Online Film Critics Society Ballot 2018

Below is my December 27th ballot for the 22nd annual Online Film Critics Society Awards honoring movies released domestically in the United States during the 2018 calendar year. Group winners are highlighted in red. (No option to abstain was supplied this year.) Best Picture #1If Beale StreetCould Talk #2You Were NeverReally Here #3Hereditary #4Eighth Grade #5BlacKkKlansman #6The Favourite #7Annihilation #8Roma #9A Star Is Born #10First Reformed #11Suspiria Best Animated Film #1Spider-Man:Into theSpider-Verse #2Mirai #3Incredibles 2 #4Isle of Dogs #5Ralph Breaksthe Internet Best Film Not in the English Language #1Shoplifters #2Burning…

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REVIEW: Manbiki kazoku [Shoplifters] [2018]

“Sounds fishy” When times are tough, you improvise. Look at the Shibata family for example. Osamu (Lily Franky) and Nobuyo (Sakura Andô) both work part-time jobs to bring home meager earnings that can be added to the pension Grandma Hatsue (Kirin Kiki) collects as a result of her husband’s passing. They also have her home to share with Aki (Mayu Matsuoka), her older granddaughter, and Shota (Jyo Kairi), Osamu and Nobuyo’s son. It’s a cramped lifestyle, but workable thanks to their collective ambivalence towards stealing. Nobuyo has no qualms taking…

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