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The Meg (2018)

August 10, 2018
PG-13
Action, Sci-Fi, Horror

Two hundred miles off the Chinese coast, a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark called megalodon, thought to be long extinct, rises from the depths of the ocean and attacks a research submersible, leaving its crew stranded. Diver Jonas Taylor (Statham)—who has encountered the monster before—is called into action to help rescue the crew and stop the meaty monster before it attacks the mainland. But will the team's friendship survive a giant shark?

This film is based on the novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The rights to the book were initially acquired by Disney in 1997, but nothing came of it. By the time The Meg was ready for production, Warner Bros. was set to distribute. At one point, Eli Roth was in talks to direct, but he ended up passing on the project. Principal photography started in October 2016 and ran through January 2017.

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The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)

November 9, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The next chapter in the Millennium movie series, The Girl in the Spider's Web follows Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist as they investigate a story that involves spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives - some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

In 2011, David Fincher's American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the lead roles) was released, with the intention of it launching a series based on the other books. A direct sequel to that film never came to pass, so Sony decided to give the franchise a soft reboot with The Girl in the Spider's Web with an all-new creative team. Fede Alvarez signed on to direct in 2016, and Claire Foy was cast as Lisbeth in 2017. Production ran from January through April 2018.

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The Equalizer 2 (2018)

July 20, 2018
R
Action, Crime, Thriller

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Washington and Antoine Fuqua began making plans for The Equalizer 2 while filming the first installment in the 1980s TV show-turned movie franchise. Sony officially green-lit the project in 2015 and scheduled it for release in 2017, before pushing it back a year due to Washington and Fuqua's busy schedules. Pedro Pascal and Ashton Sanders join the cast here, along with the returning actors from the first movie.

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Red Sparrow (2018)

March 2, 2018
R
Thriller

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

Red Sparrow is based on the 2013 book of the same name written by former CIA operative Jason Matthews. The novel was acclaimed upon its release, taking home the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Matthews sold the movie rights to the book prior to its publication, agreeing to a seven-figure deal. In addition, he received a contract to write a Red Sparrow sequel. Production on the film started in January 2017.

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Mute (2018)

February 23, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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 CodeMute 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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A Star is Born (2018)

October 5, 2018
R
Drama, Music, Musical

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

This is the third remake of A Star is Born, which was originally released back in 1937. This latest iteration was in development for several years and at one point was envisioned as a vehicle for director Clint Eastwood and Beyonce. Other big name stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, and Will Smith circled the project before passing. Bradley Cooper joined in 2015, when it was also announced he'd make his directorial debut. Lady Gaga signed on as the female lead in 2016. Principal photography started in April 2017. Cooper has said this version of A Star is Born includes all original music.

A Star is Born premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, where it received rave reviews. It emerged as one of the Oscar front runners due to the performances of its leads and Cooper's direction.

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Mortal Engines (2018)

December 14, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Adventure, Fantasy

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

November 2, 2018
PG-13
Drama, Biography, Music

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

The film began production under the direction of Bryan Singer in 2017 before Singer was fired for not showing up to set with no explanation for several days. Dexter Fletcher was then brought onboard to oversee the movie during its final weeks of production.

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The Happytime Murders (2018)

August 24, 2018
R
Mystery, Comedy

When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

This film has been in development for a decade, first announced back in 2008. Originally, Cameron Diaz was offered the lead role, but she passed and was replaced by Katherine Heigl. The Happytime Murders continued to linger in development hell for several years, eventually being picked up by STX Entertainment in 2015. Jamie Foxx was in negotiations to star at the time, but Melissa McCarthy was officially cast in the main human part in 2017. She also did uncredited rewrites of the script. Principal photography started in September 2017.

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Death Wish (2018)

March 2, 2018
R
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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Far Cry 5 (2018 Video Game)

March 27, 2018
M
Action, Thriller

Set in America, a first for the franchise, Far Cry 5 offers players total freedom to navigate a serene-looking yet deeply twisted world as the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana. Players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult led by "The Father" Joseph Seed, the Project at Eden's Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance, including some local wildlife.

