Guest Post: Major's Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

 2017 was a fantastic year for movies. I saw more movies than I’ve ever seen before. Thank you, Moviepass. I did one of these last year for Dane and I haven’t looked back on it yet, but I will soon after I write this to see what I was wrong about. Remember, this is just my personal most anticipated movies. Not what I think the general public is excited about. That would be Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Deadpool 2. You’ll see something about them, maybe, at the end here. But, humor me, and let’s see what has potential to fit the role for best film of 2018...hopefully…

My Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

(in alphabetical order)

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Ad Astra - Director James Gray is coming off of one of the best films of 2017 with The Lost City of Z, and is following it up with Brad Pitt in space. So he’s following the classic scheme of one for me, one with Brad Pitt in space. The early plot details are an astronaut goes searching for his lost father who left 20 years ago looking for extraterrestrial life. His father is played by Tommy Lee Jones. That’s all I need to know. It is scheduled for a January 2019 release, but you can bet that unless something goes bad in post production that this will get an awards friendly release.

Ad Astra releases in late 2018

Directed and written by James Gray

Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy, and John Ortiz

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Annihilation - Natalie Portman is the Biologist that goes into THE ZONE to find out what happened to her husband. Alex Garland has written and directed this adaptation of the book by Jeff VanderMeer. He wrote and directed the underrated 2015 Ex Machina that introduced Alicia Vikander to a lot of people. But, for most, it is known as the movie where Oscar Isaac dances in red light. He is in this one as well, but I doubt any dancing will ensue. It looks like Garland really went for it with the cinematography and visual choices and I could see this being an early favorite of the year for me. I usually don’t recommend watching trailers but this is one that can’t hurt. Give it all to me. That few seconds of musical score is my top song of 2018 already.

https://youtu.be/89OP78l9oF0

Annihilation releases on February 23rd

Directed and written by Alex Garland

Starring: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, and Benedict Wong

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Apostle - Gareth Evans has made two of the greatest fight movies ever made with The Raid: Redemption and the sequel The Raid 2. He created some truly incredible sequences in those films that gets him a pass for life from me. This new one will be a Netflix movie, which is a bummer for viewing purposes, but it will be seen by so many more because of it. Apostle is about a man attempting to rescue his sister that has been taken by a religious cult. Sounds perfect.

Apostle will be released in 2018 whenever Netflix feels like it

Directed and written by Gareth Evans

Starring: Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, and Lucy Boynton

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Captive State - Set in a Chicago neighborhood a decade after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force. This movie explores the lives on both sides of the conflict. Sounds like it’ll be a big ol’ fat metaphorical sci-fi thriller. I’m all for that. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, who made the first of the newest Apes trilogy with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the totally underseen fun movie The Gambler in 2014, which was also written by him. He does things he really believes in and can make weird performances work. This cast, plus the story, and his direction should lead to a good late summer/fall film.

Captive State is scheduled for release on August 17th

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Written by Erica Beeney & Rupert Wyatt

Starring: John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Madeline Brewer, Alan Ruck, James Ransone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Kevin Dunn, and Ashton Sanders

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The Death & Life of John F. Donovan - A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor remembers the correspondence he shared with him. It sounds like one of those emotionally resonant stories about the impact of a dead person on the lives of the characters now with a dash of american celebrity culture satire. Xavier Dolan is a 28 year old that directed his first full feature before he was 20 years old. This will be his 7th film, his 4th he hasn’t starred in, and his first in the english language. His breakout feature was in 2014 with Mommy. His last one It’s Only the End of the World had a star studded cast with Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassell, and Lea Seydoux. Only to outdo that cast with this one. I haven’t fallen for his films yet, but he’s a super experienced young director that I have no doubt will make a great film eventually and I’m hoping this could be it.

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan TBA 2018

Directed by Xavier Dolan

Written by Xavier Dolan & Jacob Tierney

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Bella Thorne, Sarah Gadon, Kit Harington, Thandie Newton, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates

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Destroyer - A police detective revisits her past after the leader of the gang she went undercover to stop resurfaces. That sounds like perfect fodder for a next level performance from one of the best actors of 2017, the great Nicole Kidman. Directed by one of my new favorites Karyn Kusama, and filled out with a full cast of great names. I think this could be a tragic and beautiful story of coping and survival.

