Best Movies

By Steve Warren

Until I saw Vice, the race was on for my favorite movie of 2018, with the top three candidates dealing with racial matters past and present. These may not be the "best" of the year from an objective, technical perspective, but they had the most effect on me, whether for entertainment value, emotional impact or both and more.

As I often say, if we all agreed there'd be no need for more than one critic. I voted (and was largely outvoted) for the awards of the Atlanta Film Critics Circle and Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA). Of the six films that appear in both groups' Top Ten lists, only one, Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman, made my list as well.

I try to avoid the bandwagon effect that kicks in during award season and remain loyal to films that caught my attention earlier in the year, even if most of my colleagues didn't see them or have forgotten them. Roma and The Favourite would probably have made my Top 30, but so would such overlooked gems as The Endless, Alpha, Searching, The House of Tomorrow, Lean On Pete and Juliet, Naked.

Here are both groups' lists, as well as this rebel's, and the rest of my year-end selections:

2018 SEFCA TOP 10
1. Roma
2. The Favourite
3. A Star Is Born
4. BlacKKKlansman
5. Vice
6. If Beale Street Could Talk
7. Green Book
8. First Reformed
9. Eighth Grade
10. Leave No Trace

2018 ATLANTA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE TOP 10
1. The Favourite
2. A Star Is Born
3. Roma
4. A Quiet Place
5. First Reformed
6. Eighth Grade
7. BlacKKKlansman
8. tie: First Man
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
10. Black Panther

2018 INSITE TOP TEN
1. Vice
2. Green Book
3. BlacKKKlansman
4. The Hate U Give
5. The Rider
6. Bad Times at the El Royale
7. Black Panther
8. Flower
9. Three Identical Strangers
10. Isle of Dogs

SECOND TEN (listed alphabetically)
Good Manners (Boas Maneiras), The Guilty, Hereditary, Leave No Trace, Puzzle, RBG, Ready Player One, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, A Star Is Born, Widows

BEST ACTOR
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Runners-Up: Christian Bale, Vice; Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

BEST ACTRESS
Juliette Binoche, Let the Sunshine In
Runners-Up: Toni Collette, Hereditary; Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jonas Strand Gravli, 22 July
Runners-Up: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Mahershala Ali, Green Book

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Runners-Up: Natalie Portman, Vox Lux; Amy Adams, Vice

BEST ENSEMBLE
Vice
Runners-Up: The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Runners-Up: Chloé Zhao, The Rider; Ari Aster, Hereditary

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Vice: Adam McKay
Runners-Up: Ben Is Back: Peter Hedges; Green Book: Nick Vellelonga, Brian Hayes Currie & Peter Farrelly

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BlacKKKlansman: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Runners-Up: 22 July: Paul Greengrass; Juliet, Naked: Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor & Tamara Jenkins

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Three Identical Strangers
Runners-Up: RBG; Free Solo

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Good Manners (Boas Maneiras)
Runners-Up: The Guilty; Burning
I find it interesting that these hail from three different continents: South America, Europe and Asia.

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Isle of Dogs
Runners-Up: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Free Solo: Jimmy Chin, Matt Clegg, Clair Popkin & Mikey Schaefer
Runners-Up: Alpha: Martin Gschlacht; The Equalizer 2: Oliver Wood

WORST PICTURE OF THE YEAR
I can't pass judgment on the many dogs whose kennels I managed to avoid and I'll have mercy on some amateurish, low-budget indies; so my choice for the year's biggest waste of time, talent and money is Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria.

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