2018 Movie Preview

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Considering how strong of a year 2017 was at the movies, especially regarding genre films, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store. As next year’s Oscar race has obviously barely started to shape up yet, most of what we’re excited about for next year are the big blockbusters, but there are of course a couple great directors in the mix on those as well. Here are ten movies we can’t wait to see in 2018.

 

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Alex Garland’s follow up to his incredible directorial debut Ex Machina has been gestating for a quite a while. That doesn’t mean we’re any less excited, however. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac all star in the sci-fi thriller based on Jeff VanderMeer’s book. (Feb. 23)

 

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For this adaptation of the classic YA novel, Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a film with a budget of $100 million or more. As one of the most respected filmmaker/activists of our age, A Wrinkle in Time will be watched with unfairly close eyes by audiences and executives alike. But we have faith in DuVernay to pull it off, especially with a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling. (Mar. 9)

 

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Steven Spielberg may have only just finished The Post, but he’ll return with another feature, this time much more in the realm that built his name as a blockbuster filmmaker. Based on the beloved novel of the same name, Ready Player One looks like a ton of fun, with scores of classic characters from comic books, video games, and the lot all coming together for an insane coming of age story set in dystopian 2045. (Mar. 30)

 

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With 2017 offering genre delights such as Logan and Wonder Woman, it’s hard to look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the same confidence going into next year. But then not every MCU film is Avengers: Infinity War. From the directors of both excellent Captain America sequels, this gargantuan epic promises to bring all the faces of the films together to start a culmination of the almost 20 films that came before it. (May 4)

 

PHoto Credit:https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/17/15737580/star-wars-han-solo-standalone-film-title-ron-howardSolo: A Star Wars Story

The Last Jedi was a game-changer in the galaxy far, far away, and a much needed one at that. Fans had been growing skeptical of Disney’s take after their lukewarm receptions to Force Awakens and Rogue One (give them time to turn around on Last Jedi). Now comes the movie not many really asked for that also features one of the most headline-making director changes in cinema history. All eyes will once again be on Star Wars in 2018. (May 25)

 

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Fox had something really special with the original Deadpool, and now, with the recent Disney buyout, we’ll be paying attention to see if lightning can strike twice on what is easily the funniest superhero movie of all time. Ryan Reynolds is still the star, and the viral marketing has been just as hilarious as the build-up to the original. No matter what, the spirit of the character is intact. (Jun. 1)

 

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Of all the all-female reboots recently released or in the works, this one is by far the most exciting. From Gary Ross, director of the original Hunger Games and Seabiscuit, comes Ocean’s 8, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. With a cast like that, in a series that relies almost entirely on the chemistry of its cast, we’ll be there opening night. (Jun. 8)

 

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Pixar can’t seem to stop making sequels as of late, but at least we’re finally getting one that audiences pretty much universally agree we need. Brad Bird will return to helm the sequel, which shifts the primary focus onto Elastigirl (Holly Hunt). Taking place just after the end of the classic original, expect to see Jack-Jack’s new powers playing significantly into the plot, as well as the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). (Jun. 15)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-release-date-trailers-cast-dinosaurs-3352346Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

If the first Jurassic World wasn’t enough dino-nostalgia for you, you’re in luck. Fallen Kingdom, the fifth in the series, throws the twist of trying to evacuate the dinosaurs from the island into the mix. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back, with James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall joining the cast. However, easily the most exciting cast member of the film is Jeff Goldblum, returning to play Dr. Ian Malcolm for a third time, the first in over 20 years. (Jun. 22)

 

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Hollywood isn’t quite done trying to get audiences to fall in love with Lisbeth Salander. The Crown‘s Claire Foy assumes the role this time, with the story based on the fourth novel of the Millennium series (and the first written by David Lagercrantz after original author Stieg Larsson’s death). The film is directed by Fede Alvarez, who garnered critical acclaim in 2016 for his nail-biting thriller Don’t Breathe. (Oct. 5)

 

By Matt Dougherty

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