Upcoming Highly Anticipated New Movies
If you thought last year was packed was a brilliant year for movies, you’re in for a treat with the most highly anticipated movies of 2018!
If you’re anything like us, you love watching movies. Whether you’re in the cinema or wrapped up in a blanket at home with a bowl of popcorn… there’s not much better than sitting down, relaxing and sticking a movie on.
With blockbuster sequels (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), reboots of classic movies (Holmes and Watson), franchise spinoffs (Solo: A Star Wars Story), and movies with strong female leads (Tomb Raider and Ocean’s Eight), there is something for everyone.
We’ve got a list of 50 of the most anticipated movies hitting cinemas this year, in order of release date. Read on and don’t get too excited for the year ahead!
Insidious: The Last Key (January 5)
Insidious: The Final Key, is the finale to the 4-film-long Insidious franchise. The supernatural thriller brings Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) back into the fold as a brilliant parapsychologist who faces her most personal challenge yet: a haunting in her family home.
She receives a disturbing phone call from a man, who claims that his house is haunted. The most disturbing thing about this call is the address of the house – it is the home where Elise grew up as a child.
Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fears.
Insidious definition: “proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects.”
If you’re a lover of all things horror related, discover our list of the 35 top horror movies here!
Find out more by watching the trailer about this chilling thriller now.
12 Strong (January 26)
Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “The Avengers” movies) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Nocturnal Animals”) star in “12 Strong,” a powerful new war drama.
Based on the book best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is a story of heroism based on true events that unfolded in Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.
This movie is based on the true story of the US Army’s Special Forces known as the “Green Berets”.
Within weeks of the horrific 9-11 attacks, the Green Berets along with the help of the 160th SOAR(A), took over the country (Afghanistan) allowing other Special Forces and the rest of the conventional military to begin the more publicly visible war.
Under the leadership of new captain Mitch Nelson, the team must work with an Afghan warlord known as Dostum, to take down for the Taliban. Outgunned and outnumbered, Nelson and his forces face overwhelming odds in a fight against a ruthless enemy that takes no prisoners.
Check out the trailer for this movie here.
Early Man (January 26)
The folks behind Wallace and Gromit are back with a high-concept prehistoric sports film – but can it live up to Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run?
A feel-good family-friendly film, the movie is set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth.
After being driven from their land by a new ‘Bronze Age’ city, the tribe make a winner-takes-all deal in an attempt to claim it back: a football match against the best team in the land.
Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). Who sees the newly forming Bronze Age as a reason to turn their home into a mine.
Watch the trailer for this film here.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (January 26)
The rise and fall of humour magazine National Lampoon and its co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte) is recounted in this biopic directed by David Wain.
The movie is a biographical comedy film based on the book by Josh Karp that has the same name.
In the ‘70s and ’80s, the influence and success of National Lampoon created a new media empire overseen in part by the brilliant and troubled, Doug Kenney.
Domhnall Gleeson, Joel McHale, Seth Green and Thomas Lennon co-star in this ensemble homage to the subversive humourists who changed the American comedy landscape.
Discover the trailer for this film by clicking here.
Winchester (February 2)
A horror film inspired by true events? It’s already terrifying.
On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world – The Winchester Mystery House.
It was built by Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the heiress to the Winchester fortune, and is a house that knows no end. Work on the house was constructed in an incessant 24 hour a day, 7 day a week mania for decades.
The story follows Sarah after her husband’s sudden death and the previous death of their child. These deaths leave her in severe grief, which leads to her believing that she is cursed by the ghosts of those who died at the hands of Winchester firearms.
She begins building a prison for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, with the most terrifying among them having a score to settle with the Winchesters…
Ready for an evening of mystery and uncertainty? If so, watch the trailer for this movie here.
Journeys End (February 2)
Journey’s End is a British film adaptation of the play Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff.
The movie is set in a dugout in Aisne in March 1918 and is the story of a group of British officers in the trenches.
C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope.
A young officer, Raleigh, arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting.
They’re led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, and the film shows their various reactions to awaiting whatever their fate may be.
Each man is trapped with the days ticking by, tension risings and imminent attack drawing ever closer.
