It’s going to be another big year in the cinema and surprise, surprise, most of the films are sequels, prequels and remakes. However there’s still plenty to look forward to for filmgoers.
Movie fanatic Colin Armstrong predicts the seven best films of 2018.
Ready Player One
Release date: March 2018
Ernest Cline’s book of the same name is being given the big screen treatment by none other than legendary director Steven Spielberg. The film tells the tale of a dystopian future where people spend the majority of their lives living in a virtual interface named the OASIS. One user, Wade Watts, known online as Parzival, finds himself in danger trying to save the future of the OASIS from an evil corporation after the creator of the virtual environment leaves the fate of the platform hidden in the interface after his death.
Avengers: Infinity War
Release date: April 2018
Marvel films have hit the big screen left, right and centre in recent years and it’s all been building up to this. With more heroes on-screen than you know what to do with, Avengers: Infinity War will feature familiar faces, including the Guardians of the Galaxy ensemble, Doctor Strange, Captain America and more, who will team up to face their greatest foe yet, Thanos. The trailer for the film racked up 230 million views in 24 hours upon release, so it’s fair to say that this film will be huge in more ways than one.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release date: May 2018
It’s the first of many Star Wars stand-alone outings and it’s going to be a big one. Telling the story of the pilots of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo and Chewbacca, before the days of the rebellion, Death Stars and the force, the details of the script are still tightly under wraps. With an all-star cast that includes Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson, it will be interesting to see how the film adds to the Star Wars franchise, and what we can expect in the years to come.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release date: June 2018
When Jurassic World was released in 2015, it breathed new life into a franchise that had waned since the original. In fact, the film grossed more than $1.5 billion (about AED 5.5bn), making it the fourth highest grossing film of all time. Continuing the story, the latest instalment will see Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) go back to the island to try to save the prehistoric animals from an erupting volcano. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, spoiler alert: there are big dinosaurs in it.
Release date: June 2018
We’ve seen many incarnations of the Ocean’s franchise, from Sinatra and the Rat Pack back in 1960, to the George Clooney and Brad Pitt outing in 2011 – but Ocean’s 8 promises to bring something new to the mix. This time, we’ll see a star-studded all-female cast take on the heist genre with actresses including Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Munn, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter and Sandra Bullock. Will it prove a smart move or face mixed reviews like the female-led Ghostbusters film? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Incredibles II
Release date: July 2018
Pixar knows how to make great films and the studio is no stranger to making sequels, but with The Incredibles having been released in 2004, the animation’s sequel has been a long time coming. The patience of fans is about to pay off though as Mr Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and, of course, baby Jack Jack, are coming back for a superhero sequel in the summer. What (mis)adventures will await the family this time? We can only guess, as details are being kept top-secret by Pixar.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Release date: November 2018
Exploring the wizarding world created by JK Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them proved a huge success when released in 2016. Back to continue the story, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Johnny Depp return to deliver another spellbinding silver screen outing. Jude Law will also make his first appearance in the franchise, as a young Albus Dumbledore, in the story set many decades before a boy named Harry Potter attended Hogwarts.