top 10 movies of 2018 so far

Good job guys, we’ve made it halfway through 2018! Now there’s only six months left of this hellish year to go. But we’ll always have movies, and thank goodness this year’s movies have been more than up to the task of alternately letting us escape reality or tapping into our deepest intimate and sociopolitical anxieties.

Each day this week, a different member of Team /Film has been counting down his or her favorite films of the year so far. I’m the last to go this week and may have a few surprises on my list — which ranges from heartwarming family films, to pitch-black comedies, to meditations on life, love, and grief. So without further ado, here are my top 10 movies of 2018 so far.

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Ethan Anderton’s Top 10 Movies of 2018 So Far

Top 10 Movies of 2018 So Far

While the fresh hellscape that is every day of 2018 brings a new nightmare multiple times a day, the movies this year have provided us some kind of escape. As usual, some of those movies have done it better than others, and that’s why members of the /Film team are counting down their favorite movies of the year at the halfway point of 2018. Now it’s my turn.

In order to qualify for our lists, obviously we had to have seen the movie already, but the movie didn’t have to be released before the midway point of the year. As long a movie has a release date for 2018, it’s eligible. So let’s get down to the wide variety of movies that impressed me enough to make my Top 10 Movies of 2018 So Far, including a #1 pick that will probably stir the pot just a little bit. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases Red Sparrow

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

It’s time again to round-up the best Blu-rays available right now, and in the immediate future. This week, we have the Jennifer Lawrence spy-thriller Red Sparrow, the very funny Game Night, the surprisingly good horror-sequel Strangers: Prey At Night, and the so-dumb-it’s-fun action flick The Hurricane Heist.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Game Night writer already has sequel ideas
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw didn’t know The Cloverfield Paradox was going to drop on Netflix
  • J.J. Abrams explains the Cloverfield Paradox ending
  • The Purge TV series casts its leads
  • Planet of the Apes VR game gets a trailer
  • Wreck-It-Ralph 2 directors discuss their sequel
  • Frozen 2 director dances around the issue of Elsa having a girlfriend
  • Bruce Campbell says another Evil Dead movie is possible
  • Bruce Willis wakes up from a nap to remind us Die Hard 6 is still happening
  • World War Z 2 filming pushed back so Brad Pitt can film Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie

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game night trailer

More than two decades later, David Fincher’s dark thriller The Game now seems almost prescient in its depiction of a company that stages “games” for unwitting participants. There are plenty of outlets for people who just like to play board games or trivia in 2018, but escape rooms and more elaborate interactive murder-mysteries are vastly more common and popular now than they were in the late 1990s.

So the premise of the new dark comedy/thriller Game Night no longer feels quite as fantastical as it might have, even if the movie’s attempt to balance genres doesn’t always quite work in its favor.

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Game Night Trailer

The last time Rachel McAdams got caught up in R-rated comedy shenanigans, it was in Wedding Crashers back in 2005. Now, she’s teamed up with Jason Bateman for what promises to be a deadly hilarious couples’ night.

Game Night follows Jason Bateman and McAdams as a married couple who were expecting to enjoy a weekly game night with their friends played by Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), and Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome). But when the game turns into an all-too-real kidnapping mystery, the night takes some strange and dangerous turns. Read More »

Tomb Raider TV spot

Movies, now more than ever! Here’s a round-up of some recent TV spots for some big movies coming your way very, very soon. There are two spots for the new Tomb Raider, a spot for the Jennifer Lawrence spy-thrilled Red Sparrow, and a spot for the comedy Game Night.

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game night trailer

It’s easy to imagine the pitch meeting for Game Night, a high concept dark comedy about an evening of frivolous fun gone horrifically wrong. “What if David Fincher’s The Game starred a bunch of bumbling idiots?” Well, here you go. The first Game Night trailer is here, and I’ll be the first to admit that it made me chuckle more than a few times.

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warner bros

Winds of change must be blowing in Burbank, because Warner Bros. has shifted a ton of release dates for films on the studio’s upcoming slate. The Scooby-Doo reboot and WB’s own clash of the titans, Godzilla vs. Kong, are just a couple of the films caught in the crossfire. Break out your red pens and prepare to update your calendars.
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