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B E S T   F I L M
blackkkpanther BlacKkKlansman

(Spike Lee)

Spike Lee gets his mojo back with this thunderously relevant, resonant comedy-drama based on a true story that is almost too ridiculous to believe. But the film is made with passion, style and a razor-sharp edge of authenticity that extends to its audacious epilog.


2. COLD WAR (Pawel Pawlikowski)
3. THE FAVOURITE
    (Yorgos Lanthimos)
4. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
    (Barry Jenkins)
5. GENERATION WEALTH
    (Lauren Greenfield)
6. CAPERNAUM (Nadine Labacki)
7. WE THE ANIMALS
    (Jeremiah Zagar)
8. COLETTE (Wash Westmoreland)
9. SHOPLIFTERS (Hirokazu Koreeda)
10. SOFIA (Meryem Benm'Barek)

11. The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
12. American Animals (Bart Layton)
13. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski)
14. Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
15. The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)
16. Blindspotting
     (Carlos Lopez Estrada)
17. Apostasy (Daniel Kokotajlo)
18. The Happy Prince
     (Rupert Everett)
19. Deadpool 2 (David Leitch)
20. Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu)
21. Border (Ali Abbasi)
22. Jose (Li Cheng)
23. McQueen (Ian Bonhote)
24. Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
25. Saturday Church
     (Damon Cardasis)
26. A Private War
     (Matthew Heineman)
27. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
     (Christopher McQuarrie)
28. Widows (Steve McQueen)
29. Dogman (Matteo Garrone)
30. Ready Player One
     (Steven Spielberg)
31. Manta Ray
     (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng)
32. Hereditary (Ari Aster)
33. Free Solo (Jimmy Chin,
     Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
34. Just Charlie (Rebekah Fortune)
35. Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda)
36. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
     (Morgan Neville)
37. My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers)
38. Shadow (Zhang Yimou)
39. The Sisters Brothers
     (Jacques Audiard)
40. Anything (Timothy McNeil)
41. I Got Life! (Blandine Lenoir)
42. My Son Is Gay (Lokesh)
43. Shirkers (Sandi Tan)
44. Mapplethorpe (Ondi Tomoner)
45. The Breaker Upperers
     (Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek)
46. Path of Blood (Jonathan Hacker)
47. Alex Strangelove (Craig Johnson)
48. Malila: The Farewell Flower
     (Anucha Boonyawatana)
49. Filmworker (Tony Zierra)
50. A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper)
NB. I saw 512 films in 2018
SHADOWS HALL OF FAME
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director: pawlikowski D I R E C T O R

Pawel Pawlikowski
(Cold War)
2. Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
3. Ari Aster (Hereditary)
4. Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
5. Nadine Labaki (Capernaum)
6. Bart Layton (American Animals)
7. Chloe Zhao (The Rider)
8. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
9. Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals)
10. Meryem Benm'Barek (Sofia)

screenplay: jenkins S C R E E N W R I T E R

Barry Jenkins
(If Beale Street Could Talk)

2. Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki (Cold War)
3. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Colette)
4. Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara (The Favourite)
5. Daniel Kokotajlo (Apostasy)
6. Bart Layton (American Animals)
7. Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
8. Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting)
9. Alex Garland (Annihilation)
10. Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek (The Breaker Upperers)

actress: colman A C T R E S S

Olivia Colman
(The Favourite)

2. Joanna Kulig (Cold War)
3. Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns)
4. Agnes Jaoui (I Got Life!)
5. Eva Melander (Border)
6. Toni Collette (Hereditary, Hearts Beat Loud, Madame)
7. Ana Brun (The Heiresses)
8. Natalie Portman (Vox Lux, Annihilation)
9. Claire Foy (Unsane, First Man)
10. Rosamund Pike (A Private War, Beirut, Entebbe)

actor: jordan A C T O R

Michael B Jordan
(Black Panther, Creed II,
Fahrenheit 451)

