2018 is upon us and it’s time to count down my 30 most anticipated movies for this coming year. So get your calendars ready and let’s begin.
30. Outlaw King
Director: David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”)
Cast: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Stephen Dillane
Synopsis: A true David v. Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce (Chris Pine) used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
Why You Should Look Out For It: The biggest reason is for sure this being David Mackenzie’s follow up to the fantastic “Hell or High Water”.
Release Date: Will hit Netflix sometime in 2018.
Director: Terrence Malik (“Badlands”, “Thin Red Line” & “Tree of Life”)
Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, August Diehl & Valerie Pachner
Synopsis: The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), a conscientious objector , refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II and is executed by them in 1943.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Malik has proved himself at points in his career of being one of the best around. But as of lately he has really dropped off, but this being a film based on a true story he has many, including myself, intrigued.
Release Date: Who ever really knows with Malik, but being that it’s already shot I think it’s possible to see it in 2018.
28. Bohemian Rhapsody
Director: Bryan Singer/Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy & Lucy Boynton
Synopsis: A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Why You Should Look Out For It: For what looks like a very transformative performance by Rami Malek as the legendary front man Freddie Mercury (Pic above). Also for this being a biopic that’s been long in development.
Release Date: December 25, 2018
Director: David Gordon Green (“George Washington”, “Pineapple Express” & “Stronger”)
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer & Andi Matichak
Synopsis: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Because the film is expected to pickup after the original Halloween and ignore the sequels that followed. Also because David Gordon Green & Danny McBride are writing the screenplay.
Release Date: October 19, 2018
26. The House That Jack Built
Director: Lars von Trier (“Dogville”, “Antichrist” & “Melancholia”)
Cast: Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman & Riley Keough
Synopsis: The story of a man’s (Matt Dillon) development as a serial killer.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Just the fact that a very interesting & polarizing filmmaker in Lars von Trier is making a serial killer movie.
Release Date: It’s expected to premiere at the Cannes film festival, so expect to see it in the fall or winter.
25. Untitled Deadpool Sequel
Director: David Leitch (“John Wick” & “Atomic Blonde”)
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz & Brianna Hildebrand
Synopsis: The merc with a mouth returns, with a new villain, Black Tom Cassidy, to square off against, and new allies in time-travelling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin) and luck-manipulating Domino (Zazie Beetz).
Why You Should Look Out For It: It’s a sequel to one of the greatest comic book films of all time & its going to turn the bar up to 11.
Release Date: June 1, 2018
24. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Director: Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Rush”)
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke & Paul Bettany
Synopsis: Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
Why You Should Look Out For It: Though this film as gone through some production hell by firing the films directors in the middle of production, then hiring Ron Howard to basically restart. I’m highly interested in seeing what Ron Howard crafts together with this fantastic cast.
Release Date: May 25, 2018
23. Avengers: Infinity War
Director: Russo Brothers (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” & “Captain America: Civil War”)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth & Scarlett Johansson
Synopsis: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos (Josh Brolin) before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Why You Should Look Out For It: The entire Marvel universe has been building up to this for years and it looks very promising.
Release Date: May 4, 2018
22. Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg (“Jaws”, “Schindler’s List” & “Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance & Simon Pegg
Synopsis: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.
Why You Should Look Out For It: This looks to be Spielberg’s return to the big summer blockbuster & he is working with some very good material.
Release Date: March 30, 2018
21. White Boy Rick
Director: Yann Demange (“71”)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern & Richie Merritt
Synopsis: The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
Why You Should Look Out For It: This true story is quite fascinating & with this being Yann Demange’s follow up to the great “71” it could be quite interesting. Also something to look out for is what seems to be a transformative performance by Matthew McConaughey (pic above).
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Director: Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”)
Cast: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Tessa Thompson
Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Alex Garland did an amazing job with “Ex Machina” and he has gotten me hooked with this one.