Destroyer is currently filming and should get a late 2018 release

Directed by Karyn Kusama

Written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, and Bradley Whitford

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The Favourite - The director of strange tales like The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer has fallen into 18th century bawdy royalty territory. Having two women competing for the affection of Queen Anne in England. This will be his first feature he didn’t write, and I wonder if that will change his trademark deadpan style, which brings such humor and horror to the words on the page. This type of story isn’t usually my thing, but if you add the cast with this director I have to be in on it.

The Favourite will most likely get a late 2018 release

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Written by Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara

Starring: Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Joe Alwyn and Nicolas Hoult

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First Man - Damien Chazelle has maybe the most pressure on him as a director that I can remember in a while. He is touted as the greatest director of his generation already at 32 years old. Coming off Whiplash, and La La Land, Chazelle moves away from musical elements and into space. A biopic of Neil Armstrong and how he and his team trained to be the first ones on the moon. It’s got a huge, likable cast, and the heft of a story that screams Oscars. I believe he will prove he can do more than music.

First Man is scheduled for release on October 12th

Directed by Damien Chazelle

Written by Nicole Perlman & Josh Singer

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, Pablo Schreiber, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Lukas Haas, and Patrick Fugit

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Galveston - Billed as a noir crime thriller about a hitman that escapes a set up and returns to his hometown to settle some business. Actress, and director since 2011, Melanie Laurent blew everyone away in her first huge role by carrying large portions of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as Shoshanna. Since then she hasn’t gotten much big work, but has made memorable appearances in Beginners, Enemy, and By The Sea. She has focused more on directing in recent years by making 3 features and one documentary. She makes her english language debut with this adaptation of True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto’s novel. The cast is great, and the setting is perfect for a story that could be a favorite film of mine this year.

Galveston TBA 2018

Directed by Melanie Laurent

Written by Nic Pizzolatto

Starring: Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Lili Reinhart, and Beau Bridges

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Hold The Dark - This is a pure mix of the grimy, tense, and kind of strangely humane world that Jeremy Saulnier made with his first film Blue Ruin and his most recent Green Room. With Hold the Dark, I assume this will make a trilogy of the quiet blowing up into the violent. It is written by the star of Blue Ruin, and director of the Netflix gem I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Macon Blair. Blair adapted the story from the novel of the same name by William Giraldi. It’s about a wolf expert called in to investigate killings in an Alaskan village. There are more details I will keep to myself but it’s safe to say this might be his darkest story yet. It won’t be for everyone. But this cast and the group involved behind the lens cause this to shoot into my top 5 most anticipated.

Hold The Dark will be on Netflix in 2018

Directed by Jeremy Saulnier

Written by Macon Blair

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Riley Keough, Jeffrey Wright, James Badge Dale, and Macon Blair 

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I Think We’re Alone Now - is the story of a recluse, played by Peter Dinklage, who is actually kind of glad to be left alone after the apocalypse, but when a second survivor, played by Elle Fanning, shows up those things change. It’s just those two as far as I know and I’m in. It’s an original story by a new writer. The director is Reed Morano. She is the one who brought the style to The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu last year. It will be her 2nd feature after Meadowland in 2015. I don’t need much else. Look at that picture up there. It’s just that. For probably 90-120 minutes. Just enjoy things, you prude.

I Think We’re Alone Now is premiering at Sundance and then later in 2018

Directed by Reed Morano

Written by Mike Makowsky

Starring: Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning

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The Irishman - My most anticipated movie of 2018 comes in the form of Scorsese’s one for them. Reuniting with De Niro, Pesci, and Keitel while also bringing in Al Pacino, we get a dream team of old heads to make the “what happened to Jimmy Hoffa” movie. It’s based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. As you see from that picture above, Netflix bought it. Scorsese gets a 100 million dollar budget because of that. I hope in negotiations he got a theatrical release for at least a week or two as well. Oh! It also will have new CGI techniques that will deage, at least De Niro, 40 years. I personally would’ve loved casting Bernthal and Oscar Isaac as De Niro and Pacino.

The Irishman is potentially a 2019 movie but I have faith it’ll be a Christmas time Netflix release.

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Written by Steven Zaillian

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and Harvey Keitel

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Mute - Speaking of the the one for them. Duncan Jones gets his one for me after making one for them with Warcraft. This one is a sci-fi noir film about a mute bartender looking for his missing girlfriend. It is a “spiritual sequel to Moon” according to Jones. It sounds great, and it is again a Netflix film. So it should be out soon and I’m looking forward to it so much.

