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Best-Reviewed Movies 2018: Limited Release



Limited releases are movies that never crossed the 600-theater threshold. They also present some of the most urgent voices of the year, delivering vital and provocative messages. Nearly half of the best-reviewed limiteds were directed by women, while the top movie was a black-and-white intimate epic of a family maid, a story you’d never witness if you didn’t scratch beyond the multiplex (or, in this case, fire up your streaming device if it wasn’t playing near you).

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.


Adjusted Score: 112.869%

Critics Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft – and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.

Synopsis: The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y… [More]


Adjusted Score: 109.861%

Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story — and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.

Synopsis: Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the… [More]


Adjusted Score: 111.063%

Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.

Synopsis: In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who… [More]


Adjusted Score: 105.325%

Critics Consensus: The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.

Synopsis: The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In… [More]


Adjusted Score: 108.396%

Critics Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda’s richly humanistic filmography.

Synopsis: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At… [More]


Adjusted Score: 104.401%

Critics Consensus: The Rider’s hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao’s use of untrained actors to tell the movie’s fact-based tale.

Synopsis: Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo… [More]


Adjusted Score: 103.662%

Critics Consensus: McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short.

Synopsis: A personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends… [More]



Adjusted Score: 103.177%

Critics Consensus: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.

Synopsis: In Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased… [More]


Adjusted Score: 104.261%

Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.

Synopsis: Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different… [More]



Adjusted Score: 101.384%

Critics Consensus: Sleek, well-acted, and intelligently crafted, The Guilty is a high-concept thriller that wrings maximum impact out of a handful of basic – and effective – ingredients.

Synopsis: When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency… [More]


This Is Us Moves Up Season 5 Premiere — Find Out the New Date




Your family reunion with the Pearsons is going to happen sooner than you expected.

This Is Us‘ upcoming Season 5 will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 27, instead of Nov. 10 as previously announced. NBC announced the change during a commercial that ran during the season finale of America’s Got Talent Wednesday. As noted in the spot, the season-opener still will be two hours long.

As previously reported, the ensemble drama is slated to restart production this week, after a hiatus extended by COVID-19 and the resulting entertainment industry shutdown that began in March. The upcoming season will tackle life during the global pandemic “head-on,” series creator Dan Fogelman has said. In addition, Brown told TVLine in June that the coming episodes would include “an excavation of Randall’s past, connected to family again,” and Chrissy Metz previewed that viewers would learn why Kate started using food as a coping mechanism “because she’s been through some things that we don’t know yet.”

When cast member Sterling K. Brown recently appeared on CBS’ The Talk, he teased that the Season 4-ending argument between Randall and Justin Hartley’s Kevin won’t have abated when we rejoin The Big Three in Season 5. “So hopefully, we get a chance to see how they build their way back to each other,” Brown said. “But it’s not going to be easy.”

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Actors who played multiple roles on the same TV show




Netflix’s acclaimed dark comedy Dead to Me, led by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, is full of crazy twists and turns – an astonishing amount of which concern James Marsden, who plays not one, but two integral roles within the series. As the series opens, Jen (Applegate) attends a support group as she mourns the loss of her husband. She immediately connects with a fellow mourner, Judy (Cardellini), who says that she recently lost her fiancé Steve. As it turns out, Steve, played by Marsden, is very much alive, and though Jen is initially furious at Judy’s deception, the two go on to form a strange, co-dependent bond.

As Judy tries to leave Steve behind once and for all and move on with her life, she’s haunted by her ex-fiancé, which all comes to a head when Steve confronts Jen late one night at her home. Forced into a corner, Jen shoots and kills Steve, which is made all the more complicated when Steve’s twin brother Ben (who is, of course, also played by Marsden) appears, looking for his missing sibling. Apparently, after being killed off during the first season, Marsden reached out to creator and showrunner Liz Feldman and asked if Steve could possibly survive his head injury. That didn’t happen, but she and her casting directors still found an incredibly clever way to keep Marsden involved.

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‘This Is Us’ NBC Premiere Date Moves Up Two Weeks




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NBC has moved up the Season 5 premiere date for “This Is Us” to Oct. 27, the network announced Wednesday.

The family drama was initially scheduled to debut in November, but the announcement of the date change was made Wednesday during the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” It will be one of the network’s first scripted dramas to return with new episodes this fall, following the returns of “The Voice,” “Superstore” and the social distancing comedy “Connecting…” next month.

The 20th Television-produced series is set to begin filming on Thursday.

Series creator Dan Fogelman tweeted last month that the new episodes would address COVID “in present day” and incorporate the pandemic into the planned storylines for the season.

“We’ve decided to attack things head on,” he wrote. “Very proud of @ThisIsUsWriters – Same planned ending. Same route to get there.”

The end of “This Is Us” Season 4 took place in the spring of 2020, right before the pandemic hit and included a far off time jump to decades into the future — but also one to Aug. 31, 2020, where a small group of the Pearson family were all alone together in a cabin — which could easily be worked into a story about how the Pearsons are living through COVID-19 just like the rest of us at that point in time.

The series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson. Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak and Jess Rosenthal executive produce.

The series is coming off five Emmy nominations for its fourth season, with guest star Ron Cephas Jones taking home his second award for his role on the series on Sunday.

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