2018 Movies

12 Strong (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Drama, History

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

This film is based on a true story, using Doug Stanton’s book, Horse Soldiers, as its primary source of inspiration. 12 Strong has been in development for quite some time, with the script first bought by Walt Disney Pictures for producer Jerry Bruckheimer in 2009. The project eventually moved homes to Warner Bros. and started to pick up steam in 2016 when director Nicolai Fuglsig came on board. Fuglsig is making his feature film debut with the picture. Principal photography started in January 2017.

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15: 17 to Paris (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -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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A Quiet Place (2018)

  • Genre: Horror, Thriller

A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

A Star is Born (2018)

  • Genre: Musical

A film star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his career into a downward spiral.

A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After learning her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry works with her highly intelligent younger brother, her classmate, and three astral travelers to save him.

A Wrinkle In Time is based on the book of the same name by Madeline L’Engle, which was originally published in 1962. The novel received widespread acclaim, winning the Newberry Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carrol Shelf Award. It is the first title in the Time Quintet series, which follows the Murray and O’Keefe families. Disney originally adapted the story for a 2003 television movie before green lighting a theatrical version.

This film was originally going to have a production budget of around $35 million, but that changed drastically over time. Director Ava DuVernay becomes the first woman of color to helm a film that costs $100 million or more. DuVernay was hired for the job in February 2016, with high-profile cast members like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Peña joining months after. Youngster Storm Reid was cast as lead Meg Murry in September 2016. Principal photography began in November 2016 and ran through early 2017.

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Alita Battle Angel (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

This film is based on the manga Battle Angel Alita, which was created in 1990 by Yukito Kishiro. The original run of the publication ran for five years, ending in 1995. The series consisted of nine volumes and spawned various spinoffs, including Last Order and Mars Chronicle. A video game in the franchise, Gunnm: Martian Memory was also released. Two of the original Alita volumes were adapted into anime.

The live-action film has been in development since 2000, when a website domain was registered to James Cameron. Initially, Cameron thought he would direct Alita, but it was continuously delayed as the filmmaker decided to move forward with Avatar instead. In October 2015, Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct, with Cameron working on sequels to Avatar instead. Should this movie prove to be a success, there is the possibility for sequels down the road.

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Annihilation (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -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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Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”  In the aftermath of “Captain America:  Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.  As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

This will be the 20th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. That original film was another critical and commercial success for the studio, grossing $519.3 million at the worldwide box office. Scott Lang also appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as a member of Cap’s team. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a woman superhero serves as the co-lead in an MCU production, with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne taking the mantle of The Wasp to form a formidable team with Scott. The film was officially announced as part of the MCU slate in October 2015, just a few months after the success of the first movie. It began production in August 2017 and ran through November of that year.

Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1962, in Tales to Astonish #27. Wasp debuted a year later in Tales to Astonish #44.

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Aquaman (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is the King of the Seven Seas. Leader of Atlantis, he is caught between the surface world constantly ravaging the seas and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt. Aquaman is committed to protecting the entire world. This film is part of WB’s shared DC cinematic universe.

As one of the founding members of the Justice League, Aquaman is set to star in a standalone film as part of the DC Extended Universe. The film is scheduled to be released in December 2018 with actor Jason Momoa playing the titular role. The film will be directed by James Wan while Will Beall is in charge of the screenplay based on the story by Wan and Geoff Johns.

The character is based on the DC Comics character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. He first appeared on More Fun Comics #73 published in 1941 before starring in his self-titled series. He became one of the founding members of the Justice League of America during the Silver Age and has since also appeared in animation, tv series and movies.

On DCEU’s Smallville the character was played by actor Alan Ritchson. Momoa’s Aquaman has already appeared briefly in the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He is set to appear again in the movie Justice League which will premiere in November 2017.

