Fade Out: The Best films of 2018
25. Ghost stories (Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, UK, 2017)
24. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, US, 2018)
The year's surprise entry, perhaps fittingly given we've lost both Steve Ditko and Stan Lee in recent months. Personally I'm not a fan of the 'Spider-Verse' comics but the story is told with visual panache.
23. Loveless [Nelyubov] (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2017)
22. Cold War (Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland/UK/France, 2018)
21. Faces Places (Agnes Varda and JR, France, 2017)
20. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman, US, 2017)
19. Pajaros de Verano (Birds of Passage) (Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 2018)
18. A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano, Italy, 2017)
17. The Guilty (Gustav Möller, Denmark, 2018)
Clever little 'single location' Danish pic about an emergency call dispatcher. I saw the twist coming a mile off but it's still riveting.
16. 3 Days in Quiberon (Emily Atef, Germany/Austria/France, 2018)
15. The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, US, 2018)
14. In Fabric (Peter Strickland, UK, 2018)
13. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, US, 2018)
12. Mirai (Mamoru Hosodo, Japan, 2018)
11. Apostasy (Daniel Kokotajlo, UK, 2017)
10. Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, US, 2018)
9. Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti, US, 2018)
8. Summer 1993 (Carla Simón, France, 2017)
7. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, US, 2018)
6. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico, 2018)
More Amarcord really, as Alfonso Cuarón's autobiographical latest owes a debt to Fellini. But there are some fabulous set pieces here, such as the student protests and climactic beach scene, not to mention a wealth of incidental details. My only reservation is, like Cold War, I wonder if digital cinematography doesn't make things a little too crisp and perfect.