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2018: The Year in Reviews (The Wrap-Up)

We spent two weeks wrapping up the year to see what I thought of everything versus what I thought I’d think back in January. Now we get to my favorite part of the scientific method: analyzing the data.

What I do here is lay everything out and see just how well I did at guessing stuff, and what I thought of everything this year, by rating, by month, by just about any metric I can think of. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I greatly look forward to doing this every year.

Before we begin, here are all the articles for easy referencing, to show you it’s all legit:

2018 Film Release Calendar

2018: The Year in Reviews

January

January

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December

Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

2017 Holdovers

Unreleased Films

Note: This article is never finished the moment it goes up. I will update it as I finish watching the last of the movies of the year. That tends to happen around mid-January. Could be later. I’m not looking to pad totals. So when I do watch the last of this year’s movies, I will go back and update, because I do love having my percentages correct.

Let’s start by saying — as of this moment, I’ve seen 478 movies this year. Somehow that percentage continues to climb. You can trace each year since I started this site: From 2011 through now, these are my annual totals: 178, 208, 237, 314, 345, 411, 442, and now 478.

The crazy thing about this year in particular is that I didn’t watch a single movie until the third week of February. I started 8 weeks late, and somehow for the majority of the year ended up about 8 weeks ahead of last year’s pace. Even by Thanksgiving, when things slow down, I was still a month ahead.

2018 Films I Skipped

Insidious: The Last Key

 

2018 Films I Haven’t Seen Yet

Everybody Knows (3.5)

 

So yeah, almost a repeat of 2016. The only reason for the skip is because I don’t watch sequels when I haven’t seen the first one. Otherwise we’d have had 100% completion again.

The other thing I like to do is figure out my (relative) percentage of films I’ve watched. Of course, there are hundreds of movies that come out each year that no one sees, so it’s not a perfect total. But in terms of the wide releases, I do like to figure out how close I was to seeing “everything” as I like to tell people.

I managed the rare 100% completion milestone in 2016, and don’t expect to hit that again. But I clearly came close, having only missed the one. I generally end up around 96% or higher, especially these days. This year — 99.8%. So yeah. Almost unnecessary, but I do like to drill home just how much I do watch each year.

One of the things I never wanted to become was that person who has opinions on movies and only watches like 60 movies a year. Plus this gives me the ability to truly be able to recommend stuff, because, for better or worse, I’ve been through the wars. I’ve seen it all. I can say “don’t watch that” and know what I’m talking about. How many people can honestly say that?

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Now we’re gonna go over how I rated each of the films. You can see just how many films got which ratings. Gives you a general overview of how I thought of the year as a whole, and gives you an easy way to see where I rated particular films.

A quick breakdown of my ratings system:

  • 0 stars — “Fuck that movie!”
  • 1/1.5 stars — “What a piece of shit that was.”
  • 2 stars — “It was bad.”
  • 2.5 stars — “Ehh. Not for me/Whatever.”
  • 3 stars — “It was fine.”
  • 3.5 stars — “It was solid. I liked it.”
  • 4 stars — “It was great.”
  • 4.5 stars — “LOVED that movie.”
  • 5 stars — “It might be my favorite movie of the year.”

Here’s what films got what ratings:

5 stars: (*cricket noise*)

4.5 stars: Green Book, Roma, Springsteen on Broadway, Suspiria, Vice, Widows, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

4 stars: Anna and the Apocalypse, At Eternity’s Gate, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, BlacKkKlansman, Blindspotting, Bohemian Rhapsody, Creed II, The Death of Stalin, Eighth Grade, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Favourite, First Man, The Front Runner, The Hate U Give, I Kill Giants, If Beale Street Could Talk, Isle of Dogs, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Latin History for Morons, Leave No Trace, Mandy, Mary Poppins Returns, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Never Goin’ Back, The Night Is Short Walk On Girl, Ocean’s 8, The Old Man and the Gun, RBG, Ready Player One, Revenge, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Set It Up, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The Sisters Brothers, Sorry to Bother You, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, A Star Is Born, Tully, Unsane, White Boy Rick, You Were Never Really Here

3.5 stars: 22 July, After Everything, All About Nina (3.5), All Is True, American Animals, Andre the Giant, Annihilation, Anon, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Apostle, Avengers: Infinity War, Bad Samaritan, Bad Times at the El Royale, Beautiful Boy, Ben Is Back, Best F(r)iends: Volume Two, Bird Box, Black Panther, Bodied, Boy Erased, Bumblebee, Burning, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Capernaum, The Christmas Chronicles, Climax, Cold War, Colette, Crazy Rich Asians, Damsel, Deadpool 2, Destroyer, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Dragged Across Concrete, The Endless, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Fahrenheit 11/9, First Match, First Reformed, Free Solo, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Game Night, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Halloween, Happy Anniversary, Hearts Beat Loud, Hereditary, Hold the Dark, Hot Summer Nights, The House That Jack Built, Ideal Home, Incredibles 2, Jesus Christ Superstar, Juliet Naked, Lean on Pete, Life Itself, Like Father, Like Me, Madeline’s Madeline, Mary Queen of Scots, The Mercy, Mid90s, Mirai, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Monsters and Men, Mountain, Mowgli, The Mule, On the Basis of Sex, Operation Finale, The Other Side of the Wind, Outlaw King, Overlord, Please Stand By, The Polka King, A Prayer Before Dawn, Private Life, Puzzle, A Quiet Place, Quincy, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Le Redoubtable, Roxanne Roxanne, Ruben Brandt Collector, Searching, Small Town Crime, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Stan and Ollie, Super Troopers 2, Swinging Safari, Tag, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, They Shall Not Grow Old, Thoroughbreds, Three Identical Strangers, Tito and the Birds, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Upgrade, Vox Lux, We the Animals, Welcome to Marwen, What They Had, Wildlife, Woman Walks Ahead