Mute will be released on Netflix in 2018

Directed by Duncan Jones

Written by Michael Robert Johnson, Duncan Jones, and Damon Peoples

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux

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Old Man & The Gun - Director David Lowery has turned the true story of Forrest Tucker, based on the New Yorker article of the same name, into a fun crime film with Robert Redford. It will get a theatrical release thanks to Focus Features. It’s about an elderly retired man that has escaped prison over a dozen times who decides to spice things up by making one more robbery. After the success of the indie acclaimed A Ghost Story last year, Lowery is making a turn back towards more fun fare that could get some universal appeal.

Old Man & The Gun TBA 2018

Directed and written by David Lowery

Starring: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Elisabeth Moss, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, and Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, and Keith Carradine

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The Sisters Brothers - A novel by Patrick deWitt from 2011. It is directed by Jacques Audiard in his first english language film. Stars Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as the titular characters in a true western with dark comedy throughout. The two brothers, famous for being assassins, are chasing down a prospector who has stolen from them. I am so in at Phoenix and Reilly being brothers. Then you add in Gyllenhaal being chased by them and I haven’t even mentioned the rest of the cast. It’s easily a top 5 most anticipated with no real idea about how the director works.

The Sisters Brothers will be released by Annapurna in 2018

Directed by Jacques Audiard

Written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed, Carol Kane, and Rutger Hauer

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Slice - From first time film director Austin Vesely, comes a weird story about a murdered pizza delivery guy. There’s mention of a werewolf somewhere here. Chance The Rapper is making his film debut in his friend’s fun horror movie. I don’t really have much here. I just want to see it. A24 got it, so you know it’s at least interesting. If you don’t want to see this GET OUT OF HERE.

Slice will be released in 2018 by A24

Directed and written by Austin Vesely

Starring: Joe Keery, Zazie Beetz, Paul Scheer, Rebecca Spence, and Chance The Rapper

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Suspiria - This is a “remake” in the sense of it having the same name, characters, and plot of a previous film. But it will be pretty different from the original 1977 Dario Argento classic. The original is a colorful and surreal ballet school from hell horror film with a score that is almost more famous than the movie. This will also be about a ballet dancer coming to a school and to have everything unravel. Luca Guadagnino is directing, coming off the future Oscar love of Call Me By Your Name, and will bring this most likely good remake to us sometime this year. Guadagnino is in his moment as a director and I suspect this will only continue it. The cast is good, the colors will be vibrant, and it has an original score from Thom Yorke. Watch the original on Amazon, and then tell me how mad/happy you are after.

Suspiria will probably get a late 2018 release

Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Written by David Kajganich

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Jessica Harper

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Under The Silver Lake - I hope you have seen It Follows. The psychological horror film from 2015 with a mostly unknown cast. It’s a rare film that works to unsettle you and just create a good film without the jump-scares. It created a mythology about a supernatural disease. That’s so impressive. Now it’s time to see what David Robert Mitchell does for his next effort. It comes to us as a neo-noir crime thriller in L.A. A24 got the rights. There are essentially no plot details. But with this cast you won’t need any. Just FOLLOW (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA OH I AM A LAUGH RIOT) this director wherever he goes.

Under The Silver Lake is from A24 and get ready to like a movie in 2018

Directed & written by David Robert Mitchell 

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Zosia Mamet, Jimmi Simpson, Grace Van Patten, Riki Lindhome, Callie Hernandez, and Patrick Fischler

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Widows - Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their husbands criminal activities leaves them to take fate into their own hands. That’s what Steve McQueen has gone with as his follow up to 12 Years a Slave. He has taken a 1983 British mini-series and adapted it as set in modern day Chicago and put an all-star cast together for what will surely be an Oscar film next winter. You have 11 months to prepare for what might be the movie of the year.

Widows is scheduled for release November 16th

Directed by Steve McQueen

Written by Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen

Starring: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Andre Holland, Daniel Kaluuya, Carrie Coon, Garrett Dillahunt, Jackie Weaver, Bryan Tyree Henry, Jon Bernthal, and Robert Duvall

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You Were Never Really Here - Lynne Ramsey is a great director. This will only be her 4th film in the matter of 19 years. One can imagine why a woman might have trouble getting things made and getting jobs in Hollywood, and maybe she has chosen not to be prolific in her work, but I doubt that’s the case. Her films are Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, and 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. This one won best screenplay and best actor at Cannes and is a quick 80 minutes of what is sure to be a violent and grim story. It’s adapted from the novel by Jonathan Ames. I know very little about it but with her and Phoenix involved that’s all I need.

