A2P Cinema's Favorite Films of 2018
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One of the big stories of 2018 was the rise of MoviePass, a wonderful invention that got audiences excited about and truly wanting to see movies in theaters. Sadly it all was to good to be true, as MoviePass was forced to make significant changes by the late summer, and now is on the verge of bankruptcy. If nothing else, MoviePass did give hope to a sadly fading medium of going to the cinema... I do believe audiences still want to see movies on a big screen with flickering lights/images/sounds. Hopefully the MoviePass concept can be tweaked so it will be able to endure.

In films, 2018 saw a continued growth in the extraordinary depth of female filmmakers. Some by master filmmakers like Claire Denis (Let the Sunshine In) but most notable was the newcomers - Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline), Carla Simón (Summer 1993), Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin' Back), Chloé Zhao (The Rider) who contributed some of the years best films. 2018's very best film came from talented female filmmaker Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), a master of finding the perfect blend of harshness and compassion through a poetic and spiritual tone.

I saw 89 films in 2018 (still avoided all marvel/dc comic films for the moment. I respect many are good or maybe great but I still need a break from them all. Very sorry!). Here are my 72 favorite films (all recommended in some way) along with direct links to the imdb page for more information.
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Notable films yet to see:
Green Book; Mary Poppins; Old Man and the Gun; Revenge; The Hate U Give; Chappaquiddick; Vice; Stan and Ollie; Bad Times at El Royale; Anna and the Apocalypse; Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot; Paddington 2; Love Simon; Beautiful Boy; Halloween; Boy Erased; Welcome to Marwen; Hot Summer Nights; Bohemian Rhapsody; Midnight Sun; Damsel; Sorry to Bother You; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Wildlife; Private War; Vox Lux; Alpha; Christopher Robin; Mission Impossible Fallout; Jurassic World; Boundries; Bodied; The Darkest Minds; Peppermint; White Boy Rick; Beautiful Boy; The Predator; Destroyer; Mortal Engines
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1… Leave No Trace
Debra Granik, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3892172/

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2… Burning
Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7282468

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3… Shoplifters
Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8075192/

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4… Summer 1993
Carla Simón, Spain
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5897636/

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5… Before I Wake
Mike Flanagan, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3174376/

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6… First Reformed
Paul Schrader, United States / United Kingdom / Australia
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6053438/

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7… Let the Sunshine In
Claire Denis, France / Belgium
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6423776/

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8… Madeline's Madeline
Josephine Decker, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6101602/

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9… Annihilation
Alex Garland, United Kingdom / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/

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10… Widows
Steve McQueen, United Kingdom / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4218572/

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11… Support the Girls
Andrew Bujalski, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6859352/

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12… The Day After
Hong Sang-soo, South Korea
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6462506/

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13… Gemini
Aaron Katz, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5795086/

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14… BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7349662/

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15… A Quiet Place
John Krasinski, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200/

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16… The Favourite
Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland / United Kingdom / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5083738/

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17… Unfriended: Dark Web
Stephen Susco, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4761916/

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18… Never Goin' Back
Augustine Frizzell, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7690016/

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19On Chesil Beach
Dominic Cooke, United Kingdom
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1667321/

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20… Unsane
Steven Soderbergh, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7153766/

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21… The Rider
Chloé Zhao, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3892172/

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22… Mandy
Panos Cosmatos, United States / Blegium / United Kingdom
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6998518/

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23Strangers: Prey at Night
Johannes Roberts, United Kingdom / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285009/

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24… A Simple Favor
Paul Feig, United States / Canada
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7040874/

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25Golden Exits
Alex Ross Perry, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5687814/

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26… Roma
Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6155172/

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27Red Sparrow
Francis Lawrence, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2873282/

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28Veronica
Paco Plaza, Spain
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5862312/

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29… A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517451/

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30… Blockers
Kay Cannon, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2531344/

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31… If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins, United States

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7125860/

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32… Werewolf
Adrian Panek, Poland / Netherlands / Germany
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7203520/

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33… Thoroughbreds
Cory Finley, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5649108/

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34… Ghost Stories
Jeremy Dyson / Andy Nyman , United Kingdom
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5516328/

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35… Mirai
Mamoru Hosoda, Japan
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6900448/

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36… You Were Never Really Here
Lynne Ramsay, United Kingdom / France / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5742374/

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37… Colette
Wash Westmoreland, United Kingdom / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5437928/

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38… The Domestics
Mike P. Nelson, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5591666/

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39… 24 Frames
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran / France
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6777170/

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40… Lizzie
Craig William Macneill, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5160938/

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41… The First Purge
Gerard McMurray, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6133466/

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42… The Party
Martin McDonagh, United Kingdom
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5814592/

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43… The Mule
Clint Eastwood, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7959026/

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44… Double Lover
François Ozon, France / Belgium
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6367558/

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45… The Commuter
Jaume Collet-Serra, France / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1590193/

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46… Ismael's Ghosts
Arnaud Desplechin, France
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5687040/

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47… Tully
Jason Reitman, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5610554

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48… Sicaro: Day of the Soldado
Stefano Sollima, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052474/

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49… Marrowbone
Sergio G. Sánchez , Spain / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5886440/

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50… The 15:17 to Paris
Clint Eastwood, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6802308/

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51… The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Joel and Ethan Coen, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6412452/

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52… Please Stand By
Ben Lewin, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4652650/

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53… The Christmas Chronicles
Clay Kaytis, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2990140/

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54… Bird Box
Susanne Bier, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2737304/

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55… Den of Thieves
Christian Gudegast, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259528/

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56… Searching
Aneesh Chaganty, United States / Russia
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7668870

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57… The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
Shawn Christensen, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291566/

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58… The Sisters Brothers
Jacques Audiard, France / Spain / Romania / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4971344

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59… Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7014006/

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60… Crazy Rich Asians
Jon M. Chu, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988/

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61… Creed 2
Steven Caple Jr., United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6343314/

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62… Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/

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63… Death Wish
Eli Roth, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1137450/

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64… The Hollow Child
Jeremy Lutter, Canada
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6464360/

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65… Incredibles 2
Brad Bird, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3606756/

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66… First Man
Damien Chazelle, United States / Japan
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213641/

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67… Hereditary
Ari Aster, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7784604/

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68… Juliet, Naked
Jesse Peretz, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5607096/

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69… Tag
Jeff Tomsic, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2854926/

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70… Skyscraper
Johannes Roberts, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5758778/

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71… Game Night
John Francis Daley / Jonathan Goldstein, United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2704998/

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72… The Wife
Björn L Runge, United Kingdom / Sweden / United States
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3750872/

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Most Disappointing Film of 2018...
While it had some impressive qualities, this film did not reach the excitement or (perhaps unfair) expectations I was hoping:

Suspiria
Luca Guadagnino, Italy / United States

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034415/

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My Least Favorite Film of 2018...
Where as in the past I would seek out every and all new release, I've been more selective in my film viewing the past few years - often avoiding films that don't interest me. As such there are very few films I completely disliked this year. In all, I saw nearly 90 new releases in 2018. There was only 1 that I thought had no redeeming quality:

The Happytime Murders
Brian Henson, United States

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1308728/

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