The Atlanta Film Critics Circle today named John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place as the top film of the first half of 2018. AFCC members chose A Quiet Place for the honor in a tight race, beating out contenders Annihilation, First Reformed, Black Panther, and Paddington 2.
“I think our list reflects the diverse tastes of our members who recognize that quality filmmaking can come from a wide variety of genres,” said AFCC co-founder Michael Clark. “The membership voted for documentaries, superhero action flick, animation, family fare, horror and comedies, as well as more traditional dramas.
“A Quite Place,” might seem like an unconventional top choice but it shows that great movies can come from the most surprising places,” he added.
The AFCC is the first critic group to select a Best Film from movies released in the first half of the year. AFCC member and co-organizer of the vote Jason Evans stated “the end of the year is traditionally referred to as award-season. I think it is worth recognizing that there are also great films released before the fall season. We wanted to take a moment to recognize and highlight some of the excellent movies that have already been released this year. We hope audiences will seek out these outstanding films as they head to the movies this summer.”
The top 5 films in the AFCC balloting:
- A Quiet Place – directed by John Kraskinski, released by Paramount Pictures
- (Tie) Annihilation – directed by Alex Garland, released by Paramount Pictures
- (Tie) First Reformed – directed by Paul Schrader, released by A24
- Black Panther – directed by Ryan Coogler, released by Walt Disney Studios
- Paddington 2 – directed by Paul King, released by StudioCanal
AFCC members cast votes for 30 different movies. “A Quiet Place” and “Black Panther” were the only films named on more than 50% of the AFCC ballots.
Founded in 2017, The Atlanta Film Critics Circle is made up of 23 film critics representing print, on-line, TV and radio outlets.