Monday, December 31, 2018

10 Movies From 2018 You May Have Missed - Part 2!

Everyone knows that "Black Panther" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" absolutely killed it at the box office, but each year, we make it our mission to highlight films we have enjoyed that made under $25 million total. You can't discount films just because they are smaller grossing! Here are 10 Movies from 2018 You May Have Missed - Part 2!
"Sorry to Bother You" - This is one of the most original and unique films of the year. It's the type of movie that may not be for everyone, but it tells a much-needed message in a creative and unconventional way the likes of which we've never seen. We can't wait to see what director Boots Riley does next!
"Blindspotting" - MoviePass began its steep decline into the toilet the weekend "Blindspotting" was released in theaters, not that it stuck around long enough to make a difference. We also had some personal things going on at the time, so we missed seeing this at the cinema. We wish we hadn't. This is one of the best films of the year. It's a compelling, powerful movie that approaches many relevant social issues in an expert way. It is sure to impact every person who watches it. Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal are amazing here. Please give it your time and money!
"Eighth Grade" - A coming-of-age film that captures what it's like to be a middle school-aged kid in the modern internet age that also has the ability to transcend time, which makes it universally relatable. Breakout star Elsie Fisher is marvelous in her role as the titular eighth grader, and director Bo Burnham has crafted something funny, heartbreaking, meaningful, tender, and adorable.
"Bad Times at the El Royale" - This stylish, sharp, funny neo-noir thriller puts a group of people who are each escaping demons from their past in the same place at the same time, causing all hell to break loose. Chris Hemsworth gives a career-best performance, Jeff Bridges proves he hasn't lost a beat, and Cynthia Erivo steals the show, shining in her breakthrough performance.
"Juliet, Naked" - "Juliet, Naked" is a charming, unconventional romantic comedy that flew under the radar, but boasts some excellent performances by Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O'Dowd. It also has some fantastic original music as well. This one deserved much more attention than it received.
"Mandy" - This psychedelic horror film may take a while to get going, like the slow crank up to the top of an immense roller coaster, but once it goes over the hill, it's a non-stop crazy ride that utilizes Nicholas Cage at his most unhinged. You can watch this on Shudder right now!
"Boy Erased" - While this film may not be the big Oscars/awards contender many were hoping for (outside of a couple of darkhorse nominations for acting), it is still absolutely worth watching and worth supporting. Joel Edgerton keeps improving as a director, Lucas Hedges keeps getting better as an actor, and this true-life story reminds us that we will always, always keep fighting for love for everyone.
"Suspiria" - This reimagining of the Dario Argento classic may upset "Suspiria" purists, but one cannot deny Luca Guadagnino's visually stunning genius in the horror genre. He has created an unsettling film that is entirely his own, even as a remake. Plus, the unbelievable make-up work, and intense performances from Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, make this a horrific but impressive thing to behold.
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" - It may have an unlikable protagonist, and the story is a bit basic, but "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" boasts two tremendous performances from Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, who both make this worth watching.
"The Wife" - Glenn Close is gunning for an Oscar as a woman who has been working in the shadows of the man who is living in the spotlight thanks to her efforts. The story is a bit melodramatic, but Close absolutely kills it with yet another Oscar-worthy performance that should be witnessed by all. Jonathan Pryce offers an equally noteworthy performance that is also deserving of recognition, but it's Close's silent stewing that makes "The Wife" as good as it is.

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