3 stars: 6 Balloons, 7 Days in Entebbe, 12 Strong, 55 Steps, The 15:17 to Paris, 211, An Actor Prepares, Acts of Violence, Adrift, Adventures in Public School, The After Party, Alex Strangelove, Alpha, Amateur, Ana y Bruno, The Angel, Aquaman, Arizona, Assassination Nation, Beast of Burden, Been So Long, Beirut, Bel Canto, Between Worlds, Billionaire Boys Club, Blame, Blaze, Blockers, Blood Fest, Blue Iguana, Boarding School, Book Club, The Bookshop, Boundaries, Braven, Breath, Calibre, Cam, Candy Jar, Cargo, The Catcher Was a Spy, Chappaquiddick, The Children Act, Christopher Robin, The Clapper, The Cloverfield Paradox, Come Sunday, Communion, The Commuter, Crime + Punishment, Cruise, Dear Dictator, Death Wish, Den of Thieves, Destination Wedding, Disobedience, Dogman, Duck Butter, Dude, Dumplin’, Early Man, The Equalizer 2, The Escape, Euphoria, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, Every Day, Extinction, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Fahrenheit 451, The Festival, Final Portrait, Final Score, Finding Your Feet, Fireworks, The First Purge, Flower, The Forgiven, Furlough, Galveston, Game Changers, Game Over Man!, Gemini, Golden Exits, Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween, Gotti, The Grinch, Gringo, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, The Happytime Murders, Have a Nice Day, Hell Fest, Hope Springs Eternal, Hotel Artemis, The House of Tomorrow, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, How It Ends, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Hunter Killer, The Hurricane Heist, In Darkness, Instant Family, Irreplaceable You, Ismael’s Ghosts, I Think We’re Alone Now, Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town, Journey’s End, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Katie Says Goodbye, Kin, The Kindergarten Teacher, King Lear, King of Thieves, The Kissing Booth, Kodachrome, Krystal, Ladies in Black, The Land of Steady Habits, The Last Movie Star, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, Little Bitches, The Little Stranger, Liz and the Blue Bird, Lizzie, The Long Dumb Road, Love Gilda, Loving Pablo, Lu Over the Wall, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Manhunt, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, Mary Magdalene, Mary Shelley, McQueen, Measure of a Man, The Meg, MFKZ, Mile 22, Minding the Gap, The Miracle Season, Mobile Homes, Mom and Dad, Mortal Engines, Most Likely to Murder, Mute, Nancy, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, On Chesil Beach, On Happiness Road, An Ordinary Man, The Outsider, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Package, Paddington 2, The Padre, Papillon, The Party, The Party’s Just Beginning, Paterno, Peppermint, Permission, Pimp, Poor Boy, The Predator, The Princess Switch, A Private War, Proud Mary, Rampage, Red Sparrow, Renegades, Replicas, Reprisal, The Rider, Robin Hood, Science Fair, The Seagull, Seeing Allred, Shirkers, Shock and Awe, A Simple Favor, Skyscraper, Slice, Social Animals, Speed Kills, Spinning Man, Studio 54, Submergence, Submission, Summer ’03, Summer of ’84, Superfly, Sweet Country, Tau, Terminal, Thunder Road, The Titan, Tomb Raider, Tyrel, Uncle Drew, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, Venom, When We First Met, Where Hands Touch, Where Is Kyra?, White Fang, Whitney, The Wife, Wildling, A Wrinkle in Time, Yardie, The Yellow Birds, You Me and Him, Zama, Zoe

2.5 stars: 10×10, Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game, Acrimony, Action Point, Air Strike, American Dresser, Animal Crackers, Armed, A.X.L., Backstabbing for Beginners, Bayou Caviar, Benji, Better Start Running, Billy Boy, The Bleeding Edge, Breaking In, Broken Star, Charming, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Clara’s Ghost, The Con Is On, Con Man, Created Equal, The Cured, Damascus Cover, Dark Crimes, Dark Money, The Darkest Minds, Distorted, Down a Dark Hall, Duck Duck Goose, Escape Plan 2: Hades, The Feels, Fifty Shades Freed, Freak Show, Future World, Half Magic, The Happy Prince, The Holiday Calendar, Holmes and Watson, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, I Feel Pretty, Johnny English Strikes Again, The Keeping Hours, A Kid Like Jake, Kings,The Laws of the Universe Part 1, Little Italy, The Little Mermaid, Looking Glass, Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story, Love Simon, Mad to Be Normal, Malevolent, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Midnight Sun, Nappily Ever After, Next Gen, Night School, Nobody’s Fool, Nostalgia, The Nun, The Oath, The Open House, Outside In, Overboard, Paper Year, Paradox, Pass Over, Patient Zero, Peter Rabbit, The Possession of Hannah Grace, Reversing Roe, Ride, Sadie, The Samuel Project, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, Second Act, Sherlock Gnomes, Show Dogs, Siberia, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, Slender Man, Smallfoot, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Stephanie, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Sun Dogs, Support the Girls, The Tale, Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of the Antoon Krings, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Traffik, Truth or Dare, Unfriended: Dark Web, Warning Shot, The Week Of, Welcome the Stranger, Winchester

2 stars: Anchors Up, Dog Days, Father of the Year, Ibiza, Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa, Morning Noon & Night, Life of the Party, Samson, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Step Sisters

1.5 stars:

1 star:

0 stars:

Films I haven’t seen: Insidious: The Last Key

I was gonna say this was the first year since 2014 there weren’t any 5-star films, but technically I didn’t have any 5-star films when I wrote this article up last year. Though a film I rated 4.5 stars has gone up to 5 stars since then, so I don’t necessarily count it. This one I think is gonna stick.

