I spent a lot of time in movie theaters in 2018. Whether it was Ocean’s 8 or A Star Is Born, there were a lot of movies that tried to tell memorable stories. Not every film succeeded. Many stood as platforms for terrific acting performances, but came up short as art and entertainment. All made for a great collective experience as a moviegoer.
With a historic Thanksgiving weekend in the books, the Fall cinema season is unofficially over. Despite strong showings by Creed 2, Green Book, and A Star Is Born, the Oscar race is still wide open. Here are five movies that will wrap up 2018 and create serious awards chatter.
Few film genres are as fascinating on the big screen as boxing movies, at least in Philadelphia. The personal struggles, big punches, and hard falls induce larger-than-life thrills. Moments that the sport itself has not realized in a long time. No movie captures this dynamic as well as Rocky, whose sequel Creed II develops its enticing premise in unexpected ways.
The Netflix original movie The Outlaw King poses as a watershed moment for the streaming company: could they successfully produce an epic historical drama that is shot for movie theaters, yet relegated for small screen consumption? Despite an A-list star, a golden premise, and a blockbuster budget, the medieval picture is an uninspiring film that slogs through a dynamic moment in Scottish history.
40 years after Halloween unleashed the pure evil of Michael Myers, the silent slasher franchise returns with a “give the people what they want” formula. In its first-ever "direct" sequel, Michael Myers terrorizes Laurie Strode and Haddonfield, Illinois. It has been done before (ten times), but the 2018 Halloween updates the Myers-Strode saga with satisfying storytelling and references to its predecessor.
The 2018 remake of A Star Is Born is defined by incredible talent. The artistry goes beyond the big screen, however, as A Star Is Born’s soundtrack boasts one of the best original music compilations for a film in recent memory.
A Star Is Born is the third remake of a premise that first made its way into movie theaters in 1937. Even though the film has already been tweaked for Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, the latest iteration proves how talent elevates a story. Stunning acting by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga keeps the 2018 cut of A Star Is Born relevant.
After a summer of blockbusters, Oscar season unofficially begins with the release of A Star Is Born on Friday. Following the release of the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga flick, a rush of intriguing movies is about to hit theaters that will define 2018 at the movies.