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10 Worst Movies of 2018

Dead-on-arrival sequels, “dark” superhero tales gone wrong, the dumbest mobster movie ever made — welcome to the bottom of 2018’s cinematic barrel

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Clockwise from left: 'Life Itself,' 'Gotti' and 'Venom,' three films which made Peter Travers' Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018 list.

So many bad movies, so little time to tell you how bad. But as Hollywood continues to reboot and recycle anything that made a buck and run from originality like a form of box-office plague, the multiplex in 2018 proved more crowded than ever with creative cowardice enhanced by the participation of shameless hacks. Have you felt the brain-numbing déjà vu of Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, Insidious: The Last Key, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Johnny English Strikes Again, Super Troopers 2, The Cloverfield Paradox, Sherlock Gnomes and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms? We have. We’ve watched The Rock basically play the same role twice in Skyscraper and Rampage. We’ve suffered through the Bruce Willis remake of Charles Bronson’s Death Wish, the Anna Faris redo of Goldie Hawn’s Overboard and Benedict Cumberbatch’s one-upping Jim Carrey’s bah-humbuggery in an animated update of The Grinch.

And yet, impossibly, none of these barking cinematic dogs actually made this list. Were there really movies that scraped below the bottom-of-the-barrel titles we just mentioned? Oh, there were. Trust us, there most certainly were. Here are our picks for the 10 Worst Movies of 2018. Read it and weep.

JAMIE DORNAN and DAKOTA JOHNSON return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades Freed," the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.  Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

‘Fifty Shades Freed’

For the third and last time — so they promise — Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan whip each other into the least erotic frenzy in the history of sex in cinema. Don’t they know that sanitized S&M is a contradiction in terms? And since Dornan’s billionaire Christian Grey has married Johnson’s intern-turned-publishing magnate Anastasia Steele, they seem as bored with each other as we are with them. Sabotage, kidnapping and murder are added now that the couple’s “kinky fuckery” has lost its kink. Nothing in Mr. Grey’s Red Room of Pain could possibly compare to the punishment doled out to the masochists who pay to see this one.



Behold, a PG-13 desecration of a nightmare-dark Marvel antihero. That’s Venom, the alien symbiote who bites off heads and feeds on brains when he’s not possessing the body of San Francisco TV journalist Eddie Brock. You’d think it’d be the perfect dual role for the great Tom Hardy, right? And it might have been. But the Brit actor, who previously went supervillain hardcore in The Dark Knight Rises, betrayed Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant and played both gangster Kray twins in Legend, wimps out this time, playing Venom for laughs that never come. Selling out a character with the potential to be another Dark Knight, especially in the hands of a killer thespian like Hardy, is the norm in a dollar-driven business that fears risk.

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