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Rampage (2018)

April 13, 2018
PG-13
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth.  But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.  To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals.  As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

This film is based on the video game of the same name, which debuted in 1986. In the game, players would control a giant monster to destroy cities while evading the authorities. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the title in 2009 as part of their deal to purchase Midway Games. A movie adaptation of Rampage has been in development since 2011, with star Dwayne Johnson signing on to headline in 2015. He reunites with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton on this action film, which promises to be more emotional than some may think.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018)

November 16, 2018
PG-13
Adventure, Fantasy

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter franchise spinoff that was released in 2016. The original film earned $814 million at the worldwide box office, illustrating there was still much interest in the brand. Crimes of Grindelwald was first hinted at in 2014, when Warner Bros. confirmed they wanted to make a trilogy in the Fantastic Beasts series. Principal photography started in July 2017 and concluded in December of that year.

A third film in the series is planned for release in November 2020.

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A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

March 9, 2018
PG
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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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

December 19, 2018
Not Rated
Family, Fantasy, Musical

“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Disney first announced the film in 2015, imagining it as a sequel set 20 years after the original. The cast came together in 2016, and principal photography started in 2017.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018 Video Game)

October 12, 2018
M
Action

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features gritty, grounded, combat, along with new levels of customization and tactical gameplay, and a variety of new weaponry, maps and modes for the ultimate Black Ops multiplayer experience. The game features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 goes deeper than ever before into the fiction of multiplayer, where players will explore the world of Specialists – who they are, why they exist, and what battles they fight together – while mastering their gameplay through solo and multiplayer combat experiences. Black Ops 4 features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique weapons, equipment and playstyles. Players will be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.

Black Ops 4 raises the bar for Multiplayer mode that increases tactical gameplay and player choice, along with the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full experiences at launch, and Blackout, where the Black Ops universe comes to life in a massive battle royale experience featuring iconic characters and locations from all four Black Ops games in a one-of-a-kind offering that is uniquely Black Ops. Published by Activision and developed by award-winning studio Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 transforms the established universe played by hundreds of millions of fans with the largest gameplay experience ever created in the series.

The Nun (2018)

September 7, 2018
R
Horror

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

The film was announced back in 2016, with director Corin Hardy joining in February 2017. Chronology-wise in the Conjuring universe, The Nun is said to take place before all the other films. Principal photography began in May 2017 and concluded in June of that year. Originally, it was set to be released in July 2018, but Warner Bros. pushed it back to September.

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A Quiet Place (2018)

April 6, 2018
PG-13
Drama, Thriller, Horror

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

Director John Krasinski got a hold of the script in 2016, finding the concept appealing since he and wife Emily Blunt (who stars opposite him in the film) just had their second child. A key component of the plot is parents protecting their children from a mysterious threat. It was Blunt who encouraged Krasinski to direct the project, making this his third feature film - and first for a major studio. Paramount acquired the rights in 2017 and had Krasinksi work on a script rewrite before production. Principal photography ran from May to November 2017. Krasinski cited films like Don't Breathe and Get Out as part of his research during development.

A Quiet Place premiered at the SXSW 2018 festival, where it received rave reviews for Krasinski's prowess behind the camera and the story.

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Annihilation (2018)

February 23, 2018
R
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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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

December 14, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Action, Animation

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Creed 2 (2018)

November 21, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Action, Drama, Sports

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

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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Ocean's 8/Ocean's Eight (2018)

June 8, 2018
PG-13
Crime

Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

This film is billed as a continuation of the Ocean's Eleven franchise from director Steven Soderbergh that began back in 2001. The trilogy starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon (among others) proved to be very successful, grossing over $1 billion worldwide collectively. Ocean's Eight looks to follow a similar formula, only with the spin that the crew of thieves is all-female. Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, sister of Clooney's Danny, and works with a crew of other criminals to get the job done.

