Jason Young: Avengers, Molly's Game & Mary Poppins are Top 3 for the Box Office in 2018

By Jason Young | January 01, 2019

According to the International Movie Database, over 12,000 movies were released in 2018. Obviously not every one of those came through our local cinema here in Bridgeport, but of the ones that did, I was lucky enough to see 57 of them.

Going to the cinema has always been a favorite pastime of mine. I really enjoy being secluded, regardless of how many people are in the theatre with me, and also the forced unplug of the “please silence your cell phones now.” For however long I am in the movie, I am disconnected, wonderfully so. However, I have never seen this many films in one year.


My increased attendance was due to my subscription to MoviePass. For all of its highs and lows this year, my red card allowed me to see 42 of the films listed below, costing me a total of $120. I’ll do the math for you: That is $2.50 a film. Obviously, it was no real surprise to me, or anyone, that the service went belly up this fall.


Below I have ranked, to the best of my ability, the 57 films that I saw in 2018 from my favorite to my least favorite. Notice that I am not arguing for “best”, but rather for the movies that I enjoyed the most, for one reason or another. I think you will be able to tell that I am kind of a “bro” when it comes to film taste. I like special effects and explosions, I like action and adventure, but I also love great dialogue and interesting characters. I very rarely see a straight comedy in the cinema, and I will almost always pass on romantic comedies.

Here are my picks for 2018. Enjoy.


01: Avengers: Infinity War
02: Molly’s Game
03: Mary Poppins Returns
04: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
05: Bohemian Rhapsody
06: A Quiet Place
07: The Post
08: Vice
09: The Shape of Water
10: Red Sparrow
11: Christopher Robin
12: Black Panther
13: Deadpool 2
14: Ocean’s 8
15: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
16: Ant-Man and the Wasp 
17: Game Night
18: All the Money in the World
19: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
20: Creed II
21: The Spy Who Dumped Me
22: Hotel Artemis
23: Widows
24: The Mule
25: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
26: Solo: A Star Wars Story
27: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
28: Bumblebee
29: Aquaman
30: Tag
31: Incredibles 2
32: The Grinch
33: Mile 22
34: Sicario: Day of the Soldado
35: Hunter Killer
36: 12 Strong
37: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
38: Robin Hood
39: The Commuter
40: Mortal Engines
41: Skyscraper
42: The Predator
43: The Meg
44: Maze Runner: The Death Cure
45: I Feel Pretty
46: Ready Player One
47: Rampage
48: Death Wish
49: A Wrinkle in Time
50: The House with a Clock in Its Wall
51: Pacific Rim: Uprising
52: Uncle Drew
53: Den of Thieves
54: The Equalizer 2
55: Kin
56: Hostiles
57: The 15:17 to Paris

Finally, I would like to include, in no particular order, the films that I missed this year, if for no other reason than to point out that 57 movies really wasn’t enough for me. This list very well could have been 79 titles long. The ones I missed included:

Annihilation; Gringo; Love, Simon; Tomb Raider; Chappaquiddick; The Darkest Minds; Alpha; A.X.L.; Searching; Peppermint; A Simple Favor; Night School; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; A Star is Born; Venom; Bad Times at the El Royale; First Man; The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; Mary Queen of Scotts; Welcome to Marwen; Holmes & Watson; Stan & Ollie 



{Please feel free to comment below on what you favorites were in 2018}

Jason A. Young is the Founding Producer & Artistic Director of The Vintage Theatre Company, LLC. A native of southern West Virginia, Jason has worked as a freelance actor and director all over the state and in neighboring and nearby states as far away as South Carolina. He has been lucky enough to direct over 50 full-scale productions over the last 12 years, and since 2000 his acting résumé boasts over 25 roles as well as several award nominations. 


Jason is the former president and newly appointed executive director of the West Virginia Theatre Association, a subsidiary of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and also serves as the group’s State Audition Coordinator. He is a member of the International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association, and in 2014 Jason was named to the West Virginia State Journal’s Generation Next 40 Under 40.


In addition to his work as a theatre artist, Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for The West Virginia Community Development HUB. In his free time, Jason is “The Voice” of the Fairmont State University Lady Falcons basketball program and a contributing Arts & Entertainment Blogger for Connect-Bridgeport.com and Connect-Clarksburg.com. He resides in Bridgeport, West Virginia with his wife Sarah Young. You can contact Jason at VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com

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