2018 has delivered some pretty sweet cinematic experiences already. Ranging from the culmination that was Avengers: Infinity War to the more subtle yet effective A Quiet Place, 2018 has been quite the diverse year when it comes to film, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With fall fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at the movies coming up for the rest of 2018.
The Predator: (14th September 2018)
Recently, Hollywood has had a new obsession of remaking classics from cinema history. The next one to hit the big screen is the new version of The Predator. Coming to us from esteemed director Shane Black, the new film will focus on a ragtag group of ex-soldiers, mercenaries and assassins coming together to take on a mysterious alien threat in the form of our favourite predator. Featuring a star studded cast with Logan’s Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and more, The Predator is looking to deliver a fun and exciting experience to bring The Predator to a modern audience.
Venom: (5th October 2018)
Venom has been quite an interesting talking point since it was first announced. Many are scared for this film due to Sony’s previous attempts with the Spider-Man universe and the trailers have not been too impressive so far but there is still some stuff to be excited about. For one, the cast is fantastic with Tom Hardy in the leading role of Eddie Brock who is brilliant in any role he sets his mind to. Riz Ahmed will be playing the villain Carlton Drake who goes on to become the evil Symbiote Riot. Add Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson is a mystery role and you’ve got a stellar cast. Also Zombieland’s Ruben Fleicsher will be directing the film which feels like a good fit for Venom. Finally, should this film be great, it will kick off the ‘Sony Universe Of Marvel Characters‘ cinematic universe which will introduce characters such as Black Cat and Silver Sable, creating a Spider-Man character centred universe without having to rely on the web head himself.
A Star Is Born: (5th October 2018)
This film looks to be something truly special. This is the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper who is of course a very popular actor thanks to movies such as The Hangover and Guardians Of The Galaxy. The story focuses on a singer (Bradley Cooper) who comes across a young woman who is trying to make it as a singer and actress, given his position, he is able to give her the opportunity to perform and gain some fame. While all of this is going on, he is dealing with his own career which seems to be declining due to his age and alcoholism. It’s a simple but beautiful looking tale that is sure to warm the hearts of audience and it will also show audiences a more restrained side of artist Lady Gaga who will be playing the co-star in the film. The film will be sure to give us a great lead performance and hopefully a memorable soundtrack.
First Man: (12th October 2018)
Award winning director Damien Chazelle is returning to our screens this year with his latest picture; First Man. This is the true story of Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon, and the space race between the USA and USSR. Damien Chazelle is a phenomenal director, coming off of Whiplash and La La Land, this guy is established as one of the best directors currently working in Hollywood. First Man is promising an intense and thrilling ride through this true story. The lead role is in the capable hands of Ryan Gosling who is re-teaming with Chazelle after La La Land, his co-star in the movie will be played by the astonishing Claire Foy. This film has all of the ingredients to be a perfect mixture, it is surely going to be one to watch in 2018.
Halloween: (19th October 2018)
Similarly to The Predator, this is another reoccurrence of a classic franchise. However this addition to the Halloween franchise is actually acting as a direct sequel to the original Halloween movie. This film will be ignoring everything that happened after the first movie. The story is going to focus on Laurie Strode who has moved on since her previous encounter with the masked terroriser Michael Myers, however he has now escaped from maximum security and has returned to haunt Jamie Lee Curtis‘s character once again. Having Jamie Lee Curtis return to this franchise is going to be great to see and the fact that this will be acting as a direct sequel to the original makes that idea even cooler. What’s more is that this film is being written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride which is a very exciting concept to behold, mix that with John Carpenter returning to the franchise to help with the characters, we could have something really interesting on our hands here.
Bohemian Rhapsody: (2nd November 2018)
A Queen biopic. Does anything else really need to be said?
You only need to watch the trailer to figure out what kind of movie you are going to see. This film is going to be a deep exploration into Freddie Mercury and his life throughout his career with Queen. Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in this movie and it is perfect casting, not only is he talented enough to pull off the role, but he also has the look of Freddie Mercury, it’s striking. The film is also guaranteed to feature so many classic hits from Queen, the trailer alone already teases some of the songs we could be hearing throughout the runtime of this movie. Bohemian Rhapsody is bound to gather the attention of the academy and do not be surprised if this movie sucks up a lot of trophies when it comes to awards season.
Widows: (16th November 2018)
Widows is the latest from legendary director Steve McQueen and tells the story of four women who decide to accept a debt that was left behind by their dead husbands. This film is looking to have a very diverse cast led by Viola Davis and she is being joined by Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon and Michelle Rodriguez. Widows is definitely an exciting film on the horizon, it looks to be a dark crime thriller set to engage audiences around the world.
Creed 2: (21st November 2018)
In November we will finally be receiving a sequel to Creed. This is the next addition into the Rocky franchise. With this film we will see Adonis Creed continue on his boxing career under the training of Rocky himself, however he will face a new challenge when the son of Ivan Drago challenges Creed to a fight. Driven by the feeling of revenge, Adonis Creed feels as if he needs to beat Drago‘s son as a way to right the wrongs of the past. Ivan Drago killed his father so this feels like a blood debt. The first film was absolutely outstanding so we are sure the sequel can deliver the fights, the emotion and intensity we all expect.
Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse: (14th December 2018)
In December Sony will be going in a different direction than ever before with the release of an animated Spider-Man film. ‘Into The Spiderverse’ will focus on young Miles Morales who has to team up with a ton of other Spider-Men from across all universes in order to stop a reality-ending threat. This is really a film for the fans, all of us are excited to see which Spider-Men will make appearances in this film. We already know Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man Noir will be showing up with even more that remain to be seen. With Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing and writing, this is guaranteed to be an extremely fun flick, bursting with humour and beautiful animation.
Bumblebee: (21st December 2018)
Bumblebee is the latest addition to the live action Transformers movie franchise. This film however is taking us back to the 80s in a prequel story focusing on Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) who purchases a rusty old VW Bug who turns out to be a transforming alien robot who we all know to be Bumblebee. This film is clearly very inspired by the G1 era of Transformers and is taking a different direction from the rest of the movies as it seems to be a lot more personal and character driven. Featuring the debut of Blitzwing, triple changers Shatter and Dropkick and even a cameo from Optimus Prime himself, Travis Knight is looking to deliver an experience to please fans and average movie goers alike.
Aquaman: (21st December 2018)
Following the disappointing Justice League is no easy task, but James Wan is up for the task with the next film in the DCEU cinematic universe; Aquaman. James Wan who has proven to be an incredibly diverse director is determined to show audiences around the world that Aquaman is an awesome character by making this movie. Based on the SDCC trailer alone we can see that this film is incredibly ambitious with all of it’s unique use of undersea creatures and underwater shots. The film has a lot of Black Panther vibes too which is sure to draw in a lot of people who were otherwise sceptical about another DC film. James Wan is a very trustworthy director with any project he takes on so he is sure to deliver once again with Aquaman.
So there you have it. They are the films you should be looking out for in the back half of 2018. With all of these movies releasing, you can guarantee that you will be heading out the multiplex a lot in order to catch all of them. Besides these films, there are even more such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Beautiful Boy and more. 2018 has not been pulling any punches so far, and it very much intends to continue with that mindset. Get yourself ready!