From the multiplex to the art house, here are the first quarter of the year's standout films.
Cinephilia is a year-round condition, and thus it’s always an ideal time to honor the best of the current movie crop. Now more than midway through 2018, a wide range of stellar offerings have illustrated that, no matter the genre, potential greatness abounds at both the multiplex and the art house. With seasons to go until the calendar once again turns, this rundown will undoubtedly transform in a variety of unexpected ways before reaching its final form in December—a situation almost guaranteed by the fact that works from the likes of Steve McQueen, Robert Zemeckis, Damien Chazelle, Richard Linklater, and Barry Jenkins are still on their way. Nonetheless, at present, these are our picks for the best movies of 2018.