Aquaman is also known as the king of Atlantis and also goes by the name Arthur Curry. His father was a lighthouse keeper named Tom and his mother Atlanna later on revealed that she was an exiled Queen of Atlantis. As a half-human and half-Atlantan, he is able to thrive in both land water.  

In the rebooted world of DC Comics, he was also called Orin, born heir to the Atlantean Royal Family. His mother Atlanna conceived him during a dream and was left to die on Mercy Reef at the command of King Trevis. He was initially raised by Porm, a dolphin.

Filming for the movie has already began in Australia on May 2, 2017 but majority of the shots will be taken in Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland. Other cast members include Nicole Kidman (Queen Atlanna), Amber Heard (Mera), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Patrick Wilson (Orm), Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus) and Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry).

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Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

The third Avengers movie in the game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe, this film is positioned to be a culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise to date. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, have assembled the largest ensemble in a superhero film to date. Nearly every living character in the MCU will be included, as the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take down Thanos in a battle that will have massive repercussions for the future. The filmmakers have not been shy to tease character deaths are in store, signaling that some of the original Avengers might be at the end of their ropes.

A sequel, Avengers 4, is also on the release schedule and will be released in May 2019 to close out Phase 3.

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Beirut (2018)

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Black Panther (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -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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Blockers (2018)

  • Genre: Comedy

When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

  • Genre: Biopic

A biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. Poster artwork is not official.

Braven (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Drama

A logger defends his family from a group of dangerous drug runners.

Bumblebee (2018)

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.  When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

  • Genre: Comedy

Three wealthy Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year. Artwork is from the original novel by Kevin Kwan.

Creed 2 (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Drama, Sports

This is the sequel to 2015’s Creed, which was a spinoff of the Rocky film franchise that introduced audiences to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone reprised his iconic Rocky Balboa character and earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance.

The Rocky series started in 1976, when the original movie was a box office hit and won Best Picture at the Oscars. It was followed by five sequels, beginning with Rocky II in 1979. The third and fourth installments were released in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and Rocky did not return until 1990’s Rocky V. Widely seen as the worst of the series, its reception left a bitter taste in Stallone’s mouth, inspiring him to come back for one more round in Rocky Balboa, which debuted in 2006.

Creed was the brainchild of director Ryan Coogler, who pitched the idea to Stallone and got him onboard. The film saw Rocky move into a mentor role as he trained Adonis, who was looking to follow his late father’s footsteps and become a great fighter. Creed was a box office success and earned the best reviews the series had seen in decades, which prompted interest in a sequel. Coogler will not return to direct due to his commitment to Marvel’s Black Panther, so Stallone is handling writing and directing responsibilities. Creed 2 will see the return of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, the villain in Rocky IV who killed Apollo in the ring.

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Death Wish (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.

Death Wish first entered development back in 2006, when Sylvester Stallone intended to direct and star in the remake. He left the project months later due to creative differences. The film lingered until 2012 when writer Joe Carnahan came onboard, and he also hoped to direct. His version would have starred Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo. Death Wish picked back up again in 2016 when Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado were brought in to direct, but they left when the studio wouldn’t allow their script rewrites. Eli Roth became the movie’s director in June 2016, with production beginning in September of that year. Willis was chosen from a short list of potential stars that also included Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith.

The original Death Wish grossed $22 million in 1974, spawning a franchise of four sequels that unfortunately saw diminished returns at the box office.

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Den of Thieves (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

This project will mark the directorial debut of Christian Gudegast, who previously penned the scripts for action films A Man Apart and London Has Fallen. In addition to being the helmsman, Gudegast also wrote the screenplay for Den of Thieves. Star Gerard Butler first signed on back in June 2016 and production began in January 2017.

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Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018)

  • Genre: Family

In the heartwarming live action adventure “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Disobedience (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Drama, Romance

A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life.

Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.

Early Man (2018)

  • Rating: PG
  • -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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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018)

  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.

The poster artwork is from the first Fantastic Beasts movie.