2. Brady Landreau (The Rider)
3. Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince)
4. Tomasz Kot (Cold War)
5. Marcello Fonte (Dogman)
6. John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman, Monsters and Men)
7. Zain Al Rafeea (Capernaum)
8. Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy, Vice, Welcome to Marwen)
9. Alex Lawther (Freak Show, Ghost Stories)
10. Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

supporting: king S U P P O R T I N G
A C T R E S S

Regina King
(If Beale Street Could Talk)

2. Florence Pugh (Outlaw King)
3. Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place)
4. Sarah Perles (Sofia)
5. Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale)
6. Sissy Spacek (The Old Man & the Gun)
7. Danai Gurira (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War)
8. Sakura Ando (Shoplifters)
9. Molly Wright (Apostasy)
10. Elizabeth Debicki (Widows, The Cloverfield Paradox)

supporting: henry S U P P O R T I N G
A C T O R

Brian Tyree Henry
(If Beale Street Could Talk,
Widows, White Boy Rick, Hotel Artemis)

2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Outlaw King)
3. Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Widows)
4. Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)
5. Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite)
6. Jonah Hill (Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot)
7. Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
8. Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place, That Good Night)
9. Barry Keoghan (Black '47, American Animals)
10. Jude Law (Vox Lux, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald)

H A L L   O F   S H A M E

worst: mile 22 WORST FILM
Mile 22
(Peter Berg)

2. The Strangers: Prey at Night (Johannes Roberts)
3. Truth or Dare (Jeff Wadlow)
4. Midnight Sun (Scott Speer)
5. Fifty Shades Freed (James Foley)
6. Life Itself (Dan Fogelman)
7. Strangeways Here We Come (Chris Green)
8. The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood)
9. Venom (Ruben Fleischer)
10. Action Point (Tim Kirkby)
11. Astro (Asif Akbar)
12. Hell Fest (Gregory Plotkin)
13. The Death Cure (Wes Ball)
14. Blue Iguana (Hadi Hajaig)
15. The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson)
16. Father Figures (Lawrence Sher)
17. Book Club (Bill Holderman)
18. Robin Hood (Otto Bathurst)
19. Redcon-1 (Chee Keong Cheung)
20. Lies We Tell (Mitu Misra)
21. Damascus Cover (Daniel Zelik Berk)
22. Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber)
23. Possum (Matthew Holness)
24. Carter & June (Nicholas Kalikow)
25. Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S DeKnight)
26. All the Devil's Men (Matthew Hope)
27. Night School (Malcolm D Lee)
28. Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis)
29. The Darkest Minds (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
30. The Rainbow Bridge Motel (J Garrett Vorreuter,
     Scott Rubin)
disappointment: a wrinkle in time BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:
A Wrinkle in Time.
Venom. Creed II.
Mary Poppins Returns. The Front Runner.
MOST PRETENTIOUS: Possum
MOST INDULGENT: Life Itself. Red Sparrow.
MOST DERIVATIVE: The Darkest Minds
The Commuter. Mile 22. Mary Magdalene
WORST CASTING: Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as twins (Father Figures). The heroes (The 15:17 to Paris).
LAZIEST MOVIE: The Equalizer 2. Book Club. Finding Your Feet. Damascus Cover. Father Figures.
MOST OVERBLOWN (THE MICHAEL BAY AWARD):
Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Skyscraper. The Death Cure.
Escape Plan 2: Hades. Mom & Dad.
LEAST 'SPECIAL' EFFECTS: Skyscraper
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies.
MOST ANTI-CLIMACTIC REUNION: Mile 22
WORST MESSAGE: Revenge. Assassination Nation. Mile 22.
WORST TITLE: The Wife. Life Itself.
MOST ANNOYING VOICEOVER (THE MORGAN
FREEMAN AWARD): Life Itself (various)

Vice (Jesse Plemons). Midnight Sun (Bella Thorne).
MOST WASTEFUL DIRECTOR:
Jason Reitman (The Front Runner)

Justin Chadwick (Tulip Fever). Malcolm D Lee (Night School).
Richard Loncraine (Finding Your Feet).
MOST WASTED DIRECTOR:
Ruben Fleischer (Venom)

SHOULD RETIRE: EL James
Antoine Fuqua. Johnny Knoxville. Rob Marshall.
PLEASE STOP: Underdeveloped crime thrillers (Lies We Tell, Mile 22). Obviously animated action (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Venom).
WORST MANAGEMENT: Liam Neeson (The Commuter)
Christina Hendricks (The Strangers: Prey at Night).

