18. 'Annihilation' (2017)
Writer-director Alex Garland's ambitious and polarizing follow-up to "Ex Machina" is a psychedelic, thematically-absorbing adaptation of the novel of the same time -- but it's more of a spiritual/tonal adaptation, more concerned with delivering the same "make-your-brain-hurt-in-a-good-wau" feeling that you got when reading the book.
Area X is home to The Shimmer -- think an alien prism that intensifies and refracts all DNA to the point of making its own living creations. Every shot here is as if Garland is shooting through the oily surface of a soapy bubble, exploring what would happen if Earth got a cancer on its surface from unknown origin while juxtaposing the complicated beauty of destruction and creation being one and the same. Not enough people will see this in theaters, and it's too damn original of a film to just be dumped on Netflix. No movie in 2018 so far has delivered so many unique and original ideas and visuals. If you do anything, seek it out for that alone.