Movies you absolutely can’t miss: End of 2018 film recap

2018’s latest movies are still going strong, though we’re already a month into the new year. Some of these films you can even still catch in theatres! Before we get too far into the new year make sure you check out these films that ruled the box office these past months.

Morgan Pickett, Staff Writer

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Personal rating: ★★★★★

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

Box office: $322.9 million

Review: Movie-goers are brought one step closer to Marvel’s expansive comic universe with “Into the Spider-Verse”, an animated feature that brings together a grand total of seven different Spider-Men, all from different dimensions. Familiar faces such as Peter B. Parker, the spider most of us are familiar with, and Gwen Stacy, which many know from “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies, are present alongside a new cast of vastly different characters. With a star-studded cast and a thrillingly fresh animation style, “Into the Spider-Verse” keeps viewers on the edge of their seat. It’s a perfect movie for those who love intense action, heartfelt relationships, and a sizable amount of comedy to keep you laughing for rest of the night.


Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Personal rating: ★★★☆☆

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

Box office: $306 million

Review: Disney’s 1964 “Mary Poppins” is held dear to many people both young and old, and this year we all had a chance to revisit our fond memories with our favorite mystical nanny. “Mary Poppins Returns” chronicles the adventures of the children of our previous protagonist’s kids. For one last time, the Banks family is thrown into a world of magic and buoyancy, and we’re along for the ride. With the singing talents of Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Mary and Jack the leery (a Burt figure), respectively, Disney once again brings the nostalgic joy of Mary Poppins to the big screen.



Bandersnatch (TV MA)

Personal rating: ★★★★☆

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74 percent

Box office: N/A

Review: A fair warning: don’t watch “Bandersnatch” if you had plans for the rest of your day. The movie is hardly even a movie, more like a game, and could take 30 minutes to two hours to five, depending on how you play it. Styled as a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but in film form, “Bandersnatch” puts the viewer directly in the world of the main character, guiding his every action and deciding his fate through interactive options on the screen. Best described as a psychological thriller, the movie has an undiscovered amount of possible paths and endings, all with the main goal to stay alive. Available through the Netflix application, “Bandersnatch” gives the audience infinite chances to go back and change decisions, making even the most dedicated viewer pull their hair out trying to map out the choices. With the aesthetic of your favorite 80s movie, and the music to match, this interactive film will be sure to keep you captivated for hours on end.



Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13)

Personal rating: ★★★1/2☆☆

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

Box office: $798.5 million

Review: Queen remains one of the most beloved rock bands in history, and with the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” that released this fall, their fan-base has only grown. Following the major events of lead singer Freddie Mercury’s life, the movie catalogues the band’s rise to stardom and their impact on modern music. Complete with dazzling costumes, a killer discography, and breathtaking cinematography, “Bohemian Rhapsody” captures the essence of Queen and its members, introducing many to a side of the band they never knew. While some creative liberties were taken with the script, the film keeps the heart of the band intact and shares it to the world in a must-see visual experience.



The Mule (R)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66 percent

Box office: $98.8 million

Review: Produced and directed by its legendary star Clint Eastwood, “The Mule” is a retelling of a true story about a 90-year-old, war veteran drug runner mixed into the Mexican drug cartel. Critics and casual viewers alike found great enjoyment in the film, despite some flaws. Eastwood especially shines, with some crediting it as his best role in the past quarter century. “The Mule” is definitely worth a watch, and is promised to go down as an epic true story.




Bird Box (R)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

Box office: N/A

Review: Another Netflix produced movie, “Bird Box” stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes, a woman thrown into a dystopian world with two children under her wing. Forced to make their way on foot to the only potential safe-haven for the family, they’re hindered by one key thing–they can’t open their eyes, as the monsters that haunt their world can do no harm if you don’t look at them. While many agree the premise is interesting and has great potential, many critics say “Bird Box” falls short in characterization and plot departments, making the story a little unfocused. While not the most engaging movie, it functions perfectly fine as an apocalyptic horror film to turn on on a lazy weekend.



Movies to keep your eye out for:

  • How To Train Your Dragon 3 (Feb. 22)
  • The Lego Movie: The Second Part (Feb. 8)
  • Isn’t It Romantic (Feb. 13)
  • Greta (March 1)
  • Kim Possible (Feb. 15)