Movies to Watch Out for in 2018

2017 was a great year for movies. With sleeper hits such as “Get Out” and “Lady Bird” smashing their way to the top of critic and audience polls, audiences can be left assured to be interested this awards season. But while the 2018 year is full of mystery, several announcements have left us excited for what’s to come.

Annihilation

Alex Garland is a very important rising figure in the science fiction genre. Beginning his career as a screenwriter, he is the mind behind such hits as “28 Days Later” (2002) and “Dredd” (2012). Having recently made his directorial debut with the Oscar-winning “Ex Machina” (2015), Garland is a name to be followed, and his upcoming adaptation of the novel Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac is one that shouldn’t be missed.

 

Black Panther

Superhero fatigue may be tiring many of you, but here is one you cannot miss. The first superhero film following starring a black actor since the “Blade” trilogy (1998-2004), this upcoming Marvel project, headed by “Creed” (2015) director Ryan Coogler, is a must-see for superhero fans.

 

Halloween

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Reboots are scary, and usually end up as failures to live up to their respective source material. However, after learning the names of those involved in the newest revival of “Halloween” (1978) thus far, this is one audiences can be excited for. John Carpenter, the original film’s creator, has given the effort his blessing, and will serve as executive producer, while Jamie Lee Curtis is set to return as protagonist Laurie Strode, often considered to be the first “scream queen”. David Gordon Green is set to direct the film.

 

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese is a master. This is uncontroversial to say. With masterpieces such as “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “Goodfellas” (1990) under his belt, anything he makes should grab people’s attention. Veteran actors Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci will collide in epic fashion in this biographical crime thriller. Although a release date has not been confirmed, look for this film on Netflix late 2018 or early 2019.

 

The Life and Death of John F. Donovan

Saddened by the end of “Game of Thrones” (2011-)? Need some more Jon Snow in your life? If so, then this film could be the resonance you need to calm you desire. Helmed by the rising auteur Xavier Dolan, “The Life and Death of John F. Donovan” will open a portal into a unique, original view of Hollywood and the acting business. The film stars Kit Harrington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon. Although there is no official release date, a 2018 release is likely.  

 

The New Mutants

The second superhero movie on our list, “The New Mutants” will dare to what many others of the genre would never dare do: experiment with genre. Do not be mistaken… this is a horror film, a feat never attempted in the superhero genre. With the success of this year’s western-inspired “Logan” (2017), “The New Mutants” will provide an intriguing look into the horrific reality of unwanted powers.

 

Soldado

“Sicario” (2015) is one of the best crime thrillers of this century, if not all time. This makes excitement aplenty for its upcoming sequel, “Soldado” (2018). With Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan returning for the project, we are excited to return to this unique interpretation of the War on Drugs.

 

Widows

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With only three feature films: “Hunger” (2008), “Shame” (2011), and “12 Years a Slave” (2013), British director Steve McQueen has proven himself to be one of the new masters of our time, and his newest project will continue to put him to the test. “Widows” (2018), a crime thriller cowritten by McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, will star Viola Davis as the widow of a bank robber killed during a heist, who chooses to finish the job herself.

 

You Were Never Really Here

Despite being relatively unknown to American audiences, Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay is arguably the best female directors of all time, and her upcoming release is a testament to her influence. The upcoming thriller “You Were Never Really Here” stars Joaquin Phoenix as a veteran living in New York City who is hired by a local politician of rescue his missing daughter. The film won huge acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, where Ramsay won the Best Screenplay award, while Phoenix went home with a Best Actor win. And for all you music fans, the score is composed by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

Ryan Parker