Best Of 2018

Best Regional-Movie Success Story: Columbus

Writer-director Kogonada’s Columbus, an unsentimental, spare drama set in the Modernist architectural haven that is Columbus, Ind., is intellectual stuff even for an art movie. A cynical Korean-born man is stranded there after his father becomes ill, and he begins a probing, testy relationship with a young woman that centers on the relationship of architecture to her hopes and dreams of life in small-town America. But the acting was great — especially Haley Lu Richardson, and also other stars Parker Posey, John Cho and Rory Culkin — and the film felt truthful enough and important enough to resonate with an audience. It played the Esquire Theatre for seven weeks, far better than many commercial movies. Watch for the spin-off TV series.Columbus, columbusthemovie.com.