First Man (2018)

October 12, 2018
PG-13
Drama, Biography

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

This is the latest film from director Damien Chazelle, following his Oscar win for the musical La La Land. The film reunites Chazelle with Ryan Gosling, who will play Armstrong. Based on James R. Hansen's biography of the astronaut, First Man takes place from 1961 to 1969, leading up to the Apollo 11 mission. The movie has been in development since 2003, originally envisioned as a vehicle for Clint Eastwood to direct. Gosling signed on to portray Armstrong in 2015, with Chazelle coming onboard later. Principal photography commenced in October 2017.

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Suspiria (2018)

November 2, 2018
R
Mystery, Fantasy, Horror

As a darkness builds at the center of a world-renowned dance company, its artistic director (Swinton), a young American new to the troupe (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf) become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare.

This is a remake of the 1977 film, which was directed by Dario Argento. A new version of the horror classic was in development for some time, first announced back in 2008. Call Me By Your Name's Luca Guadagnino signed on to helm in 2015, with Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton joining the cast shortly after. In 2016, key supporting roles were filled out by Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, and others. Filming took place over two stretches of principal photography. The first ran from October to December 2016, and then it was completed from February to March 2017.

Guadagnino hopes to make sequels at some point.

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Early Man (2018)

February 16, 2018
PG
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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Sea of Thieves (2018 Video Game)

March 20, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Action, Adventure

Sea of Thieves is a new type of multiplayer game that delivers all you need to live the free-roaming pirate life. Whether adventuring as a group or sailing solo, you'll encounter other crews... but will they be friends or foes, and how will you respond?

Overlord (2018)

November 9, 2018
R
Action, Mystery, Horror

On the eve of D-Day during World War II, American paratroopers are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German Radio Tower in a small town outside of Normandy. After reaching their target, the paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must combat against horrifying, bloody, and violent creatures that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment.

Paramount acquired the rights to the film in 2017, bringing Mark L. Smith onboard to fine-tune the screenplay. Overlord's story was originally by J.J. Abrams and Billy Ray. At one point, fans thought this was another secret installment of the Cloverfield franchise, but Abrams confirmed it's a standalone feature. Julius Avery was hired as director in 2017, and production began in May of that year.

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

October 12, 2018
PG
Family, Horror

A sequel to the live-action Goosebumps movie that pits three unsuspecting teens against Slappy the Dummy.

Production on the film began in March 2018, with a different cast and crew than the first Goosebumps movie. The sequel was officially titled Haunted Halloween a month later.

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Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

January 5, 2018
PG-13
Thriller, Mystery, Horror

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. The franchise welcomes back standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist who faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

This film is the fourth overall installment in the Insidious horror film franchise, which began with the original movie back in 2011. The previous three films have all been moderate box office successes, with the property peaking in 2013 with Insidious: Chapter 2 ($83.5 million). The Last Key is second in regards to the in-universe chronology, following the events of Insidious: Chapter 3. It was originally going to be released in October 2017 for Halloween, but studio Blumhouse Productions pushed it back for Happy Death Day instead. Principal photography took place in 2016.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

November 2, 2018
PG
Family, Fantasy, Musical

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

Disney officially announced the film in 2016, positioning it as their latest live-action fairy tale reimagining. Mackenzie Foy was cast as the lead later that year, with key supporting players like Morgan Freeman and Kiera Knightley signing on at various points in 2016. Production started in October 2016 and ran until January 2017. Joe Johnston came in to oversee an extended period of reshoots in December 2017, since director Lasse Hallström was unavailable. The two filmmakers will receive co-directing credit on the movie.

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Paddington 2 (2018)

January 12, 2018
PG
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

This film is based on the Paddington Bear stories created by author Michael Bond and serves as a sequel to the family hit from 2014. The original Paddington movie earned widespread acclaim from critics and earned $265.3 million at the worldwide box office. Among the accolades it received were two British Academy Film Awards: Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. The success of the first film all but guaranteed a sequel would be made. Principal photography ran from October 2016 to June 2017, completing ahead of Paddington 2's U.K. theatrical premiere in November 2017.

Paddington 2 was originally going to be distributed by The Weinstein Company, but following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the rights were picked up by Warner Bros.

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