Check out the trailer for this movie here.
The 15:17 To Paris (February 9)
A true story of bravery, courage, and friendship.
Three young Americans (played by themselves) star in a Clint Eastwood-directed movie about how they foiled a terrorist attack on a train in France.
In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris.
This attempt was prevented by three courageous young Americans among others travelling through Europe.
The film follows the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their way in life, to the series of unlikely events that led up to the attack.
Throughout the distressing ordeal, their friendship never wavers. Instead, it becomes their greatest weapon and helps them to save the lives of the passengers onboard.
Are you planning to see the 15:17 to Paris? We sure are! Check out the trailer here.
Black Panther (February 12)
If your first reaction to the thought of seeing Black Panther is “oh god, not another superhero movie”, just hold your horses as Black Panther promises to be so much more than that.
Not only is Michael B. Jordan taking up the role of the main antagonist, but it’s almost an entirely black cast, with famous names including Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Forest Whitaker.
Following the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” T’Challa returns home after the death of his father to the isolated African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.
However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
And if you need any more reasons to check this one out, just take a look at the incredible soundtrack with songs from Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd featuring! Check out the trailer for this movie here!
The Shape Of Water (February 14)
From the master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro who created movies such as: Hellboy (2004), Pans Labyrinth (2006) and Pacific Rim (2013), comes The Shape of Water. The story is set in an otherworldly fable against the backdrop of the Cold War era America circa 1962.
Lonely Elisa is a mute working in a hidden, high-security government laboratory and is confined to a life of isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda stumble upon a secret classified experiment on an amphibious creature.
A Valentine’s Day treat, Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fairytale has everything you need for the perfect date movie: passion, peril and a slippery fish creature.
Watch the trailer for this movie here.
Lady Bird (February 16)
In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humour and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson fights against (while simultaneously being exactly like) her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mum. Her mum is a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job.
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Watch the trailer for this film here.
Annihilation (February 23)
Before we even tell you about the movie, the formidable female ensemble led by Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh is reason enough to be excited for Annihilation!
Director Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina is an adaptation of the book written by Jeff VanderMeer. A psychedelically creepy sci-fi horror novel, the story follows an expedition of four women into a mysterious, possibly paranormal region known as Area X.
A group of soldiers enter an environmental disaster zone and only one soldier comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena, a biologist, volunteers for another expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him. Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac also star.
Discover the trailer for this movie here.
Mute (February 23)
Berlin, 40 years into the future. A roiling futuristic city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Alexander Skarsgård) is a mute living in this city and works as a bartender. His one and only reason only for living there, disappears.
When Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s undergrowth, he finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. Leo can’t tell if they can help, or whether he should fear them.
This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.
Check out the trailer for this movie here.
Red Sparrow (March 1)
Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. She is also a prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. Dominika eventually 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.
Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. After coming to terms with her new-found abilities, she meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.
Check out the trailer for this movie here.
Tomb Raider (March 16)
Seventeen years after Angelina Jolie played one of the most famous female video game characters of all time, it’s time for a new heroine to takeover, and the woman to do so is Alicia Vikander.
Just as the rebooted game Lara shows us, the movie focuses on a younger, more vulnerable side to the kickass archaeologist as she strives to find evidence on what happened to her father.
Sure, we’ll all miss the feline power that Angelina Jolie gave Lara, but the idea of seeing Ms Croft on her first expedition and discovering how she came to be the hero we know of today is equally exciting!
To watch the trailer, click here.
A Wrinkle In Time (March 23)
From the mind of Ava DuVernay comes this big-budget Madeleine L’Engle adaptation. It follows a young girl, Meg, her new friend, and her younger brother as they search for her lost father in a time, space, and mind-bending journey through the universe!
The team soon learn that their astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil. Meg, her highly intelligent younger brother, and her new friend along with the help of three astral travellers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which travel across the universe to rescue him.
Oprah, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon play her trio of magical guardians, all of whom are sure to inspire some amazing RuPaul’s Drag Race costumes someday.
Check out the trailer for this movie here.