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Now we’re gonna go over, based on all the articles I’ve published over the past two weeks, just how well I did in my ratings guesses back in January versus what I actually thought of all the films.

 

2018 Ratings I Guessed Exactly

6 Balloons, 7 Days in Entebbe, 12 Strong, The 15:17 to Paris, 211, Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game, Acrimony, An Actor Prepares, Adrift, All About Nina, Alpha, Amateur, American Dresser, The Angel, Annihilation, Anon, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Apostle, Aquaman, Arizona, Assassination Nation, Avengers: Infinity War, Bad Times at the El Royale, Beast of Burden, Beautiful Boy, Been So Long, Beirut, Bel Canto, Best F(r)iends: Volume Two, Billionaire Boys Club, Billy Boy, Bird Box, Black Panther, Blame, Blaze, Blockers, Book Club, The Bookshop, Boundaries, Boy Erased, Braven, Breath, Broken Star, Bumblebee, Cargo, The Clapper, The Cloverfield Paradox, Colette, Come Sunday, The Commuter, Cruise, Damsel, Deadpool 2, Dear Dictator, The Death of Stalin, Death Wish, Den of Thieves, Disobedience, Distorted, Dog Days, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Duck Butter, Duck Duck Goose, Dude, Dumplin’, Early Man, The Equalizer 2, Euphoria, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, Every Day, Extinction, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Favourite, The Festival, Fifty Shades Freed, Final Portrait, First Man, The First Purge, Flower, The Forgiven, Freak Show, The Front Runner, A Futile & Stupid Gesture, Galveston, Gemini, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Golden Exits, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Gotti, The Grinch, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Half Magic, The Happy Prince, Hot Summer Nights, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, The House That Jack Built, The House of Tomorrow, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, How It Ends, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, The Hurricane Heist, I Feel Pretty, I Think We’re Alone Now, If Beale Street Could Talk, In Darkness, Incredibles 2, Ismael’s Ghosts, Johnny English Strikes Again, Journey’s End, Katie Says Goodbye, Kin, The Kindergarten Teacher, The Kissing Booth, Kodachrome, Krystal, Ladies in Black, The Land of Steady Habits, The Last Movie Star, Lean on Pete, Life Itself, Little Bitches, Little Italy, The Little Mermaid, Lizzie, The Long Dumb Road, Love Simon, Loving Pablo, Manhunt, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Shelley, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Measure of a Man, The Meg, Mid90s, Midnight Sun, The Miracle Season, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mobile Homes, Mom and Dad, Monsters and Men, Mortal Engines, Most Likely to Murder, Mowgli, Nostalgia, The Nun, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Ocean’s 8, The Old Man and the Gun, On the Basis of Sex, The Other Side of the Wind, Outlaw King, The Outsider, Overlord, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Package, Papillon, The Party, The Party’s Just Beginning, Patient Zero, Peppermint, Permission, Peter Rabbit, The Polka King, Poor Boy, The Possession of Hannah Grace, A Prayer Before Dawn, Private Life, Proud Mary, Puzzle, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rampage, Le Redoubtable, Renegades, Replicas, The Rider, Roxanne Roxanne, Sadie, Samson, Second Act, Sherlock Gnomes, Show Dogs, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, A Simple Favor, The Sisters Brothers, Skyscraper, Slender Man, Smallfoot, Social Animals, Solo: A Star Wars Movie, Spinning Man, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Stan and Ollie, Step Sisters, Stephanie, Submergence, Submission, Super Troopers 2, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Tomb Raider, Traffik, Truth or Dare, Tyrel, Uncle Drew, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, Vice, Warning Shot, The Week Of, When We First Met, White Boy Rick, Widows, The Wife, Wildling, Winchester, A Wrinkle in Time, The Yellow Birds, You Me and Him, Zoe (218)

 

2018 Ratings I Guessed a Half-Star Off

55 Steps, Action Point, Acts of Violence, After Everything, Air Strike, Alex Strangelove, American Animals, Animal Crackers, Anna and the Apocalypse, Bayou Caviar, Ben Is Back, Better Start Running, Between Worlds, Blindspotting, Bohemian Rhapsody, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Catcher Was a Spy, Chappaquiddick, Charming, Christopher Robin, Clara’s Ghost, The Con Is On, Con Man, Crazy Rich Asians, Creed II, The Cured, Dark Crimes, The Darkest Minds, Destination Wedding, Destroyer, Dragged Across Concrete, Eighth Grade, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Final Score, First Reformed, Future World, Game Night, Game Over Man, Gringo, Halloween, Happy Anniversary, The Happytime Murders, Hearts Beat Loud, Hereditary, Hold the Dark, I Kill Giants, Irreplaceable You, Isle of Dogs, Juliet Naked, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, A Kid Like Jake, Leave No Trace, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, Life of the Party, Like Father, Like Me, The Little Stranger, Looking Glass, Mad to Be Normal, Madeline’s Madeline, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Mandy, Mary Magdalene, Mary Queen of Scots, The Mercy, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Mute, Nancy, Never Goin’ Back, Night School, On Chesil Beach, The Open House, Operation Finale, Overboard, Paddington 2, Please Stand By, The Predator, A Quiet Place, Ready Player One, Red Sparrow, Robin Hood, Roma, The Seagull, Shock and Awe, Siberia, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Slice, Small Town Crime, Sorry to Bother You, A Star Is Born, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Sun Dogs, Suspiria, Sweet Country, Swinging Safari, Tag, The Tale, Thoroughbreds, Tully, Unsane, Venom, Welcome to Marwen, What They Had, Where Is Kyra?, Wildlife, Woman Walks Ahead, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, You Were Never Really Here (108)

