The Other Side of the Wind

10 of the very best films released in 2018 are already on Netflix Canada

Why wait for all of the films on year-end best-of lists and award nomination slates to find their way to streaming services? Here are the ten best-reviewed films of the year that are available right now to watch on Netflix Canada.

The Other Side of the Wind

10. The Other Side of the Wind

Directed by: Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Magnificent Ambersons)
Notable performances: John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar
Honours & Awards: Inaugural Campari Passion for Film Award (Bob Murawski), William K. Everson Award for Film History
Watch because: Effectively lost for decades, the final film project of Orson Welles, which he filmed from 1970 to 1976, has been rescued from oblivion.
Also watch: They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is the excellent companion documentary by Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Best of Enemies) that was simultaneously released on Netflix; Welles’ own The Stranger and Touch of Evil are also on the service.
Trailer and reviews for The Other Side of the Wind

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old MenThe Big LebowskiFargo)
Notable performances: Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits
Honours & Awards: Best Screenplay—Venice Film Festival
Watch because: Yes they are six separate stories, but they have a surprisingly unified, cumulative, and politically engaged effect.
Also watch: the Coens’ 2016 gem Hail, Caesar!
Trailer and reviews for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Let the Sunshine In

8. Let the Sunshine In

Directed by: Claire Denis (Beau TravailWhite Material; Trouble Every Day)
Notable performances: Juliette Binoche, and someone else that I don’t want to mention because it kinda spoils the ending
Honours & Awards: SACD (best screenplay) award at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2017
Watch because: It’s fun watching Denis bend the rom-com genre almost unrecognizably out of shape, and, yeah, the stunt-casting.
Trailer and reviews for Let the Sunshine In


7. Annihilation

Directed by: Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Notable performances: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac
Honours & Awards: Best visual effects and best musical score from a number (won, and nominated) from a number of film critic associations
Watch because: For the cast, surely, but also for the “jump-scares that are more than just scares.”
Trailer and reviews for Annihilation


6. Mountain

Directed by: Jennifer Peedom (SherpaMiracle on Everest)
Notable performances: Willem Defoe (narration)
Honours & Awards: Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2018: Best Cinematography in a Documentary, Best Sound in a Documentary, Best Original Music Score in a Documentary
Watch because: Come for the remarkable music score and dulcet narration; stay for the best high-altitude cinematography you’ve ever seen.
Trailer and reviews for Mountain

Happy as Lazzaro

5. Happy as Lazzaro

Directed by: Alice Rohrwacher (The WondersCorpo Celeste)
Notable performances: Adriano Tardiolo, Nicoletta Braschi
Honours & Awards: Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival (also nominated for the Palme D’Or)
Watch because: It’s a strikingly original film that “finds fairy-tale resonances in modern actualities.” And FWIW this is my personal favourite film of 2018.
Trailer and reviews for Happy as Lazzaro

A Fantastic Woman

4. A Fantastic Woman

Directed by: Sebastián Lelio (DisobedienceGloriaGloria Bell)
Notable performances: Daniela Vega
Honours & Awards: so many but most notably Best Foreign Language Film—2018 Oscars
Watch because: Daniela Vega: “As an actress, I don’t mind if a cisgender actor plays trans. But as a trans woman, I feel that many times we weren’t allowed to show what we can do and we can do many things.”
Also watch: Lelio’s more recent release Disobedience is also streaming
Trailer and reviews for A Fantastic Woman

3. Black Panther

Directed by: Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station)
Notable performances: Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o
Honours & Awards: African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA): Best Picture, Best Director, Best Song
Watch because: Every one of the three collaborations between director Coogler and actor Jordan is something special. As a bonus, this film has serious game when it comes to Easter-egg planting.
Trailer and reviews for Black Panther


2. Foxtrot

Directed by: Samuel Maoz (Lebanon)
Notable performances: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler
Honours & Awards: Silver Lion (Venice Film Festival), Best Foreign Language Film (National Board of Review, USA), and 8 Israeli Film Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Sound
Watch because: Any Israeli film that pisses off the Israeli government this much has got something worthwhile to say. I was personally very impressed with this film and director Samuel Maoz’s Q&A at TIFF 2017.
Trailer and reviews for Foxtrot


1. Roma

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También; Gravity; Children of Men)
Notable performances: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
Honours & Awards: New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer
Watch because: It’s “thrilling, engrossing, moving – and just entirely amazing, an adjectival pileup of wonder.
Trailer and reviews for Roma

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