N O N - F I L M   P I C K S

tv: pose TV SERIES
Pose
(FX)

2. Schitt's Creek (CBN)
3. Fleabag (BBC)
4. Everything Sucks! (Netflix)
5. Killing Eve (BBC)
6. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Prime)
7. Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
8. A Very English Scandal (BBC)
9. Atlanta (FX)
10. Trust (FX)
11. Shameless (Showtime)
12. Wild Wild Country (Netflix)
13. The End of the F***ing World (C4)
14. The Little Drummer Girl (BBC)
15. The Looming Tower (Prime)
16. Dietland (AMC)
17. Homecoming (Prime)
18. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
19. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
20. Jane the Virgin (ABC)
21. Who Is America (Showtime)
22. Sense8 (Netflix)
23. Murphy Brown (CBS)
24. Castle Rock (Hulu)
25. The Good Place (Netflix)
26. The Assassination of Gianni Versace:
       American Crime Story
(FX)
27. Mom (CBS)
28. Sharp Objects (HBO)
29. Kidding (Showtime)
30. Wanderlust (Channel 4)

single: this is america SINGLE
This Is America
(Childish Gambino)

2. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus)
3. One Kiss (Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa)
4. Shallow (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
5. Promises (Sam Smith & Calvin Harris)
6. Happier (Marshmello & Bastille)
7. Make Me Feel (Janelle Monae)
8. Better Now (Post Malone)
9. Ruin My Life (Zara Larsson)
10. This Is Me (Keala Settle)
11. Never Be the Same (Camila Cabello)
12. Paradise (George Ezra)
13. Get Out (Chvrches)
14. IDGAF (Dua Lipa)
15. Rockstar (Post Malone & 21 Savage)
16. Say Something (Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton)
17. Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran & Beyonce)
18. Thursday (Jess Glynne)
19. Give Yourself a Try (The 1975)
20. Shotgun (George Ezra)
21. Sober (Tom Grennan)
22. Pray (Sam Smith & Logic)
23. The Middle (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
24. For You (Liam Payne & Rita Ora)
25. These Days (Rudimental, Jess Glynne,
     Macklemore, Dan Caplen)
26. Lottery (Jade Bird)
27. Sunflower (Post Malone & Swae Lee)
28. Sanctify (Years & Years)
29. Say Amen (Saturday Night) (Panic at the Disco)
30. Taki Taki (DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B)

S P E C I A L   A W A R D S

ensemble: favourite ENSEMBLE: The Favourite
2. American Animals
3. Crazy Rich Asians
4. Widows
5. The Sisters Brothers
BREAKOUT FILMMAKER:
Ari Aster (Hereditary)

2. Chloe Zhao (The Rider)
3. Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
4. John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)
5. Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince)
BREAKOUT ACTOR: Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
2. Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
3. Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace)
4. Max Hubacher (Mario, The Captain)
5. Felix Maritaud (Sauvage, Jonas)

music: the sister brothers MUSIC:
The Sisters Brothers (Alexandre Desplat)

2. If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
3. Suspiria (Thom Yorke)
4. Hearts Beat Loud (Keegan DeWitt)
5. BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
Special mention: A Star Is Born (Lady Gaga),
Vox Lux (Sia), Dumplin' (Dolly Parton)
CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

2. Capernaum (Christopher Aoun)
3. Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
4. The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
5. The Happy Prince (John Conroy)
EDITING:
American Animals (Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart)

