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The Low-Down's Top 10 Films of 2018

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The Low-Down team take a look back at some of our favourite movies over the past 12 months.

1/ Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount Pictures) One of the best films in the franchise with the ever-green Tom Cruise, and an awesome bathroom fight scene.   

2/ Molly’s Game (Entertainment One) A cracking script from Aaron Sorkin and a compelling performance from the oh so talented Jessica Chastain.   

3/ Hostiles (Entertainment Film Distributors) A bleak Western with some brutal scenes and powerhouse performances from Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.   

4/ Game Night (Warner Bros) A genuinely entertaining, ingenious and laugh-out-loud comedy with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.   

5/ BlackKklansman (Universal Pictures) A gripping remarkle true story from Spike Lee on infiltrating the Klan, with a first rate performance from Adam Driver and Denzel’s son, John David Washington.   

6/ Journey’s End (Lionsgate UK) A poignant reminder of the horrors of war, 100 years on from the end of the conflict of the First World War, with a stirring turn from Sam Claflin.    

7/ I, Tonya (Entertainment One) Offbeat documentary style film laced with dark humour, with a scintillating performance from Margot Robbie as the disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding.   

8/ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Twentieth Century Fox) Darkly funny drama from Martin McDonagh, with a powerhouse performance from Frances McDormand, and a wonderful tracking shot.   

9/ Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros) A glossy cheese fest, but it is done oh so well with some wonderful onscreen chemistry.   

10/ Phantom Thread (Universal Pictures) Who knew sewing could be interesting? Yet Daniel Day Lewis, in supposedly his final role, can turn his hand to anything in this darkly comedic film about a renowned dressmaker.   

But before we sign off on 2018, honourable mentions should also go to: 

Leave No Trace (Sony Pictures Releasing) – when is Ben Foster not good?   

A Quiet Place (Paramount Pictures) – chilling directorial debut from John Krasinski.   

McQueen (Lionsgate UK) – Absorbing documentary on the fashion designer.   

A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) – Incredible directorial debut and performance from Bradley Cooper, alongside Lady Gaga.   

Bohemian Rhapsody (Twentieth Century Film)– not the best film by any stretch, but Rami Malek is eerily uncanny as Freddie Mercury.   

First Man (Univeral Pictures) – Damien Chazelle’s follow up to the remarkable Whiplash and La La Land, doesn’t quite ignite in the same way, but strong performances, a wonderful visual style and a fascinating story nonetheless.   

Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures) – An incredible build up to the superhero finale after 10 years and 18 films in the making.

 

 

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