You Were Never Really Here is scheduled for release on April 6th

Directed and written by Lynne Ramsey

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, and Alessandro Nivola

 

Others to put on your watchlist for 2018

A Star Is Born - Bradley Cooper directs Lady Gaga in the 4th version of this story.

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn - Aubrey Plaza in an indie comedy that will be weird.

The Beach Bum - McConaughey as the Bum, directed by Spring Breakers’ Harmony Korine.

Black Klansman - Spike Lee directs the true story of the black undercover cop infiltrating the KKK.

Boy Erased - True story of a son of a baptist preacher forced to do a conversion program.

Cloverfield Movie - Untitled as of now but sounds like it’s a space movie.

Damsel - wacky western with Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot - Gus Van Zant directs Joaquin & Jonah Hill in true story of a paralyzed artist.

E-Book - Juliette Binoche in publishing comedy by the director of Personal Shopper

Euphoria - Alicia Vikander & Eva Green are sisters traveling in Europe

Everybody Knows - Cruz & Bardem star in A Seperation/The Salesman director’s new drama

The Girl in the Spider's Web - New version of the Lisbeth Salander story with Claire Foy

High Life - Claire Denis sci-fi father daughter story feat. Robert Pattinson and Andre 3000

The House That Jack Built - Lars Von Trier’s Jack the Ripper movie with Matt Dillon

Isle of Dogs - Wes Anderson + stop motion + dogs

The Little Stranger - Director of Frank/Room horror/mystery with Domhnall Gleeson

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote - Terry Gilliam’s long gestating adaptation with Adam Driver

Mary Magdalene - Director of Lion brings the life of Mary Magdalene to screen with Rooney Mara, and Phoenix as Jesus

The Nightingale - Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook follow up is about revenge in 1800’s Tasmania

Piercing - Christopher Abbott & Mia Wasikowska in dark thriller about the fall of a family man

Sicario 2: Soldado - THEY MADE A SEQUEL TO SICARIO. YES I’M IN. No Emily Blunt though…

The Souvenir Pt. 1 - Robert Pattinson in a planned two parter about film students in 1980’s

Thoroughbreds - you’ll want to check it out if you want rich teenage girls murder satire

Three Christs - True story of a doctor treating 3 men who believe they are Jesus.

Unsane Soderbergh’s horror film he shot on an iPhone with Claire Foy & Juno Temple

Where’d You Go Bernadette? Linklater’s newest with Cate Blanchett, a dark comedy about a missing mother

Wildlife - Paul Dano’s directorial debut with an adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan

10 MOST ANTICIPATED BIG RELEASES

1.   Venom

This cast includes Tom Hardy, as the title role, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, and Riz Ahmed. That’s a superhero, well, villain, movie cast put out in 2018! I’m so in. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, who has had some trouble since making Zombieland, but will get back on track with Hardy going full Hardy. This is the only superhero movie I truly care about.

Venom is scheduled for release on October 5th

2. Halloween Returns

Maybe I shouldn’t be as excited as I am for this sequel, but I am and there’s nothing you can do about it. Bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis, and adding Judy Greer as her daughter is the way to do it. We will learn more as it gets closer but it supposedly won’t take into account much after Halloween 2. John Carpenter gave it his blessing. Danny McBride is adding his twist on it writing it. I doubt that means Laurie Strode will be yelling expletives at children but it does mean this should be more fun than you expect. David Gordon Green coming off Stronger last year puts him in a great place. Green is a guy who can make Pineapple Express, Stronger, and Halloween. Not many could do that successfully. I want to see what they can add to this franchise that just hasn’t been that good since the original blew people away 40+ years ago.

Halloween is scheduled for release on October 19th

3. The Predator

Shane Black, who basically reinvented the action buddy comedy with his scripts for the late 20th and early 21st century is here to bring his style to a remake of an old favorite. He brings along a great cast of Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, and others. I don’t have much of a relationship with the original but I like his movies, including the most recent The Nice Guys. I’m interested to see what he could bring to modern blockbuster action movies.

