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RR’s Top Ten Movies Of 2018

2018 has been a very interesting year at the box-office; several old records broken and new ones made. In this year, we saw movies that sprung up important, long side-lined conversations with rich cultural importance, like the groundbreaking ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ where both movies had majority of their casts from their eponymous races, finally addressed. In this same year, we had several low budget movies, like ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Blindspotting’ and indie movies like ‘Upgrade’ give us something new in terms of how movies should be made. All these for the betterment of the movie industry.

Below is my list of movies that struck, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinions.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great movies, it was tough limiting them to ten that really got to me. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Love, Simon

What’s not to love about this coming of age movie that talks about forbidden love? The writing, pacing and acting makes this a beautiful watch. You can’t help but get immersed in the protagonist quest to find Blue, who could be the love of his life.



9. Upgrade

I loved everything about STEM; the badass artificial intelligence chip with a mind of its own. I’m still sad it went rogue; but if there’s ever a sequel, you can count I’ll be there on opening night.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5



8. Searching

I can only imagine the technicality that was required to visually tell this story. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I watched a movie that was told through a display screen, from start-to-finish. And you’re wondering why it made my list.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5



7. The Hate U Give

Amandla Sternberg is a star, the world had better watch out for her ‘cos she hasn’t come to play.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5



6. A Quiet Place

This year’s a good one for power couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Together, they use their off-screen chemistry and brawn to bring us something new and beautiful, for which we’re eternally grateful.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating:



5. Crazy Rich Asians

Few years back, no one would’ve believed a movie with an entirely Asian cast would appeal to the whole world. But that’s what happened here with Crazy Rich Asian. Do you remember that wedding scene? We still grateful, Elvis Presley.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5



4. Bad Times at the El Royale

Chris Hemsworth continues to impress me with his acting. After seeing him in this movie as Billy Lee, I’m less worried about what his post-Thor career would look like.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5



Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Acrimony

This movie sprung up conversations at every corner of this part of the world. I’m sure we’ll still be asked ‘who was right, Mel or Robert?’ in the new year. Asides the publicity it garnered, nothing about this movie is supposed to be heard as the years go by.

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Tom Cruise’s stunts continue to rise in the ranks of death-defying.

  • Sorry To Bother You

Did you catch that horse c*ck sock?

  • Aquaman

I wish I lived in Atlantis. It’s so beautiful.

  • Ready Player One

Spielberg is still the greatest of all times.

  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse

Who would’ve thought an animated movie could be so interesting?



3. Black Panther

Wakanda forever!!!

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5



2. Blindspotting

Let me tell you a secret. Before Blindspotting, I’d never heard of Daveed Diggs. But after watching this masterpiece, I’ll be following his career nonstop.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5



1. Avengers: Infinity War

Around this time last year, my most prominent mantra was “Thanos is coming”. Thanos did come, and made sure he turned half the population into dust before he left. It’s a good thing our remaining heroes still won’t go down without a fight. The Endgame is here.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5




I saw a lot of movies this year and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad movies. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ (2018)

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Budget/Box-Office: $178M/ #736.1M

Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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Anyone who accuses the Mission: Impossible movies of being cliche wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But it’s the amount of effort inputed to make the final product look exquisite that makes them get all the praises, raves and attention. 

Fallout is no exception to what fans have come to expect from an MI movie: a fast-paced, action-packed entry that gets you scared again and again for Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) safety only for him to come out successful, and the mission, possible.

The plot for Fallout is a tad silly, if you really think about it. It takes the spill off from the previous movie (Rogue Nation) and tries to weave something beautiful off it. But does it really succeed at that? 

In the absence of their leader, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), remnants of the The syndicate, the terrorist group from Rogue Nation, get revamped and present themselves as The Apostles; their mission is to let anarchy rain on the world by blowing one-third of its population and foster please through the great sufferings that’ll follows. The bulk of the action that follows is the good and bad side fighting for what they believe in.

Talking about good and bad side, Henry Cavill’s Agent Walker is a welcome addition to the franchise. His Superman-like physique makes him an easy scene stealer. Though not the best actor in the world, Cavill will easily make a terrific action star. It took me a while to figure out which side he was really playing for and, although his arc was resolved satisfactorily, I’d have loved if his story played out less predictably. After seeing his performance in this movie, I want to see him in more non-Supes role. 

And… Remember all the fuss with Justice League and Cavill’s moustache? Said moustache looked alluuring as f*ck. 😌

What then makes this movie interesting? Some might ask.

The answer is simple… Tom Cruise. His realistic, full-frame, single-shot, death-defying stunts are what gets us hooked and keep returning movie-after-movie. No one currently does it like him in Hollywood and the day he decides to step down from the role might just be the end of the IMF as we know it. 😶 

The stunt choreography and action scenes are easily Fallout’s strongest links. The bathroom scene and the action scenes that follow from when SPOILER was ousted as a double agent are easily my best. I’m sure some might wonder why I didn’t include the helicopter scene? The answer’s simple: It was nice, but lengthy, so I didn’t really fancy it. 😌

Many of the supporting casts/character were awesome. Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa, Luther and Benji are all delights uto watch as always. The latter’s still bearing the burden of being the franchise’s comic relief, his jokes are mostly unintentional, yet funny, which makes him perfect. 

Angela Bassett gets to shine as Erica Sloane, CIA boss and the one who narratively brings in Agent Walker into the motion picture. I don’t need to tell you how much of a star Bassett is; I, for one, am grateful she agreed to grace us with her fierce presence in this movie. 

Like all things, there’s bad as much as there’s good…

If there’s one thing I’ve come to dislike about the Mission: Impossible movies it’s the stakes, or lack of thereof. There’s no real consequence to threats and actions dished of in the course of its narratives. It’s as though the producers are afraid of killing off important characters or actually blowing up places of real consequences… My jaw dropped when the Vatican was said to have been blown, only to find out it was a ruse.

The plots of the MI movies mostly come across as an excuse for having orgasmic action scenes, which I believe would be made better when there are equal reactions to all these threats.

But not to worry; the famous soundtrack, which infamously ushers in heart-stopping thrill scenes and death-defying stunts will surely get you excited and properly immersed in the movie as you watch it. 

Honestly, though predictable, I don’t want the franchise to end, not now, not ever. Yeah, I’m guilty. I love it, too.

Bonus: My favorite scene is the one where the French policewoman, who luckily sees Hunt and his crew with Lane gets shot. I felt an aura of strong emotions there especially when Hunt apologized to her.