Top picks for 2018

The past year in cinema offered plenty of bright spots with true-life tales taking center stage at a time when America suffered from superhero fatigue. Listed below are my Top 10 picks from 2018. For the record, “Roma” landed at 34 on my list and “The Favourite” clocked in at No. 53.

1.“Green Book” – This gem, based on a true story, is about pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Oscar-nominated Mahershala Ali) who faces social challenges touring the Deep South in 1960s America with Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) his driver and friend. A+

2.“Incredibles 2” – Director Brad Bird returns to cover the Parr family who is in hiding because their existence has been outlawed. A

3.“Bohemian Rhapsody” – This film is essentially a biopic about the rock group Queen and its distinct style led by front man Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek), who is in the running for a Best Actor Oscar. A

4.“Crazy Rich Asians” – This fictional tale follows the budding romance of Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding). ` A

5.“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – This enjoyable animated entry recently won a Golden Globe in the Best Animated category. A

6.“Ready Player One” – Steven Spielberg directed this fun adventure based on the Ernest Cline novel that makes references to the 1980s. A

‘Ready Player One’, a Stephen Spielberg film, comes in at number 6.

‘Ready Player One’, a Stephen Spielberg film, comes in at number 6.

7.“Avengers: Infinity War” – This Marvel-based adventure-fantasy deals with Josh Brolin’s Thanos, an alien collecting Infinity Stones to make him the most powerful man in the universe. A

8.“A Simple Favor” – This fictional story follows Anna Kendrick’s Stephanie, a mommy blogger, and her relationship with friend Emily (Blake Lively). A

9.“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” – This amazing documentary looks at Fred Rogers’ television creation that helped children face adult situations and attitudes. Just so readers know, it made me cry. Twice. A-

10.“Black Panther” – This superhero tale explores the fictional land of Wakanda and Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in an enjoyable comic book ride. A-