In just over a week’s time we will be heading out of August and landing firmly into September. This means we’re about to enter the final quarter of 2018, which also means (if you’ve been sleeping a lot) you may have missed a lot of good movies from earlier in the year.
Well, I’d say about 26.
2018 has served up some right corkers, from big budget action blockbusters to small, character focused tales. Below is my pick of the 26 best movies of 2018 (so far).
Take a look, see what you’ve missed and feel free to discuss in the comments section.
The top 26 movies of 2018… so far:
Released in January 2018 (in the UK), Coco is a colourful, imaginative and delightful animated movie from Disney-Pixar. Wrapped around a story inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, Coco offers up a touching look at love, loss and the afterlife.
Coco is not only one of Disney-Pixar’s best movies, but also one of the best films of 2018. But be warned, if you watch this one you will need tissues as it’s a real tear-jerker.
Coco is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
All the Money in the World
Another movie from January 2018, this time a live-action crime thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer. Directed by Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World is based on the real-life kidnapping of John Paul Getty III – the grandson of English American industrialist, Jean Paul Getty.
Featuring a standout performance from Plummer (who replaced Kevin Spacey after the movie was shot), All the Money in the World provides an interesting account of life within the Getty family, framed around a gripping thriller. There’s suspense, there’s intrigue and there’s also frustration, resulting in a drama worthy of anyone’s time.
All the Money in the World is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
The Shape of Water
Released in the UK in February 2018, The Shape of Water tells the tale of a woman falling in love with a fish-man. Not a conventional love story, but a love story nonetheless and one which is as imaginative as it is visually stunning.
The movie – directed by Guillermo del Toro – picked up four awards at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design and Best Original Score, making it a must-see flick for del Toro fans.
The Shape of Water is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Marvel Studio released three movies in 2018, the first of which was Black Panther which is not only one of the best super hero movies of the year, it is also one of the most financially successful movies of the year too.
The film – directed by Ryan Coogler – tells the story of T’Challa (Black Panther) and his rise from prince to king. Featuring a scene-stealing performance from Michael B. Jordan as Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens, Black Panther is an action-packed affair and also a sheer delight to watch.
Black Panther is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
A Quiet Place
Creepy, very atmospheric and practically silent throughout. A Quiet Place is a MASTERCLASS in making horror.
I don’t want to say too much about the movie. If you’ve not seen it, go into it knowing very little and you’ll get more out of it.
John Krasinski directs and stars.
A Quiet Place is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Game Night stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams and focuses on a group of friends who get caught up in what they initially believe to be a game. As the film progresses, they soon realise all is not what it seems and the game they are playing is all too real.
Released during the first quarter of 2018, Game Night is a black comedy which may have passed you by amongst the sea of big blockbusters – and if it did, now is the time to catch up. Game Night is a fun, Saturday night kind of film, big on laughs and low on expectations.
Game Night is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Lara Croft gets the reboot treatment via director Roar Uthaug, in this third live-action adventure for the iconic gaming hero. Alicia Vikander takes the lead, with Dominic West, Walton Goggins and Kristin Scott Thomas providing ample support in a movie that offers just enough action to keep the paper-thin plot going.
Not essential viewing, but enjoyable enough for those who are keen to check it out. Vikander deserves another shot, so hopefully Warner Bros. will green light a sequel.
Tomb Raider is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Directed by Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon is a romantic teen comedy based on the novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The film stars Nick Robinson as high school student Simon Spier – a guy with a secret he’s not quite ready to share – in what is ultimately a coming out story for the 21st century.
Praised by critics and adored by audiences, Love, Simon is without doubt one of the most important movies of the year. It is also one of the best. Watch it.
Love, Simon is available to buy on DVD & digital – sadly no Blu-ray release.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh and shot entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus, Unsane is a bizarre, disorientating and quite disturbing psychological horror about a woman who may or may not be mentally ill. I could tell you what’s going on… but then I’d ruin the movie.
If you like unusual horror movies, with claustrophobic sensibilities, Unsane is the movie for you. I wasn’t completely sold on the use of iPhone footage when I saw this on the big screen, but on the small screen the film plays much better.
Unsane is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Ready Player One
Based on the book by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is an action adventure movie from director Steven Spielberg. While I wouldn’t say this is the greatest Spielberg movie ever made, it still offers up enough entertainment to keep things interesting.
The story revolves around a boy, a quest and a heck of a lot of gaming, but the real fun here is being able to spot all the pop culture references that are on display. There are a lot.
Ready Player One is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
I spoke about this movie earlier today, so I will keep this pretty simple – Blockers is a comedy which is much better than I expected. The film makes great efforts to escape the usual sex/coming-of-age trappings of its peers and presents an enjoyable story which is also very funny.
Grab a drink and some popcorn and stick this on.
Blockers is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Rampage is a big dumb movie about a giant albino ape smashing up Chicago. The film – which stars Dwayne Johnson – is EXACTLY what you expect it to be and nothing else. But what’s wrong with that?
So long as you simply want to watch a monster movie which is high on spectacle and low on brain cells, then this is the movie to opt for. Did I mention the giant albino ape?
Sometimes, Rampage is all that you need from a film. Perfect for watching with a hangover.
Rampage is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital.
