Best of 2018

That Girl’s Favorite Views of 2018

Since the new year is upon us, it was suggested to me that I give a list of my favorite movies from the last reviewing year. At first I was worried that it would be all super hero movies, then I started to think some more, and realized that wasn’t true. I mean, I probably could make a list of entirely super hero movies. I certainly watched enough of them to do so, but that wouldn’t be much fun.

10) Baywatch

A farcical take on the corny 90s TV franchise, in which head lifeguard Mitch Buchanan attempts to stop a drug smuggler with his co-workers, knows how ridiculous it is and runs off with it. With nearly every actor engaging in over-the-top scenery chewing, it’s easy to tell that everyone had a blast making this movie. It’s a solid B-grade, so-bad-it’s-good way to spend a couple of hours.

9) Game Night

This movie about a staged kidnapping for a game night between friends that turns into an actual kidnapping is a real, and funny, take on a ‘What If’ scenario that manages to balance out the humor of the plot with the sometimes grave circumstances the characters get into. The storyline is solid and enjoyable, and the laughs are plentiful.

8) Thor: Ragnarock

The most recent, and possibly final, movie in Thor’s MCU franchise sees the God of Thunder losing his father, his hammer, and his home when his previously unmentioned sister, Hela, escapes from the prison she had been kept in for millennia. Despite the dour plotline, this is easily the best, and funniest, movie featuring Thor. It’s nice to see the actors be able to loosen up a bit, and makes for palate cleanser to watch before Infinity Wars.

7) Ocean’s 8

In this gender-flipped sequel to popular Ocean’s Twelve reboot franchise we find Debbie, the sister of recently deceased Danny Ocean planning to steal an expensive, one of a kind necklace off a starlet at the annual Met Gala. While the actual plot may run a little thin, it’s still an entertaining take that breathes a little bit of new life into the franchise.

6) Deadpool 2

The sequel to the 2016 movie finds Wade Wilson adrift after the tragic death of his fiancé, Vanessa, briefly teaming up with the X-Men, and eventually forming the group X-Force in order to save a young mutant destined to become super villain. Just as funny as the original, but with a more cohesive story, this sequel is a great follow-up and adds a few more characters to the mix that should be fun to explore in future installments.

5) Coco

This beautifully animated tale of a young boy who wants to follow his passion for music so badly he risks going to the spirit world to gain approval from the man he believes to be his long-lost great grandfather is heartfelt and touching. One of Disney/Pixar’s best movies to day, and also the first to center on Mexican heritage, this movie manages to both educate and entertaining viewers of all backgrounds.

4) Girls Trip

Four college friends decide to have a no-holds-barred, ladies-only trip to New Orleans during the Essence Festival, where one of the women is scheduled to speak, in an attempt to rekindle their strained friendship. This was a fun, funny movie with a storyline that’s nearly universally interesting (if you like slightly-raunchy comedies).

3) Black Panther

Newly crowned King of Wakanda, T’Challa attempts to locate and bring to justice Ulysses Klaue, who killed several Wakandans and robbed the country of some of its main resource, Vibranium, and in the process runs across Erik Stevens, a long-lost cousin who’s come home to claim the throne for himself. This movie is part of the new standard for super hero movies. It’s a great storyline, and has fantastic actors. It’s also the first major super hero movie to feature an all-black main cast.

2) Avengers: Infinity War

In an attempt to bring balance to the universe, Thanos attempts to collect all of the Infinity Stones, which will make him the most powerful being in the universe, but his plans are complicated when some of the galaxy’s greatest heroes attempt to thwart him. This movie, which marks the beginning of the end for the current era of the MCU, is a nonstop ride filled with adventure, heart, and nearly every hero we’d been introduced to up to that point.

1) Annihilation

A team of five women, a mix of scientists and military personnel, enter into a pocket alien world sitting on the United States’ east coast, and soon find that the further they travel into the area, the more dangerous and unusual things become. This taught, sci-fi thriller may not have the humor or adventure of some of the others on this list, but the almost relentless storytelling and superb acting by the cast make this an unforgettable film that’s worth the time and effort to see.

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