With half of 2018 in the books, it’s time to look back on the last six months at the cinema.

Superheroes stormed the box office in the first half of the year with “Black Panther”, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Deadpool 2” raking in the big bucks, while the “Star Wars” Han Solo spin-off didn’t quite reach the heights of its standalone predecessor, “Rogue One”. “A Quiet Place” had everyone talking, while “Ready Player One” delivered 1980s nostalgia and the ladies of “Book Club” and “Ocean’s 8” had a blast on-screen.

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From family-friendly fare and intelligent dramas to surprising laughs and the downright frightening, these are the top 10 movies of 2018… so far.

 

‘Black Panther’

Marvel wowed with a whole new world in “Black Panther”, filling it with high-tech gadgetry, a politically-charged plot and a uniquely celebratory look at African culture unlike anything else in the MCU. Chadwick Boseman’s hero meets his perfect match when he faces off against Michael B. Jordan as the villain. And then there are the women: Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letita Wright, and Angela Bassett are the definition of strength, power and agency.

Where to watch it: On Blu-ray, DVD and digital now.

 

‘A Quiet Place’

John Krasinski takes a relatively simple premise and delivers a smart, post-apocalyptic thriller with “A Quiet Place”. True to the film’s name, the film is full of silence and whispers as it follows a family’s routine lives in a world here terrifying monsters attack the slightest of sounds. Krasinksi stars alongside real-life wife Emily Blunt and newcomer Millicent Simmonds – a young, deaf actress – in the horror film that’s wowed audiences and critics alike.

Where to watch it: On Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 10.

 

‘Hereditary’

If “A Quiet Place” wasn’t quite scary enough, there’s “Hereditary”, a sometimes horrific and often shocking look at family turmoil and grief that will definitely get under your skin. The ever-versatile Toni Collette is a tormented woman in crisis through the film’s slow-burning opening as the tension builds towards a dread-filled ending.

Where to watch it: In theatres now.

 

‘Paddington 2’

Sure, 2014’s “Paddington” was charming, but the little marmalade-loving Peruvian bear ups the ante in the sequel that’s fun for all ages. The delightful sequel boasts a who’s-who of top-tier British and Irish actors including Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Richard Ayoade, Noah Taylor and Joanna Lumley with Ben Wishaw returning as the voice of Paddington. It may be a sequel, but “Paddington 2” stands on its own with no requirements to watch the first film.

Where to watch it: On Blu-ray, DVD and digital now.

 

‘First Reformed’

Forty-two years after Paul Schrader directed “Taxi Driver”, he gives the Robert De Niro film a worthy companion piece with Ethan Hawke in a tour de force performance as a priest suffering a crisis of faith as he’s consumed by rage and personal guilt. It’s bleak and restrained but an ultimately powerful tale that critics are hailing as a career-best for Hawke.

Where to watch it: In select theatres now.

 

‘Annihilation’

A challenging and surreal sci-fi film with a powerhouse female cast at its centre, “Annihilation” is a puzzle of a film. Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson are scientific explorers sent into the mysterious Area X to investigate unexplained phenomena and disappearances of the teams sent before them. It’s unsettling, hallucinatory and unlike anything else this year.

Where to watch it: On Blu-ray, DVD and digital now.

 

‘Incredibles 2’

Everyone’s favourite family of animated superheroes are back, but this time around it’s family matriarch Helen who is busy in the spotlight, leaving super-hubby Bob at home with the kids. It’s at once an exhilarating action movie and the triumph of family viewing as original voice cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter return.

Where to watch it: In theatres now.

 

‘Game Night’

It looked like just another studio comedy but “Game Night” surprised fans and critics alike with its witty dialogue, cast with top-notch chemistry and premise about a group of friends whose routine game night becomes a little too real. Everyone knows Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams can do funny, but Jesse Plemons? He’s the film’s real gem.

Where to watch it: On Blu-ray, DVD and digital now.

 

‘You Were Never Really Here’

Earning raves at Cannes in 2017 where it won Lynne Ramsay the Best Director award and Joaquin Phoenix the Best Actor award, “You Were Never Really Here” focuses on a traumatized veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living. Phoenix finds himself in the film’s quieter moments, breathing life into the unflinchingly dark and violent drama about loss.

Where to watch it: on Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 17

 

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

The tear-jerking documentary on children’s TV icon Fred Rogers takes a look at the man whose message of tolerance, love and hope is needed now more than ever. Fifteen years after his death, the new documentary explores the life and legacy of the mild-mannered TV pioneer with new interviews and archival footage.

Where to watch it: In select theatres now.

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