It’s official. January 2018 is over, which means we’re firmly into the 2018 year. It’s time to move on past the glory that was 2017 releases and look forward to the upcoming movies of 2018! To help you get past the nostalgic longing for the release of 2017 greats like Jumanji, The Shape of Water, Logan, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Get Out, and so many more that I can’t name them all, here’s our list of the movies that you should be looking forward to in the rest of the 1st quarter of 2018.
Black Panther– February 16, 2018
This could be one of the most highly anticipated films of 2018. No, scratch that. There’s so much hype surrounding this movie that it’s easily one of the most anticipated films of the Marvel Universe. Starring Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Black Panther’s enemy, the film is set to showcase the ultimate showdown between the two incredible actors. Besides some amazing eye candy, the film has an all-star supporting cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis, to name a few. The previews left us breathless and wanting more. Black Panther is directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed). The screenplay is by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler.
Annihilation-February 23, 2018
The latest sci-fi film from Paramount stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who travels with a group to “Area X”, where the laws of nature have stopped applying. “We need to know what’s inside.” So does the audience. As they say, curiosity killed the cat – and this film is shaping up to be one that’ll give you nightmares. Annihilation is directed by acclaimed English writer/filmmaker Alex Garland, director of Ex Machina and writer of such films as The Beach, 28 Days later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd. The screenplay, adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, is also written by Alex Garland.
Game Night– February 23, 2018
Game Night is the ultimate example of what happens when your friends try to prank you and the prank goes horribly wrong. In this comedy-suspense film done in the vein of The Hangover, a couple’s (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) weekly game night with friends turns into an unexpected murder mystery party. When the host gets kidnapped for real, the game night participants find themselves in over their heads with no idea who the real players of the game are – and quickly learn that the only way to win the game is to keep playing. Filmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who previously directed the Vacation reboot together, direct Game Night. The original screenplay is written by Mark Perez.
Death Wish– March 2, 2018
This remake of the 1974 film Death Wish stars Bruce Willis as Paul Kersey, a surgeon who becomes more and more frustrated with the police after his wife and daughter are viciously attacked in their home. As he continues to get the run around from the police about their caseload, he decides to take matters into his own hands. As he drifts further and further into immorality, the city wonders if he’s a guardian angel or a grim reaper. As intense as its 1974 predecessor, Death Wish 2018 is going to be a wild ride. Death Wish is directed by filmmaker Eli Roth, of the films Cabin Fever, Hostel I & II, The Green Inferno, and Knock Knock previously. The screenplay is written by Joe Carnahan and Eli Roth, adapted from Brian Garfield’s novel of the same name.
Red Sparrow– March 2, 2018
“Young officers trained to seduce and manipulate, to use their bodies, to use everything: that’s what she is.” Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian Prima Ballerina with a mysterious but deadly side. Although the spy angle has been played in many a movie, the previews show an aesthetic that is visually mesmerizing with blood, sex, and violence. Red Sparrow is directed by filmmaker Francis Lawrence, of the films Constantine, I Am Legend, Water for Elephants, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Mockingjay: Part 1 & 2 previously. The screenplay, based on Jason Matthews’ novel of the same name, is written by Eric Warren Singer and Justin Haythe.
A Wrinkle In Time– March 9
Oprah! Do I have to say anything else? This very impressive ensemble cast features Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Bellamy Young, Levi Mille and OPRAH! As with all things Disney, A Wrinkle in Time is promising to be another epic roller coaster ride of amazing special effects, characters, and plot lines that will be over far before you are ready for the film to end. The trailer alone is packed full of crazy awesome footage that will satisfy even the most hardcore sci-fi lover. The story follows Meg, her brother, and her friend as they travel through space to find Meg’s missing father. A Wrinkle in Time is directed by talented American filmmaker Ava DuVernay, of the films I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere, and Selma previously, as well as episodes of Queen Sugar. The screenplay is written by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Zootopia), and is based on the bestselling novel and Newbery Medal recipient A Wrinkle in Time written by Madeleine L’Engle and first published in 1963.
Love, Simon-March 16
To hear my friends tell it, coming out is one of the hardest things they have ever done. Their stories are filled with fear, heartache, stress, and feelings of doubt. They have all expressed that they would love to see a romantic coming out film that has the happy ending of all the other teenage romantic angst films that freely flow in and out of the movie theaters. Someone at Fox must have been listening to their thoughts because Love, Simon looks like it will deliver exactly that.
