2018 was a pretty damn good year for film, giving all silver-screen fans something to enjoy. If you’re playing a bit of catch-up, or just want to see which big-screen outings made the list, we’ve rounded up the best of the best from each genre!
Best Animation – The Incredibles 2
It’s crazy to think that it took fourteen years for a sequel to The Incredibles to hit the big-screen, but 2018 saw the long-awaited follow-up arrive to lauded applause, once again picking up the story of Mr. Incredible and his super-powered family, who have to find a way to balance living a normal life with the responsibility of saving the world from another super-villain’s diabolical plot. Family fun doesn’t get much more well-executed than this, and every hallmark that made the first a fan-favourite is echoed once again in its sequel.
Best Horror – A Quiet Place
Modern horrors have become a little bit formulaic in the last decade – dream up some bizarre and disturbing plot (often related to the occult or some sort of supernatural dark force), throw in jump scares and an inordinate amount of gore: job done. A Quiet Place harks back to horror movies that put a little more thought into their execution and plot. Even more impressive is the fact that John Krasinski not only stars in the film alongside real-life wife Emily Blunt, but it’s also his directorial debut. The terrors that hunt the on-screen family operate and sound, and the way that this aspect is used in the execution of the narrative is inventive and clever.
Best Comic-book Movie – Avengers: Infinity War
It couldn’t be anything other than Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel’s painstakingly crafted universe has taken its time to develop and get old-school fans and the general audience invested in the fate of the Avengers. While previous films haven’t always had the highest stakes, Infinity War ramped the intensity up to ten in a galaxy-spanning story with probably the most intense finale we’ve seen yet. It’s rare for a movie to not only be immensely enjoyable in its own right, but to perfectly set up anticipation and excitement for the next instalment: Avengers: Endgame.
Best Action Adventure – Mission Impossible: Fallout
The Mission Impossible franchise played second fiddle to the 007 series for quite some time, but in recent years, with hits like Ghost Protocol and this year’s Fallout, Mission Impossible is climbing its way back up the spy-action ladder. The main draw to the Fallout storyline is how a larger plot involving Ethan Hunt and his team has been ramping up across the last few films, creating suspense with each instalment. While the film has some exceptional in-camera action sequences and bone-crunching fight sequences, the story is a true highlight, with a great culmination of a narrative that has been building across multiple movies and concluded brilliantly.
Best Comedy – Game Night
Board games, craft beer, and some pizza – that’s the average game night, right? Not in this crazy caper. Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) meet up for weekly game nights, but their most recent one gets turned up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks sets up a murder mystery party that several others attend. When the fun and games kick off, Brooks gets kidnapped – which is supposed to be part of the game initially. As the story develops, though, it turns out that things aren’t exactly as they appear and it becomes difficult to figure out which twist and turn is part of the game, or part of something more sinister. An intriguing plotline is complemented with great comedic chemistry between Bateman and McAdams, turning this one-night chaotic rollercoaster into a lot of fun.