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20 Must-See Films Of 2018 (So Far)

The first leg of the year is gone. Here are a few films that need you instant attention:

Honorable Mentions

Before We Vanish | Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cult Japanese-Horror filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure [1997], Pulse [2001]) has been on a hiatus for around a decade now.  While he keeps churning out interesting looking films every other year, most of them fizz out becoming a bloated mess or fail to build on the kind of initial promise they show. With “Before We Vanish,” a sci-fi riff about an alien-invasion, he delves into a similar kind of mess indulging in a low-key genre balancing act. Thankfully, there’s an abundance of charm in the film. One that really touches you before it vanishes into the end credits.


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Holiday | Director: Isabella Eklöf

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Isabella Eklöf breaks the moral compass on your head in her beguiling, seductive & disturbing first feature “Holiday.” By putting Sascha, a young trophy girlfriend of a drug lord at the center of her film, Eklöf also puts the audience in a dilemma. As we witness Sascha drowning herself in a lavish, materialistic life that also drives in misogyny, sodomy and animalistic treatment from the hyper-alpha male, we wish for her to escape. The question, however, gets a befitting reply from T.S Elliot’s “What the Thunder Said” – ‘There is no water.’ So will the thirst for more ever end?


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20. Love, Simon | Director: Greg Berlanti

Not only a major step forward for mainstream cinema but a genuine charmer that would make John Hughes proud. Greg Berlanti’s “Love, Simon” is every bit sentimental and predictable but it’s also immensely well structured, well-acted and drives the coming of age theme to its right destination. Featuring a gay romance that would rightly exist in this new age of social media, the film plays its cards safe but mostly manages to encash the right bets.


Also, Read – 15 Must-See LGBTQ Films Of 2017

19. Village Rockstar | Director: Rima Das

Writing, directing, editing, doing the camera work, costume design and most of the production assignments, Rima Das pretty much like her petite central heroin is a roaring one woman army. While occasionally pondering into the conventionality of the coming-of-age sub-genre, “Village Rockstar” mostly remains an earthling full of life, joy and a push towards the glorious feeling of believing in oneself and their little dreams.


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18. Mukkabaaz | Director: Anurag Kashyap

Foreshadowing his previous films with grim realism, Anurag Kashyap’s “Mukkabaaz” featured him diving into the mainstream cinema without holding off his punches. An angry, unforgiving sports film disguised as a dark, brooding critique on the ever-alarming and a ridiculously unfair caste system. Featuring Vineet Kumar in a role of a lifetime, Mukkabaaz is a cheering winner for Bollywood.


Also, Read – Mukkabaaz: Art and the Obstinate Expectations of Avant-Gardism

17. Unsane | Director: Steven Soderbergh

With “Unsane”, Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone shot new film, we get a raw and brutal turn into psychological horror. He essentially takes up a B-movie premise set in a mental asylum and peppers it with enough bewildering chaos to sustain it’s 90 minutes runtime. It’s thrilling, scary and feels more real than it is supposed to. Oh, and it also manages to critic the contemporary care providers.


Also, Read – 10 Films The HOF-Men Recommend: 10th Edition

16. Ghost Stories | Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

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Aren’t stories a way to hide our insecurities, our guilt and our self-inflicted hate for the person we have become? Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s renowned play about three supernatural stories is self-adapted into a sharp, subversive, witty, abide a bit misleading film about the mysteries of unhinged stories from the past. Tearing down the spooky interiors of their constantly engaging film, “Ghost Stories” is an ultimate retort of existential dread lurking inside a supernatural exterior.


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