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Keith the Critic ranks the movies of 2018, promotes local Movie Festival

Keith Van Sickle is known in the Topeka/Lawrence/Kansas City area as Keith the Critic, local movie reviewer.

He is also the force behind Slash ‘n Bash Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival every year in Topeka and/or Lawrence, which is now in its 15th year. Many of the stars and directors of these films are on hand for the festival to sign autographs and interact with fans. The event also highlights short films created by up and coming local stars and directors.

The nationally syndicated program Drive-In Movie Maniacs, which has a cult-like following and airs on several cable networks and local stations, is usually a part of Slash & Bash as well. Host Terrible Tim and other stars from the show have appeared at the event in the past.

This year’s event will be held at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on August 15 – 17.

Keith the Critic and movie star Anna Silk at the film festival.

Keith the Critic also presents movie events at the Historic Jayhawk Theatre in Topeka, as well as other events at The Breakroom in downtown Topeka.


Here are his picks for best and worst movies of last year.


Keith the Critic’s Top Movies of 2018

  1.  A Star is Born (2018)
  2.  Green Book
  3.  A Quiet Place
  4.  BlackkKlansman
  5.  Black Panther
  6.  Boy Erased
  7.  Mission Impossible: Fallout
  8.  Hereditary
  9.  Won’t You Be My Neighbor
  10.  Beautiful Boy
  11.  Eight Grade
  12.  Leave No Trace
  13.  Rodin
  14.  Avengers: Infinity War
  15.  Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse
  16.  Mary Poppins Returns
  17.  Welcome to Marwen
  18.  Love, Simon
  19.  Incredibles 2
  20.  Creed 2, Halloween (2018), Mary Queen of Scots


Keith the Critic’s Worst Movies of 2018 

  1. Overboard
  2. Winchester
  3. The Happy Murders
  4. Gotti
  5. Skyscraper
  6. Acrimony
  7. Slender Man
  8. Superfly
  9. Mile 22
  10. The 15:17 to Paris

For more information email keiththecritic@hotmail.com or look for Keith the Critic or Slash and Bash Film Festival on facebook.