 

2018 Ratings I Guessed a Full Star Off

BlacKkKlansman, Father of the Year, Holmes and Watson, Set It Up

 

2018 Ratings I Guessed More Than a Full Star Off

None, motherfuckers!

 

2018 Films I Didn’t Preview in January (or Didn’t See)

22 July, 10×10, Adventures in Public School, The After Party, All Is True, Ana y Bruno, Anchors Up, Andre the Giant, Armed, At Eternity’s Gate, A.X.L., Backstabbing for Beginners, Bad Samaritan, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Benji, The Bleeding Edge, Blood Fest, Blue Iguana, Boarding School, Bodied, Breaking In, Burning, Calibre, Cam, Candy Jar, Capernaum, The Children Act, The Christmas Chronicles, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Climax, Cold War, Communion, Created Equal, Crime + Punishment, Damascus Cover, Dark Money, Dogman, Down a Dark Hall, The Endless, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, The Escape, Fahrenheit 11/9, Fahrenheit 451, The Feels, Finding Your Feet, Fireworks, First Match, Free Solo, Furlough, Game Changers, Green Book, The Guilty, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, The Hate U Give, Have a Nice Day, Hell Fest, The Holiday Calendar, Hope Springs Eternal, Hotel Artemis, Hunter Killer, Ibiza, Ideal Home, Insidious: The Last Key, Instant Family, Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town, Jane in Five Acts, Jesus Christ Superstar Live, The Keeping Hours, King Lear, King of Thieves, Kings, Latin History for Morons, The Laws of the Universe Part 1, Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa, Liz and the Blue Bird, Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story, Love Gilda, Lu Over the Wall, Malevolent, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, McQueen, MFKZ, Mile 22, Minding the Gap, Mirai, Morning Noon & Night, Mountain, The Mule, Nappily Ever After, Never Look Away, Next Gen, The Night Is Short Walk On Girl, Nobody’s Fool, The Oath, On Happiness Road, An Ordinary Man, Outside In, The Padre, Paper Year, Paradox, Pass Over, Paterno, Pimp, The Princess Switch, A Private War, Quincy, RBG, Reprisal, Revenge, Reversing Roe, Ride, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Ruben Brandt Collector, The Samuel Project, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, Science Fair, Searching, Seeing Allred, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Shirkers, Speed Kills, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Springsteen on Broadway, Studio 54, Summer ’03, Summer of ’84, Superfly, Support the Girls, Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of the Antoon Krings, Tau, Terminal, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, They Shall Not Grow Old, Three Identical Strangers, Thunder Road, The Titan, Tito and the Birds, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Unfriended: Dark Web, Upgrade, Vox Lux, We the Animals, Welcome the Stranger, Where Hands Touch, White Fang, Whitney, Yardie, Zama (148)

 

I’m already thrilled. I always end up not having rated around 150 films, so that’s nothing new. But the fact that I only missed four total films by more than a half-star is just crazy to me.

Just to put this in perspective: every January, I rate as many films as I can get my hand. This year, 331 of them ended up coming out. It’s usually more. I have a large handful from previous years that carry over, and I go through a lot on my own. I go over all of them in about a three week span. I do the first six months in the first half of January, and I do the second half at the end of January, and then do three giant articles of films that are not dated but will be coming out likely over the course of the year, along with ones I’ve been tracking for multiple years. I pick a rating for each of them. I guess what I’m going to think about all of them. I do this generally very quickly. There’s no real thought that goes into it. It’s just a gut feeling. “That feels like a 3.” That’s it.

This past year, I wrote the majority of my ratings while very distracted and sitting in an ICU waiting area. So if I generally put next to no thought into the ratings most years, you can guess how much went into them this year. Obviously not everything I tracked came out this year. 331 of them did. Which means I rated much more than 331 movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if the number was closer to 500 in total. So I regurgitated ratings for close to 500 movies, and for the 331 that have come out, in only FOUR of them was my guess of what I would rate it more than a half star off from what I actually did rate it. And one of them could be argued that it was because I was given a very wrong synopsis that made the movie seem like it had a very different plot. But I’m not arguing that. I was wrong. Even so, 4/331 — that’s fucking In. Sane. Full. Stop.

To break it down into percentages, of the total number of films, I didn’t see/preview 150 of them. Which means our percentage is being based on 331 films. That’s where that number came from. Of the 331 films, I guessed my ratings for 218 of them exactly. Which is 65.8%. Last year I was at 51.7%, and in 2016 I was at 53.6%. We’re way above normal there.

I guessed 108 of them within a half-star of my eventual rating. So, of the 331 films, I guessed 327 either exactly or within a half-star. Which is 98.8%. 2016, I was at 93% and last year I raised it to 95.7%. So yeah, good year.

