2018 will be remembered as the year the movies didn’t die. After years of stagnation, the U.S. domestic box office actually showed a solid performance, raking in an estimated $11.8 billion, a significant increase over the $10.6 billion it made in 2017. Movies decisively demonstrated that they are still relevant by continuing to become memes, topics of water cooler conversation, and cultural touchstones. People are occasionally putting away their smartphones and leaving their home theater setups to actually go to the movies again.

The year was full of notable moments and trends. Continuing Hollywood’s gravitation towards reliable IP, pretty much all of the top 10 films of 2018 are sequels or titles that are based on existing properties. The strong performance of Aquaman showed that the DCEU film franchise is far from over (despite what the mediocre performance of Justice League might have you believe), while The Grinch‘s huge box office take reveals that there are some stories that people will always turn out for in theaters.

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/Filmcast Ep. 498 – Aquaman

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss James Wan’s Aquaman and rank the DCEU films thus far. Check out Hoai-Tran Bui’s review of Aquaman, Matt Zoller Seitz’s review of Aquaman, and Nate Jones spoiler-y write-up of what Julie Andrews does in this film.

Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Jason Reitman’s latest film The Front Runner, praise Melissa McCarthy’s performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me, and get moved by Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix special. Later, Aisha Harris joins us to discuss Widows. Follow Aisha on Twitter.

Be sure to check out David’s new podcast, Write Along.

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A Cast of Kings – Off-Season Update

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In this special bonus episode of A Cast of Kings, Joanna Robinson and David Chen discuss some off-season developments that have happened in the past week, including George RR Martin’s interview with The Guardian and the new teaser trailer. Check out Joanna’s interview with George RR Martin and stay tuned for the new season of the show and podcacst in April 2019.

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/Filmcast Ep. 490 – Halloween

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David and Jeff discuss the brilliance of American Vandal and the amazing spectacular violence of The Night Comes for Us. Also, David recaps what he’s been watching in limerick form.

Congrats to Devindra on his new arrival!

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Jeff, Devindra, and Lindsey Romain do a double review of Damien Chazelle’s First Man and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale

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A Star is Born and Venom Box Office

Jeff, Devindra, Angie and Peter do a double review of Venom and A Star Is Born.

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/Filmcast Ep. 487 – Minding the Gap

David, Devindra, Jeff and Kristy discuss highlights from Fantastic Fest, Jeremy Saulnier’s latest, and the irreversible decision of listening to podcasts too quickly.

This will be Kristy’s last episode with the Slashfilmcast as a regular contributor, but do expect her in the future as an occasional guest. Check out more of her work at Decadent Criminals and follow her on Twitter. Thanks Kristy!

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/Filmcast Ep. 483 – Searching

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David, Devindra and Jeff discuss the fun action of Upgrade, the perfectly enjoyable Juliet, Naked, and what it means to be a working actor. Be sure to check out The Big Picture’s interview with Aneesh Chaganty, as well as Ben Pearson’s interview.

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/Filmcast Ep. 482 – The Happytime Murders

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David, Jeff, and Kristy discuss whether magic specials can work in the modern age, get down with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, and lament the agita of sitting near jerks in theaters. Be sure to check out Kristy’s review of The Happytime Murders.

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