Here included is the list of movies which fall into the dual categories of “favorite (and not),” and “I watched during 2018.” Criteria also includes being released in 2018, or 2017 if I was too lazy to get to them until later on (and I can remember them well enough to say whether I liked them, and how much). Order is, as always, ordered.
– My Favorites –
Avengers: Infinity War
I saw Infinity War three times at the theater. The first was alone, so I could watch without anyone trying to talk to me during the show. The second was the next day, with my family. The third was for my son’s birthday. Each time was great, and I can’t wait to see Avengers: Endgame in just a couple of weeks.
I was skeptical, but really liked Deadpool. I liked Deadpool 2 more. The focus on “family” was nice, and a-ha’s “Take on Me” is now nearly permanently stuck in my head, which I think everyone can agree is no bad thing.
As I recall, this year  each of my children went to one movie with a parent, just the two of us (not counting Infinity War). Incredibles 2 was the choice of my younger son, and while I don’t think it was as good as the original movie, we both enjoyed it greatly and had fun together.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
My older son and I went to Fallout together. I think we originally saw the trailer before Infinity War, and he immediately told me we had to see Fallout. I am a fan of all of the Mission: Impossible movies except for the second one, and was glad to introduce him to them. We watched 1, 3, 4, and 5 over the next couple of months, and we both loved Fallout. When I watch a movie, I will get emotionally involved in the story and appreciate the action, but I don’t generally have physical reactions to, e.g. jump scares or plot reveals, etc. There were several times in Fallout that had me on the edge of my seat, tensely awaiting the outcome of a scene. It was probably my favorite entry in the series next to the original installment.
Plus, Superman’s missing mustache!
– Other movies I enjoyed –
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Paul Rudd is just fantastic in everything he is a part of. That is all.
Black Panther was interesting to me. It’s a movie that I probably would not have been interested in had it not been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that I am glad I saw.
From 2017. Another pretty great Pixar entry.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Also from 2017, somewhere near the end. I liked the original Jumanji as a kid, and I still enjoy watching it from time to time. I wasn’t really expecting much from Welcome to the Jungle, and was very pleasantly surprised. I’ll definitely check out the third installment.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
We saw Solo because, well, it’s a Star Wars movie. And it was better than it had any right to be.
– Movies that made me say, “meh” –
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic World did not do it for me, and I was surprised at how much money it made at the box office. The sequel did not do it for me even more. I love me some Chris Pratt, so there’s that, but the original Jurassic Park will always be my favorite.
– Movies that made me say, “Why on earth did I watch this?” –
This category is empty this year. I’m either getting lazier or more discerning.
– 2018 movies I haven’t seen yet that I hope are good, or at least not terrible (except that it’s April now and I’ve actually seen them but I’m still going to pretend I did this in January or whatever OK?) –
The current DCEU has had 3 terrible movies, 1 generally OK one, and 1 really good one. I wonder where Aquaman will fall. I hope at least generally OK.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Wreck-It Ralph was a fun movie, and the sequel looks fun, as well.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This is getting great reviews, and as a Spidey fan I really should have seen it by now. Alas.
I really don’t have any hope for this movie, but I got the disc from Netflix, so I guess I’ll get to it soon enough.