Ryan Gosling in The United States of Leland with Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle in Captain America: Civil War with Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther
Happy 2018! In case you haven’t read enough listicles about movies coming out in the next 12 months, I decided to make my own again this year. Last year I listed Call Me By Your Name, The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Annihilation and Mute in my top 5. Three of those movies will probably make my favorite movies of the year list, and the other two were delayed until this year (both are now releasing Feb 23 – Annihilation in theaters and Mute on Netflix).
Other movies so cruelly delayed until 2018 that made previous lists include:
The Cloverfield Paradox (out now on Netflix) – launched during the Big Game last night
Under the Silver Lake (TBA 2018)
Lean on Pete (March 30)
Billionaire Boys Club (TBA 2018) – made 2016 & 2017 lists, now giving up on it
There’s so many great movies coming out this year that Ryan Gosling showing us his best Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s new movie (sans jazz soundtrack) didn’t even crack my top 10. Without further ado…
Most anticipated movies:
1. Black Panther (Feb 16)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and more
I can’t wait to see Ryan Coogler’s MCU entry, and Wakanda couldn’t look any cooler from the previews. And that soundtrack though.
2. Widows (Nov 16)
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo
Steve McQueen’s followup to 12 Years a Slave has a stacked cast and features these four ladies finishing a heist that their late husbands couldn’t pull off. Also, it’s written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).
3. Love, Simon (March 16)
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner
A coming-of-age story featuring a high schooler struggling to come out and a mysterious online crush. I’m a sucker for a high school dramedy and this trailer gives me chills every time.
4. Incredibles 2 (June 15)
Director: Brad Bird
Voice cast: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson and Catherine Keener
14 years later we get the Pixar sequel we asked for. I’ll be there opening night.
5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 20)
Director: Ol Parker
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and the whole gang (and Meryl Streep?)
Does this look like a mess? Maybe. Part prequel, part sequel, all fun.
16. This year in horror: Hereditary (June 8) and The Nightingale (Aug 10)
17. Ocean’s 8 (June 8)
18. Captive State (Aug 17)
19. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dec 14)
20. Fahrenheit 451 (TBA Spring 2018 on HBO)
More movies that didn’t quite make the cut: Thoroughbreds (March 9), Strangers: Prey at Night (March 9), A Quiet Place (April 6), Tully (April 20), Deadpool 2 (May 18), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22), Venom (Oct 5), Halloween (Oct 19), Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (Nov 21), Mary Poppins Returns (Dec 25), Eighth Grade (TBA) and Life Itself (TBA).
As a bonus in the era of peak TV, I thought it would be fun and self-serving to preview premiering (and returning) television in 2018 as well.
Most anticipated TV:
1. The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 (April 25 on Hulu)
2. The Americans final season (March 28 on FX)
3. Sharp Objects (Summer on HBO)
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 (March 30 on Netflix)
5. House of Cards final season (Netflix)
6. Atlanta robbin’ season (March 1 on FX)
7. Jessica Jones season 2 (March 8 on Netflix)
8. Maniac (Netflix)
Other TV shows that I’ll definitely be watching this year include (in no order): Here and Now (Feb 11 on HBO), Rise (March 13 on ABC), Pose (FX), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix), Castle Rock (Hulu), Bye Bye Birdie Live! (NBC), Dear White People season 2 (Netflix), Blumhouse Anthology Series (Hulu), Too Old to Die Young (Amazon), Mindhunter season 2 (Netflix) and Cloak & Dagger (June 7 on Freeform). See you in 2019, Game of Thrones.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you. Cheers to some great content in 2018!