2. If Beale Street Could Talk (Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders)
3. BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
4. Capernaum (Konstantin Bock)
5. We the Animals (Keiko Deguchi, Brian A Kates)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Shadow (Horace Ma)
2. Annihilation (Mark Digby)
3. The Favourite (Fiona Crombie)
4. A Simple Favour (Jefferson Sage)
5. BlacKkKlansman (Curt Beech)
EFFECTS: Mary Poppins Returns
2. Annihilation
3. First Man
4. Welcome to Marwen
5. Ready Player One
MAKEUP & HAIR: Border
The Favourite. Suspiria. The Happy Prince.
Bohemian Rhapsody.
SOUND DESIGN: Roma
A Quiet Place. Annihilation. Climax. Suspiria.
COSTUMES: A Simple Favour
The Favourite. Annihilation. Colette. Cold War.
STUNTS: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
The Rider. Climax. Black Panther.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
ANIMATION: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Breadwinner. Isle of Dogs. Tehran Taboo. Mirai.
FILM HISTORY AWARD: The Other Side of the Wind. They Shall Not Grow Old.

casting: felicity jones BEST CASTING:
Felicity Jones (On the Basis of Sex)

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns).
Cher (Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again). Marcello Fonte & Edoardo Pesce (Dogman). Selma Blair & Nicolas Cage (Mom & Dad)
BEST HAIR: BlacKkKlansman.
Mary Queen of Scots. Vice.
Freak Show. Isle of Dogs.
WORST HAIR: Nicole Kidman (Destroyer)
BEST ANIMAL PERFORMANCE: Apollo (The Rider)
President Pierce (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
Marcello Fonte (Dogman).

babe: vikander BABE OF THE YEAR:
Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider

Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman).
Danai Gurira (Black Panther). Matilda Lutz (Revenge). Matt Bomer (Anything).
HUNK OF THE YEAR: Henry Golding
(Crazy Rich Asians, A Simple Favour)

Michael B Jordan (Black Panther, Creed II). Patrick Schwarzenegger (Midnight Sun).
Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
Sam Heughan (The Spy Who Dumped Me).
BEST CHEMISTRY: Brady Landreau & Apollo (The Rider)
Robert Redford & Sissy Spacek (The Old Man & the Gun). Robert Downey Jr & Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers: Infinity War). Paul Rudd & Steve Coogan (Ideal Home). Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born).
WORST CHEMISTRY:
Keanu Reeves & Ana Ularu (Siberia)

BEST VILLAIN: Michael B Jordan (Black Panther)
Daniel Kaluuya (Widows). Malin Akerman (Rampage). Jennifer Ehle (The Miseducation of Cameron Post).
Freddie Fox (Black '47).
MOST LUDICROUS VILLAIN:
Aidan Gillen (The Death Cure)


scene stealer: akwafina BEST SCENE-STEALING: Akwafina
(Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean's Eight)

Letitia Wright (Black Panther). Nina Arianda (Stan & Ollie). Billy Magnussen (Game Night). Michelle Williams (I Feel Pretty).
BEST SCENE-CHEWING:
Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians)

Bette Midler (Freak Show). Shirley Henderson (Stan & Ollie). Kate McKinnon (The Spy Who Dumped Me). Robert Downey Jr (Avengers: Infinity War).
WORST SCENE-CHOMPING:
F Murray Abraham (Robin Hood)

Johnny Knoxville (Action Point). Logan Miller (Love, Simon). Julie Walters (Mary Poppins Returns).
BEST COSTAR-CHEWING (THE ALIVE AWARD):
Redcon-1

BEST PHONED-IN PERFORMANCE:
Joaquin Phoenix (Mary Magdalene)

Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Infinity War). Ben Mendelsohn (Robin Hood). Colin Firth (Mary Poppins Returns).

cameo: streep BEST CAMEO:
Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Mary Poppins Returns)

Carol Kane (The Sisters Brothers).
Matt Damon (Unsane). Gary Cole & Gina Gershon (Blockers). Michelle Pfeiffer
(Ant Man and the Wasp).
MOST POINTLESS CAMEO:
Patricia Clarkson (The Death Cure)