Love, Simon follows the life of Simon, a high schooler who has yet to come out to his family or friends. He discovers that someone in his high school is going through the same thing when an anonymous classmate posts a message on social media. Simon responds to the message and a modern day romance begins. Love, Simon looks like it will fulfill that romantic comedy fix that the heart craves.
The movie is directed by American filmmaker/producer Greg Berlanti, director of the films Life as We Know It and The Broken Hearts Club. Berlanti also boasts extensive TV development/producing credits for shows such as Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. The screenplay, based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, is written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.
Tomb Raider-March 16
Based on the popular video game series about adventurer Lara Croft, this Tomb Raider re-boot thankfully looks as though it will be fire. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, a young woman who decides to travel to an unknown mysterious island in an attempt to discover what happened to her father. From the start, her journey is not an easy one. Just getting to the island proves to be deadly. Using just her wits, intelligence and iron will, she pushes herself beyond her limits and further into the unknown. Tomb Raider is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, of the films The Wave, Escape, Magi Silver, and Cold Prey previously. The screenplay is written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Pacific Rim: Uprising– March 23
This sequel picks up where the first movie left off. John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost. Set 7 years after the events of the first film, the US Military are still protecting the earth from the Kaijus. John Boyega’s character joins the fighting forces in order to follow in the footsteps of his father and protect humanity from extinction. Pacific Rim: Uprising is directed by filmmaker Steven S. DeKnight, making his feature directorial debut after directing a few episodes of Smallville, Dollhouse, and Daredevil previously. The screenplay, based on a story by Guillermo del Toro, is by Emily Carmichael, Steven S. DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin, and Kira Snyder.
Ready Player One– March 29, 2018
Get ready for a nostalgia overload. Ready Player One, brought to you by the king of sci-fi, Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenager living in a desolate future where the only escape is into the OASIS. The OASIS is a virtual reality world where people work, play, and can be anything they want to be. When the creator of the OASIS dies and leaves the VR goldmine to whoever can find a series of Easter Eggs hidden in the OASIS, the large corporations of the world use everything they have to solve the puzzle of the Easter Eggs in order to change the OASIS from a free escape to a money making one. Wade and his friends take up the charge to keep the OASIS free for everyone by solving the puzzles before the corporations do. This wild ride of a film is chock-full of pop culture references and classic video games. Ready Player One is directed by the one-and-only Steven Spielberg of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones movies, E.T., Empire of the Sun, Hook, the Jurassic Park movies, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, A.I., Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Munich, War Horse, Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, and The BFG previously. The screenplay, based on a novel of the same name by Ernie Cline, is written by Zak Penn, Eric Eason, and Ernie Cline.
Acrimony– March 30, 2018
Would you give up your entire life for the person you loved? Your happiness? Your will? Your dreams? If you did give up all of those things, would it be too much to expect loyalty? How angry would you be if you gave up all of those things and then were betrayed? That very question is answered in this latest film from Tyler Perry. Taraji P. Henson plays a faithful wife who gave up everything for her husband who leaves her for a younger woman. During the course of the film, her anger turns vengeful as she seeks to make his life hell on earth. “Hell Hath No Fury….” Acrimony is the next film written and directed by the prolific, multi-talented filmmaker/actor Tyler Perry, director of Madea’s Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet the Browns, The Family That Preys, Madea Goes to Jail, For Colored Girls, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Good Deeds, Madea’s Witness Protection, A Madea Christmas, The Single Moms Club, as well as Boo! A Madea Halloween (and its sequel out this year) previously.
Bad Samaritan– March 30, 2018
This creepy looking psychological thriller follows a young, smart, and talented thief named Sean (Robert Falco) who robs the houses of the rich. On one fateful day, he breaks into the home of Cale Erendreich (David Tennant) and finds that Cale is holding a woman captive against her will. Like any good samaritan, Sean calls the police. When the police arrive, they find nothing and leave a very angry Cale in their wake. Cale sets his vengeful sights on Sean, forcing Sean to deal with the angry psycho bent on revenge as well as the guilt of trying to find and rescue the woman being held captive. Bad Samaritan is directed by veteran producer/writer (of the scripts for Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Outpost) and filmmaker Dean Devlin (Geostorm). The screenplay is written by Brandon Boyce.