It’s that time of year again when we look back on the past year in cinema and pick out our favorite and least favorite movies we watched. My Top 10: 1. Avengers: Infinity War- This wasn’t just a movie, it was an excellent culmination of ten years of storytelling. Every character got something to do and had a hard choice to make. The ending is the best cliffhanger in years. 2. Mission Impossible: Fallout- The MI series just keeps getting better. This really is the best action movie of the last few years. The storytelling is efficient and explores Ethan Hunt’s character more than ever, and the stunts are absolutely jaw dropping. 3. Bumblebee- I had a grin on my face the whole time I watched this. The relationship between Charlie and Bumblebee was very heartfelt, and the action was really good. The 80’s soundtrack was probably the best I’ve heard all year. 4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse- This exceeded so many of my expectations. This version of Peter Parker, Miles, and Gwen all make a great trio, and the animation was very unique. 5. Solo: A Star Wars Story- Yes I admit that I kinda loved Solo. It just felt the most like a Star Wars movie to me of all the Disney movies. The chase scenes were great, and I loved seeing all the EU references I read about when I was a kid. The scale of the movie was just right too because it wasn’t about saving the galaxy, it was about a bunch of factions trying to get some money and fuel. 6. Creed 2- It’s everything that was great about Creed 1 but now with a Drago family subplot. 7. Halloween- It was a bit of a retread in spots, but it’s also the only Halloween sequel to capture the tone of the original. In that regard it was perfect, and I liked Laurie’s character arc. 8. Blackkklansman- I’m not normally a Spike Lee fan, but this was a great story that was dramatic and funny in the right spots. 9. Mandy- You know if this movie is for you or not if you’ve seen the trailer. The cinematography and soundtrack is just excellent. 10. Upgrade- It was a good little action movie with a bit of a Black Mirror style twist. My Bottom 3: 1. A Wrinkle In Time- I liked the book when I read it in seventh grade, and this just has none of the magic with plenty of terrible acting and atrocious special effects. 2. Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald- There is no character development in this movie, and this movie reveals things that make the overall backstory from the books less interesting; that’s without getting into all the retcons either. 3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom- It’s entertaining and watchable, but there are a lot of dumb plot points and out of place political references. I’ll still be there for Jurassic World 3 after the ending though.