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Director: Jonah Hill (Directorial Debut)
Cast: Lucas Hedges, Kathrine Waterson & Sunny Suljic
Synopsis: The story of a boy growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Jonah Hill has brought on a solid cast for his directorial debut, for what seems to be a interesting coming of age tale. Also the fact that the film is being distributed by A24 is always a good sign.
Release Date: 2018
Director: Andy Serkis (“Breathe”)
Cast: Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch & Rohan Chand
Synopsis: A human child (Rohan Chand) raised by wolves, must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), as well as his own origins.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Yes, I know we just got a jungle book movie, but here we are going to get a jungle book movie using motion capture. I also feel this could be the movie that could convince the academy to consider motion capture performances for Oscars.
Release Date: October 19, 2018
17. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Director: Terry Gilliam (“Brazil”, “The Fisher King” & “Twelve Monkeys”)
Cast: Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård & Jonathan Pryce
Synopsis: An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote (Jonathan Pryce) mistakes him for Sancho Panza.
Why You Should Look Out For It: This film has gone through the definition of development hell with it originally starting production in 1998 with a completely different cast and has since been battling for a budget & a new cast ever since. But it now has wrapped filming and will finally see the light of day.
Release Date: 2018
16. Black Klansman
Director: Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing” & “Malcom X”)
Cast: Adam Driver, Topher Grace, John David Washington, Laura Harrier & Corey Hawkins
Synopsis: Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Spike Lee has got himself what seems to be a fascinating story with a solid cast to work with. It’s also a plus that he’s bringing Jordan Peele on as a producer.
Release Date: 2018
15. The Old Man & the Gun
Director: David Lowery (“A Ghost Story”)
Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek & Elizabeth Moss
Synopsis: An elderly bank robber (Robert Redford), who had managed to escape from prison over a dozen times in his life before moving to a retirement community, looks to spice things up with another heist.
Why You Should Look Out For It: This will be David Lowery’s follow up to the great “A Ghost Story”, this is also said to be the final performance by the legend Robert Redford.
Release Date: 2018
14. Ad Astra
Director: James Gray (“Lost City of Z”)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland & Ruth Negga
Synopsis: An Army Corps engineer (Brad Pitt) searches across the galaxy for his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared on a mission to find alien life 20 years prior.
Why You Should Look Out For It: James Gray is coming off the solid “Lost City of Z” to this sci-fi film. Gray has brought on a really solid cast, as well as a great cinematographer in Hoyte Van Hoytema.
Release Date: Here’s the thing, this film as of now is set for a January 19, 2019 release date, but if this film turns out to be as solid as it sounds I can’t imagine that 20th Century Fox doesn’t push the release up a little to qualify for some awards.
Director: Paul Dano (Directorial Debut)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan & Ed Oxenbould
Synopsis: A boy (Ed Oxenbould) witnesses his parent’s (Jake Gyllenhaal & Carey Mulligan) marriage falling apart after his mom finds another man.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Because I find Paul Dano to be an interesting actor and for him now to get into directing seems intriguing. I feel the film has a strong potential for some really strong performances as well.
Release Date: It’s premiering at Sundance in January, so I’d expect a release sometime in the Fall.
12. Sicario 2: Soldado
Director: Stefano Sollima
Cast: Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeffery Donovan, Kathrine Keener & Isabela Moner
Synopsis: The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro (Benicio del Toro).
Why You Should Look Out For It: This film has some big shoes to fill following the fantastic “Sicario”. Though they couldn’t bring back Denis Villeneuve to direct they did bring back Taylor Sheridan to write it and that is definitely a step in the right direction.
Release Date: June 29, 2018
11. Under the Silver Lake
Director: David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”)
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Grace Van Patten & Topher Grace
Synopsis: A crime noir set in modern day Los Angeles.
Why You Should Out For It: Mitchell is coming off his breakout film in “It Follows”, which is one the best modern horror films & the fact he is following it up with a noir crime film is fascinating. Also the fact that it’s being distributed through A24 is once again a good sign.
