas movie ever, just behind Meet Me in St. Louis. Keira Knightley with cotton candy hair and Disney magic – the perfect pair!
9) A Star is Born
Perhaps the best version of this story – and that’s counting the unforgettable Judy Garland version and Barbra Streisand classic. Bradley breaks out as director – and terrific singer! And Gaga is indeed a star, reborn!
8) Bad Times at the El Royale
The best ensemble cast of the year – with the glowing voice of Tony winner Cynthia Erivo. It’s dark, moody and a great thriller.
7) Boy Erased
For me, this one’s all about the Mom of the Year – Nicole Kidman! 2018 marks one of her career’s brightest years between this and Destroyer.
Crazy indeed. The risk, the results – and another artistic, incredible Spike Lee Joint!
5) Christopher Robin
This movie touched me deeply. Pressing the importance of remaining young in heart, I laughed, cried, and couldn’t wait to own this one! Ewan is sublime, Pooh breaks your heart and Eeyore nails it!
4) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Young Dumbledore… and (spoiler alert!) McGonagall!! What more could anyone ask for?!
3) Green Book
Viggo and Mahershala like you’ve never seen, or even imagined, before. Two of the year’s finest performances in a true story that is both maddening and heartwarming in spades.
2) Mary Poppins Returns
Not Practically Perfect… this Poppins is Actually Perfect in every way!
1) Welcome to Marwen
Leave it to Robert Zemeckis, my fave director, to come out with my favorite film of the year! Based on a remarkably true story, Marwen illustrates the power that fantasy serves as a coping skill. Expect genius production, flow and visual storytelling unlike anything ever before.
If I could choose more than 10:
I also loved Ready Player One, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Destroyer, Crazy Rich Asians, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor.