10 Best Movies of 2018 So Far – Rolling Stone
Home Movies Movie Lists

10 Best Movies of 2018 So Far

From superhero parents to supernaturally haunted kids, black comedies to ‘Black Panther’ – the greatest films to hit theaters so far this year

10 Best Movies of 2018 So Far

What if they cut off the year in movies at half time and we had to pick the best of 2018 only from those films that opened before July 1st? True, there was a lot of crap out there, from Action Point and Fifty Shades Freed to Gotti and Superfly. But don’t panic: It only seems like everything sucked. There were more than a few bright spots that could be glimpsed amid the Hollywood muck.

In fact, director Ryan Coogler looks likely to lead the charge to make Black Panther the first Marvel epic to persuade Oscar voters sit up and start casting ballots. Toni Collette (Hereditary), Ethan Hawke (First Reformed), Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) and Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here) are already being touted for acting awards. And if non–live-action films get better this year than Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, then we’re in for an animated renaissance. Here, in alphabetical order, are my picks for the 10 best movies of 2018 so far.

‘The Rider’

Beijing-born filmmaker Chloé Zhao defines poetry in motion in this tale of a Lakota cowboy, played by South Dakota bronco buster and horse trainer Brady Jandreau, who gets kicked in the skull and can no longer do the job he loves. Zhao’s lyrical film cuts to the core of what makes us human.

‘You Were Never Really Here’

If you still need proof that Joaquin Phoenix is one of our finest actors, go directly to this brilliant tale of a war-vet-turned-assassin who finds a kind of salvation by trying to save a kidnapped girl. Phoenix and Scottish writer-director Lynne Ramsay are artists at their peaks.

Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.