Avengers: Infinity War
Movie of the year? Quite possibly. If not, certainly one of the most significant movies of the year, Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel Studios’ HUGE team-up adventure. But then I don’t need to tell you that, you’ve already watched the film (twenty times) and are counting down the days to the next Avengers film.
If you’re one of the few that hasn’t watched it yet, then know this: Avengers: Infinity War is as good as what you’ve heard.
Avengers: Infinity War is available to buy on digital, with the Blu-ray/DVD release arriving September 3rd.
Ryan Reynolds returns to the role of smart-talking Wade Wilson for Deadpool 2 – the latest entry in the long-running X-Men series. Is it better than 2016’s Deadpool?
You bet it is!
While Deadpool was a great movie (no one is disputing this), Deadpool 2 has a little more meat on the bone, replacing the paper-thin plot of the original with a larger story that can encompass more characters.
Fun, funny and genuinely a hoot from start to finish, Deadpool 2 is must-watch.
Deadpool 2 will be available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital in September.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Much better than many would have you believe, Solo: A Star Wars Story is not the colossal dud that some (myself included) feared it to be, instead it’s a fun Star Wars adventure that asks very little in return for a couple of hours of entertainment. Han, Chewie and Lando all appear (as their younger selves) with a number of new characters joining along for the ride.
Many people boycotted this movie due to the backlash over The Last Jedi. Such a shame really, as this is one of the most Star Wars-y Star Wars films there is.
Now is the time to check it out.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital in September.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and a team of top acting talent lead the way in this sort-of sequel to the George Clooney-starring Ocean’s Trilogy. The movie is a light, frothy heist film that serves up enough laughs to keep things ticking over and is actually better than you might expect.
A perfect Sunday afternoon film? Yeah, I’d say so!
Ocean’s 8 is still on release in selected UK cinemas.
Possibly the biggest Marmite movie of the year (you’ll either love it or hate it), Hereditary is an unsettling horror film from director Ari Aster. I won’t give anything away – you can read my thoughts elsewhere – but I will say that the movie is not quite what you would expect… if you’ve watched the trailer.
But if it’s a Marmite movie, why have I included it in this list?
Well, if you consider yourself a horror fan then you need to watch Hereditary because it’s just the right shade of disturbing to provoke a reaction – be that good or bad. Also, I’m genuinely interested to know your thoughts – so watch it then come back and tell me what you think.
Hereditary is still on release in selected UK cinemas.
Would it be too obvious to call Incredibles 2, incredible? Hmm… OK, I’ll simply say that this long awaited follow-up to Disney-Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004) is a joy to watch.
If you loved the first film, this sequel offers more of the same and then some. The jokes are all on point, the animation has improved and the characters are just as you remembered.
Incredibles 2 is currently on general release in UK cinemas.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I love the Jurassic Park/World series and while I wasn’t completely sold on this entry I must admit there’s still a heck of a lot to like about this film and has to appear on this list. If nothing else, it has yet more dinosaurs and drama and who doesn’t want that?
If you’re a fan of the series, then you should watch this movie.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still on release in selected UK cinemas.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The final Marvel Studios movie of the year and while it isn’t quite up there with Black Panther or Avengers: Infinity War it’s still an enjoyable romp. This time around, Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) gets some help from, yeah you guessed it, The Wasp, as they take on the Ghost!
If you loved the first Ant-Man movie then there’s really no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy this too.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently on general release in UK cinemas.
For fans of Whitney Houston, Whitney is a must-watch account of the late singer’s life. From her ups to her downs, the film covers it all, via some previously unseen footage and various interviews with Houston’s friends and family.
Whitney is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital in October.
Dwayne Johnson, a burning building and some death-defying stunts. This is all you really need to know about this movie.
Is it dumb? Hell, yes.
Is it enjoyable? It really, really is.
As with Rampage, Johnson’s other action movie of 2018, Skyscraper offers up enough fun to ensure it doesn’t wear out its welcome.
Skyscraper is available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD/digital in November.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Mamma Mia! (2008) was a fun frothy musical that didn’t take itself too seriously. The sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is more of the same, but is arguably a much stronger film.
The story is tighter, more involving and far better in every respect. Plus, Cher is in this movie!
In all seriousness, as previously stated on It’s A Stampede! a Mamma Mia! Sequel has no right to be this good. It’s great that it is!
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is currently on general release in UK cinemas.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
One of the best action films of the year. Tom Cruise returns as super spy, Ethan Hunt, only this time he’s joined by Henry Cavill who is PERFECT in this movie as CIA operative, August Walker.
The stunts are amazing, Cruise and Cavill have a great rapport and the film maintains its pace throughout. I genuinely loved this movie and believe it to be the best of the summer blockbusters (after Infinity War of course).
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is currently on general release in UK cinemas.
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies
There’s no denying the fact that Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is aimed at a younger audience than usual comic book fare, but that said it still has enough adult-orientated content to keep mums and dads happy too.
If you’re a fan of the Teen Titans, comics or just genuinely fun movies, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies offers up everything you could want and more. I laughed a lot.
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is currently on general release in UK cinemas.
And finally, Christopher Robin – a charming, gentle and moving picture about childhood, about love and about family. The film – directed by Marc Forster – stars Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Jim Cummings and is sure to warm even the hardest hearts.
I adored this film when I watched it last weekend and I believe you will too. It’s simply delightful.
Christopher Robin is currently on general release in UK cinemas.