John Malkovich (Mile 22). Yvonne Orji (Night School).
Cara Delevingne (Tulip Fever).
WORST CAMEO: Mike Myers (Bohemian Rhapsody).
EWAN McGREGOR GOLDEN LIGHT SABER AWARD:
Chris Pine (Outlaw King)

Jorge Antonio Guerrero (Roma). Kevin Janssens
(Revenge). Adam Pearson (Chained for Life).
Dustin Demri-Burns (The Spy Who Dumped Me).

nuttiest: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn NUTTIEST MOVIE:
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Climax. Assassination Nation. Mansfield 66/67.
TRASHIEST MOVIE (THE JOHN
WATERS AWARD): The Favourite.

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn.
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies.
Uncle David 2.
MOPIEST MOVIE (THE TWILIGHT AWARD):
Midnight Sun.
The Little Stranger. Mary Magdalene.
underrated: the happy prince MOST UNDERRATED: The Happy Prince
2. Colette
3. Blindspotting
4. Vox Lux
5. The Sisters Brothers.
MOST OVERRATED: Black Panther
2. First Reformed
3. The Hate U Give
4. Mary Poppins Returns
5. Avengers: Infinity War
MOST IMPORTANT FILM: Generation Wealth
2. Black Panther
3. Capernaum
4. Blindspotting
5. BlacKkKlansman
MOST INVENTIVE: American Animals
Border. Postcards From London. The Endless. Climax.
CLEVER APPROACH TO A COMPLEX ISSUE: The King
Tyrel. Manta Ray. Apostasy. Gun No 6. The Breadwinner.

guilty pleasure: mom & dad GUILTY PLEASURE: Mom & Dad
2. Game Night
3. Blockers
4. A Simple Favour
5. The Spy Who Dumped Me
NICEST SURPRISE: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
The Breaker Upperers. A Quiet Place. Crazy Rich Asians. A Star Is Born.
MOST ORIGINAL TAKE ON A TIRED GENRE:
American Animals
. A Quiet Place. The Favourite.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Ghost Stories.
BEST SHOW-STOPPER: Jump cut at the end (BlacKkKlansman)
The Shallow (A Star Is Born). Glass and foot (Revenge).
BEST HEART-STOPPER:
Zain grabs a knife (Capernaum)

The Boulder Problem (Free Solo). Birth pains (A Quiet Place). Attacking the librarian (American Animals). Pulling the gun (Blindspotting).

funniest: breaker upperers FUNNIEST MOVIE: The Breaker Upperers
2. Blockers
3. Heavy Trip
4. Game Night
5. Deadpool 2
LEAST FUNNY COMEDY: Father Figures
Strangeways Here We Come. The Happytime Murders. Action Point. Night School.
SEXIEST MOVIE: Hard Paint
Sauvage. Screwed. Touch Me Not. Sodom.
LEAST ROMANTIC LOVE STORY: Fifty Shades Freed
SCARIEST MOVIE: A Quiet Place. Utoya - July 22. Hereditary. May the Devil Take You. The Lullaby.
MOST THRILLING THRILLER: The Guilty. Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Widows. Ready Player One.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
LEAST THRILLING THRILLER:
Damascus Cover
. The Strangers: Prey at Night.
GIRLIEST MOVIE: Lizzie
Widows. Ocean's Eight. Support the Girls.
The Spy Who Dumped Me. A Simple Favour.
MANLIEST MOVIE: Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Mile 22. Dogman. Tyrel. Papillon.
YUCKIEST MOVIE: Mom & Dad
Mandy. Border. The Night of the Virgin. We.
GRISLIEST MOVIE: Revenge

