This has been a particularly exciting year for film. Masters are returning to form. Newcomers are smashing expectations. And overall, the stories have been markedly surreal, inventive, and innovative. Here are some of the best films I’ve seen so far this year!


Hereditary Movie Poster

Hereditary (2018)

BlacKkKlansman Movie Poster

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

You Were Never Really Here (2018)

Happy End (2017 France, 2018 St. Louis)

Lean On Pete (2018)

Annihilation (2018)

Night Comes On (2018)

The Rider (2018)

Thelma Movie Poster

Thelma (2017 EUR, 2018 US)

El mar la mar (2017)

El Mar La Mar (2017-18)

Daniel Giménez Cacho in Zama (2017)

Zama (2017 EUR, 2018 US)

Nic Champion is a Customer Service Associate and Reference Librarian at the Kirkwood Public Library, and he moonlights as a film critic for online publications. Among his favorite filmmakers are Bong Joon-ho, Buster Keaton, and Todd Solondz. In addition to film, Nic's other interests include reading authors such as Jon Ronson and Haruki Murakami, discovering new music, and researching any topic that catches his curiosity.