On to a new year, and with it – more movie ratings! I’ve also included my favorite of all time and the best from last year. Although Blade Runner 2049 was second last year, it is the only one to crack my top 10 from last year. Call Me By Your Name was phenomenal, but when I think of my top movies, I don’t just necessarily place my highest rated films. I look at other factors that I don’t typically take into account when rating movies originally, such as rewatchability, overall impact and more.

The movies listed under each rating for this year are listed in alphabetical order.

The best of all time:

1. ET
2. Children of Men
3. The Green Mile
4. Man on Fire
5. Wall-E
6. Saving Private Ryan
7. Forrest Gump
8. District 9
9. Blade Runner 2049
10. Interstellar

The best from 2016:

1. Arrival
2. Moonlight
3. La La Land
4. Rogue One
5. 10 Cloverfield Lane
6. Captain America: Civil War
7. Warcraft
8. The Jungle Book
9. Hell or High Water
10. Doctor Strange

The best from 2017:

1. Call Me By Your Name
2. Blade Runner 2049
3. A Ghost Story
4. Baby Driver
5. Dunkirk
6. Logan
7. Mudbound
8. The Big Sick
9. Ladybird
10. Thor: Ragnarok


2018 Movies

Movies in alphabetical order for each rating under every tier

S-Tier

S-Tier films are looked at as the absolute best of the best. These are movies that I would basically give a perfect score and in my opinion, should be shoo-in’s for the major awards after the year is through. The S means “Super” meaning it’s even better than A-Tier. It’s only for a select few movies and they are all sure to make my Top 10 at the end of the year. Ratings here are 10/10.

A Star is Born – 10/10
Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Documentary) – 10/10


A-Tier

A-Tier films are movies that should get serious consideration during awards season. They have a great story, great direction, great acting, and everything else that you could possibly want in a movie. They may not be pure perfection, but they are still a fine piece of cinema that deserves recognition. Ratings vary from 8.5-9.5/10.

Annihilation – 9.5/10
Avengers: Infinity War – 9.5/10
Blindspotting – 9.5/10
Tully – 9.5/10
Wrestle (Documentary) – 9.5/10
A Quiet Place – 9/10
Beautiful Boy – 9/10
Bohemian Rhapsody – 9/10
Boy Erased – 9/10
Green Book – 9/10
Kodachrome (Netflix) – 9/10
Black Panther – 8.5/10


B-Tier

B-Tier movies are still very enjoyable. While they may lack in a few different places, most of the movie are still great and worth the price of admission. B-Tier will typically have the most movies listed in it’s tier. Ratings vary from 7.5-8.5/10.

Ant-Man and the Wasp – 8.5/10
The Incredibles 2 – 8.5/10
Isle of Dogs – 8.5/10
Ready Player One – 8.5/10
Sorry to Bother You – 8.5/10
Andre the Giant (HBO Documentary) – 8/10
Anon (Netflix) – 8/10
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 8/10
Creed II – 8/10
First Man – 8/10
Game Night – 8/10
Hearts Beat Loud – 8/10
Mission Impossible – Fallout – 8/10
Solo: A Star Wars Story – 8/10
Tag – 8/10
The Tale (HBO) – 8/10
Venom – 7.5/10


C-Tier

C-Tier movies can be looked at as films that maybe missed the boat in a few ways, but overall still get a thumbs up. Maybe the writing wasn’t great, or it was just a cash grab kind of movie – yet the film was still enjoyable and you don’t regret spending the money or time to watch it. If it comes on TV down the road – you may stay tuned, you may move on – but while the overall movie may be average, there is still something about it you like. Ratings vary from 6-7.5/10.

If I Leave Here Tomorrow (Documentary) – 7.5/10
Hotel Artemis – 7/10
I Kill Giants – 7/10
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – 7/10
Pacific Rim: Uprising – 7/10
The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix) – 6.5/10
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – 6.5/10
Like Father (Netflix) – 6.5/10
Fahrenheit 451 (HBO) – 6/10
Oceans 8 – 6/10


D-Tier

D-Tier movies are not very favorable. While you don’t want to throw tomatoes at the screen, you’re not really looking forward to the next time you get to watch this film. It’s not that you would give it two thumbs way down, it’s just that you wouldn’t be very enthusiastic to give it a thumbs up. Earning a D in school is still a passing grade, but only barely. Ratings vary from 3-5.5/10.

Mute (Netflix) – 5/10
The Outsider (Netflix) – 4.5/10
Paterno (HBO) – 4.5/10
A Wrinkle In Time – 4/10
Next-Gen (Netflix) – 4/10
Skyscraper – 4/10
Support The Girls – 4/10
Extinction (Netflix) – 3.5/10
6 Balloons (Netflix) – 3/10
Amateur (Netflix) – 3/10


F-Tier

F-Tier movies have to be absolutely terrible. Rarely will movies find their way here because typically movies wouldn’t be sent to the big screen if they were truly this bad. If a film finds it’s way here, avoid it at all costs. Ratings vary from 0-2/10.

None…yet.

Now that we’re getting closer to the end of the year, I have a tentative Top 10 list that could totally change between the initial list (done at Thanksgiving) until the Oscars and we actually get limited release movies here in Birmingham sometime in January.


2018 Top 10

1. A Star is Born
2. Annihilation
3. Blindspotting
4. Tully
5. Beautiful Boy
6. Avengers: Infinity War
7. Kodachome (Netflix)
8. Boy Erased
9. Ready Player One
10. A Quiet Place

Most Overrated (so far): 6 Balloons (Netflix) – Pretty high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, but if you want to see a quality film about addiction, see Beautiful Boy instead.

Honorable Mention(s): Support The Girls

Most Underrated (so far): Anon – An intriguing story delivered well by Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, but was destroyed by critics and audiences.

Honorable Mention(s): Venom

Biggest Disappointment (so far): Mute (Netflix) – I had real high hopes following a great Blade Runner sequel and Netflix doing a good job with Altered Carbon. I also like Duncan Jones, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux.

Honorable Mention(s): A Wrinkle In Time, The Outsider (Netflix), Amateur (Netflix)

Most Welcomed Surprise (so far): Kodachrome (Netflix) – A really good movie with some top notch actors. Wasn’t expecting much from it and it’s only had an average response from critics, but it was very good.

Honorable Mention(s): Blindspotting, Tully, Wrestle (Documentary)

Updated: November 23, 2018

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.