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Created Jan 26, 2018 11:05PM PST • Updated Jan 26, 2018 11:05PM PST

The Great, Really Great & Perfect new movies I’ve seen in `18: new movies I graded 4.0, 4.5 or 5 beams out of 5. Includes movies officially designated 2017, but not out wide till 2018.


  • Really Great
  • 70 Points
Title Released Trust Weighted Summary Viewable
1st 12 Strong
2018 Great 83 Points

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12 Strong is no run of the mill war movie, to be valued on its moral complexity and clever comebacks. No, 12 Strong is morally simple and often wooden, making it rather unfashionable in our morally confused era. Of course, we also live in the Islamist Era, sharing God’s Earth with a medieval minority of the world’s largest religion, many of whom want to die while dramatically slaughtering innocent women and children.

September 11th seared that reality into our American consciousness, stunning us and bringing us together, briefly. 12 Strong starts then and continues for the followin…

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Added Jan 26, 2018 11:05PM PST • Updated Jan 26, 2018 11:05PM PST
2nd Hostiles
2017 Great 66 Points

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The American Indian Wars were mostly over by 1892. Bad blood ran deep, with bands of crazed killers roaming the land, as other combatants try to move on with life after wartime. Writer-director Scott Cooper adroitly uses this brutal and beautiful milieu for a piercing story about a cavalry captain, an Indian chief and a frontierswoman, plus those in their orbits. The result – Hostiles – is the best revisionist Western in years.

Cooper’s movie operates in Unforgiven territory, with a clear echo of The Searchers

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Added Feb 07, 2018 12:23AM PST • Updated Feb 07, 2018 12:23AM PST
3rd Black Panther
2018 Really Great 66 Points

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Black Panther joins Wonder Woman as the second cultural-phenomena superhero blockbuster in half a year, each a terrific specimen of the superhero genre, yet transcending it in social impact. Females saw themselves anew in Gal Gadot; The African diaspora gains a new and fantastic folklore in Black Panther.

Oh yeah, Black Panther is also a really great movie, instantly enshrined in the pantheon of the vaunted Marvel canon. Frequently funny, pleasantly witty, often quite moving, occasionally thought-provoking, not to mention genuinely thrilling, it deserves its hosannas from across …

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Added Mar 04, 2018 01:05AM PST • Updated Mar 04, 2018 01:05AM PST
4th Game Night
2018 Really Great 66 Points

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If the Seinfeld crew returned in 2018 and were into game night with friends, Game Night would be their movie. It’s that funny, that deadpan, that banal yet brilliant. How so? One terrifically executed comedic setpiece after another, from the meet-cute opening montage all the way to the comically creepy conclusion.

Pitch perfect drollery, dead-on satire and more than a bit of star power make a terrific night at the movies. It’s also intriguing: more substantial than it appears, biting but not divisive, naughty but not really nasty.

Now, a hitman does get sucked through a jet engine. …

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Added Mar 11, 2018 12:27AM PST • Updated Mar 11, 2018 12:27AM PST


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