Right now, it is unknown if there will be sequels, though that is likely if the film proves to be successful,

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

January 26, 2018
PG-13
Action, Sci-Fi

In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

This is the latest film based on the series of young-adult novels written by James Dashner. The first movie came out in 2014 and was moderately successful, grossing $102.4 million domestically. A sequel, The Scorch Trials, was released a year later and unfortunately fared worse - bringing in $81.6 million during its run. The adaptations represented Fox's attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that swept the entertainment industry for a brief period, building off the blockbusters like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release in February 2017, but star Dylan O'Brien suffered injuries during principal photography, which forced the project to be delayed. Filming shut down in April 2016 to give the star more time to recover and cameras started rolling once again in March 2017.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018)

November 21, 2018
PG
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Six years after the events of the first film, the story centers on Ralph's adventures in the Internet data space when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade by Mr. Litwak as he must find a replacement for the broken steering wheel of Sugar Rush. Along the way, Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, such as trendy algorithms and the Disney Princess lineup.

Talk of a Wreck-it Ralph sequel began back in 2012 when the original film was released. Director Rich Moore mentioned he wanted to explore Internet culture and console gaming. This movie lingered in development for a while, before it was officially confirmed in 2016. The official subtitle was revealed in 2017, along with the principal cast. Disney initially had Ralph Breaks the Internet in place for a March 2018 release date, but moved it back to November 2018.

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Fallout 76 (2018 Video Game)

November 14, 2018
M
Action, RPG

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome players to Fallout 76, the online Fallout prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, players can experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. There are no NPCs that give quests, only AI enemies and other players. And it's up to you to survive.

Fallout 76 takes place on Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, the Vault Dwellers (players)—chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America. Play solo or join together to explore, quest, build, and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats. Everything from the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. progression system to VATS returns for Fallout 76, albeit differently, since this is the first multiplayer Fallout game.

Disney's Christopher Robin (2018)

August 3, 2018
PG
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

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.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film was first announced in 2015 as the latest project in Disney's initiative to produce live-action adaptations of their classic animation properties, following the footsteps of Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Principal photography began in August 2017.

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Alita Battle Angel (2018)

December 21, 2018
Not Yet Rated
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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Sicario: Day of the Soldado/Sicario 2 (2018)

June 29, 2018
R
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

This is the sequel to the hard-hitting crime drama Sicario, which was directed by Denis Villeneuve and released in 2015. Though the original was a modest box office success ($84.8 million worldwide), the enthusiastic response led to the creation of a followup. Soldado was first announced in 2015, and the plan was for the film to center around Benicio del Toro's acclaimed hitman character. The creative team has described this as a "standalone spinoff" as opposed to a sequel or prequel, fleshing out the Sicario universe. Villeneuve was unable to return to direct due to his commitment to Blade Runner 2049. There has been talk about a third film.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018 Video Game)

September 14, 2018
M
Action, Adventure

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft (Camilla Luddington) returns for a third adventure and must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Eidos-Montréal and Crystal Dynamics are developing Shadow of the Tomb Raider for Square Enix.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018 Video Game)

October 26, 2018
M
Action, Adventure

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to 2010's mega popular Red Dead Redemption and is also a Western action-adventure video game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018 with a PC release later. It's the third entry in the Red Dead series and follows the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch van der Linde gang.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed multiple times and is rumored to potentially include a first-person mode (similar to Grand Theft Auto 5's first-person mode it got upon re-release on current-gen consoles and PC), a battle royale type mode for its multiplayer alongside Revive and Survive and Money Grab modes. Its open-world reportedly embraces its day-and-night cycles with NPCs and shops closing for the evening. New vehicles may be added including horse carts and fully realized trains, and there may even be a social companion app which includes poker.

Skyscraper (2018)

July 13, 2018
PG-13
Action, Crime, Drama

Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

The film was first announced in May 2016 after Legendary Pictures won a bidding war for the project. Johnson was confirmed as the main lead around that same time, and shortly after, the supporting cast rounded into shape. Production began in August 2017. This marks the second time Johnson has worked with Rawson Marshall Thurber, after previously collaborating with him on Central Intelligence. The two are set to re-team for 2020's Red Notice.

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