2018 February Movies
- -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
The character of Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966. He was noteworthy for being the first superhero of African descent in mainstream comics, breaking new ground in the industry. After appearing in other titles across the Marvel Comics line, Black Panther received a solo series that originally ran from 1977 to 1979. Marvel has since published numerous volumes of Black Panther over the past several decades.
T’Challa first appeared onscreen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, with Chadwick Boseman’s performance earning positive marks from critics and fans. His standalone film was announced as part of the MCU’s Phase 3 slate in October 2014. Ryan Coogler was hired as director in January 2016 and filming commenced a year later. Coogler grew up reading the Black Panther comics, so he believes this film will be as personal as his smaller, more dramatic works.
Black Panther will return in Avengers: Infinity War.
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- -Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.
The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Ortiz (Fast & Furious films, Kong: Skull Island), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Moone Boy, Thor: The Dark World), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).
Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not quite find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.
This film is based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, which was the first in a trilogy. Annihilation is the second directorial effort by Alex Garland, following his Oscar-winning debut, Ex Machina. It is noteworthy for having a female-led cast, with the likes of Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and others in starring roles. Though Annihilation is part of a series, there currently is no plan to adapt the other two books. For now, Garland made this movie as a self-contained story, leaving the door open for followups down the road should circumstances call for it. He also altered some things for the text, including the ending, to better suit the narrative for cinema.
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- -Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most
This is the latest film from director Duncan Jones, who made a name for himself with high concept sci-fi films like Moon and Source Code. Mute was in development hell for several years, but Jones finally announced it would be his next movie in November 2015. He drew inspiration from Blade Runner while crafting its world, and started production in September 2016.
Jones previously described Mute as a “spiritual sequel” to Moon and envisions it as the second part of an unofficial trilogy. He has expressed a desire to see Sam Rockwell cameo in Mute as his Moon character, Sam Bell. In addition to being released on Netflix, there is a plan to give Mute a limited theatrical release. It was originally to premiere in 2017, before being pushed back to 2018.
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- -Genre: Animation
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
This is the latest film from Aardman Animations, a studio that is best known for claymation stop-motion projects like Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit. It was first announced in May 2015, with StudioCanal agreeing to finance the picture. Director Nick Park is tackling Aardman’s most ambitious project to date, and acted out the entire movie in live-action before the animation process began so his team knew what he was looking for.
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- -Genre: Romance, Thriller
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.
This is the final chapter in the Fifty Shades trilogy, which is based on the series of novels by E.L. James. Though the franchise has been widely panned by critics, the movies are financially successful. The first film, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released in 2015 and earned $571 million at the worldwide box office. Sequel Fifty Shades Darker fared worse commercially, but still brought in $381.1 million. With Fifty Shades Freed, the franchise should pass the $1 billion mark collectively. This film was shot back-to-back with Fifty Shades Darker, with director James Foley beginning production in 2016. Production ran from February to July that year. Universal will release Fifty Shades Freed in IMAX theaters.
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- -Genre: Biography, Horror, Mystery
Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…
The film is based on the true story of Sarah Winchester, who used her immense fortune for the perpetual construction of the Winchester mansion, which went on for 38 straight years. She firmly believed her house was cursed by evil spirits, and adding to the mansion was the only way to deal with the situation. In the years following her death, the mansion has become a tourist attraction. The Spierig brothers signed on to direct the movie in May 2016, and Mirren was cast shortly after. Principal photography began in March 2017.
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- -Genre: Drama, Thriller
Based on the true story of three Americans who were tasked with stopping a terrorist attack, while aboard a train bound for Paris.
The film draws from a real-life incident in 2015, in which Americans Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos thwarted the Thalys train attack. Clint Eastwood signed on to direct the picture in April 2017, with the intention of starting filming shortly after. In July, he announced that Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos would portray themselves in the film – an element that has been a key part of the marketing campaign. Principal photography started in July 2017. Originally, the MPAA had rated The 15:17 to Paris R, but after an appeal, it was taken down to a PG-13.
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- -Genre: Comedy, Family
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.
This film is based on the children’s stories written by Beatrix Potter. The character of Peter Rabbit debuted way back in 1902 in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. That book spawned five followups that were published between 1904 and 1912. Peter is the world’s oldest licensed character, with the first toy being produced in 1903. In the many years since, there has been a multitude of Peter Rabbit merchandise, including dishes. The 2018 film is not the first time the property has been adapted – most notably there was a BBC series called The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.
The new movie will be a combination of live-action and CGI animation, recruiting an all-star cast that includes James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, and more. Director Will Gluck signed on to helm the project in August 2016 and production began in January 2017. After the release of the first trailer, several outlets criticized the film for not staying true to the source material, feeling it was too low-brow and modern.
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- -Genre: Action, Comedy
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.
This is the latest film from director John Francis Daley, who is best known for writing comedies such as the Horrible Bosses films and the Vacation Reboot. He signed on to helm the project in April 2016. Many of the principal cast, including Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Jesse Plemons were onboard in January 2017. Production began in April 2017.
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- -Genre: Action, Drama
A logger defends his family from a group of dangerous drug runners.
- -Genre: Horror
A disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.