Joel has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2018.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    Following up on 2015's The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos gives a film that is even more cerebral, even more cold in its execution and in its odd almost monotone line delivery from its stellar cast including once again Colin Ferrell and also Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Billy Camp who all give excellent performances but the breakout performance here is Barry Keoghan as his physical presence here alone is chilling and his connection with the daughter played by Raffey Cassidy…

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★

    James Franco is almost unrecognizable as Tommy Wiseau, director, writer,producer and actor of the Room, one of the worst made films of all time and Franco turns in the best performance of his career in a film that is funny, captivating and heartfelt.
    Franco captures the nature of Tommy from his mannerism to his unique speech pattern and odd sensibilities. Dave Franco is also great as Greg Sistero and their brotherly bond help give the two great chemistry in their…

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★★★

    Darkest Hour is an Oscar contending vehicle for Gary Oldman who disappears into the role of Winston Churchill as he is appointed to Prime Minister Of England during the height of World War and puts him in the precarious situation of having to get all Britain's troops of the beaches of Dunkirk.
    This isn't an unknown story with Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk showing the human survival struggle from the beach and Brian Cox's Churchill also mining the same material. Oldman's ability…