WHAT A GREAT 2018

The Galloway News - - REVIEW OF THE YEAR -

10 Solo: A Star Wars Story Re­leased: May

De­spite a troubled pro­duc­tion, this spin-off was far from the dis­as­ter many feared.

Alden Ehren­re­ich gave a charis­matic, charm­ing per­for­mance as Han and Don­ald Glover’s Lando was the epit­ome of cool.

The set-pieces peaked with a thrilling, win­try train rob­bery and nice call­backs fea­tured through­out.

7 Spi­der-Man: Into the Spi­der-Verse Re­leased: De­cem­ber

The finest an­i­mated flick of the year was also up there with Spi­der-Man’s best cin­e­matic ad­ven­tures.

In­fec­tiously en­ter­tain­ing from start to fin­ish, this breezy, funny and emo­tion-packed ride was a gift from the gods for fans of the web-slinger.

The Miles Mo­rales in­car­na­tion of the char­ac­ter was given an ace movie bow and ev­ery­thing from the cam­era work to the sound­track ex­uded cool­ness.

4 Hered­i­tary Re­leased: June

I like to con­sider my­self an afi­cionado of hor­ror, but I have never seen a movie quite like this.

Hered­i­tary was an at­tack on your nerves, emo­tions and senses as de­but writer-di­rec­tor Ari Aster took au­di­ences on a jour­ney to hell — and back again.

This was a master­ful ex­am­ple of the genre at its sur­pris­ing, thought-pro­vok­ing, pet­ri­fy­ing best.

9 Search­ing Re­leased: Au­gust

Who would’ve thought a movie by a de­but di­rec­tor shot al­most en­tirely on smart­phones and com­puter screens would be wor­thy of com­par­i­son with Hitch­cock.

But Aneesh Cha­gant’s Search­ing was a heart­pound­ing thriller packed with shock­ing twists, un­bear­able ten­sion and a ca­reer-best turn from John Cho.

6 Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Fall­out Re­leased: July

Still go­ing strong six en­tries in, Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble is one of the finest film fran­chises ever.

That’s thanks in no small part to lead­ing man Tom Cruise, back once again and this time butting heads with Su­per­man him­self, Henry Cav­ill.

The ac­tion set a new high for the se­ries with some in­cred­i­ble, death-de­fy­ing stunts.

3 Black Pan­ther Re­leased: Fe­bru­ary

This in­fec­tiously en­ter­tain­ing first solo ad­ven­ture for the King ofWakanda was an­other home run from Marvel.

Chad­wick Bose­man’s lead was the per­fect blend of grav­i­tas, charm and courage and he was given great sup­port from Danai Gurira, Leti­ti­aWright and Michael B Jor­dan’s fas­ci­nat­ing, multi-lay­ered an­tag­o­nist.

8 An­ni­hi­la­tion Re­leased: March

A Net­flix-only re­lease that proved Ex Machina was no fluke for Alex Gar­land.

The Lon­doner’s sec­ond di­rec­to­rial ef­fort was ev­ery bit as grip­ping, thought-pro­vok­ing and in­tel­li­gent as his de­but.

Un­for­get­table im­agery co­in­cided with ex­cel­lent per­for­mances from Natalie Port­man, Tes­saThomp­son and Os­car Isaac.

5 Three Bill­boards Re­leased: Jan­uary

Driv­ingThree Bill­boards was a never-bet­ter Frances Mc­Dor­mand as an emo­tional mother out to solve her daugh­ter’s mur­der.

There was black hu­mour run­ning through­out and this wasn’t one for the PC bri­gade; best em­pha­sised by Sam Rock­well’s boozed-up, racist cop.

It was a very un­pre­dictable watch too as it veered off into wild new direc­tions.

2 A Quiet Place Re­leased: April

Say­ing more with ac­tions, at­mos­phere and anx­i­ety than most films do with thou­sands of words, A Quiet Place was a su­perb, tense ride.

It was a sim­ple premise but more than just a gim­mick as real-life hus­band-and-wife John Krasin­ski and Emily Blunt shone.

Right from the bru­tal open­ing, there was barely a chance to re­lax.

(L-R) Fall­out, A Quiet Place and Spi­der-Man: Into the Spi­der-Verse

Im­pos­si­ble dream

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