7Duck Duck Goose (April, 2018)
There is a lot of original family fare set for 2018, including the animated feature Duck Duck Goose. This digitally animated film stars Jim Gaffigan as an irresponsible bachelor goose, Peng, who would do anything other than practice for the upcoming migration to the south. Peng gets so wrapped up in showing off and doing his own crazy high-flying stunts that he ends up breaking his wing and grounding himself. This accident also results in him inadvertently separating two ducklings from their family and the rest of the group.
In the film, Peng must journey south on foot while leading the young ducklings and protecting them. It will mean he must learn responsibility, as well as to care for someone other than himself. Carl Reiner, Greg Proops, Zendaya ,and Stephen Fry also star.
6I Feel Pretty (June, 2018)
Chick flicks are a lot different now than they once were. Many now empower women, rather than focusing on topics such as romance, having babies, and failing at dating. I Feel Pretty continues to buck the trend, but that isn't much of a surprise when considering the fact that it stars comedian Amy Schumer.
In I Feel Pretty, Schumer is Renee Barrett, a woman who works in the cosmetics industry, someone who feels that she's mediocre in a sea of beautiful women. After an exercise incident that results in a head injury, Renee suddenly believes herself to be stunningly beautiful, although she looks exactly the same. This leads to a renewed self-confidence that sees Renee becoming more successful at her company, challenging the notion that beauty is only skin-deep.
5Tag (June, 2018)
Imagine the most epic game of tag that lasts over decades and crosses the world. That's what Tag is about. It follows a group of extremely competitive friends that have been playing the same game of Tag since grade school. They will do what it takes to not be "it," including risking their lives, their jobs, and their relationships, all for a children's game. The movie starts the game at the wedding of their only undefeated player, supposedly an easy target. But he knows they're coming, and he's waiting for them.
What's even crazier about this film is that a true story inspired it. This one should provide some laughs, especially because it stars funny men Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan. Jeremy Renner also stars.
4The Happytime Murders (August, 2018)
Just the title of The Happytime Murders should intrigue fans of dark comedy. But this one has a lot of weight under its belt, especially considering that it's the latest project from the Jim Henson Company. Yes, that means that this movie features puppets. But this isn't Sesame Street. Instead, this is a puppet story with a classic film noir angle.
The story follows an ex-cop, Phil, who is on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother. That serial killer is now targeting the stars of a famous puppet TV series called "The Happytime Gang." Phil must use his detective skills to find the killer. This is an adult puppet movie and, obviously, there just aren't enough of those in the world.
3Marwencol (November, 2018)
In the 2010 documentary Marwencol, filmmakers explored the life of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp. Hogancamp suffered massive brain damage after an attack by five men who nearly beat him to death, losing nearly all memories of his previous life. For therapy, he built his own town, called Marwencol, in his back yard, populated by dolls that represented himself, his friends and his attackers.
In 2018, Steve Carrell plans to star in a fictionalized account of Hogancamp's story to the screen directed by Robert Zemeckis (the film's working title is actually Untited Robert Zemeckis Project). Carell will star, along with Leslie Mann, Gwendoline Christie, Diane Kruger, and Janelle Monáe. Expect a funny, yet heartwarming tale, about a man who was a little out there, but also lovable.
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