Release Date: 2018
Director: Steve McQueen (“Hunger”, “Shame” & “12 Years a Slave”)
Cast: Jon Bernthal, Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kuluuya & Robert Duvall
Synopsis: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Why You Should Look Out For It: McQueen has shown to be an amazing auteur and he seems to be putting together another masterpiece with this stacked cast.
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Director: Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”)
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz & Mia Goth
Synopsis: A young American ballerina (Dakota Johnson) comes to train at a prestigious German dance academy and uncovers the school’s dark and menacing secrets.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Guadagnino is following up his highly acclaimed film “Call My By Your Name”, with a remake of one of the greatest horror films of all time & I’m dying to know what he’s going to do with it.
Release Date: 2018
8. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Director: Gus Van Sant (“My Own Private Idaho”, “Good Will Hunting” & “Milk”)
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara & Jack Black
Synopsis: About John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Though Gus Van Sant hasn’t done a really good film in a couple years, I think he might have himself something here. Also the film is looking to have a couple of transformative performances with Joaquin Phoenix & Jonah Hill (pic above).
Release Date: It will premier at Sundance in January & hit theaters on May 11, 2018
7. If Beale Street Could Talk
Director: Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
Cast: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Dave Franco, Diego Luna & Ed Skrein
Synopsis: A woman in Harlem (Kiki Layne) desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé (Stephan James) innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Jenkins is coming off of his Best Picture winner “Moonlight” & for him to be adapting the book of the same title has me highly intrigued.
Release Date: 2018
6. Boy Erased
Director: Joel Edgerton (“The Gift”)
Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton & Russell Crowe
Synopsis: The son of a Baptist preacher (Lucas Hedges) is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Joel Edgerton massively impressed me with his directorial debut “The Gift” & now that he’s tackling this powerful story I can’t wait to see what he can do.
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Director: Ruben Fleisher (“Zombieland”)
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate & Woody Harrelson
Synopsis: Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) gains terrifying powers after bonding with an alien symbiote.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Just the fact that they are making this film R-rated is just great also that that they’ve brought on a fantastic actor in Tom Hardy to play the title role is another strong attribute. Another positive is that they are using motion capture for all the venom scenes on Tom Hardy, which is a great sign that much care is going into this project.
Release Date: October 5, 2018
4. The Favourite
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth”, “The Lobster” & “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”)
Cast: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn & Olivia Colman
Synopsis: A bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most exciting directors working today & now that he is taking a royal story like this has me very interested. The only reason this isn’t higher on the list is because Yorgos & his writing partner Efthymis Filippou are not writing the film.
Release Date: 2018. Possibly could premier at Cannes.
3. First Man
Director: Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash” & “La La Land”)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, Jason Clarke, Pablo Schreiber & Corey Stoll
Synopsis: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Why You Should Look Out For It: Damien Chazelle is arguably the most exciting young filmmaker working today. Chazelle became the youngest director ever to win the best director Oscar for “La La Land” & is following up his Oscar award winning musical with this biopic and I can’t wait to see what he does with it.
Release Date: October 12, 2018
2. Backseat (Rumored title)
Director: Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman & Steve Carell
Synopsis: The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.
Why You Should Look Out For It: As you can see in the picture above both Christian Bale & Amy Adams are both nearly unrecognizable for their roles as Dick & Lynne Cheney and for that alone I can’t wait. Also the fact that they are bringing on Sam Rockwell to play George W. Bush just sounds amazing. All signs are pointing that Adam McKay has something amazing on his hands.
Release Date: 2018
1. The Sisters Brothers
Director: Jacques Audiard
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed & Carol Kane
Synopsis: In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector (Jake Gyllenhaal) is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers (Joaquin Phoenix & John C. Reilly).
Why You Should Look Out For It: The main reason this landed at number one is the amazing cast and the premise of the story. And from what I’ve heard the book is a dark comedy & the film will be as well. So when you get Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly & Riz Ahmed to be in a dark comedy western you can count me in.
Release Date: 2018