The Predator is scheduled for release on August 3rd

4. The Kid Who Would Be King

Joe Cornish for some reason hasn’t been able to make a film after his breakout debut Attack the Block from 2011. Now he returns with an adventure fantasy film starring Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart. It’ll be about a band of kids that go on a quest to stop a medieval menace. Whatever that means! I’m just in for his 2nd feature. Don’t need much more than that.

The Kid Who Would Be King is scheduled for release on September 28th

5. Holmes & Watson

Yes, the comedy take on this story with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly is in my top 5 of this list. Ralph Fiennes is the villain. Rebecca Hall is in it. There’s a great cast of people that will make this fun. I have very little faith in the writer/director of Get Hard to make this work but that cast wouldn’t sign on if it was that bad. He wrote or helped on Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder so maybe that guy will show up. Really, I just want the Step Brothers reunion. Leave me alone, alright?

Holmes & Watson—out on November 9th

6. Black Panther

Oh, this is going to be good. This will probably be the Wonder Woman of the year. The movie that justifiably makes a lot of money, which then causes some really stupid alt-right controversy. Ryan Coogler made Fruitvale Station, Creed, jumped on this, and will most likely be the hottest young name in blockbuster movies. I am not super excited only because it’s still a Marvel movie. I think those can only be so good. They are stuck with a low ceiling and high floor. But this cast is incredible and it’s honestly going to be so refreshing to see this be the biggest movie of the year for a while.

Black Panther—out on February 16th

7. Aquaman

Yes, this DC movie about a guy that talks to fish is in here. Jason Momoa was a rare dim but still bright spot in Justice League and proved to me he can carry a movie. The cast has Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, and Patrick Wilson in it. With Wonder Woman, DC let Patty Jenkins do her thing. I think they learned and will let James Wan do what he wants as well, as much as you can in a situation like this. Wan has made good horror and action movies for years. Until I see a terrible trailer or hear bad things I’ll be kind of interested here. It has a chance to be a weird good time.

Aquaman—out December 21st

8. A Wrinkle In Time

Ava DuVernay took her time deciding what she wanted to make after proving she is a good director with Selma in 2014. DuVernay chose the adaptation of the famous novel that so many children have read for so long. It’s got Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, and Michael Pena as the adults in it. The kids will dominate this one, and it looks like they will in the theater too. It’s a PG family movie that should be a huge hit. I hope it is great and stays in theaters for months.

A Wrinkle In Time—out on March 9th 

9. Ocean’s 8

Oh, yeah, one of the greatest heist films ever made gets the gender swap treatment in what should be so much fun in the summer. Sandra Bullock is Ocean, Cate Blanchett in the Pitt type role, and bringing along Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and many more to rob Anne Hathaway. I am only hesitant because it’s a Gary Ross movie and his track record isn’t exactly fun or inspiring. But I am hoping he doesn’t hold this cast back and makes a good movie.

Ocean’s 8—June 18th

10. Alita: Battle Angel

This is the one with the weird big-eyed woman from the trailer. It’s a Robert Rodriguez film so it’ll be violent and stylish. It’s kind of like a mix of the Bourne movies with Blade Runner if they were written by James Cameron. Cameron is producing by the way. It has Rosa Salazar in the title role, almost completely CGI’d so you wouldn’t know it, and features a great supporting cast: Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz, Michelle Rodriguez, Mahershala Ali, and Jackie Earle Haley. It may be bad, but I am hoping it is a throwback to the fun and dark 90’s action movies.

Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled for release on July 20th

 

HEY DANE YOU WRITE ABOUT THESE

(Okay, I will, but for most of these I’m going to write less about the movies and more about how I feel about them. Cool? Cool.-DJ)

Avengers: Infinity War (May 4th)

I remember getting the old Infinity War and Infinity Gauntlet comics from Circus Video when I was a kid. Those issues were so cool because they had all my favorite characters together for the same $1.25 price. Each page seemed like it was ripped straight from my wildest dreams. Wait, you’re telling me this has Wolverine AND Spider-Man AND the Fantastic Four?![1] Also, the considerably less-cool Dr. Strange and Nomad for whatever reason? Sweet, I’m in.

Now, if you were to ask me what went on in this comics, I wouldn’t (and still don’t) have a clue. I didn’t understand all this back and forth about the Infinity Gems. I didn’t know who this Warlock dude was or why he was taking up so much precious ink real estate. I just knew that there was Wolverine and there was Captain America. It didn’t matter WHY all those people were together, it just mattered that they were and that it was fun. That’s pretty much how I feel about Avengers: Infinity War, which is out on May 4th. 

