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Ortonville filmmaker calls 2018 a ‘standout year’ for movies

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

While we await this announcement, Robert Butler of Ortonville, an award-winning filmmaker, shared his top picks for best movie of the year.

“It was truly a standout year that offered plenty of great films for many different viewers and tastes,” said Butler, chief critic at DeFacto Film Reviews and winner of the Remi Award at the 50th Annual Worldfest.

Here’s Butler’s list of his top 10 movies of 2018 (read his full article at

1. Roma: “Hands down, the finest piece of cinema of 2018. … By telling a visually striking story in chromatic black-and-white, (Director Alfonso) Cuaron truly elevates the craft and artistry of cinema and what it can do with concepts of time and memory. … A film like ‘Roma’ is why I love and celebrate cinema to begin with.”

2. Burning: “In the course of 20 years, Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-Dong has only made six feature films. … Here, Lee Chang-dong has made a film that will be celebrated in years to come. A modern Hitchcockian thriller that looks deep inside the soul of South Korea and where the country stands in terms of society.”

3. Shoplifters: “(Director Hirokazu Kore-eda) explores a forgettable part of society – the livelihoods of individuals who are trapped in poverty. A sublime and thoughtful drama that centers on the story of a Tokyo family trying to survive day-to-day by a cycle of shoplifting food. … The way the film unfolds is with many surprises and grace. This film is destined to become a classic of our times.”

4. The House that Jack Built: “A deeply disturbing film with touches of dark comedy, this mesmerizing suspense-thriller from Lars von Triers is an exercise of provocation that will stay with you long after you view it. … It’s a

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