Unsane (March 23)
Steven Soderbergh has returned to moviemaking after a four-year hiatus and he definitely isn’t slowing down! Less than a year after of his last release, “Logan Lucky,” Soderbergh is returning to the big screen with his newest movie, “Unsane.”
In Unsane, a protagonist played by Claire Foy is dealing with a digital stalker who won’t leave her alone. Her attempts to get law enforcement involved somehow leads to her being confined in an institution, in the tried-and-true “Who’s really insane here?” plot.
It seems like all Soderbergh needed to be drawn out of retirement was a new piece of technology. What incredibly expensive piece of technology is this you ask? An iPhone. Almost unheard of when it comes to a major movie, the entire thing is filmed solely on an iPhone!
Check out the trailer for this movie here.
The Isle Of Dogs (March 30)
Back in 2009, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox seemed like a stop-motion animation experiment — a quirk-packed one-time creative indulgence for the Royal Tenenbaums writer-director within a kids’ flick genre.
This new stop-motion movie is set in in 2030s Japan, where canine saturation has reached epidemic proportions. After a dog-flu pandemic breaks out, all dogs are exiled to a garbage-dump island. The movie follows 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi, who recklessly sets off to the island in pursuit of his lost canine companion, Spots.
The film is made entirely in the stop-motion format and features some very famous household names such as Brian Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Scarlett Johansson to name a few! Take a look at the trailer for this interesting movie by clicking here!
Ready Player One (March 30)
Steven Spielberg is looking to add another sci-fi blockbuster to his resume (because apparently, he doesn’t have enough) with the adaption of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One”.
The movie tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenager growing up in a dystopian future with only one escape – the OASIS, a VR world where you can play as anyone you want to be.
When the games creator dies he leaves his billion dollar fortune in-game to whoever can solve a series of Easter eggs he’s hidden in the OASIS.
Watts decided to get in on the action but after five years he eventually finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will do anything to get the money – whether that’s in the game, or in the real world.
A Quiet Place (April 6)
Few things are as irresistible as a horror movie with a good hook, and A Quiet Place seems to have a great one. A horror film like no other.
A family, living a silent, simple life in the woods. With the family only communicating in sign language and eschewing just about anything that would make a loud noise, it is fair to question why they live in utter silence..
The family live in fear of an unknown threat that follows – and attacks- any sound.
Check out the trailer for this interesting new horror movie by clicking here. Pretty creepy huh?
Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)
Out of every other movie on this list, this is widely thought to be the most anticipated movie of 2018. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a whole host of other Marvel superheroes are teaming up to take down Thanos in the first part of Marvel Studios’ massive movie crossover. If the first trailer is anything to go by, it’s not one to be missed!
In the past decade since it launched the Marvel Universe with 2008’s Iron Man, this will be Marvel’s most ambitious project yet: a film that unites every single protagonist introduced in its 17-picture run. It may seem impossible to pull off without bewildering an audience, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo pulled off a similar trick in their previous jam-packed Marvel outing, Captain America: Civil War.
If you’ve not seen any of the other Marvel movies, don’t worry as it isn’t vital for this film, but if you want to watch them before this film comes out, there is an order to watch them all in to get the full story!
Did you know? Tom Holland was not allowed to read the script to the film, due to him accidentally revealing too many secrets for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). A brilliant superhero, but a rubbish secret keeper!
Check out the trailer for this movie here!
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot (May 11th)
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.
With encouragement from his girlfriend and a charismatic sponsor, he reluctantly enters treatment and 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, the movie is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and features an excellent cast with names such as Jack Black, Jonah Hill and Joaquin Phoenix!
Show Dogs (May 25)
Show Dogs features a brilliant and lovable cast of talking canine characters as-well as human characters, including our hero Max (voiced by Ludacris), a rugged lone-wolf Rottweiler, and Frank (played by Will Arnett) his human partner.
In a world where humans and sentient dogs co-exist, Max is a macho but lonely, NYPD police dog. Working alongside his human partner Frank, the pair are ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show to avert a disaster from happening.
The pair investigate the kidnap of a baby panda by a network of illegal animal traders when they get a tip that the crime ring is planning to sell the panda at the prestigious Canini Invitational Dog Show.
Can Max and Frank save the day?
