Big films coming in 2018

Biographies, sequels, remakes and reboots fill the schedule

The 2018 film schedule has some promising releases, including several highly anticipated films. A few 2017 releases that are expected to do well in the coming awards season are just making their way over. These include Darkest Hour, with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and All the Money in the World, with Christopher Plummer as John Paul Getty. Plummer was actually cast after the film was finished, replacing Kevin Spacey, who was edited out due to a scandal. Both Oldman and Plummer have Golden Globe nominations.

Molly’s Game; The Shape of Water; The Post; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; I, Tonya; Downsizing; Coco; Loving Vincent; Call Me By Your Name, and Phantom Thread are upcoming releases that also have Golden Globe nominations in various categories. The Critics' Choice Awards nominations include the Florida Project as well as many of the already mentioned films. Oscar nominations have not been announced yet but should be similar.

Notable directors with upcoming films include Woody Allen, taking us to the 1950s in Wonder Wheel. Clint Eastwood’s new movie The 15:17 to Paris is about a terrorist attack on a train. Wim Wenders adapts the J.M. Ledgard novel Submergence, with Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy.

Stephen Spielberg, aside from the award-nominated The Post, has a sci-film called Ready Player One coming out.

Upcoming sequels include Fifty Shades Freed, the third in the series about kinky sex. Ocean’s 8 is an all-female reboot of the Ocean’s 11 series. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows the dinosaur saga. Sicario 2: Soldado goes back to the war on drugs. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again follows the characters from the 2008 musical. Mission Impossible has its sixth entry. The Predator is the fourth entry in the main series about the alien hunter.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald delves further into the Harry Potter franchise.

Perhaps the most unexpected sequel is Mary Poppins Returns, some 54 years after the original. Dick Van Dyke, now 92, returns in the cast.

Superhero series continues to expand. The Marvel universe offers Black Panther. Avengers: Infinity War brings many of the main characters back together. Ant-Man and the Wasp introduces a new character. Deadpool 2 continues with Ryan Reynolds back in the title role.

The DC universe will stay afloat with Aquaman. The animated Pixar film Incredibles 2 catches up the Parr family.

Science fiction highlights include Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has been a troubled production. Ron Howard has taken over directing. Alita: Battle Angel is an adaptation of a Japanese manga, with James Cameron producing and Robert Rodriguez directing. A Wrinkle in Time is an adaptation of the 1962 time and space travel novel. Pacific Rim Uprising features a new generation fighting an alien invasion.

There are also quite a few remakes. Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander and Dominic West. Death Wish has Bruce Willis in the role first played by Charles Bronson. Overboard rehashes the 1987 Goldie Hawn comedy. A Star Is Born has Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the lead roles of troubled Hollywood performers.

Biographical films include Nico, 1988, about the former Velvet Underground singer, and Bohemian Rhapsody, which looks at Freddie Mercury of Queen. Loving Pablo examines the painter Picasso. First Man shows us the reclusive life of Neil Armstrong, with Ryan Gosling in the lead role.

An oddity is Winchester, with Helen Mirren as the heiress to the firearms fortune who built a mysterious, sprawling house that is now a tourist attraction.

Release dates, especially those later in the year, are subject to change.

Jan. 4
Wonder Wheel
Molly’s Game

Jan. 11
Darkest Hour

Jan. 18
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Commuter

Jan. 25
All the Money in the World
Loving Vincent
God’s Own Country

Feb. 1
Phantom Thread

Feb. 8
Fifty Shades Freed
The 15:17 to Paris

Feb. 15
The Shape of Water
Black Panther
I, Tonya

Feb. 22
Early Man
The Florida Project
The Post

March 1
Red Sparrow
Game Night
You Were Never Really Here

March 8

A Wrinkle in Time
Death Wish

March 15
Tomb Raider

March 22

Call Me By Your Name
Mary Magdalene
Pacific Rim Uprising

March 29
Ready Player One
7 Days in Entebbe
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

April 5
A Quiet Place

April 12
Nico, 1988
Loving Pablo

April 19

April 26
Avengers: Infinity War

May 10
Truth or Dare
Isle of Dogs

May 17
A Star Is Born

May 24
Solo: A Star Wars Story

May 31
Deadpool 2

June 7
Ocean’s 8

June 14

June 21
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

June 28
Sicario 2: Soldado
I Feel Pretty

July 5
Ant-Man and the Wasp

July 12


July 19
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Alita: Battle Angel

Aug. 2

The Incredibles 2
The Predator
M:I 6 - Mission Impossible

Aug. 9
The Meg

Aug. 16
Crazy Rich Asians
The Spy Who Dumped Me

Aug. 21

Aug. 30
The Little Stranger

Sept. 13
Mary Queen of Scots

Sept. 20
Robin Hood

Sept. 27
The Kid Who Would Be King

Oct. 4
Bad Times at the El Royale
The House With a Clock in its Walls

Oct. 11
First Man

Oct. 18
The Jungle Book
The Girl in the Spider's Web

Oct. 25

A Simple Favor

Nov. 1

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Nov. 1

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Nov. 8

The Grinch

Nov. 15
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Dec. 13

Mortal Engines

Dec. 20

Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 27
Bohemian Rhapsody

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