inspiring: won't you be my neighbor MOST INSPIRING DOC:
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Stumped.
Love, Scott. Sidney & Friends. Free Solo.
MOST INVOLVING DOC: Free Solo.
Love, Cecil. McQueen. Gun No 6.
MOST ORIGINAL DOC: The King. Gun No 6. Bisbee '17. Time Trial. Path of Blood.
MOST DEPRESSING DOC: Path of Blood.
Strong Island. Whitney. The Ice King.
MOST BLOOD-BOILING DOC:
Generation Wealth
Postcards from the 48%.
BEST BIOPIC: Colette. A Private War. My Friend Dahmer. Mapplethorpe. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot.
WORST BIOPIC: The 15:17 to Paris
Mary Magdalene. The White Crow.
MOST HOLLYWOODISED BIOPIC: Birth of the Dragon Bohemian Rhapsody. The White Crow.
THE FAMILY VALUES AWARD: Shoplifters
Incredibles 2. A Quiet Place. Blockers. Hereditary.
STRAIGHTEST GAY MOVIE (THE BROKEBACK AWARD): Bohemian Rhapsody. The White Crow. Nureyev.
GAYEST STRAIGHT MOVIE (THE BROMANCE AWARD): Holmes & Watson. The Sisters Brothers. Stan & Ollie.

adaptation: if beale street could talk BEST BOOK-TO-FILM:
If Beale Street Could Talk

BlacKkKlansman. Leave No Trace.
Beautiful Boy. Ready Player One.
WORST BOOK-TO-FILM: The Death Cure
Mary Magdalene. Mortal Engines.
A Wrinkle in Time. Fahrenheit 451.
BEST COMIC-TO-FILM: Deadpool 2
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Black Panther. I Kill Giants.
WORST COMIC-TO-FILM: Venom
BEST GAME-TO-FILM: Tomb Raider. Rampage.
BEST SHORT-TO-FEATURE: Alaska Is a Drag
MOST SURPRISINGLY NOT-AWFUL ADAPTATION:
Every Day


remake: A Star Is Born BEST REMAKE: A Star Is Born
Widows. Suspiria.
WORST REMAKE: Fahrenheit 451
Robin Hood.
BEST REBOOT: Tomb Raider
BEST SEQUEL: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Deadpool 2. Incredibles 2. Christopher Robin.
WORST SEQUEL: Fifty Shades Freed
The Strangers: Prey at Night. The Death Cure.
Pacific Rim: Uprising. Kickboxer: Retaliation.
MOST SURPRISINGLY NOT-AWFUL SEQUEL:
Deadpool 2
. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
Ralph Breaks the Internet. Sherlock Gnomes.
BEST PREQUEL: Tomb Raider. Bumblebee.
MOST SURPRISINGLY NOT-AWFUL PREQUEL:
Solo: A Star Wars Story

BEST SPINOFF: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
WORST SPINOFF: Venom

hardest working: wigham THE HARDEST WORKING PERSON IN MOVIES:
Shea Wigham
(Vice, Bad Times at the El Royale,
First Man, Sicario: Day of the Soldado,
Beirut, The Catcher Was a Spy)
BEST NEW TREND: Evocative storytelling
(We the Animals, Leave No Trace).
Vintage-style showcases for veteran actors
(The Old Man & the Gun, Lucky, The Mule,
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot).
WORST NEW TREND: Grammar-mangling titles
(The Guilty, The Forgiven, Fifty Shades Freed).
Pointless sequels (The Strangers: Prey at Night,
Pacific Rim: Uprising)
MOST ANTICIPATED FILM OF 2019: Captain Marvel
Us. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Star Wars Episode IX. Avengers: Endgame. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The Lego Movie 2. Rocketman. Toy Story 4. Fighting With My Family. Spider-Man: Far From Home. John Wick Chapter 3.
LEAST ANTICIPATED FILM OF 2019: Ring
Grudge. Pet Sematary. Hellboy. Bad Boys for Life.
Angry Birds 2. Jumanji 2.
KEEPING AN OPEN MIND: Hobbs & Shaw. Frozen 2. Downton Abbey. Cats. Dumbo. Aladdin The Lion King.

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