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
Ever wondered how Han met Chewie or how he first got into waistcoats? This ‘Star Wars’ spin-off starring Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke should provide the answers.
Fans of the episodic sci-fi serial are beyond excited to see Alden Ehrenreich’s embodiment of a young Han Solo in this stand-alone installment. The movie is plotted around the roguish smuggler’s pre-Rebellion adventures with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
The film sees Han Solo on an adventure into a criminal underworld, where he meets his beloved future co-pilot Chewbacca. He also encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Deadpool 2 (June 1)
Has there been any better news than the greenlighting of Deadpool 2?
After being the 9th highest grossing movie in 2016, it’s not hard to see why Deadpool has been given a sequel. Fans were left wanting more of the hilarious dark anti-hero portrayed so well by Ryan Reynolds and 2018 is the year they’ll finally get it!
For many sequels, losing key creative talent might seem a blow. For Deadpool 2, it was an opportunity, and the movie grabbed it with both, blood-drenched hands. When original director Tim Miller left the project, in came John Wick co-director David Leitch, promising a slicky amped-up, even more stylish level of brutal action.
The movie sees Deadpool searching to regain his passion for life. Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group of stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life.
Find the hilarious teaser trailer for this movie by clicking here.
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom (June 7)
Raptors! Chris Pratt! A volcano threatening to destroy ALL the dinosaurs and somehow people actually going back to the island to save the toothy wonders! Jurassic World is back with its second installment.
After the third installment of Jurassic Park in 2001, many fans can be forgiven for believing that was the end of the franchise. 2015 However saw the rebirth of the Jurassic movies with Chris Pratt in the lead role of the rebranded “Jurassic World.”
Four years after the Jurassic World theme park closed, Owen and Claire return to save the dinosaurs. However, they soon learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is no longer dormant – and is threatening to extinguish all life there.
And hey, if all that can’t convince you, Jeff Goldblum definitely will.
Watch the trailer for Jurassic World 2 or, to give it its full name, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom here.
Hereditary (June 9)
When a new horror film is being dubbed as the next Exorcist, you know it’s going to be terrifying…
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family dies, her daughter’s family begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
Watch the trailer for this spooky spectacle here.
The Incredibles 2 (June 15)
The Incredibles was one of the best superhero movies of the early 2000s, and for good reason: Edna Mode! Voice acting by Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter! Plus “Honey, where’s my super-suit?”
The superhero family are finally back, 12 years after their cinematic debut. It’s fair to say that this sequel has been more than long-awaited. The movie takes place immediately after the first movie ended with the introduction of the villain, “The Underminer”.
Original writer-director Brad Bird returns for this sequel, which finds Elastigirl out saving the day while Mr. Incredible tries being a stay-at-home dad.
Oh, and the family still don’t know about Jack-Jack’s bewildering range of powers. They’d better get their fire extinguishers ready…
To quote the late Harry Potter character Sirius Black: “I did my waiting, 12 years of it!”
Oceans 8 (June 22)
Oceans 8 is a reboot of Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy (which was itself a reboot, of course). Sandra Bullock leads the team as Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie, who gets out of prison and immediately begins planning a heist at the star-studded Met Ball.
The cast list alone is enough to leave you reeling with anticipation, with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter all feature as part of the ensemble effort.
Here’s hoping the story and script can do justice to the importance of a film like this one; in the climate of today’s entertainment industry, a smart, show-stopping female-led blockbuster could be more valuable than ever.
The Nun (July 13)
Recognise this face? If you’re big on horror movies, you should do.
This nun featured in the second Conjuring movie and has now spawned it’s on spin-off: “The Nun”.
As the latest spinoff from the James Wan series, The Nun will follow up on the devilish ghoul in a habit who was glimpsed in 2016’s The Conjuring 2.
The movie is set in 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania.
A nun, a Catholic priest and a novitiate (no, this isn’t the start of a bad joke) are sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicidal death of a nun. While they’re there, they must confront a dangerous demon called Valak who’s taken the blasphemous form of a nun.
Alita: Battle Angel (July 20)
If your thirst for cyberpunk wasn’t quenched by last year’s Blade Runner 2049, fear not as we have a new movie for you – Alita: Battle Angel is on its way.
