Nicole Kidman is almost unrecognisable in this gender flip on the cold hard detective thriller. Despite it being her most memorable performance in recent years though, Destroyer is weighed down by, what feels like, a lack of tension, urgency, and quite honestly, a lack of, well, destroying.
Captain Marvel serves more as an Avengers prequel than a stand-alone origin story for Marvel's overdue female superhero. Despite the fun and the '90s goodness, we're left wondering who Carol Danvers really is and if we even care.
Happy Death Day 2U, although tiring itself out with one too many sub-plots and occasional cheese, does keep that tight comedy/horror dynamic that the first one did so well, as well as bring something new to the time-worn 'time-loop' genre.
Green Book is a wonderful rendition of the Hollywood buddy comedy. Although it knows exactly where this trip is heading, Mortensen and Ali provide enough food for thought... and literal food, to bring something refreshing and more nuanced look at the race war of the '60s.
I'm well aware that this list is coming a little late, but better late than never. As usual, this one covers my top picks for titles released in the Czech Republic during 2018, which also includes festival screenings and those released on streaming services like Netflix. So unfortunately, The Favourite is not here (it was just released and you should definitely go and see it) and Suspiria is not here either (if it was, then it would probably be close to the top). Nevertheless, there were some impressive films that popped up in our little country last year, and some of them we even saw before the rest of the world.
Velvet Buzzsaw is the most peculiar film I have seen so far this year. It feels dated, predictable, tacky and occasionally trashy. In hindsight though, maybe it wasn't trashy enough? It feels like a satire on the art community, albeit one that we've heard too many times before, but never actually plays up the horror enough to take into trash cinema territory.
Glass is an overstuffed and ridiculous entry in Shyamalan's cinematic universe that tries to make grand statements about our obsessions with superheroes, but ultimately falls flat from a flawed and clunky script, redundant characters, and an all round lack of that gritty realism that the previous two films had.