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Spectacular Movies You May Have Missed In 2018

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If you made it to the theater in 2018, chances are you caught the blockbuster Marvel offerings, cringed through The Quiet Place, or admired Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born. However, you still may have missed several sleepers worth checking out.

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm

In Boy Erased, Lucas Hedges portrays a gay boy living in a Baptist community in Texas, with conservative parents played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. When he’s sent for “conversion therapy,” a therapy to transform him into a heterosexual, the story becomes brutally and uncomfortably human.

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Another film that explores the pain of adolescence is Eighth Grade, a film about, you guessed it, eighth grade, and the emotional inner world of teenagers. Actress Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, who does not have many friends at her school and spends most of her time making motivational videos no one watches.

Also falling under the category of films you missed that make you cringe: Blindspotting and Sorry To Bother You. These movies push boundaries on discussion of race in a sometimes humorous yet often painful way.

Sci-Fi Bliss

Most folks missed Natalie Portman’s stunning performance as Lena, a biology teacher in Annihilation. The story revolves around Tessa Thompson leading an all-female research team to a secret meteor site in Florida, where hijinks ensue.

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Another creative sci-fi gem is Overlord. This film, which boasts a classic B-movie camp to it, shows what happens when the German army begins injecting a super serum into humans, giving them extra strength and making them resistant to bullets. Spoiler alert: the experiment doesn’t go well.

Refreshing Animation

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs includes everything Wes Anderson you’d anticipate: picturesque imagery, sharp dialogue, moments of tenderness, Bill Murray. This stop-motion animated film tells the story of a futuristic world where a dog is sent to a fictional Trash Island outside Japan. It’s creative, sweet, and touches on surprising parallels with today’s discussion of immigration.

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And if we’re talking about animation, we can’t leave out the Teen Titans. After the deluge of superhero movies, Teen Titans Go To The Movies, though overlooked, was one of the best. This flick featured cameo voices (Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, Lil Yachty as Green Lantern) for a refreshing and hilarious flick that made both adults and kids giggle.

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Wesley Snipes May Be Returning As MCU’s ‘Blade’

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