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Rob Goald’s 10 Best Movies of 2018

Rob Goald's 2018 Top 10
Rob Goald’s 2018 Top 10

2018 was a year that saw substantial changes  in the film business. It was a year in which Netflix became a major player, Marvel unleashed  a black superhero and Spike Lee a black Klansman. It was a year documentaries (Monrovia, Indiana) did very well and  the story of Robin Hood was the universal flop of the year. I guess that in the age of Trump the poor stealing from the rich does not resonate with the youth of the 21st century.                        

  • Roma 
    Director Alfonso Cuaron’s family drama from Mexico is a game changer
  • You Were Never Really Here
    Director Lynne Ramsay’s striking and powerful sex trafficking noir
  • Black Panther
    Black superhero in a real deal franchise that works!
  • Green Book
    Director/screenwriter Peter Farrelly’s poignant trip through the Jim Crow South  vicariously reexamines racism
  • Beast
    Director/writer Michael Pearce captures emotional truth with a colorful and gripping tale of love, lies and deceit
  • The Rider
    Chinese director/writer Chloe Zhao creates a lyrical tale of a rising rodeo star who sustains a head injury
  • The Favorite
    18th Century in the palace of Queen Anne where improprieties abound
  • Shoplifters
    Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this riveting examination of a family living on the edge of criminal enterprise
  • First Reformed
    Sin and redemption have always fascinated director/writer/theorist Paul Schrader, and this is his best in years
  • Eighth Grade
    Bo Burnham’s film is unique and wonderful!
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