‘Jasper Jones’ Is The Cream Of 2018’s Independent Movies Crop

Courtesy: Film Movement/Screen Australia

As the last hours of 2018 near, Phil’s Picks has one final year-ender list to present.  This final list is that of the year’s top new independent movies.

For those who might not follow this critic’s ramblings on a daily basis, this critic has a very strong aversion to mainstream Hollywood and its offerings.  That is because the mainstream movie industry tends to offer so little in terms of originality.  Nowadays, Hollywood’s “Big Six” studios feed audiences a steady diet of nothing but prequels, sequels, reboots, biopics and movies based on actual events.  There is just little to no originality from the mainstream.

Thankfully, the independent industry offers audiences something to enjoy for those looking for that escape.  Level 33 Entertainment offered the touching Running For Grace while Cohen Media Group’s biopic of sculptor Rodin offers its own interest.  Mill Creek Entertainment’s Flora proved to be a surprisingly entertaining watch, and so did Film Movement’s Bye Bye Germany, even with its massive plot hole, that this critic considered in hindsight.  Why would a Jewish prisoner-of-war work with a Nazi officer?  it does kind of negate a big part of that story.

Taking the top spot in this critic’s list of 2018’s top new independent movies is the Australian import, Jasper Jones.  This movie was met with mixed reviews, but this critic’s own view is that it is a powerful watch that addresses (in intended fashion or not) issues of racism even down under in the 1960s.

Second place in this year’s list goes to the noted Mill Creek release Flora.  The movie is a surprisingly enjoyable watch as it takes the classic man vs. nature story and gives an unsuspecting twist that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Third place in this year’s list goes to the previously noted Level 33 Entertainment movie Running For Grace.  Released in early November, is set in Hawaii and finds its main protagonist as he falls in love with a young white woman.  It stars some well-known names, too in the form of Matt Dillon and Jim Caviezel alongside Ryan Potter, Juliet Mills, Olivia Ritchie and Nick Boraine.

Also featured in this year’s list are the Japanese imports, The Third Murder and Outrage Coda along with the Afghan import, An Afghan Love Story just to name some more titles.  As always, this final year-ender features 10 best titles and five honorable mention titles for a total count of 15.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Independent Movies.


  1. Jasper Jones
  2. Flora
  3. Running For Grace
  4. Oh Lucy!
  5. I Am Not A Witch
  6. Rodin
  7. In Between
  8. An Afghan Love Story
  9. The Third Murder
  10. Outrage Coda
  11. Bye Bye Germany
  12. Un Traductor
  13. Midaq Alley
  14. Death and the Maiden
  15. La Boyita

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