2018 Oscar Contenders and Cleveland Film Fest 2019

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1. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 251,790 | Gross: $215.29M

2. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 74,242 | Gross: $47.84M

3. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston

Votes: 12,373 | Gross: $24.62M

4. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,152 | Gross: $14.02M

5. Boy Erased (2018)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe

Votes: 19,006 | Gross: $6.79M

6. Destroyer (2018)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 14,086 | Gross: $1.53M

7. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 33,648 | Gross: $4.57M

8. Beautiful Boy (I) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Oakley Bull

Votes: 30,717 | Gross: $7.65M

9. A Cambodian Spring (2016)

126 min | Documentary

"A Cambodian Spring" is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over six years, the ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Kelly | Stars: Luon Sovath, Tep Vanny

Votes: 128

10. Pili (I) (2017)

85 min | Drama

Pili lives in rural Tanzania, working the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance ... See full summary »

Director: Leanne Welham | Stars: Bello Rashid, Nkwabi Elias Ng'angasamala, Sesilia Florian Kilimila, Sikijua Rashid

Votes: 16

11. Ray & Liz (2018)

108 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz.

Director: Richard Billingham | Stars: Richard Ashton, Jamie-Lee Beacher, Michelle Bonnard, Sam Dodd

Votes: 492

12. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 15,852 | Gross: $17.96M

13. Dogman (2018)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi

Votes: 13,623 | Gross: $0.10M

14. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 31,747 | Gross: $3.31M

15. Blaze (2018)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.

Director: Ethan Hawke | Stars: Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 1,503 | Gross: $0.07M

16. Border (2018)

R | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

75 Metascore

A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

Director: Ali Abbasi | Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén

Votes: 12,002 | Gross: $0.77M

17. The Etruscan Smile (2018)

107 min | Drama

Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman travels to San Franciso to seek medical treatment where he moves in with his estranged son, Rory as he sees his life getting transformed through a newly found bond with his baby grandson.

Directors: Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis | Stars: Thora Birch, Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild

Votes: 410

18. The Public (2018)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama

46 Metascore

An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone

Votes: 519 | Gross: $0.57M

19. 3 Faces (2018)

100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei

Votes: 1,868 | Gross: $0.07M

20. 50 Years of Fabulous (2018)

82 min | Documentary

Struggling to maintain it relevance in a fast-changing city, a 50-year-old LGBT charity organization in the US, the Imperial Council of San Francisco, elects its next Emperor and Empress.

Director: Jethro Patalinghug

21. 100 Things (2018)

111 min | Comedy

Best friends Toni and Paul decide to relinquish all of their belongings for 100 days, whereby they receive one of their items back on each day. During this challenge the two realize, that ... See full summary »

Director: Florian David Fitz | Stars: Florian David Fitz, Matthias Schweighöfer, Miriam Stein, Hannelore Elsner

Votes: 1,055

22. The Accused (2018)

TV-MA | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dolores Dreier, lives the life of a young student until her best friend is brutally murdered. Two years later, she is the only one accused of the crime in a case of great media exposure ... See full summary »

Director: Gonzalo Tobal | Stars: Lali Espósito, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Inés Estévez, Daniel Fanego

Votes: 842

23. An Affair (2018)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

A newly appointed teacher finds herself being followed, and soon discovers that one of her own students is obsessed with her.

Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken | Stars: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Tarjei Sandvik Moe, Anneke von der Lippe, Carsten Bjørnlund

Votes: 369

24. Afterlife (2019)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In the afterlife Sam encounters her dead mother and tries to find a way to bring them both back to the real world.

Director: Willem Bosch | Stars: Ben Abelsma, Lionel Almeida, Jan-Paul Buijs, Marguerite de Brauw

Votes: 44

25. Afterward (2018)

95 min | Documentary

Jerusalem-born trauma expert Ofra Bloch forces herself to confront her demons in a journey that takes her to Germany, Israel and Palestine. Set against the current wave of fascism and ... See full summary »

Director: Ofra Bloch

26. aKasha (2018)

78 min | Comedy, Romance

A Kasha is a universal offbeat love story set in a time of civil war - but the war is in Sudan and it is happening right now. We follow Adnan, an AK47-loving rebel, his long-suffering love ... See full summary »

Director: Hajooj Kuka | Stars: Abdallah Alnur, Ganja Chakado, Ekram Marcus, Kamal Ramadan

Votes: 32

27. Always in Season (2019)

89 min | Documentary

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother's search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacqueline Olive | Stars: William J. Barber II, Danny Glover

Votes: 19

28. American Factory (2019)

115 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Votes: 84

29. American Relapse (2018)

105 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Recovering addicts Frankie and Allie spend their lives helping other addicts but can they stay clean themselves?

