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BEST FILMS OF 2018

Of the 39 films I saw in 2018 these are my ten favourites. No 1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle This is the second time I have included a list of my favourite films, and surprisingly top is Jumanji. This was a genuine pleasure having gone to see it without any real expectation of enjoying … Continue reading

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Elevator Pitch Twenty-five years after the Banks family’s original problems, the former children now adults are in trouble. Michael, a widower with three children, has tenuous employment in the bank and Jane, his sister is campaigning for worker’s security. They have no money and are about to be evicted from the family home, when magically … Continue reading

Ben is Back (2018)

Elevator Pitch A family are returning from an outing on Christmas Eve, and on arriving at their house find that there is a young man waiting in the driveway. His presence is the cause of some elation on the part of the mother and distress on the part of the husband and the elder daughter. … Continue reading

Roma (2018)

Elevator Pitch An upper class family live in the suburb of Roma in Mexico D. F. There are four children mostly looked after by the housekeeper, Cleo, who starts work before dawn and finishes well after dark. She is a rock in a family situation where the adult relationship is strained and the children are … Continue reading

Kursk (2018)

Elevator Pitch When a HP (Hydrogen Peroxide)  torpedo explodes in the forward compartment of the Kursk, Russia’s premier nulcear submarine, all but 23 of the vessel’s 118 man crew are killed. The remainder survive in the aftermost compartment and await rescue. On shore the wives wait for news and are told lies by the assembled … Continue reading

Widows (2018)

Elevator Pitch A group of robbers are killed in a firefight and explosion with the proceeds of their crime. As a result the victim, who turns out to be a crime lord goes to the widow of the gang leader to ask, with menaces, for his two million dollars back. The only means of dealing … Continue reading

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Elevator Pitch A disparate group of people collect at a run down hotel on the Nevada/California border.. They are a priest with a poor memory, a singer on her way to Reno, a vacuun cleaner salesman and a young woman who drags a hostage from her car into her room. There is a young man … Continue reading

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Elevator Pitch Ron Stallworth is the first black police officer to join the force in Colorado Springs. After a time in the Archives he convinces his boss to allow him to become a detective, and he almost randomly chooses to infiltrate the KKK in the city, by telephone. When asked to attend a meeting he … Continue reading

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Elevator Pitch Shortly after WWII a successful author enters into a correspondence with a member of “The Guernsey Literary and PPP Society”, which results in her visiting the island and feeling the need to record the experiences of the group during the occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans during the war. She encounters … Continue reading

First Man (2018)

Elevator Pitch The life of Neil Armstrong between 1961 and 1969 when he made it to the moon is presented sequentially, including a flight in the X15 and with others his flights of the Gemini space missions in preparation for the big event. He suffers a family tragedy and the loss of some of his … Continue reading

The Wife (2018 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch An extremely successful American author wins the Nobel Prize in Literature and takes Concorde to Europe with his wife, who up to now has remained fairly tight-lipped and distant from the whole business. They are housed in a luxurious hotel enduring the preparations for the event while being pursued by a journalist who … Continue reading

First Reformed (2018 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch. Ernst Toller is the pastor of a small church in upstate New York with a congregation of about five, but with support from a popular church up the road, and money from a conglomorate which is polluting the planet. His son has been killed in Afghanistan and his wife has left him, and … Continue reading

A Simple Favour (2018)

Elevator Pitch. Stephanie, a single mom, vlogger and serial social volunteer, becomes friendly with Emily, a corporate high flyer, due the the friendship of their sons. The favor is that she has to collect Emily’s son from school and look after him for a day or two, but when Emily fails to collect her offspring … Continue reading

Book Club (2018)

Elevator Pitch Four friends, now possibly in their sixties, have met regularly as a book club and reviewed works of fiction. One has been recently widowed, one divorced for 18 years, is a judge, one a hotel owner, has commitment issues and the fourth, a restauranteur has a husband who has lost interest in sex. … Continue reading

Beirut (2018)

Elevator Pitch. Mason Skiles a former diplomat, now a labour arbitrator in New England, gets a call to give a lecture in Lebanon, where ten years earlier events had resulted in the death of his wife and the termination of his career. He is aware that the reason for the visit may not be the … Continue reading

Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again (2018)

Elevator Pitch. You remember Mamma Mia? Well, this outing lets us know how the young Donna managed to have sex with three different guys in the same week, and then how her life pans out on the Greek island. And now – in the film’s present (maybe 2005) – Sophie, her daughter, has rebuilt the … Continue reading

Ocean’s Eight (2018)

Elevator Pitch. When Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister, is paroled after five years in prison for  crime she did not commit, she collects a group of friends in order to carry out an audacious heist at a charity dinner; the talented women involved must ensure that a celebrity is going to wear the necklace they … Continue reading

Hereditary (2018)

Elevator Pitch. When the younger of two children is beheaded in a bizaar car accident the family, already struggling after the death of the wife’s mother, is thrown into chaos, and the situation takes an even darker turn when Annie, the wife, is introduced to a technique which allows her to contact the dead child … Continue reading

Tully (2018)

Elevator Pitch Marlo, a mother with two children, one of them “quirky”, has just given birth to a third and is finding life difficult, so welcomes help from her rich brother, who suggests that she will benefit from the services of a “night nanny”; Tully, the nanny, arrives after dark, and magically Marlo’s life is transformed, … Continue reading

Disobedience (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman Writers/Script Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Additional Info No-one is saying what sort of a Jewish community this is, but more than 20,000 Haradi Jews live in an enclosed community in Stamford Hill, London. Director Sebastián Lelio Starring … Continue reading

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