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Eppler: The 10 best movies of 2018

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Many think 2018 was one of the best years for movies in a long time, which makes it tough to narrow down a top ten list. I think it was an important year for diversity and representation with traditionally marginalized voices being heard loud and clear. 

You could still make a great Top Ten list with these movies that barely missed the cut-off for me: Anna and the Apocalypse, Annihilation, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Eighth Grade, The Favourite, First Reformed, Hereditary, Hearts Beat Loud, The Old Man and the Gun, A Quiet Place, Revenge, Widows, Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Honorable Mention: Paddington 2
If everyone watched this delightful and good-hearted movie, the world would be a much happier place. 
Available on Amazon Prime, Vudu and HBO

10. Mission: Impossible - Fallout  
The 10 slot always goes to the best popcorn movie of the year, and "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" was a non-stop stunner. It's all "good parts" with Tom Cruise somehow continuing to top himself.
Available on Amazon Prime and Vudu

9. Minding the Gap
The best documentary I saw this year. Minding the Gap finds first-time filmmaker Bing Liu digging into his childhood and that of his two best friends and uncovering some tragic secrets. It's not just excellent storytelling - the cinematography deserves award consideration.
Available on Hulu

8. BlacKkKlansman
The remarkable true story of a black cop infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his Jewish partner is Spike Lee's best non-documentary movie since "The 25th Hour," and an important reminder that these race issues aren't bygones. 
Available on Amazon Prime and Vudu

7. Black Panther
Race was also an important factor in the world of superhero movies. Black Panther isn't a landmark piece of work for representation and its vision of Afrofuturism - it's also one of the best Marvel stories so far and features the best villain. I'll be mad if Michael B. Jordan isn't Oscar nominated. 
Original full review
Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Vudu

6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
While Black Panther still fits snugly into the Marvel scheme, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse is a game-changer for what comic book movies can be.  Cultural representation is also a factor here, but it's also outside the box in animation style and narrative - hilarious and heartfelt. It's the best animated movie of the year by a long shot.
Original full review
Now playing in theaters

5. Sorry to Bother You
The boldest movie of the year - so wildly insane that I can't believe it got a wide release. Activist writer and director Boots Riley targets race, class, and unchecked capitalism - and then it gets weird. I dare you to watch it.
Original full review
Available on Hulu, Amazon Prime and Vudu

4. A Star is Born
The year's biggest surprise because this remake shouldn't be great. But Bradley Cooper crafted the best movie about music in ages and he's amazing in it, too. Lady Gaga had a stellar debut. I'll admit this movie got under my skin in a very personal way. Music does that, doesn't it?
Original full review
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming February 19

3. The Rider
Based on the true story of a badly injured rodeo star and his effort to get back in the saddle, Writer and Director Chloe Zhao chose to use untrained actors with real life rodeo rider and horse trainer Brady Jandreau starring as a version of himself telling his story. It's a soulful picture about letting what you love go, and realizing what's most important.
Available on Amazon Prime, Vudu and Starz

2. Thoroughbreds
A pitch-dark comedy thriller and a savage satire of white millennial privilege. The movie is anchored by two fantastic performances by Olivia Cooke from "Bates Motel" and Anya Taylor-Joy from "Split." It's consistently suspenseful and surprising with ferociously funny feminist firepower. 
Original full review
Available on Amazon Prime and Vudu

1. You Were Never Really Here
The female point of view also plays a role in my pick for the best movie of 2018. In "You Were Never Really Here," director Lynne Ramsey finds something deeper in a typical male revenge fantasy. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a powerhouse performance as a scarred veteran finding kidnapped girls. This is a violent, visceral viewing experience, but beautiful even in its brutality. It came out relatively early in 2018, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head.
Original full review 
Included with Amazon Prime, available on Vudu

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