“Where is Kyra?” is One of The 25 Best Movies of 2018 | June 14, 2018

“Where is Kyra?” is One of The 25 Best Movies of 2018 | June 14, 2018

Paste Magazine Selects Their 25 Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

Paste Magazine | June 10, 2018

As was the case last year, when it comes to collating the best movies we’ve seen so far in 2018, we did our mathematical mightiest to not only give a general consensus among our section’s staff, but to keep in mind which films our readers will actually be able to catch in theaters. One of these films premiered first in the UK in 2017, one was made three years ago but premiered at Sundance this year and one was bought for 2018 distribution but has yet to get a date confirmed. All excuses of course: With writers spread out all over the world, and with something like 3,000 film festivals currently active, the number of great movies on our individual lists splays out far too broadly to be limited by a few months.

So, there’s something for everyone in the following: big budget crowd-pleasers, obligatory sequels, obligatory franchise installments, more than two naturalistic dramas, at least three horses, vision quests, doppelgängers, revenge fantasies, kids’ fantasies, experimental adaptations, an experimental documentary, genre mash-ups, genre throwbacks, genre mash-backs and, of course, genre throw-ups. Here’s to hoping you can find a film to truly love in 2018.

Here are the 25 best movies of 2018—so far.

25. How to Talk to Girls at Parties

24. Let the Sunshine In

23. El mar la mar

22. The Tale

21. Madeline’s Madeline

20. Revenge

19. Blindspotting

18. The Death of Stalin

17. Thoroughbreds

16. Lean on Pete

15. Game Night

14. Bodied

13. Where Is Kyra?
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Kyra (Michelle Pfeiffer) has almost nothing left except for her mother. Back living at home in New York with no job and only the social security checks her mother lets her cash, everything is falling apart, Kyra herself falling into darker and darker recesses of her mind. Nigerian photographer and filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu spins Where Is Kyra? as not only a treatise against an oppressive capitalist system—much of the film is spent watching as Kyra schleps from one business to another in search of work nowhere to be found—but as a horror film about depression and, ultimately, possession. Dosunmu’s spaces are dark, clammy and claustrophobic, transforming both the apartment Kyra and her mother live in and Brooklyn itself into haunted houses, barren of joy and containing little else but ghosts and the distant remnants of possibility. With cinematography from Bradford Young, Kyra’s life is shrouded in blacks, greys and navys, Kyra sometimes barely discernible in the faint light. The worst parts of Kyra’s mother, and the worse parts of herself—deviousness, alcoholism, codependency—consume her entire identity, propelling her to do what financially stable people would consider unthinkable. Where is Kyra? may, in fact, be a monster movie: The unseen creature in the dark is poverty, caused by an unjust system, unseen and menacing. —Kyle Turner

12. A Quiet Place

11. Isle of Dogs

10. Avengers: Infinity War

9. First Reformed

8. Summer 1993

7. Hereditary

6. Zama

5. The Rider

4. Paddington 2

3. You Were Never Really Here

2. Black Panther

1. Annihilation

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