Movie lovers had a great 2017, with lots of top movies hitting the big screen with much successes.
2018 promises to be even greater with great movies lined up. In this post I will list some movies I think will have much successes this year.
Release date: January 19
Matt Damon stars in this satirical comedy, playing a man who decides to shrink himself to five inches tall (or should that be short?) in order to live a more fulfilled life. Think Honey I Shrunk The Kids, but for grown-ups.
Release Date: February 13
Black Panther is the latest Marvel superhero to get their own standalone film, with Chadwick Boseman returning to the role following his debut in Captain America: Civil War. Creed’s Michael B Jordan plays his second Marvel character, Erik Killmonger, while 12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker are both welcome additions to the franchise. Black Panther promises to be one of the standout superhero moments of the year.
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Release Date: February 14
This one comes on Valentine’s Day from a business point of view it is a great day to release a movie.
A cross between a superhero movie and Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Guillermo del Toro’s blockbuster casts Sally Hawkins as a timid mute who cleans floors for a living in a top-secret government bunker. When she meets a pre-verbal aquaman, all her passions are aroused. Ours, too. Del Toro, in his element, has created a liquid dream.
Release date: February 16
Another blockbuster in February.
Lady BirdLady Bird has been blowing critics away in the US, and British film fans are in for a treat when it finally opens in the UK in February. Saoirse Ronan plays the titular Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson in the film, which promises to be a real indie gem.
Release date: March 16
Could this be the first genuinely good video game movie? Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from 2001 might have been good fun, but Alicia Vikander’s reboot has the potential to take the Tomb Raider franchise up a notch.
Ready Player One
Release date: March 30
This big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel is set in dystopian 2044, and stars Miles Teller as a gamer who’s gradually drawn deeper and deeper in a virtual reality game.
The book won over audiences in 2011, and fans of the novel shouldn’t worry too much about the adaptation: you’re in safe hands with director Steven Spielberg at the helm.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War
Release date: April 27, 2018
This one film that is going to blow people away.
The world’s biggest superhero franchise is back with a bang in 2018, with all the major players reuniting for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War. It’s the first time that the likes of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner have teamed up with the Guardians of the Galaxy guys too. Hold onto your butts, this is going to be epic.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release date: May 25.
Following the excellent Rogue One in 2016, the second Star Wars spin-off film is due to be released in May, with Hail, Ceasar! star Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role. However, we’ve yet to see a trailer and there are strong rumours that the film could be delayed until December. Either way, the film will take a closer look at the early years of the galaxy’s favorite scruffy nerf herder and who knows, maybe we’ll finally settle the ‘who shot first?’ debate once and for all too.
Release date: June 1
2018 is looking incredibly strong for superhero films, and the most badass hero of them all is back in June as Deadpool 2 opens. Ryan Reynolds’ Merc With A Mouth returns for the high-anticipated follow-up to the massively successful R-rated hit this year, and this time a gym-honed Josh Brolin’s Cable is along for the ride.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release date: June 7
The other Chris Pratt franchise also returns this year, with the actor returning to the role of velociraptor-whisperer Owen Grady in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Following the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park in the last film, Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard must team-up to save the remaining creatures, after a volcano erupts and threatens to wipe the dinosaurs out… again.
Release date: June 8
The likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Ann Hathaway and Rihanna appear in Ocean’s 8, an all-female reboot of Brad Pitt and George Clooney’s 2001 crime-caper Ocean’s 11, which was itself a remake of the 1960 original starring Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
The trolls have started already, tearing into the trailer on YouTube, but the film’s cast is one of the strongest of the year. One thing’s for sure – none of the accents in the film can be as bad as Don Cheadle’s in the 2001 movie.
The Incredibles 2
Release date: June 15
One of the most-loved Pixar films of all time is back in 2018, with the Incredibles 2 scheduled for release in June. Mr Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet and Dash all return, and they all have a task on their hands to contain baby Jack-Jack’s newly-discovered powers.
Mission Impossible 6
Release date: June 27
After making an unconvincing stab at resurrecting DC’s Dark universe with The Mummy last year, Tom Cruise is back with the sixth Mission Impossible film. Superman star Henry Cavill joins him for the action blockbuster, which promises to be another action spy movie of the most bombastic kind.
Release date: October 5
Tom Hardy makes his second high-profile foray into superhero movies with Venom, playing Spider-Man’s adversary Eddie Block, who encounters the alien life-force symbiote. Whatever happens with the film, Hardy’s portrayal of the villain has to be an improvement on Topher Grace’s portrayal of the character in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3…
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Release date: November 16
Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander for The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second instalment of the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts.
For all the buzz surrounding the first movie, the franchise has been blighted somewhat by the controversy surrounding JK Rowling’s defence of her decision to cast Johnny Depp in the titular role. Whether the success of The Crimes of Grindelwald will be affected by backlash on social media remains to be seen.
Release date: December 21
DC’s Justice League was, at best, a bit of a mess when it came out in 2017. Jason Momoa, however, was one of the best things about the film and the former Game of Thrones star helms his own movie in December. DC fans will be hoping the film captures some of the same magic that made Wonder Woman one of the best films of 2017.
Mary Poppins Returns
Release date: December 25
This December, film fans will return to the soot-stained streets of London for Disney’s upcoming remake of the 1964 classic Mary Poppins. In an inspired bit of casting, Emily Blunt takes over from Julie Andrews in the title role, alongside the likes of Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Hamilton’s Lin-Msanuel Miranda and the returning Dick Van Dyke.
Recapturing the Mary Poppins magic is a difficult task but the early promo shots are very encouraging, and the remake promises to be the biggest film released this Christmas.
This is a fine list of films to watch out for this year.