Directors: Adam Linkenhelt, Pat McGee | Stars: Frankie Holmes, Allie Severino

Votes: 8

30. Angels Are Made of Light (2018)

117 min | Documentary

A dozen years after his Oscar-nominated Iraq in Fragments, American documentarian James Longley delivers a sweeping, profoundly compassionate group portrait of Afghan students and teachers still weathering national turbulence.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Fazula, Hasiba, Yaldash Mir-Habibullah, Rostam Mir-Mohammed-Ullah

Votes: 20

31. Another Day of Life (2018)

85 min | Animation, Biography

A gripping story of a three-month-long journey that renowned Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski took across Angola ravaged by a war in which the front lines shifted like a kaleidoscope ... See full summary »

Directors: Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow | Stars: Miroslaw Haniszewski, Vergil J. Smith, Tomasz Zietek, Olga Boladz

Votes: 809

32. Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018)

87 min | Documentary

Filmmakers travel to six continents and 20 countries to document the impact humans have made on the planet.

Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier | Star: Alicia Vikander

Votes: 338

33. Around the Sun

Drama | Completed

Touring a repossessed chateau, a film location scout falls for its flirtatious representative, who recounts the story of an influential book written there. But is their connection for real, or just a projection of the book's characters?

Director: Oliver Krimpas | Stars: Cara Theobold, Gethin Anthony

34. Grüner wird's nicht, sagte der Gärtner und flog davon (2018)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Georg "Schorsch" Kempter is a gardener in a small Bavarian town, working day-in, day-out in his nursery, which is facing bankruptcy. He doesn't like to talk much. He never has. His marriage... See full summary »

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Elmar Wepper, Emma Bading, Monika Baumgartner, Dagmar Manzel

Votes: 117

35. As I Fall (2018)

97 min | Drama

Follows the unconventional relationship between a father and son as they cling to one another under the looming threat of addiction and separation.

Director: Magnus Meyer Arnesen | Stars: Preben Hodneland, Marius Aandal Pedersen, Alexandra Gjerpen, Vidar Sandem

Votes: 52

36. Asako I & II (2018)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality.

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Stars: Masahiro Higashide, Erika Karata, Sairi Itô, Kôji Nakamoto

Votes: 1,050 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Benjamin (II) (2019)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

A family calls in an intervention for Benjamin, a kid who is doing drugs. Soon, it becomes clear that those who are confronting Benjamin's problem also have many problems of their own.

Director: Bob Saget | Stars: Bob Saget, Rob Corddry, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Cheri Oteri

Votes: 92

38. Benjamin (II) (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

In Simon Amstell's affecting, bittersweet comedy, a rising young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature.

Director: Simon Amstell | Stars: Colin Morgan, Anna Chancellor, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry

Votes: 237

39. Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine (2019)

75 min | Documentary

Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Crawford | Stars: Jeff Ament, Alice Cooper, Cameron Crowe, Kirk Hammett

40. Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero (2019)

Documentary

This feature length documentary explores the seminal 90's rock band 3RA1N1AC from Dayton, OH and its creative force Tim Taylor.

Director: Eric Mahoney | Stars: Steve Albini, Fred Armisen, Melissa Auf der Maur, Matt Berninger

41. Breaking Habits (2018)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A group of activists led by a self-proclaimed nun seek to legitimize their marijuana farm in Merced County, California.

Director: Robert Ryan | Star: Sister Kate

Votes: 51

42. Brian Banks (2018)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

A football player's dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Tiffany Dupont, Melanie Liburd

Votes: 42

43. The Brink (2019)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A fly-on-the-wall chronicle of embattled former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon's global mission to spread extreme nationalism.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Stephen K. Bannon, Louis Aliot, Sean Bannon, Patrick Caddell

Votes: 123 | Gross: $0.11M

44. Bulbul Can Sing (2018)

95 min | Drama

Bulbul a teenage school going girl, growing up in a rural setting in Assam, falls in love. While she is in the verge of discovering her teen life, a tragedy strikes with her best friend. ... See full summary »

Director: Rima Das | Stars: Pakija Begam, Arnali Das, Manabendra Das, Manoranjan Das

Votes: 65

45. Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)

80 min | Animation, Drama

The true story of how Luis Buñuel made his second movie.

Director: Salvador Simó | Stars: Jorge Usón, Fernando Ramos, Luis Enrique de Tomás, Cyril Corral

Votes: 174

46. California Dreaming (2019)

104 min | Documentary

California Dreaming explores the unusual town of California City, which is the 3rd largest city by area in the state of California, though only about 14,000 people live there. It was ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrizio Maltese | Stars: Jean-Paul Leblanc, Jennifer Wood, Norm Hill, Vic Carmona

Votes: 11

47. Cancer Rebellion (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary

What is it really like to have Cancer as a Teenager? A survivor travels to all 50 states to uncover the stories of others who've also been diagnosed with cancer in their youth.

Director: Hernan Barangan

48. Carmen & Lola (2018)

103 min | Drama, Romance

The love story of two roma women.

Director: Arantxa Echevarría | Stars: Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodríguez, Moreno Borja, Rafaela León

Votes: 1,338

49. The Cat Rescuers (2018)

87 min | Documentary

Feral and abandoned cats prowl the streets of New York City in the tens of thousands. Because the City can't handle this problem, hundreds of dedicated, volunteer rescuers have come to ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Fruchtman, Steve Lawrence | Stars: Claire Corey, Tara Green, Stuart Siet, Latonya 'Sassee' Walker

Votes: 7

50. Champions (I) (2018)

124 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport