Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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Mary Poppins Returns revolves around the Banks family with Jane and Michael Banks all grown up. Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) is struggling to support his family so Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to look after Michael’s children after they have recently lost their mother. She helps them become imaginative and childlike again with the help of lamp lighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

I can say that I definitely missed Mary Poppins without knowing it with the 50 plus years she has been off screen. And since I haven’t seen the original Mary Poppins since I was a child, this film made me want to go back and watch it again. Mary Poppins Returns manages to recapture the magic and wonder of the first film.

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Hereditary (2018)

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Hereditary surrounds a family who is suffering from a tragedy with Annie’s (Toni Collette) death of her mother. Ever since her death, weirder things have been happening, making it seem something more sinister is at play.

I remember seeing the trailer for Hereditary in the theaters and I decided right away not to see the film in theaters. I don’t get scared easily with horror films, but this film surprised me right from the get-go because it flipped horror tropes on their head. It plays more like a family drama who are falling farther and farther apart and filled with psychological horror.

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Vice (2018)

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Vice surrounds Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) throughout his young life to his Vice Presidency under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell).

Vice is an interesting film to say the least. The film leans towards the left side of the political sphere and is very anti-Cheney. It’s not your typical biopic, but some of the elements McKay uses in the film clash together and, at times, it feels like the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be.

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Aquaman (2018)

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Aquaman revolves around Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) as Mera (Amber Heard) recruits him to become the king of Atlantis and to stop his half-brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), from uniting the seven seas to wage war on the surface.

Director, James Wan, previously known for horror films such as The Conjuring and Insidious brings a lighthearted, but conventional superhero flick to life. He was able to create amazing visuals which I think is the film’s greatest strength.

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Top 10 Films of 2018

2018 is officially over and what a year it has been. 2018 has been a bit disappointing movie wise because while I liked a lot of films, this year’s films ultimately didn’t stick with me as they have done before, there weren’t many films that I absolutely loved and remembered. And keep in mind that I still haven’t seen some of the newer released Oscar buzz films like If Beale Street Could Talk or Burning.

Honorable Mentions: Never Goin’ Back, Eighth Grade, Black Panther, The Hate U Give,  Mission Impossible: Fallout, Annihilation, and Bad Times at the El Royale.  These are all great films that I debated putting on this list, but didn’t make the cut.

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Bumblebee (2018)

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Bumblebee surrounds the Autobot, Bumblebee, as he crash lands on earth and camouflages as a Volkswagen. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) finds this yellow, beaten Volkswagen on her 18th birthday and finds that it’s not the car she thought it was.

Bumblebee is hands down the best Transformers film. I am not a fan of the Transformers films at all, I stopped watching them after the one that has Patrick Dempsey and I have no desire to see any of the Mark Wahlberg ones. Hailee Steinfeld is amazing here and her relationship with Bumblebee is what makes the movie. The story is reminiscent of a girl and her dog and has several of the same beats as E.T. 

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Bird Box (Netflix – 2018)

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Bird Box surrounds Malorie (Sandra Bullock) who is thrust into an chaotic world after a series of mass suicides. She must learn to survive in a world without seeing the creature that is causing all this mayhem and embarks on a journey blindfolded with two children.

Bird Box is a lot like A Quiet Place from earlier this year, though it’s more hardcore and mysterious. It’s an interesting film but it doesn’t have the same type edge of your seat nervousness of the latter film. I for one, wasn’t attached to the characters here as I was to the family in A Quiet Place.

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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*Spoilers for It’s a Wonderful Life*

It’s a Wonderful Life surrounds George Bailey (James Stewart) as a struggling businessman who contemplates suicide before an angel named Clarence comes down and shows George what life would be like if he were to never exist.

I have actually never seen It’s a Wonderful Life before though I was aware of the plot. I know for many this is an essential Christmas movie. And it is a certainly enjoyable Christmas film.

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The Mule (2018)

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The Mule surrounds Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) as he becomes a mule for the Mexican cartel once his flower business fails, he’s estranged from his family and wants to get back into their good graces.

I am not a big fan of Clint Eastwood’s movies recently, but this is one of his better ones. The film is actually pretty humorous, my favorite part of the film was Eastwood saying insults in Spanish. It’s a straightforward film and fairly predictable, but Eastwood gives a good performance.

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