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5 December 2018updated 14 Sep 2021 2:24pm

The best films of 2018

From American Animals to Roma.

By Ryan Gilbey

Loveless (15)  
dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev

As a couple separate, their son vanishes. Haunting study of despair and complacency in modern Russia.

Zama (15)  
dir: Lucrecia Martel

Bizarre Beckettian black comedy about an 18th-century magistrate stuck in a South American colony.

Leave No Trace (PG)  
dir: Debra Granik

An ex-soldier’s efforts to live off-
grid with his daughter are stymied
in this thoughtful drama.

Roma (15)
dir: Alfonso Cuarón

The woes of a young nanny in Mexico City during the turbulent 1970s. Breathtaking cinematography.

Apostasy (PG)  
dir: Daniel Kokotajlo

Directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness, Apostasy explores the horror of expulsion from that faith.

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Western (12A)  
dir: Valeska Grisebach

Masculinity is at stake when tensions mount between German construction workers and
Bulgarian villagers.

The Rider (15)  
dir: Chloé Zhao

A rodeo rider and his family play versions of themselves in a drama with documentary foundations.

Private Life (15)   
dir: Tamara Jenkins

Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are funny and touching as a couple pursuing every path to parenthood.

Cold War (15)  
dir: Paweł Pawlikowski

Amour fou in the Eastern Bloc. Joanna Kulig is bewitching as a troubled chanteuse.

American Animals (15)  
dir: Bart Layton

Fact blurs with fiction in this audacious thriller about a plot to steal priceless books.

 

This article appears in the 08 Dec 2020 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas special