The films we picked as our best film of the year define the best parts of cinema in 2018. Each film had a cultural impact on society that will make these movies classics that everyone will remember.

(Note: The Nettler pick replaces the 11th pick. It is a movie that necessarily didn't make the best of list but each critic wanted to talk about it in the video above.)

Michael Buckner


The thing that stands out most in BlacKkKlansman is its ability to weave history into a cohesive and poignant commentary on the current political landscape in 2018.

Spike Lee's films are always made with an intent to deliver a message and BlacKkKlansman has one everyone needs to hear: there is no place in America for racism. His film is carried by powerful acting from Adam Driver and John David Washington, the son of Denzel Washington. Both Driver and Washington's characters battle not only real life racists but the struggle of institutional racism.

BlacKkKlansman is a much needed gut punch, delivering not only entertainment but a strong, emotional film for people fighting for equality.

JD Roberts


It’s impossible to talk about the best movies of 2018, without crossing your arms across your chest and yelling, “Wakanda forever.” Try it. You can’t. That’s because Black Panther is not only one the best movies of the year, it’s a defining part of it.

Take an emotional story about acknowledging the mistakes of the past, in order to create a better future, put together an incredible cast, add a few entertaining action scenes, create a soundtrack that somehow works with the movie, while also serving as a stand-alone album, and you have Black Panther. 

But you can’t talk about the King of Wakanda, without talking about his impact on the zeitgeist. It’s a movie about race, power and unity and it came at a time when the world needed it most. It changed the way people look at superhero movies, as well as the way they look at movies as a whole.

 And without it, movies like BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may not have had the impact they had on moviegoers this year. Just face it, Black Panther changed the world for the better, and it’s cool knowing that this is only the beginning.

Zach Keast


Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse left my mouth agape longer than a trip to the dentist. Groundbreaking animation, a tight script, clever jokes and sight gags, a fantastic voice cast: this movie is for everyone. Even if you’re not a Spider-Man aficionado, this movie will no doubt entertain you.

In many superhero movies, the worst and messiest part is the climax. But if you’re not sensitive to bright lights and colors (if you are, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE) the climax of all the Spider-People’s stories will be candy for your eyeballs.

This movie will make you laugh, cry, entertained, impressed and in need of a bathroom break. And for me, that makes for a great time at the movies.

Former film critic Jonathan Nettles also weighed in on what was his best movie of the year:

And that'll do it for 2018!

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