Barack Obama names his favorite movies of 2018

Barack Obama likes to watch movies.

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Barack Obama likes to watch movies.
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  • Barack Obama has released his annual list of favorite books, songs, and movies.
  • He chose 15 movies from 2018, including Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
  • Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” is also on the list.

Former President Barack Obama has chosen his favorite books, songs, and movies of the year.

He picked 15 movies that hit theaters in 2018.

From Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” to sci-fi horror “Annihilation” to Korean drama “Burning,” Obama’s list shows a wide range of interests.

Here are his favorites:


“Annihilation”

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Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez star in “Annihilation.”
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Paramount Pictures

“Annihilation” is a sci-fi horror film led by an incredible group of women, including Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny. The adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name follows a group of scientists who investigate a “shimmer,” a mysterious area caused by an alien force.


“Black Panther”

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Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman star in “Black Panther.”
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Marvel

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is a blockbuster smash centered on T’Challa (Black Panther) after he returns to Wakanda in the wake of his father’s death and takes the throne. The film is a masterpiece and features a remarkable cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett. It even earned Marvel its first Golden Globe nomination for best picture.


“BlacKkKlansman”

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Adam Driver and John David Washington star in “BlacKkKlansman.”
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Focus Feature

Spike Lee directed this comedy-drama based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective who infiltrated a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in 1970s Colorado. With the help of a white detective who would impersonate him at Klan meetings, they managed to expose the organization.


“Blindspotting”

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Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal star in “Blindspotting.”
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Lionsgate

Real friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal wrote and starred in this movie about two friends, one a felon on probation, and how their friendship is tested after they witness a white cop murder a black man.


“Burning”

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Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, and Steven Yeun star in the movie.
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CGV Arthouse

“Burning” is a Korean thriller based on Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning.” The film centers on three people – an alienated writer, a woman he may have known from childhood, and her rich boyfriend. The film builds up to an unexpectedly devastating conclusion.


“The Death of Stalin”

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The movie is based on the French graphic novel “La mort de Staline.”
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eOne Films

This political satire centers on the power struggle among Communist leaders in Russia after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.


“Eighth Grade”

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Elsie Fisher as Kayla in “Eighth Grade.”
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A24

Written and directed by Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade” encapsulates the anxiety and awkwardness of the transition from middle school to high school as told through the eyes of a young girl in her last year of eighth grade. The film’s young star, Elsie Fisher, is nominated for a Golden Globe.


“If Beale Street Could Talk”

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Stephan James and KiKi Layne star in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
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Annapurna Pictures

Barry Jenkins directed this moving story about a young wife-to-be and her fight to prove her fiancé’s innocence after he is arrested for a crime he did not commit. It’s based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. The movie also earned Golden Globe nominations for best picture, best screenplay, and best supporting actress (Regina King).


“Leave No Trace”

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Thomasin McKenzie and Ben Foster star in “Leave No Trace.”
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Bleecker Street

“Leave No Trace” is an emotional story about a 13-year-old daughter and her father, a war veteran suffering from PTSD, who live isolated lives in the woods. Their lives are changed when they are forced into public life after social services is contacted.


“Minding the Gap”

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It’s director Bing Liu’s feature documentary debut.
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Hulu

This documentary follows three friends, one of which directed the film, in Rockford, Illinois, who bond over skateboarding. But the movie is about more than friendship. It’s about identity, growing up, and the day-to-day struggle of survival.


“The Rider”

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The movie premiered at Cannes in 2017.
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Sony Pictures Classics

This Western drama is based on the true story of a young rising rodeo star whose dream is shattered after an accident.


“Roma”

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‘Roma’ was nominated for several Golden Globes, including best director and best screenplay.
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Netflix

Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning black-and-white drama centers on a middle-class family in Mexico City and their maid Cleo.


“Shoplifters”

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The Japanese drama is directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
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GAGA Pictures

This Japanese drama centers on a family who live in poverty and shoplift for survival.


“Support the Girls”

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Regina Hall stars in the movie.
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Magnolia Pictures

Regina Hall plays a manager at a “sports bar with curves” called Double Whammies. She is fiercely protective of her girls and the movie centers on one day at the bar.


“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

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Fred Rogers died in 2003.
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Focus Feature

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a documentary about the life of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

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