Friday 16 November 2018

Independent.ie's guide to the best films you'll see in 2018

Chris Wasser runs through some of the film releases we can look forward to in 2018

Black Panther
Black Panther
Margot Robbie stars as former US figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya
Chris Pratt can't get enough of dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The Class of 2018 is waiting. Indeed, with just a few days left in the year, we've decided to take a sneak peek at what's in store for cinema-goers over the next 12 months. We're talking potential Oscar winners, wise-cracking superheroes, a handful of reboots, another Star Wars - the whole works. It's gonna be a good year. So, get comfortable - and start booking your tickets…

■ All the Money in the World (January 5)

All eyes are on Ridley Scott's J Paul Getty drama. You know why. Kevin Spacey (who'd originally portrayed Getty) was removed from the already-completed film last month, amid multiple allegations of sexual assault. Scott hired Christopher Plummer to replace Spacey, reshooting and, essentially, remaking his film in just six weeks. That's quite an achievement…

■ Darkest Hour (January 12)

An unrecognisable Gary Oldman takes the lead in director Joe Wright's Winston Churchill drama. Yes, another one.

■ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (January 12)

Writer and director, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) ups his game for his third feature. The great Frances McDormand stars as a mother who decides that the only way to solve her daughter's murder is to shine a controversial spotlight on the local police department. Things get dark.

■ The Post (January 19)

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep take the lead in Steven Spielberg's classy newspaper drama. Expect Oscars.

■ Phantom Thread (February 2)

Daniel Day-Lewis calls it a day, in Paul Thomas Anderson's exquisite fashion drama. There will be nice clothes (and maybe an award or two).

■ Black Panther (February 13)

The folks at Marvel Studios kick things up a gear with Chadwick Boseman assuming the role of T'Challa, aka Black Panther, an African king / superhero. Looks deadly.

■ The Shape of Water (February 14)

Guillermo del Toro's beautiful, sci-fi love story arrives just in time for Valentine's Day. Sally Hawkins has never been better.

■ Lady Bird (February 16)

Saoirse Ronan goes for her third Oscar nomination in Greta Gerwig's acclaimed, coming of age yarn. We're excited.

■ I, Tonya (February 20)

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Margot Robbie stars as former US figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya
 

The terrific Margot Robbie sinks her teeth into this promising sports dramedy, about former US figure skater, Tonya Harding. You remember how Harding's skating career came to an end, right? Director Craig Gillespie's well-received offering fills in the blanks, with Allison Janney providing solid support.

■ Isle of Dogs (March 30)

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) presents a stop-motion animated feature about talking dogs, featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum and Scarlett Johansson. Grand, so.

■ Ready Player One (March 30)

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Ready Player One
 

Another Spielberg joint, based on the 2011 science fiction novel by Ernest Cline. It's set in the future. It looks complicated. It could go either way.

■ Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)

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Avengers: Infinity War
 

Iron Man and the rest of the lads team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to save the world from humanity's biggest threat. That's what they said the last time.

■ Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)

It's the Han Solo origins story you never asked for. Ron Howard directs, with Alden Ehrenreich set to give us his best Harrison Ford impression. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover also feature. We do hope it's good.

■ Deadpool 2 (June 1)

Ryan Reynolds suits up for another round of bombastic, R-rated superhero madness.

■ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 8)

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reconvene on Dino Island, just in time to see the entire place go boom. There's a volcano involved. Jeff Goldblum is back. It looks bananas.

■ Ocean's 8 (June 22)

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Ocean's 8 (Warner Bros)
 

An all-female Ocean's film, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter. Sold!

■ Incredibles 2 (July 13)

It only took 'em 14 years, but finally, the folks at Disney Pixar have decided to give us another Incredibles film. It's bound to be awesome.

■ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 27)

Didn't they use up all the good ABBA songs the first time around? Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and, um, Cher, set out to prove us wrong. Hurrah.

■ The Predator (August 3)

Director Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) goes back to his roots with a Predator reboot (Black starred in the 1987 original, in case you were wondering). No sign of Arnie, though.

■ Robin Hood (September 21)

The latest attempt to make Robin Hood cool again. Taron Egerton takes the lead, with Jamie Foxx assuming the role of Little John.

■ Venom (October 5)

It's the Spider-Man spin-off that'll probably confuse everyone, with Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams out in front.

■ Jungle Book (October 19)

No, not the deadly Disney one, but instead, Andy Serkis' much-delayed, live-action version. Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett get their motion-capture suits on. It needs to be amazing.

■ First Man (November 2)

Director Damien Chazelle follows up the sublime La La Land with a historical drama about American astronaut, Neil Armstrong. Ryan Gosling is our man on the moon.

■ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)

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Fantastic Beasts sequel
 

JK Rowling's Wizarding World soldiers on. Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston return. Johnny Depp is in there, too - a casting choice that hasn't gone down well, at all, at all.

■ Mary Poppins Returns (December 21)

The clue is in the title. The fabulous Emily Blunt takes on the role of the world's most iconic nanny in Rob Marshall's highly-anticipated sequel to the 1964 original. Colin Firth and Meryl Streep also feature. It'll make a fortune.

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