Alita: Battle Angel is an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s 1990-1995 manga known in Japan as Gunnm. The movie is expected to be one of the most exciting films of 2018, and just the nature of its eventual existence is exciting within itself!.
The movie is a live-action adaptation with the quirky story following a cyborg bounty hunter searching for her lost memories. The cyborg known as Alita will soon need to use her extraordinary fighting abilities to combat deadly forces while trying to uncover the truth behind her mysterious past.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 27)
TEN YEARS after the original film, Mamma Mia is coming back with a bang for the sequel. Following on from the major success of the first movie, the musical classic created from ABBA songs is heading back to our screens.
With the first film being so well received – so well in fact that it was the fifth highest grossing movie of 2008 – it’s not hard to understand why there’s a sequel! Over a decade since the last movie, nearly all the original cast has returned, including Piers Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep!
The film follows Sophie, who is now pregnant as she comes to the realisation that she now needs to take risks as her mother Donna had done all those years ago. She learns about her mother’s past as we see flashbacks giving us an insight into the exciting past of Donna!
Just when she thinks things can’t get any more complicated, her Nan also makes an unexpected appearance on the island.
Watch the trailer for this fun-filled movie by clicking here.
The Predator (August 3)
Major Dutch Schaefer is the leader of a military rescue unit looking for allies captured by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. At first it seems like any other rescue mission.
However, after Schaefer and his team of seasoned combat veterans spot a guerilla camp, they destroy it and find that the men they were sent to rescue, have been executed.
When Schaefer attempts to lead his unit out, with a captured guerrilla in tow, something horrifying and inexplicable begins to happen: One by one the men are killed by a mysterious adversary – a predator from another world.
Ant-Man and The Wasp (August 3)
After the unexpected success of the first Ant-Man movie in 2015, Scott Lang aka Ant Man returns to the big screen alongside his tiny teammate, The Wasp.
The film is set in the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War” as Scott finds it hard to balance his decisions as both a superhero and a dad. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his superhero responsibilities, he’s confronted with an urgent new mission.
It’s time for Scott to once again wear the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as they work together to uncover secrets from their past.
For the trailer, click here!
The Meg (August 10)
After featuring in Fast and Furious 8 in 2017, Jason Statham now faces a massive shark. Sorry, “a massive shark” is an understatement. He faces a megalodon, otherwise known as the biggest shark to have ever existed. As Statham quite rightly puts it, “who doesn’t want to watch a film about the biggest shark that’s ever existed?”
As shown by the 4 Jaws movies, everyone loves a film about a ridiculously huge, terrifying shark. Jason Statham and Ruby Rose feature in a movie about just that, except this isn’t just any shark.
The shark in question is a Megalodon or ‘The Meg’. A Megalodon is a prehistoric shark that is that lived approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago and was the largest shark ever.
Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor (Statham) was forced to abort his mission and abandon half of his crew due to incredulous claims of a 70ft monster attacking their vessel, earning him a dishonourable discharge. However, 5 years later he is called upon as a submersible lies at the bottom of the ocean containing his ex-wife among others. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Taylor is called up and must confront his fears as well as risking his own life.
White Boy Rick (August 31)
During the 1980’s, Richard Wershe Jr became the youngest undercover informant for the FBI ever at the age of 14. While acting as a paid FBI informant, Wershe Jr helped the authorities prosecute crooked police officers as well as Willie Valson, the brother-in-law of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young.
After being dropped by the FBI without warning, Wershe Jr switched to selling drugs in order to make the money that the FBI took from him and was eventually caught with 17 pounds of Cocaine.
Wershe Jr was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison. After 30 years, he was given parole. “White Boy Rick” tells his story. (The real “White Boy Rick” Richard Wershe Jr is pictured above.)
The Darkest Minds (September 14th)
After a disease kills 98% of the American population of children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers. Adults end up forcing them into internment camps and categorise the children’s powers with colours (red is power over fire for example).
A 16-year-old girl known as Ruby is taken to one of the camps and lives in constant fear as she watches those like her get taken away. She eventually escapes her camp with the help of the Children’s League and her life changes forever.
