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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2018


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The number of films sagged in 2018, perhaps in part because of the Disney merger that was impending....

it started with Condorito, an animated film that Fox only handled in Latin America.

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The dystopian Maze Runner trilogy was finished off.

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Red Sparrow came next, a provocative spy film, with Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Egerton, Charlotte Rampling, and Mary-Louise Parker

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Love Simon told of a gay teen and his misadventures with friends, family, high school life, etc.

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Isle of Dogs was the latest from Wes Anderson, which meant that, like all of his films, it was fresh, entertaining, funny, and moving.

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Super Troopers 2 was a belated followup to the 2002 cult film.

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Deadpool 2 arrived, and like the firstwas a big success for Fox. A PG-13 edit appeared at year's end and brought in a tiny bit more.

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back to dystopia with The Darkest Minds.

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the Predator marked the latest in the horror series that stretched back to 1987.

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The Old man and the Gun was a wry crime comedy-drama involving an aging bank robber, played to perfection by Robert Redford. The film is unusual among crime films because its so low-key, which makes it fascinating. The supporting cast included Sissy Spacek (lovely and having great chemistry with Redford), Casey Affleck, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, and Keith Carradine.

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The Hate U Give was a saga based on a popular young adult book about a girl torn on what to do after seeing her childhood friend killed by a police officer. Sad note: script adaptor Audrey Wells died a day before this film's release.

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Bad Times at the El Royale was very impressive. The violent saga unexpectedly had loads of emotional depths and a strong undercurrent reserve of empathy, which was not expected. Jeff Bridges and newcomrs Cythia Erivo and Lewis Pullman all were brilliant, but all the cast members were great in their roles. Nice 1969 feeling to it all as well.

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The run of fine performances continued with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, with Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant as a duo who were into forgeries in the literary world in the early '90s.

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Rami Malek claimed an Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in the big hit Bohemian Rhapsody.

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And another prestige offering was in store with director Steve McQueen's first since 12 Years a Slave, Widows, a gritty crime saga with Viola Davis heading an all-star cast.

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2018 closed with the saga of The Favourite, with Olivia Colman winning an Oscar, and flanked by nominated turns by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

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