Best and Worst of 2018

Highs and lows of the cinematic year in review
THE 10 BEST

Review: Aquaman

Aquaman is the sort of overstuffed extravaganza that’s so intent on hitting all the requisite superhero beats that it never develops a heartbeat of its own.

Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt was the right choice to assume the Andrews mantle. As the magically endowed nanny who reappears in 1935 (25 years after the first film’s timeframe) to again aid the Banks family, she’s an absolute delight, retaining Andrews’ frosty demeanor but adding a spark of sly mischievousness to her interpretation.

Review: Bumblebee

The switch provides the series with a breath of fresh air, but to state that the picture is in any way a remarkable achievement is absurd.

Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

While the film doesn’t quite reach the bar set by its predecessor, it’s propulsive enough to build up enough goodwill long before it reaches its rocky third act.

Review: The Grinch

Those expecting to hear a variation on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes might be startled to learn that they’re instead hearing what’s doubtless a variation on Will Ferrell’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes.

Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

For those seeking nothing more than a rollicking good time, Bohemian Rhapsody largely gets the job done. But those looking for some depth – or, heck, even some historical context – will be sorely disappointed, as the film wreaks havoc on chronology, ignores key albums and songs.

Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? reveals complex female character

It’s so hard to like Lee Israel’s character in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, but it’s easy to feel bad for her. Can You Ever Forgive Me? is the true story of Lee Israel, an out-of-work biographer played by Melissa McCarthy who begins forging letters by famous authors to turn a buck.

Review: A Star Is Born

Any worries that Lady Gaga might have turned out to be another Madonna (great pop star, wretched actress) are dispelled almost immediately, with the superstar delivering a performance that’s instinctively warm and natural.

Review: The Happytime Murders

If watching felt characters get felt up sounds like a winning proposition, The Happytime Murders might just be the ticket.

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