With Ruby being known as one of the “dangerous ones”, people will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
Boy Erased (September 28th)
Jared Conley (Lucas Hedges) was 19 when he was outed to his family. Based on his 2016 memoir, Boy Erased tells the story of the hardships he faced while being outed in his small American town.
When finding out about his homosexuality, his parents order him to attend “conversion therapy”. If he doesn’t attend, he will be shunned by his family, friends, and church. It is within the program that Garrard comes into conflict with its head therapist. “Boy Erased” is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
Joel Edgerton directs the coming out — and coming-of-age — drama: Jared spars with the camp’s head therapist, played by Edgerton himself, and battles his conservative Baptist parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
Smallfoot (October 5)
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist – a human!
News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.
The cast in this rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery is almost as good as the discovery of a “Smallfoot” with Channing Tatum, James Corden, Danny DeVito and Lebron James all featuring as voice actors!
A Star Is Born (October 5)
Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) is self-destructive fading country music star on the brink of decline. After discovering a talented unknown named Ally (Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga), the two enjoy a series of coincidental meetings.
After multiple accidental meetings, the pair eventually begins dating. Believing in her talent, Jackson gives her a helping hand and brings Ally into the spotlight, firing her to stardom.
However, as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jackson finds it more and more difficult to handle his fading glory. He starts to realize that his best days may be behind him.
With musical performances by Cooper and Gaga shot at Coachella and the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival last year, expect the movie to hew closely in style and substance to 1976’s Barbra Streisand–Kris Kristofferson incarnation.
Venom (October 5)
Following the character’s role in 2007s Spider-Man 3, it’s Tom Hardy’s turn to inhabit the role and hope to reignite the fear in Venom. Eddie Brock finds himself enveloped by a symbiotic alien that imbues its host with incredible powers such as super strength, spontaneous mutation and the ability to develop new powers.
Venom is an outlier in the world of comic book movies. With the Marvel universe growing at an insane rate, it’s rather unfortunate that Venom isn’t included – as much as Sony would like him to be (Sony own the rights to Venom, rather than Marvel). However, the idea of a solo film starring a character who is predominantly known as a villain will most likely draw in large audiences.
This movie follows the plot of both “The Lethal Protector” comic book series that spanned from February to July in ’93, and ’95s “The Planet of the Symbiotes” storylines!
A lot of the film is currently under wraps, but, if successful, it could kickstart a Sony-led cinematic universe with the three characters not owned by Marvel. If nothing else, it’s packing a killer cast: Hardy is joined by Rogue One’s Riz Ahmed, the Han Solo movie’s Woody Harrelson, and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams. While we see next to nothing of Venom himself in the trailer for this movie, the film itself still looks set to be a masterpiece and Tom Hardy looks like he’ll be a frighteningly good Eddie Brock!
Halloween (October 19)
Forty years on from the original Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as franchise icon Laurie Strode as well as Danny McBride is helping to write the script and John Carpenter to produce and score.
Even the original man behind the mask, Nick Castle, is back to reprise his role as knife enthusiast turned serial killer Michael Myers. All things considered, we may have a revived slasher horror masterpiece on our hands this October.
The 2018 movie sees Laurie Strode coming to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 1)
Let’s once again delve into the magical world with the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Jude Law makes his bow as a Young Dumbledore in another big-budget wizarding adventure, while Eddie Redmayne is back as everyone’s favourite magizoologist.
The second of an intimidating five movie series revolving around Fantastic Beasts author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the film once again follows Newt Scamander on his many adventures, with the return of some familiar faces!
After being captured, the powerful Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) stays true to his word and escapes custody and quickly sets about gathering followers. Most of these followers are unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to stop Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student, Newt, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. A magical Christmas lies ahead.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)
This new X-Men film is the twelfth installment in the X–Men film series and is expected to be the beginning of a new X-Men trilogy. The film is going to be a direct adaptation of the comic book series “The Dark Phoenix Saga” in which the X-Men must face the full power of the Phoenix after a mission to space goes wrong.