And then, four total movies I was a full star off on, and ZERO movies I was more than a full star off on. Last year, I had 12 films that I was a full star off on, and 1 more than a full star. So 13 in total full-star or more. 2016 I had 19 total. I try to keep it under 10 if I can, so the fact that I’m under 5 (!) is insane.

To put a finer point on it: this year I guessed how I’d rate 99% of movies within a half-star. That’s pretty fucking good.

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Average Ratings of all 2018 Films

This one’s self-explanatory. I told you how many films got which ratings. Based on that, I can figure out what the average rating of everything was. Which means, if I put any movie from this year on, this number would be the baseline for what rating it was gonna get.

Out of all 478 films I saw, there were:

0 5-star films

7 4.5-star films

41 4-star films

104 3.5-star films

213 3-star films

100 2.5-star films

10 2-star films

0 1.5-star films.

0 0-star films.

That comes out to an average rating of 3.09.

Average ratings of previous years:

  • 2015: 3.13
  • 2016: 3.16
  • 2017: 3.08

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Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of the year:

2017 + Unreleased Films

Ana y Bruno — * * * (3 stars); Anchors Up — * * (2 stars); Animal Crackers — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Charming — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Climax — * * * ½ (3.5 stars);Communion — * * * (3 stars); Dogman — * * * (3 stars); Dragged Across Concrete — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Euphoria — * * * (3 stars); Everybody Knows — 

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir — * * * (3 stars); The Festival — * * * (3 stars); Katie Says Goodbye — * * * (3 stars); King of Thieves — * * * (3 stars); Ladies in Black — * * * (3 stars); Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa — * * (2 stars); Mary Magdalene — * * * (3 stars); Replicas — * * * (3 stars); Ruben Brandt, Collector — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sadie — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Swinging Safari — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of the Antoon Krings — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Tito and the Birds —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Yardie — * * * (3 stars); You Me and Him — * * * (3 stars)

January

Insidious: The Last Key — skip; Blame — * * * (3 stars); The Commuter — * * * (3 stars); Paddington 2 — * * * (3 stars); Proud Mary — * * * (3 stars); The Polka King — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Acts of Violence — * * * (3 stars); Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Freak Show — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Created Equal — * * ½ (2.5 stars); 12 Strong — * * * (3 stars); Den of Thieves — * * * (3 stars); Like Me — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Small Town Crime — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Step Sisters — * * (2 stars); The Open House — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Mom and Dad — * * * (3 stars); Little Bitches — * * * (3 stars); Maze Runner: The Death Cure — * * ½ (2.5 stars); A Futile and Stupid Gesture — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Have a Nice Day — * * * (3 stars); Please Stand By — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Clapper — * * * (3 stars)

January had 22 films and an average rating of 2.95.

That’s higher than other years, but January is creeping up slowly because of some solid Netflix/VOD releases. I doubt it’ll be this high most years, but we’re still hanging around that 2.7 range.

Previous January ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.70
  • 2012 — 2.86
  • 2013 — 2.75
  • 2014 — 2.40
  • 2015 — 2.69
  • 2016 — 2.79
  • 2017 — 2.70

February

The Cloverfield Paradox — * * * (3 stars); Braven — * * * (3 stars); Winchester — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Seeing Allred — * * * (3 stars); The 15:17 to Paris — * * * (3 stars); Fifty Shades Freed — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Peter Rabbit — * * ½ (2.5 stars); When We First Met — * * * (3 stars); Permission — * * * (3 stars); Golden Exits — * * * (3 stars); Black Panther — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Looking Glass — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Early Man — * * * (3 stars); Samson — * * (2 stars); Nostalgia — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Irreplaceable You — * * * (3 stars); The Scent of Rain and Lightning — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Party — * * * (3 stars); Mad to Be Normal — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Annihilation — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mute — * * * (3 stars); Beast of Burden — * * * (3 stars); The Cured — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Every Day — * * * (3 stars); Half Magic — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Game Night — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

February had 26 films and an average rating of 2.85.

This is normally the worst month of they year for me. It tends to have the least amount of VOD releases, and most of the big stuff tends to be stuff I do not like, around that Valentine’s Day week. Though we are hovering around 3 the past few years, so maybe February will end up overtaking January pretty soon.

Previous February ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.25
  • 2012 — 2.15
  • 2013 — 2.59
  • 2014 — 2.92
  • 2015 — 3.00
  • 2016 — 2.90
  • 2017 — 3.03

March

Death Wish — * * * (3 stars); Red Sparrow — * * * (3 stars); Gringo — * * * (3 stars); Con Man — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Submission — * * * (3 stars); The Hurricane Heist — * * * (3 stars); The Strangers: Prey at Night — * * ½ (2.5 stars); A Wrinkle in Time — * * * (3 stars); The Outsider — * * * (3 stars); The Death of Stalin — * * * * (4 stars); Thoroughbreds — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Love, Simon — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Tomb Raider — * * * (3 stars); 7 Days in Entebbe — * * * (3 stars); Dear Dictator — * * * (3 stars); Journey’s End — * * * (3 stars); Benji — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Forgiven — * * * (3 stars); Flower — * * * (3 stars); Furlough — * * * (3 stars); The Feels — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Vanishing of Sidney Hall — * * * (3 stars); Welcome the Stranger — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Pacific Rim: Uprising — * * * (3 stars); Midnight Sun — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Sherlock Gnomes — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Unsane — * * * * (4 stars); Final Portrait — * * * (3 stars); Roxanne Roxanne — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Paradox — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Isle of Dogs — * * * * (4 stars); I Kill Giants — * * * * (4 stars); Game Over, Man! — * * * (3 stars); Ismael’s Ghosts — * * * (3 stars); The Last Movie Star — * * * (3 stars); Acrimony — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Ready Player One — * * * * (4 stars); First Match — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Titan — * * * (3 stars); Finding Your Feet — * * * (3 stars); Outside In — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Happy Anniversary — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Gemini — * * * (3 stars)

March had 43 films and an average rating of 3.03.

