2018: The year’s best movies

Looking forward to the bulk of awards season, here’s The Examiner’s annual highly unscientific roundup of the year’s best films. Interestingly and unusually, the superhero movie “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role not only topped the box office (earning $1.34 billion worldwide), it made the lists of four critics. Other favorites admired by four writers surveyed include “If Beale Street Could Talk,” director Barry Jenkins’ sensitive adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel of the same name, and Alfonso Cuarón’s meditation on Mexico, “Roma.”

Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
1. Roma
2. BlacKkKlansman
3. First Reformed
4. The Other Side of the Wind
5. 24 Frames
6. Let the Sunshine In
7. Black Panther
8. You Were Never Really Here
9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
1. Roma
2. If Beale Street Could Talk
3. Shoplifters
4. First Reformed
5. Cold War
6. Leave No Trace
7. BlacKkKlansman
8. The Sisters Brothers
9. The Favourite
10. 1945

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
1. Burning
2. First Reformed
3. Zama
4. Black Panther
5. Private Life
6. If Beale Street Could Talk
7. The Rider
8. Western
9. Shoplifters
10. Happy as Lazzaro

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
(alphabetical order)
1. Black Panther
2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
3. If Beale Street Could Talk
4. Mary Poppins Returns
5. Paddington 2
6. The Rider
7. Roma
8. Shoplifters
9. Widows
10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
1. If Beale Street Could Talk
2, Zama
3. Private Life
4, Support the Girls
5. Widows
6, The Favourite
7, Burning
8. Madeline’s Madeline
9. BlacKkKlansman
10. The Other Side of the Wind

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

(tie for first, then alphabetical)
1. Black Panther
1. Leave No Trace
3. Cold War
4. Free Solo
5. Incredibles 2
6. Roma
7. Shoplifters
8. A Star Is Born
9. Vice

Top grossing, IMDb
1. Black Panther
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. Incredibles 2
4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
5. Deadpool 2
6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
7. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
10. Venom (2018)

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