We’re halfway done with this year so it’s time to take a look back at what were the best film releases in the past 8 months. If you haven’t seen any of the films below, it’s the best time to catch up!
“A Quiet Place”
-Released back in April, A Quiet Place was a box office hit and a critically acclaimed film. Critics praised its originality and atmosphere, as well as its acting and sound design. The movie is about a family of four who must live their lives in silence while hiding from extraterrestrial creatures that hunt by sound. The sci-fi horror film holds a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with one critic calling it a “smart, wickedly frightening good time.”
The 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” was not only an expected box office hit, but it also quickly became a cultural phenomenon, a groundbreaking film for African-Americans living in the U.S.. The MCU movie, released back in February, is about T'Challa being crowned king of the technologically advanced secret nation of Wakanda following the death of his father. His sovereignty is challenged by an adversary, played magnificently by Michael B. Jordan, who questions T’Challa’s rights and plans a revolution to change Wakanda’s old policies. Black Panther is the first superhero movie to feature mostly a cast of black actors and the result was a blockbuster with deep themes like pride, heritage, colonization, and the black experience in America.
“Isle of Dogs”
This delightful stop-motion animated film (directed by the legendary Wes Anderson) features an ensemble voice cast that include Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and many more. Set in the near future in a dystopian Japan, the movie is about a young boy who searches for his dog Spot after all the dog species is banished to the Isle of Dogs following the outbreak of a canine flu. While on the island, a pack of misfit dogs help the boy on his search. The movie holds a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with one critic saying "It’s smart and different and sometimes deliberately odd and really funny.”
Having only been released in June, many critics are already saying that “Hereditary” is one of the best and frightening horror movies in modern cinema. The story follows an American family being haunted after their very secretive mother dies. Critics called the film “truly, upsettingly powerful on an emotional level" and “one of the scariest movies in years”. If you're the kind of person who gets unsettled by supernatural spirits, séances and shock scare, then you would have a hell of a time watching this film.
“Avengers: Infinity War”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 19th movie, “Avengers: Infinity War” is the culmination of all the movies the franchise has ever put out in the past ten years. Featuring an incredible ensemble cast portraying classic Marvel superheroes, Infinity War changed the movie game forever and managed to get more people interested in comic books and their mythos. “Avengers: Infinity War” is about the mad Titan Thanos and his search for all the five infinity stones used in wiping out half the universe. The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy must stop the powerful Thanos before he collects all of the stones and cause mass destruction.