We’re right in that range. March feels like a flat 3 most years. It’s also the first month with a lot of stuff in it, which tends to even it out to a 3.

Previous March ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.70
  • 2012 — 2.80
  • 2013 — 2.98
  • 2014 — 3.14
  • 2015 — 2.89
  • 2016 — 3.21
  • 2017 — 3.16

April

A Quiet Place — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Jesus Christ Superstar Live — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Blockers — * * * (3 stars); Chappaquiddick — * * * (3 stars); Sweet Country — * * * (3 stars); You Were Never Really Here — * * * * (4 stars); The Miracle Season — * * * (3 stars); Spinning Man — * * * (3 stars); Lean on Pete — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Endless — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Where Is Kyra? — * * * (3 stars); 6 Balloons — * * * (3 stars); Amateur — * * * (3 stars); Sun Dogs — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Paterno — * * * (3 stars); Andre the Giant — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero — * * (2 stars); Submergence — * * * (3 stars); Truth or Dare — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Rampage — * * * (3 stars); 10×10 — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Rider — * * * (3 stars); Pass Over —  * ½ (2.5 stars); Zama — * * * (3 stars); Come Sunday — * * * (3 stars); Wildling — * * * (3 stars); Krystal — * * * (3 stars); An Ordinary Man — * * * (3 stars); Beirut — * * * (3 stars); Stephanie — * * ½ (2.5 stars); I Feel Pretty — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Super Troopers 2 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Kodachrome — * * * (3 stars); Traffik — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Dude — * * * (3 stars); Le Redoutable — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Week Of — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Candy Jar — * * * (3 stars); Backstabbing for Beginners — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The House of Tomorrow — * * * (3 stars); Disobedience — * * * (3 stars); Kings — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Duck Butter — * * * (3 stars); Adventures in Public School — * * * (3 stars); Avengers: Infinity War — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

April had 46 films and an average rating of 2.97.

That’s about in line for April. We’re usually in that 2.9-3 range. I feel like I’d skew it lower most of the time, but now that Marvel is taking that last week spot, it should push it slightly higher up.

Previous April ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.90
  • 2012 — 2.85
  • 2013 — 2.88
  • 2014 — 2.81
  • 2015 — 2.92
  • 2016 — 3.08
  • 2017 — 2.89

May

Tully — * * * * (4 stars); Overboard — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Bad Samaritan — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); RBG — * * * * (4 stars); Anon — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Manhunt — * * * (3 stars); Most Likely to Murder — * * * (3 stars); The Con Is On — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Breaking In — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Life of the Party — * * (2 stars); Terminal — * * * (3 stars); The Kissing Booth — * * * (3 stars); Lu Over the Wall — * * * (3 stars); Measure of a Man — * * * (3 stars); Revenge — * * * * (4 stars); The Escape — * * * (3 stars); Mountain — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Seagull — * * * (3 stars); Fahrenheit 451 — * * * (3 stars); Dark Crimes — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Deadpool 2 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Show Dogs — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Cargo — * * * (3 stars); Book Club — * * * (3 stars); First Reformed — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); On Chesil Beach — * * * (3 stars); How to Talk to Girls at Parties — * * * (3 stars); Future World — * * ½ (2.5 stars); In Darkness — * * * (3 stars); Ibiza — * * (2 stars); The Tale — * * ½ (2.5 stars); King Lear — * * * (3 stars); Solo: A Star Wars Story — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

May has 33 films and an average rating of 3.02.

May tends to usually be a flat 3. The big studio movies tend to be 3 stars, maybe you’ll get one 4 or higher. And the indies even it back out. This is all right in line with the norm.

Previous May ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.81
  • 2012 — 3.10
  • 2013 — 3.22
  • 2014 — 2.98
  • 2015 — 3.02
  • 2016 — 3.14
  • 2017 — 3.06

June

Adrift — * * * (3 stars); Action Point — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Upgrade — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mary Shelley — * * * (3 stars); Social Animals — * * * (3 stars); Best F(r)iends: Volume Two — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Breath — * * * (3 stars); American Animals — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); A Kid Like Jake — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Ocean’s 8 — * * * * (4 stars); Hotel Artemis — * * * (3 stars); Hereditary — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); 211 — * * * (3 stars); Alex Strangelove — * * * (3 stars); Hearts Beat Loud — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Nancy — * * * (3 stars); Incredibles 2 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Tag — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Superfly — * * * (3 stars); The Yellow Birds — * * * (3 stars); Billy Boy — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Gotti — * * * (3 stars); Set It Up — * * * * (4 stars); Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — * * * (3 stars); Damsel — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Catcher Was a Spy — * * * (3 stars); Boundaries — * * * (3 stars); Distorted — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town — * * * (3 stars); Ideal Home — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Leave No Trace — * * * * (4 stars); Escape Plan 2: Hades — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Three Identical Strangers — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Tau —  * * * (3 stars); Calibre — * * * (3 stars); Game Changers — * * * (3 stars); Woman Walks Ahead — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sicario: Day of the Soldado — * * * * (4 stars); Uncle Drew — * * * (3 stars)

June has 40 films and an average rating of 3.21.

