Special Movie Report: American Film Institute announces 2018 honors

The American Film Institute announced its annual honorees Tuesday, listing what it considered the best movies of the year.

According to a press release, 20 works of art were honored this year, with 10 being films, and the other 10 including TV series. Those movies include:

  • “BlacKkKlansman.”
  • “Black Panther.”
  • “Eighth Grade.”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
  • “The Favourite.”
  • “First Reformed.”
  • “Green Book.”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns.”
  • “A Quiet Place.”
  • “A Star is Born.”

In addition, the AFI recognized the picture “Roma” with a special award. The award was designated for “a work of excellence outside the intitute’s criteria for American film,” the release states. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma” is set in Mexico during the 1970s.

Honorees will meet on Jan. 4, 2019 for a recognition ceremony where the awards will be presented. During the ceremony, AFI representatives will present jury rationales providing artistic and cultural context for the selection of each nominee, according to the release.


At a rather slow weekend box office with few new releases, it was Disney’s animated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” taking the top spot with $25.7 million. Another animated movie followed in second place, with “The Grinch” earning $17.7 million.

The full top five from the weekend was:

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $25,756,000
2. The Grinch – $17,730,000
3. Creed II – $16,832,863
4. Crimes of Grindelwald – $11,200,000
5. Bohemian Rhapsody – $8,100,000

There should be little change in the top five next week, as there are no wide releases coming out Friday. Most new movies set to open are doing so on a limited scale in coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles.

There are several new releases on the small screen, though. For this week, new films to buy or rent include:

  • Mission impossible: Fallout, my rating: 3.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.18 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%.
  • The Nun, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 27%.
  • The Happytime murders, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 1.86 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 23%.
  • Operation Finale, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 58%.
  • God Bless the Broken Road, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 10%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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