Let’s face it, 2017 hasn’t been the best year for film. With a drop in box office takings and a number of misfires throughout the past 12 months, it’s been a write-off. But don’t worry, here are some films coming out in 2018 that should have you rushing back to the cinema.
The latest film from the Marvel juggernaut, Black Panther follows on from Thor: Ragnarok (2017)and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017) as well as acting as a preview for the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War. Chadwick Boseman reprises his role from Captain America: Civil War (2016) in his first solo outing as the superhero character, and we’re excited to see how this new world will look on screen.
The Current War
Benedict Cumberbatch is yet another Marvel alumni returning to the big screen in 2018. The Sherlock is leaving behind his cloak from Doctor Strange (2016) however as he takes on the role of Thomas Edison opposite Nicholas Hoult’s Nikola Tesla in this movie that depicts the battle for electric supremacy. The period drama also stars Michael Shannon and the current Spider-Man Tom Holland.
The big winner from Cannes, The Square tells the story of the launch of an art installation to great comedic effect. Elizabeth Moss and Dominic Cooper star in Ruben Östlund’s follow-up to Force Majeure (2014) with the film being shot in Germany and Sweden. We’ve been waiting for this one since it picked up awards earlier this year, and the wait has be excruciating.
When Ryan Reynolds first played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), you might have assumed it would have been the last time. The film received middling reviews, with his portrayal of Deadpool receiving the majority of criticism. Since then, the Canadian actor has gone on to play the Green Lantern in an equally unsuccessful film, in 2011… so that should have been that as far as superhero films. But no, Reynolds is a self-confessed super-fan of the ‘Merc with the Mouth’ and returned in 2016’s Deadpool. Just as surprising, the film was a huge box office hit and critical smash. It opened the door for more adult comic book adaptations and the sequel was inevitable. If it’s anywhere near as good as the first one, we’ll be more than happy.
Ready Player One
When the teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest film launched at Comic Con in San Diego, fans poured over every frame looking for as many 80’s references as they could find. To be fair, there are loads in there (see how many you can spot above), and surely there isn’t a better director to bring the decade to the screen again than the man who essentially defined the period for a generation with his all-time classics.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
When we spoke to writer and director Martin McDonagh earlier this year at the London Film Festival he told us that Three Billboards… was his best film to date. Big call, considering he’s the man responsible for In Bruges (2008), but having seen the film ourselves, we have to agree! Frances McDormand is rightly winning plenty of plaudits and picking up Oscars momentum (potentially her second statuette), but also keep an eye out for great supporting turns from Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson too.
Winner of Best Film at the Golden Unicorn Awards recently, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film depicts the effects of a crumbling marriage on a 12-year-old boy who has to watch his parents grow apart. When the boy goes missing, his mother and father are brought together in dramatic fashion, but don’t expect the typical Hollywood ending here. Following on from Leviathan (2014), Zvyagintsev has once again captured the attention of critics around the world.
The House That Jack Built
Danish film-maker Lars von Trier returns with this violent psychological horror that follows a serial killer (Matt Dillion) over the course of 12 years. Early word has it that this is a brutal movie that is set to be as controversial as the director’s previous efforts.
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There aren’t any pictures of Tom Hardy as Venom available yet, so you’ll have to make do with a picture of him and Rocco the puppy from The Drop (2014) instead. Hello? Are you still there?!
Anyway, Venom is part of the wider Spider-Man universe, although links to this year’s Homecoming have been downplayed and links to the Marvel series in general completely denied. It’s believed the black suit that this anti-hero version of the web-slinger will wear in the movie all be digitised, similar to the one Ryan Reynolds wore in The Green Lantern. Oh dear. Reasons to be optimistic? Well, apart from Hardy himself, the supporting cast includes Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed.
Holmes and Watson
There have been plenty of Sherlock Holmes stories in the past, and even a current big-screen version with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law still doing the rounds, but this comedic take on the sleuths has plenty of things going for it. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly previously teamed up in the hilarious Step Brothers (2008), so anything approaching that is going to be a treat. There’s a great supporting cast involved and the dynamic duo have already done a series of in-character interviews that are laugh-out-loud funny.
A teacher finds her world turned upside down when her husband is found pilfering money from their school’s fund. She suspects that the dramatic change in his otherwise spotless record is down to a tumour in his brain, and recent scientific research supports her theory, but how much can one man’s personality change dues to medical factors? You Disappear is the Danish entry for the upcoming Oscars and could well follow other recent Scandinavian successes.
Margot Robbie has firmly established herself as one of the biggest names in Hollywood over the last few years. She made her breakthrough in Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and has ventured into blockbuster territory with Suicide Squad, but there’s still a nagging perception that she hasn’t really tested herself… yet. This quasi-mockumentary of disgraced Olympic skater Tonya Harding will certainly put those fears to bed and from the early preview we saw, Robbie and the rest of the cast are on to a winner. The quirky style of the movie might not be for everyone, but the performances are faultless.
A Fantastic Woman
We caught this one at the Transylvania Film Festival earlier this year, and it’s stuck with us since then. The film looks stunning, and there are several breathtaking sequences where the director gets to flex his muscles and show off modern Chile in a new light. Daniela Vega shines in the lead role as a waitress whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of her older boyfriend. She has to deal with his irate wife, his annoying son and her own financial troubles while facing probing questions about her private life.
OK, we admit it. There are A LOT of comic book films coming out in 2018. We haven’t even included the likes of Aquaman or the new Avengers film in our list, and yet here we are with another offering from Marvel. To be fair, this one looks more like a haunted house movie and is from the team at Fox who have put their own spin on the genre with Logan (2017) and Deadpool.
France’s submission for Best Foreign Language film at the upcoming Oscars, this stirring call to action is set in the early 90s and looks at the lacklustre reaction to the AIDS epidemic by government authorities and pharmaceutical companies. As a romance emerges in the Parisian branch of activist group ACT UP, the literal battle of life and death is given cinematic urgency.
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We’ve been raving about this animation ever since we watched it earlier this year, and it finally gets a theatrical release around the world in 2018. The story is based on a series of books that sees a young girl become a breadwinner for her family in the midst of the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The harshness of the period isn’t sugarcoated and the film is all the better for it. At times, The Breadwinner is bewilderingly honest but maintains a visual beauty that offsets the unfolding tragedy perfectly.
So it’s been a busy few months for director Sebastián Lelio, who follows up A Fantastic Woman (2017) with this London-set drama about a woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish roots and rekindles old friendships. A love triangle is explored as the players (Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola) are viewed through the intense microcosm of a closed community in turmoil. Whereas A Fantastic Woman is full of bombastic moments, here the star is the subtlety employed throughout.
When you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll, and there’s an argument to be made that no director has had a better run in recent years than Yorgos Lanthimos. From the superb, if disturbing Dogtooth (2009) to the recent hit The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Lanthimos has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting talents working in the industry today. His new film is a departure from his recent output as the plot centres around the royal court of Queen Anne in the 18th century. The Favourite will star Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.