June tends to be the strongest summer month. This year is no different. Look at these previous ratings — we’re right in line.

Previous June ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.06
  • 2013 — 3.03
  • 2014 — 3.16
  • 2015 — 3.29
  • 2016 — 3.27
  • 2017 — 3.12

July

Ant-Man and the Wasp — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The First Purge — * * * (3 stars); Sorry to Bother You — * * * * (4 stars); The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter — * * * (3 stars); Fireworks — * * * (3 stars); White Fang — * * * (3 stars); Whitney — * * * (3 stars); Skyscraper — * * * (3 stars); Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Eighth Grade — * * * * (4 stars); How It Ends — * * * (3 stars); Siberia — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Shock and Awe — * * * (3 stars); Dark Money — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Poor Boy — * * * (3 stars); Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind — * * * * (4 stars); The Equalizer 2 — * * * (3 stars); Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again — * * * (3 stars); Unfriended: Dark Web — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Blindspotting — * * * * (4 stars); Damascus Cover — * * ½ (2.5 stars); McQueen — * * * (3 stars); The Keeping Hours — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms — * * * (3 stars); Father of the Year — * * (2 stars); Duck Duck Goose — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Broken Star — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Zoe — * * * (3 stars); Extinction — * * * (3 stars); Puzzle — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Bleeding Edge — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Hot Summer Nights — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mission: Impossible – Fallout — * * * * (4 stars)

July has 35 films and an average rating of 2.99.

This is the center of the summer, where the movies tend to even out to 3 stars. And here we are. Next to April, this might be the most consistent month of the year.

Previous July ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.31
  • 2013 — 2.84
  • 2014 — 2.95
  • 2015 — 3.05
  • 2016 — 3.03
  • 2017 — 3.22

August 

Christopher Robin — * * * (3 stars); The Darkest Minds — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Spy Who Dumped Me — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Never Goin’ Back — * * * * (4 stars); The Miseducation of Cameron Post — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Like Father — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Dog Days — * * (2 stars); The Meg — * * * (3 stars); BlacKkKlansman — * * * * (4 stars); The Package — * * * (3 stars); Hope Springs Eternal — * * * (3 stars); A Prayer Before Dawn — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Slender Man — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Madeline’s Madeline — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society — * * * (3 stars); Summer of ‘84 — * * * (3 stars); Crazy Rich Asians — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mile 22 — * * * (3 stars); Alpha — * * * (3 stars); Billionaire Boys Club — * * * (3 stars); Juliet, Naked — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); We the Animals — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Little Mermaid — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Down a Dark Hall — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Wife — * * * (3 stars); To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Blaze — * * * (3 stars); The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl — * * * * (4 stars); The Happytime Murders — * * * (3 stars); Searching — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Papillon — * * * (3 stars); A.X.L. — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The After Party — * * * (3 stars); Arizona — * * * (3 stars); Blue Iguana — * * * (3 stars); The Bookshop — * * * (3 stars); Crime + Punishment — * * * (3 stars); Minding the Gap — * * * (3 stars); Support the Girls — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Reprisal — * * * (3 stars); An Actor Prepares — * * * (3 stars); Blood Fest — * * * (3 stars); Kin — * * * (3 stars); Boarding School — * * * (3 stars); Destination Wedding — * * * (3 stars); The Little Stranger — * * * (3 stars); Operation Finale — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

August has 47 films and an average rating of 3.07.

August tends to hover around 3, but now is slightly over most years because of the VOD releases. 3-3.1 is the new norm in August.

Previous August ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.80
  • 2012 — 3.02
  • 2013 — 2.83
  • 2014 — 2.78
  • 2015 — 3.07
  • 2016 — 3.17
  • 2017 — 3.01

September

Peppermint — * * * (3 stars); The Nun — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Sierra Burgess Is a Loser  — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Next Gen — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Slice — * * * (3 stars); Paper Year — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Predator — * * * (3 stars); White Boy Rick — * * * * (4 stars); A Simple Favor — * * * (3 stars); Mandy — * * * * (4 stars); Lizzie — * * * (3 stars); Reversing Roe — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Armed — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Patient Zero — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Final Score — * * * (3 stars); The Children Act — * * * (3 stars); The Land of Steady Habits — * * * (3 stars); The Angel — * * * (3 stars); Where Hands Touch — * * * (3 stars); Life Itself — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Fahrenheit 11/9 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Science Fair — * * * (3 stars); The House with a Clock in Its Walls — * * * (3 stars); Assassination Nation — * * * (3 stars); Colette — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Sisters Brothers — * * * * (4 stars); I Think We’re Alone Now — * * * (3 stars); Nappily Ever After — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Little Italy — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Bel Canto — * * * (3 stars); American Dresser — * * ½ (2.5 stars); A Happening of Monumental Proportions — * * * (3 stars); Love, Gilda — * * * (3 stars); Quincy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Jane Fonda in Five Acts — * * * * (4 stars); Night School — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Hell Fest — * * * (3 stars); Smallfoot — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Monsters and Men — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); All About Nina — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Free Solo — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Cruise — * * * (3 stars); The Padre — * * * (3 stars); Summer ’03 — * * * (3 stars); The Samuel Project — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Hold the Dark — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Old Man and the Gun — * * * * (4 stars)

September has 47 films and an average rating of 3.05.

Look how consistent September is. 2.95-3.05. That’s pretty much the range. Almost exclusively. It really depends on how bad the VOD releases are (because that Labor Day weekend is brutal) and if there’s a really strong Oscar contender (though rarely do they go over 4 stars here. October is when they get stronger).

