Clear your sched­ules: this is BINGE-WOR­THY time in the cinema

Esquire Middle East - - IN THIS ISSUE THE EDIT -

Our look back at what made us flock to the mul­ti­plex

THE END OF THE YEAR IS HERE, mean­ing it’s now time to defini­tively cel­e­brate the finest movies that made their way to the mul­ti­plex and the art house. Over the past twelve months, movie­go­ers have been gifted with a bounty of great block­busters, indies and doc­u­men­taries, prov­ing that film­mak­ers are con­tin­u­ing to find new ways — both big and small — to en­ter­tain, ex­cite, and en­lighten. No mat­ter their bud­gets, scale, or sub­ject mat­ter, each of our se­lec­tions had some­thing to of­fer the ad­ven­tur­ous cinephile, be it shin­ing a light on to­day’s hot-but­ton is­sues, rein­vig­o­rat­ing tra­di­tional gen­res, or il­lu­mi­nat­ing facets of the in­fin­itely com­plex hu­man con­di­tion. They are, in short, our picks for the best films of 2018. su­per­hero film that brought skill, heart, pol­i­tics, Ken­drick La­mar songs, and Shake­speare-wor­thy sup­port­ing play­ers to the ta­ble. It made you want to get your hands on some vi­bra­nium. CRAZY RICH ASIANS, based on Kevin Kwan’s novel, was a gen­uinely funny rom-com and the first ma­jor stu­dio film with an all-asian cast since

The Joy Luck Club 25 years ear­lier. It gave im­por­tant roles to par­ents, a rar­ity, and the di­a­logue had the but­tery crunch of pop­corn.

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