Top 5 Films of 2018 So Far

We’re halfway through 2018 and that seems like more than a good enough excuse to look back over the year so far and pick out our favourite big screen movies.

If you ask us again in another six months time not only will the placing of some of these films in the Top 5 have been swapped (Because some of them are too close to call), but I have no doubt that some will have dropped off the list entirely. So with that in mind, remember that this is only opinions and that things will change.

Number 5: The Incredibles 2
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Whilst it never quite hit the heights of the first film, the hotly-anticipated sequel was certainly worth the wait. Hitting all the right tones of family, classic superhero action, comedy and emotion The Incredibles 2 was a welcome film in what is very much a saturated Superhero market.

Number 4: Deadpool 2
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Another sequel that perhaps didn’t live up to the hype of the first film, but by no means should you let that detract from the fact that this is a great movie with or without the first installment. Like The Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2 brings something new to the superhero genre and that’s probably why I rank it above the likes of Black Panther which I opted to leave out of my Top 5.

Number 3: Love, Simon
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A very different kind of film now compared to the first two in the list and one that I think went highly underrated during its run in cinemas. Love, Simon is a film about diversity when approached in the right way and from the acting, to the directing and storytelling it deserves all the plaudits in the world.

Number 2: Avengers: Infinity War
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If I’m being completely honest the top 2 were pretty interchangeable for me, they are both marvels of cinematic mastery. Avengers: Infinity War is nearly 20 films worth of cinema all culminating in one fantastic big-screen adventure. Nothing can be taken away from what the Russo Brothers have achieved and this will without a doubt be one of those films which is talked about in a few decades time by students at University. Balancing over 60 characters whilst delivering a comprehensible and well balanced superhero film that not only felt different, but the same for all the right reasons. Featuring one of the best movie villains for years and action set-pieces which rival some of the best, Infinity War is an outstanding piece of cinema and will without a doubt be in the Top 5 at the end of the year. But despite all that, I think there’s one film which did something just that little bit more special…

Number 1: A Quiet Place
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John Krasinkski’s passion project is a simple piece of cinematic perfection and history. Whereas Infinity War deserves to be upheld for decades to come, it would be an actual injustice to the film industry if A Quiet Place isn’t. This film needs to be up for every Oscar imaginable come Award Season, and here at WeAreNiche we will be fighting that corner. John Krasinski, Emily BluntMillicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are all oustanding in this film, and the wonder which is achieved through the sound editing and mixing is like something never before seen in the film industry. This is the epitome of horror films and I think it will be a long time before something knocks it off its perch (Maybe the sequel?…). I struggle to see anything besting this film over the course of 2018, but hey that’s not a bad thing.

So what did you think of our list? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @weareniche and let us know which films would make it into your top 5. Perhaps you’d opt for Black Panther? Or maybe you were one of those people who really enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars Story, let us know.

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Review: The Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell

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The Disney Pixar juggernaut is back and thanks to Cineworld we managed to see it 3 weeks before its full release in the UK.

The first and most obvious question is whether or not the sequel is as good as the first, I won’t beat about the bush in my opinion it’s not as good. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a damn good movie, it’s just flawed in certain aspects which drag it down compared to what was a near masterpiece in the first outing.

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Lord of the Rings Amazon Series: Everything We Know So Far

It’s been 15 years since the last Lord of the Rings film came out in cinemas, and 4 years since movie-goers had another chance to venture into Middle Earth via the less-loved The Hobbit trilogy. Now we as a fan-base stand on the precipice of quite the historic return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece.

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Whilst nothing official has been announced by Amazon themselves, thanks to a number of reports from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter we do have a relatively clear understanding of what is to come with this new series and how we arrived at this point in the first place.

With that in mind, here is everything we know about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series…

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Review: Ocean’s 8

Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross and Olivia Milch
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway

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As someone who wasn’t a massive fan of the first Ocean’s trilogy I feel safe in saying that I wasn’t going into this one with great expectations. Whilst this film didn’t soar past my expectations, I certainly enjoyed more than I did the original trilogy.

There’s certainly no doubting the ability of the cast at hand. Even outriders such as Rihanna have a solid showing in this movie, with no one really under-delivering. But equally only Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter deliver in any meaningful way. Even the supposed star of the movie, Sandra Bullock, feels as though she’s reigning in her performance at times, with only brief glimpses of the really strong performances we know she can give gleaming through.

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