Previous September ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.97
  • 2012 — 3.13
  • 2013 — 2.93
  • 2014 — 3.08
  • 2015 — 2.98
  • 2016 — 3.08
  • 2017 — 2.90

October

A Star Is Born — * * * * (4 stars); Venom — * * * (3 stars); The Hate U Give — * * * * (4 stars); Ride — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Private Life — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Studio 54 — * * * (3 stars); Bayou Caviar — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Morning, Noon & Night — * * (2 stars); Loving Pablo — * * * (3 stars); Malevolent — * * ½ (2.5 stars); 22 July — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Happy Prince — * * ½ (2.5 stars); First Man — * * * * (4 stars); Bad Times at the El Royale — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween — * * * (3 stars); Beautiful Boy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Laws of the Universe Part 1 — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Oath — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Kindergarten Teacher — * * * (3 stars); Apostle — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); After Everything — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); MFKZ — * * * (3 stars); Better Start Running — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Halloween — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mid90s — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Can You Ever Forgive Me? — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); What They Had — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Wildlife — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Thunder Road — * * * (3 stars); The Guilty — 

Warning Shot — * * ½ (2.5 stars); An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn — * * * (3 stars); Galveston — * * * (3 stars); Been So Long — * * * (3 stars); Air Strike — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Burning — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Shirkers — * * * (3 stars); Johnny English Strikes Again — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Hunter Killer — * * * (3 stars); Suspiria — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

July has 39 films and an average rating of 3.15 (121.5 + / 39).

This is where the ratings jump up exponentially, because this is when all the good films start coming out en masse. The shitty mainstream stuff and VOD releases keep it honest, as they do all months, but there’s an entire tenth of a point uptick (at minimum) between September and October.

Previous October ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.31
  • 2013 — 3.29
  • 2014 — 3.07
  • 2015 — 3.46
  • 2016 — 3.16
  • 2017 — 3.14

November

Bohemian Rhapsody — * * * * (4 stars); The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — * * * (3 stars); Nobody’s Fool — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Boy Erased — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Other Side of the Wind — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Holiday Calendar — * * ½ (2.5 stars); A Private War — * * * (3 stars); Bodied — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Latin History for Morons — * * * * (4 stars); The Front Runner — * * * * (4 stars); The Grinch — * * * (3 stars); The Girl in the Spider’s Web — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Overlord — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Outlaw King — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Liz and the Blue Bird — * * * (3 stars); Pimp — * * * (3 stars); Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — * * * * (4 stars); Widows — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — * * * * (4 stars); Green Book — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Instant Family — * * * (3 stars); At Eternity’s Gate — * * * * (4 stars); The Long Dumb Road — * * * (3 stars); The Princess Switch — * * * (3 stars); Cam — * * * (3 stars); Speed Kills — * * * (3 stars); 55 Steps — * * * (3 stars); On Happiness Road — * * * (3 stars); Mobile Homes — * * * (3 stars); The Christmas Chronicles — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Favourite — * * * * (4 stars); Creed II — * * * * (4 stars); Ralph Breaks the Internet — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Robin Hood — * * * (3 stars); The Possession of Hannah Grace — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Mowgli — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mirai — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Never Look Away –

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Anna and the Apocalypse — * * * * (4 stars)

November has 41 films and an average rating of (135.5+ / 41).

Previous November ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.50
  • 2012 — 3.66
  • 2013 — 3.31
  • 2014 — 3.18
  • 2015 — 3.42
  • 2016 — 3.47
  • 2017 — 3.35

December

Mary, Queen of Scots — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Ben Is Back — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Vox Lux — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Mercy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Tyrel — * * * (3 stars); Clara’s Ghost — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Party’s Just Beginning — * * * (3 stars); Dumplin’ — * * * (3 stars); Mortal Engines — * * * (3 stars); Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — * * * * (4 stars); The Mule — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Roma — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); If Beale Street Could Talk — * * * * (4 stars); The House That Jack Built — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Springsteen on Broadway — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); They Shall Not Grow Old — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Capernaum — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mary Poppins Returns — * * * * (4 stars); Aquaman — * * * (3 stars); Bumblebee — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Welcome to Marwen — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Bird Box — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); All Is True — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Cold War — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Second Act — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Between Worlds — * * * (3 stars); Renegades — * * * (3 stars); Holmes & Watson — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Destroyer — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Stan and Ollie — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Vice — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); On the Basis of Sex — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

December has 31 films and an average rating of 3.44.

3.4 seems about average for December. It’s usually the strongest month.

Previous December ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.8
  • 2012 — 3.7
  • 2013 — 3.67
  • 2014 — 3.37
  • 2015 — 3.57
  • 2016 — 3.41
  • 2017 — 3.31

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Average Monthly Ratings:

January — 2.73

February — 2.71

March — 2.99

April — 2.91

May — 3.04

June — 3.16

July — 3.06

August — 2.97

September — 3.02

October — 3.22

November — 3.41

December — 3.53

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4 responses

  1. Based on this article, your favorite film of 2018 will either be Green Book, Suspiria, or Vice. I guess we’ll see in two days. :)

    December 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm

  2. What was the 2017 film you bumped up to 5 stars? I’m guessing Three Billboards or Phantom Thread.

    December 29, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    • I seriously hope it’s the latter.

      December 29, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      • Same. I have a lot of issues with Three Billboards but Phantom Thread is in my top 5 for that year.

        December 29, 2018 at 5:51 pm

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