Our Guide to the Best Movies of 2018

In 2018, a selection of stellar movies has showed that, regardless of genre, excellence abounds at the cinema.

In this modern cinematic era, you’d think that the visceral experience of going to the movies, buying popcorn and, extreme I know, putting your phone away, would be under threat. However, rather than retreating in dismay, cinema – notably in 2018 – has come out swinging in a Rocky Balboa-esc blaze of glory.

So, with a month to go until the calendar turns, we thought we’d share with you our picks for the best movies of 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody

This long-awaited biopic is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their iconic mustachioed frontman – one of, if not the greatest entertainer ever to grace a stage.

The movie chronicles the years preceding Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985 where Mercury, played by Rami Malek – who replaced Sacha Baron Cohen in July 2013 – led the band in one of the most iconic performances in music history.

Bohemian Rhapsody does, however, have its shortcomings – its tameness being one of them. Mercury lived a dramatic, hedonistic existence which doesn’t come through in the movie.

Nevertheless, the biopic regains its best-movie status when Mercury, in all his pomp and pageantry, performs at Live Aid in front of 72,000 computer-generated people.

A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn isn’t for everyone nor is it one to gather the family for, however, Joe Cole’s ferocious yet unblemished performance is one that transforms actors into megastars.

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s reworking of boxer William Moore’s 2014 memoir that documents the three years he spent in the infamous Bangkok Hilton – Thailand’s toughest prison – is a primal masterpiece.

Cole is at home in Liverpool when recording Peaky Blinders; the period drama of which he is most known, however, in A Prayer Before Dawn – which was largely shot on location in Klong Prem Prison – he couldn’t be any more removed.

This bubbling volcano of a movie is worthy of being one of 2018s best pictures.

A Star is Born

Renowned movie expert and, aptly, musician Mark Kermode summed up A Star is Born in the opening sentence of his October review: “a timeless tale,” he hollered.

This maxim works wonderfully to describe this movie which, is most certainly timeless. Not only was this picture one of the best, but it was also one of the biggest, grossing £152,518,456 worldwide.

In A Star is Born we have Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga: the former making his directorial bow, the latter in her big-screen debut and, whilst Cooper is awesomely assured behind the camera, it is Gaga who stands out; a star is truly born.

On reflection, A Star is Born may be the best movie of 2018.

Black Panther

The newest big-screen superhero story is both an uproarious adventure and success.

Showcasing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka, this Marvel masterpiece is a staple of 2018 cinema viewing. Visually handsome with a captivating plot to match, Black Panther is not only a good superhero movie, but it is also a good movie in general.

Not wanting to ignore the important themes the movie tackles Black Panther, subsequently, paved the way for future superhero movies in 2018 and, therefore, is deserving of a place on our list.

Crazy Rich Asians

Like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians is a watershed moment for Hollywood.

Directed by Jon M Chu, Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu who journeys to Singapore to meet her spouses’ kin. Nevertheless, like every rom-com ever, there’s an adorable twist. Rachel’s boyfriend is from one of China’s most moneyed families and shock, Rachel doesn’t know.

Normally, a movie such as this wouldn’t pop up on a list like ours, however, Crazy Rich Asians is a lesson on how to both cast a movie and adapt a best-selling novel.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a movie overflowing with warmth, humour and sadness that manages to feel current despite the “overly stacked nature” of the teenage-angst genre.

This evocative performance by Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is deserving of acclaim and award; however, it is Greta Gerwig’s absorbing screenplay and spectacular directorship that empowers this movie.

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Teen Movies That Changed Pop Culture Forever

Ariana Grande pretty much broke the internet after she released the much-anticipated video for her self-love anthem ‘Thank U, Next’. The video is the actual millennial dream with multiple cultural references to various noughties films, leaving us feeling inspired…and unbelievably jealous of that Elle Woods outfit.

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So, after much thought and deliberation, here is our round up some of our favourite teen movies – all of which we feel have changed pop culture (and our lives) forever.

Mean Girls (2004)

Now, this film was a game-changer, and it’s no wonder it was included in Ariana’s video. At the time of release, Lindsay Lohan was the it-girl of ’04. SO fetch. A painfully accurate depiction of American high school politics, Mean Girls also managed to resonate with UK audiences with its brutal but hilarious portrayal of teen angst, awkwardness and social hierarchy.

On top of all that social commentary are also some of the most quotable lines of this day and age. It’s a well-known fact that on Wednesdays we wear pink. We are constantly haunted by the age-old question: IS butter a carb? You go, Glen Coco!

Honestly, we could go on for hours.

Superbad (2007)

Sony Pictures

Ah, Superbad. A timeless, modern classic. No seriously! Eleven years later, it still resonates with us. In a similar way to Mean Girls, the film deals with the realities of young adulthood whilst still managing to be a comedy goldmine.

The film makes sure to constantly remind us how the struggle really is real when you’re an uncomfortable, confused & ridiculously hormonal adolescent. This film set itself apart from its immature – and pretty terrible – predecessors, and led the way for a new generation of teen movies.

McLovin’ is the hero we never knew we needed.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Bennnd…and snap! With one of the most incredible aesthetics of all time, Legally Blonde is easily one of the best teen movies out there. Elle Woods shows the world that despite the fact you love a bit of pink leather, have a penchant for fluffy stationary and pretty much live the life of a high fashion Barbie – you can still become a kick-ass lawyer and prove that idiot of an ex-boyfriend wrong.

Legally Blonde served to break stereotypes and pave the way for a new kind of role model for girls. A career woman AND a fashion icon? Yas!

Princess Diaries (2001)

Walt Disney Pictures

One of our favourite makeover montages. Hands down. And that’s all we have to say on the matter.

Bring It On (2000)

Universal Pictures

Brr, it’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere! Bring It On taught us the all-important difference between jazz hands and spirit fingers. For teens living in the UK, the concept of cheerleaders alone was fascinating.

By the end of the film you’d end up attempting a back-handspring-basket-toss-arabesque-cradle-catch off the couch then spend the rest of the night sulking in your room ‘cos you fell into the telly.

Grease (1978)

Paramount Pictures

Featuring one of history’s biggest glow-ups in the form of Sandy and her high-waisted satin pants, Grease is easily one of the most memorable teen movies out there. It might be 40 years old, but it still stands as a firm favourite in our eyes.

The ‘teenagers’ in this cult classic definitely look just as old as the movie and we continue to be baffled by how we didn’t clock all that risque subject matter, but we just don’t care. Catchy show tunes, infectious dance moves and let’s face it, young John Travolta as Danny Zuko, Grease is one the best teen movies ever made. If you see yourself as a Pink Lady or T-Bird, book a stay in our Grease themed room at Arthouse. You’re born to hand-jive, baby!

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