Ant-Man & The Wasp (July 6th)

Yeah, I know this movie feels like another heat check (or just check-check) from Marvel, but I’m really not able to talk about these movies without thinking about the kid I once was. The kid version of me would be over the blue area of the moon[2] that the “Marvel Extended Universe” was even something generally accepted by the population.

I used to read in Wizard magazine[3] about potential castings for Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men movies that no one ever planned to make. I rented the 1990 Captain America VHS multiple, multiple times.[4] I once walked to school in the pouring rain with Wolverine claws that wouldn’t retract. I guess the point is, when I was a kid, when I wanted these movies the most, no one was really making them. So now, while the grown-up version of me is kind of bummed that they’re making another Ant-Man movie, the kid version of me is so there. Plus, Paul Rudd is great. Ant-Man & The Wasp is out July 6th. 

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th)

Pro: Donald Glover is in this.

Con: Alden Ehrenreich apparently needed an acting coach on set.

Pro: We get to see a young(er) Chewbacca.[5]

Con: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the movie over creative differences, which doesn’t seem great.

Pro: Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are in this, which does seem great.

Con: This movie will likely pay fan-service to lame Star Wars fanboys who were pissed about the strong female characters in the Last Jedi. And on a strictly petty level, I don’t want those dudes to be able to be like “Now, THIS is how Star Wars should be."

Pro: Those guys will probably be unhappy with this movie too for whatever reason.

The Pro’s have it! Okay, Disney, you win. I guess I’ll see your new Star Wars movie. 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2nd)

Huh. So I guess there’s an X-Men movie coming out this year. I either didn’t know this or I forgot, thanks for the reminder, Major. Since this is an X-Men movie, I will of course be seeing it. However, much like seeing Martha Wayne’s pearls spill into a sewer grate, the Dark Phoenix saga has been played out over and over. Still, let’s check the old IMDb and...Nightcrawler is in this one?! Awesome. I’ll be there. 

Incredibles 2 (June 15th)

I’m actually pretty excited for this one. I cannot overstate how much I appreciate a quality kid’s movie any more. So yeah, I will be showing my kids this trailer to get them on board for seeing this.[6] Apparently Paddington 2 is great as well, so we’ll probably see that this weekend. Even though I’m pretty sure Ezra has never seen The Room. 

Love, Simon (March 16th)

Love, Simon is an adaptation of the young adult novel, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I loved the book and the trailer looks really great. Love, Simon should be 2018’s Fault in Our Stars or Paper Towns with a higher ceiling. 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22nd)

Everyone has their guilty pleasures. For some it’s the Bachelor. For others it’s kinda digging that one Imagine Dragons song. For me, it’s CGI dinosaurs and the people that run from them. Much like Infinity War, it doesn’t matter why Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are going back to the dino island. All that matter is that they are going there and it will be awesome. Shut up, Major. 

Deadpool 2 (June 1st)[7]

There’s a decent chance Deadpool 2 will be called something else when it’s release, probably something kind of dumb and slightly clever with an over the top meta aspect to it. Which for those purposes maybe just Deadpool 2 will fit fine. The addition of Cable played by Josh Brolin should bring back some comic book nostalgia. I’m really hoping they replace TJ Miller with Christopher Plummer though. 

Then I also want to see that movie with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski where they have to be really quiet or some monster will eat them and their kids or something. Yeah, that looks good. Okay, I think we have movies for 2018 covered. Thanks, Major, for doing this.

 

Major McKeithen studies acting and improv at The Second City and iO in Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter for his daily live-tweet through of the Chronicles of Riddick.

 

 

 

[1] Unfortunately, I don’t think Wolverine will be in Infinity War though. Sorry.

[2] Shout out to the one or two people that got this. Hi, Tyler Chance.

[3] I can’t write those words without thinking of them in the Biggie “Juicy” voice, “It was all a dream/I used to read in Wizard magazine/Hank and Janet Pym up in the Ultron machine.”

[4] Which is only meaningful to the people who have witnessed that garbage.

[5] I guess we saw a young Chewbacca in Revenge of the Sith, but I haven’t rewatched that in a long time and I don’t plan to.

[6] A large part of fatherhood so far is me trying to manipulate my kids into seeing movies that I want to see and convincing them that it’s their idea.

[7] Wikipedia actually said the release date was May 18th, 2018, but since Major said June 1st, I trust him more and I’ll stick with him here.