Movies and tv shows I have enjoyed this year – a short and changing list.
A QUIET PLACE
The first movie of 2018 which I liked enough to see twice. Smart, thrilling, scary, lovely and quiet indeed: John Krasinski at his best behind and in front of the camera.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT
The best action movie in a long time. Tom Cruise is fast, furious and witty. Jason Bourne, James Bond, and even the new action heroine Lorraine Broughton (Atomic Blonde) need to make room and get out of the way. Ethan Hunt rules.
As one who loves dogs and origin stories, this one grabbed me. The story is compelling and new, and it’s unexpectedly un-Disney, with a brooding, mysterious feel. A mix of indy sensibility and beautiful animation and special effects.
LEAN ON PETE
Boys who get lost and found don’t always work in movies. But Charlie Plummer as Charley, a sweet kid living on the edge of poverty, the edge of his world, is powerful. Watching him find solace among horses was a moving experience.
Powerful writing. Incredible acting by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Subtle directing by Joshua Marston. A gem about the power and instability of faith. Nice move by Netflix, scooping this up at Sundance; it was the best film I saw there this year.
Lovely, lovely portrait of an eighth grader and her father (Josh Hamilton). Also out of Sundance. Superbly written and directed by Bo Burnham. Elsie Fisher reveals depth and real talent as 13-year-old Kayla.
* Recommended shows to come *