Dark Phoenix is a return to one of X-Men’s best storylines.The movie is set in the ‘90s after the X-Men have sprung to global fame and sees the group go on a trip to space.
While in space, the team experience a solar flare and Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers.
The Solar Flare eventually corrupts Jean Grey and leads to the uprising of what is known as the Phoenix Force.
This movie will give Sophie Turner the chance to show us the same acting mettle that we’ve already seen in Game of Thrones.
Creed 2 (November 21)
The first Creed movie was born from the ashes of the Rocky franchise and continued the legacy on excellently. The sequel looks to be just as good. Sylvester Stallone has hinted that this time Donnie will go up against the son of Ivan Drago. Drago was the character that killed Apollo in Rocky IV.
2015’s Creed excelled in its ability to intertwine the origin story of wrestling newcomer Adonis Johnson with the legacy of a cinematic icon, so of course, it’s exciting to see what this next chapter holds for both Adonis and Rocky.
After the first film, Adonis Creed becomes the newly crowned light-heavyweight champion. Adonis is once again under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa for what may be the hardest fight in his career. Vitor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. Creeds father was killed by Ivan.
Mary Queen Of Scots (November TBC)
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary (Saoirse Ronan) defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne.
However, Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.
Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
Holmes and Watson (December 7)
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Step Brothers 2 on the way (yet)…
However, there is a new film coming from the guys that featured in it. Will Ferrell and John C Reilly are once again teaming up in the upcoming American action-mystery comedy film: Holmes and Watson.
The movie will represent the third collaboration between Ferrell and Reilly following 2006’s “Talladega Nights” and 2008’s “Step Brothers.”
The film is a humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. With a cast featuring Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Rob Brydon and Hugh Laurie, this is certain to be one of the funniest movies of 2018!
Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse (December 14)
If you’re a fan of superhero movies whether animated or live action, 2018 is shaping up to be quite a year for you!
This animated movie introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, alongside the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Other than this, not much is known about the film.
Bitten by a slightly different genetically engineered spider than the one that granted Peter Parker’s powers, Miles Morales possesses abilities similar to the original Spider-Man’s, including enhanced strength and agility, the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings with his hands and feet, and a “spider sense” that warns him of danger with a buzzing sensation in his head.
Though his strength and agility are similar to those of the original Spider-Man, his spider-sense is not as strong, as it only warns him of immediate danger.
If that seems intimidatingly confusing, take comfort in the fact that it’s written by The Lego Movie scribes Phil Lord and Chris Miller alongside Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch. Plus, it has the voice of Mahershala Ali and that, alone, is likely to be worth the price of admission.
Mary Poppins Returns (December 21)
The always wonderful Emily Blunt replaces Julie Andrews as the magical English supernanny for this musical sequel. Blunt will appear alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and even Dick Van Dyke to name a few with the latter returning for an undisclosed cameo role.
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Considering Disney’s strong recent history with modern reboots from its back catalogue, from The Jungle Book to Beauty and the Beast, this could well turn out to be the Mary Poppins sequel we never knew we needed.
Bohemian Rhapsody (December 28)
If you’re a music buff, you’ll recognise the man above as one of the most iconic lead singers of all time: Freddie Mercury.
Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, one of the most iconic musicians of the modern era, will be the focal point of the upcoming band biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Mr. Robot star Rami Malek will portray the man regarded by many as the greatest multifaceted singer, songwriter, and producer of all time, with director Dexter Fletcher replacing original director Bryan Singer behind the camera.
In December of this year, we’re getting a chronicle film about the band Queen in the years running up to their legendary 1985 performance at Live Aid.
Bohemian Rhapsody will chronicle the period between the band’s formation in the 1970s and Mercury’s death in 1991, with Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as producers on the film.
The China Hustle (TBC)
From the producers of Enron: The smartest guys in the room comes a Wall Street heist story about a still-unfolding financial crime so big, it has the power to affect all of our wallets.
Capitalism. The hardworking can benefit handsomely, but so can the criminals. The China Hustle blows the lid off of a multibillion-dollar heist built on complex financial instruments and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors.
An unsettling and eye-opening Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you’ve never heard of.
After reading our guide, you can’t complain about not having any new movies to watch year!
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