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The Old Man & the Gun (2018) starring Robert Redford

David Lowery follows up A Ghost Story with this classy epitaph to the career of Robert Redford, who plays real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker. It's somewhat corny but in the best possible way. Also starring Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Danny Glover.

Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek in The Old Man & the Gun

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

This sequel, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Johnny Depp, should be renamed Flaccid Bores: The Criminal Underuse of Grindelwald. It spends so much time introducing characters, locations and other elements and too little offering anything of interest.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) directed by Michael Moore

Documentary filmmaker and activist Moore's eye-opening (if occasionally on-the-nose) view on Donald Trump's rise to power is a chilling and inspiring call to action. While he clearly abhors the 45th POTUS, he doesn't spare the Democrats much flack either.

Fahrenheit 11/9

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Widows (2018) written and directed by Steve McQueen

This adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s 1983 miniseries redeems an overambitious narrative with some excellently-crafted sequences and powerful performances, especially from Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Lukas Haas.

Widows (2018) directed by Steve McQueen

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Shoplifters (2018) written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

This low-key but rewarding Japanese social realist drama is more about the definition and necessity of family than it is about nicking things from shops. Great performances by an ensemble cast, especially from Lily Franky and the late Kirin Kiki.

Shoplifters (2018)

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Mandy (2018) starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough

Panos Cosmatos' bad acid infused magnum opus melds its huge range of influences into a truly singular cinematic experience. In this context, Nicolas Cage's usual shit fits are subsumed into the artful, transcendent extremity of the whole.

Linus Roache as a creepy cult leader in Mandy

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First Man (2018) dir: Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, is examined in Damian Chazelle's respectable biopic. For all of its awe-inducing, white-knuckle depictions of space flight, however, it feels more like a small step for filmmaking than the giant leap that it should have been.

First Man (2018)

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A Star is Born (2018) starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

This fourth incarnation of William A. Wellman and Robert Carson's story turns out to be far from the Cooper/Gaga vanity project that you might have feared. Even Andrew Dice Clay is great in a film whose emotional imprint will stay with you for a long time.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)

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Venom (2018) starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams

This non-MCU Marvel adaptation has plenty wrong with it but, once you set aside the disjointed narrative and inconsistent tone, the Brock vs. Venom dynamic is quite funny. Tom Hardy is great - but Riz Ahmed is far less so as the main villain.

Venom (2018)

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The Predator (2018) directed and co-written by Shane Black

Unfortunately, this fourth entry in the Predator film series squanders some entertaining character interplay via confused plotting, inscrutable action sequences and throwaway splatter comedy deaths. Quite possibly the most annoying film of the year.

Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook in The Predator

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