A Guide To All The Movies You Should Give A Damn About In 2018

Last year was a great year for movies and it looks like 2018 is going to be the same. Let's face it, though - we may want everything on this list to be good, but several will be bad. Very bad. But who knows? Best to just drum up some optimism and take a look at all of the genre films coming to theatres in 2018 (that we know of).

Note: All dates are subject to change.


January

Insidious: The Last Key

The Insidious franchise is back and this time, Elise (Lin Shaye) will have to deal with the demons not just from the Further, but her past too. We've seen it and it's very different from what you're expecting - in a good way. (Jan. 5)

Paddington 2

The first Paddington was a very solid, entertaining, and ultimately underrated piece of family entertainment. Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the sequel, which is a very good sign. (Jan. 12)

Mary and the Witch's Flower

If you ever wondered, "What would a Harry Potter movie look like if it was made by Studio Ghibli?" then you are going to need to check out Mary and the Witch's Flower. It's a delightful, bright animated film about a young girl who mysteriously finds herself in a world of magic. (Jan. 19)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

After a major delay due to star Dylan O'Brien's on-set injury, the final film in The Maze Runner trilogy is finally coming out. Some may dismiss the franchise as a Hunger Games ripoff, but the mix of mythology, action, and great young cast really have made this one of the most solid YA film series out there. We're hoping it goes out with a bang. (Jan. 26)


February

Untitled Cloverfield Movie

As of press time, Paramount hasn't yet announced the title to this film, though it was once rumoured to be called God Particle. And like 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane, it won't be directly connected to that original monster movie (we think). The rumoured plot revolves around a group of astronauts who watch the world vanish beneath them. (Feb. 2)

Winchester

Loosely based on a true story, Helen Mirren stars as the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune who has been retrofitting her mansion non-stop for years. Turns out, though, she keeps building sections to the house to keep the ghosts hidden away. (Feb. 2)

Bilal: A New Breed Of Hero

An inspirational animated film featuring the voices of Ian McShane and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Bilal is a young boy with a dream to become a warrior. However, he's kidnapped and enslaved, forcing him to struggle first for his freedom, then his dreams, then his people. Originally released in 2015 internationally, it won numerous awards at various film festivals and is just now getting a U.S. release. (Feb. 2)

Peter Rabbit

James Corden provides the voice of the title character in this blend of CG and live-action. Peter will compete with a human, played by Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux himself) for the affections of an animal-loving woman, played by Rose Byrne. It sounds cheesy but the trailer isn't half-bad, plus Daisy Ridley and Margot Robbie provide voices. (Feb. 9)

Black Panther

Holy shit are we ready for this one. Ryan Coogler's take on the famous Marvel superhero looks amazing, with a cast that's even better. We've been waiting forever to see Wakanda on the big screen and as the last Marvel film before the release of Infinity War, the stakes couldn't be any higher. (Feb. 16)

Early Man

The company behind Wallace and Gromit is back with this animated family comedy about a caveman (Eddie Redmayne) who teams up with a friend to defend their tribe against an evil Lord, voiced by Tom Hiddleston. Aardman, the company in question, is one of the best at making top-flight stop-motion animation for all ages, so Early Man is worth keeping an eye on. (Feb. 16)

Annihilation

Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh play a team of scientists who go into an alien landscape here on Earth that no one has ever come back from. Oscar Isaac co-stars and it's directed by Alex Garland, the mind behind Ex Machina. It's easily one of our most anticipated films of 2018. (Feb. 23)

Every Day

Based on a best-seller by David Levithan, Every Day is about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love. Awww. But the next day, the person she fell in love with isn't the same. Turns out she's falling in love with a spirit that changes bodies every single day, which raises some problems - and some issues. (Feb. 23)


March

Alpha

Set during the Ice Age, a young boy is left for dead after a violent hunt. To survive, he befriends a wolf and the two set off an epic adventure across a rough road home. While the story sounds like something might have watched as a kid in the '80s, the visuals in the film look incredibly impressive. This one has our curiosity. (March 2)

Red Sparrow

Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence plays an exceptional woman who loses everything but picks herself back up to become a Russian super-spy. Reuniting with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, the other Lawrence going for her James Bond is obviously intriguing. Plus, the scope and style of the film looks legit. (March 2)

A Wrinkle In Time

Ava DuVernay's family adventure is based on the Madeleine L'Engle book everyone read growing up, about a young girl who goes on an epic adventure through time and space to find her lost father. Featuring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and others, A Wrinkle In Time has the cross-generational appeal that could make it a classic. (March 9)

Strangers: Prey at Night

A sequel to the cult 2008 film The Strangers, Strangers: Prey at Night follows the same bad guys from the first film, but on a larger scale. That time they just terrorised a family in a house. Now they are terrorizing them on a road trip. Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame is the film's biggest star and while the whole thing doesn't sound particularly exciting to people who haven't seen the original, if you've seen the original, this is cool. (March 9)

Tomb Raider

It's been 15 years since the last Tomb Raider movie, but now Lara Croft is back and played by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander in a story that's rumoured to dive a little bit deeper into the character's origins. Trailers haven't exactly been mind-blowing but anyone who has ever played the recent (and excellent) Tomb Raider video game knows the potential here. (March 16)

Pacific Rim Uprising

John Boyega stars in the sequel to the 2013 film about humanity building giant robots to fight giant monsters. Daredevil's Steven S. DeKnight is at the helm and if the trailers are any indication, the massive action audiences saw in the first film will be nothing compared to this. The biggest question, though, is will U.S. audiences who didn't fully embrace the original get on board for the sequel? (March 23)

Sherlock Gnomes

A sequel to 2011's Gnomeo and Juliet, the couple head to London and are forced to call none other than Sherlock Gnomes to help solve a case. Which, we know, sounds so dumb, but the voice cast is wild: There's James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Stephen Merchant, Mary J. Blige, and more. (March 23)

Isle of Dogs

New Wes Anderson Movie alert! And better yet, if you're a fan of Fantastic Mr. Fox, New Wes Anderson Stop-Motion Animated Movie alert! With a voice cast that beats Sherlock Gnomes (Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Yoko Ono, Ken Watanabe, and so many more) one of this generation's best filmmakers tackles a story about a boy on an island of dogs trying to find his pup. Anything Anderson does is worth watching and this will likely be no exception. (March 23)

Ready Player One

The GOAT, Steven Spielberg, directs an adaptation of the popular, but divisive, pop culture novel by Ernie Cline. Ready Player One is about a future where people spend their lives in virtual reality. However, when the creator of that world dies, a generation competes to solve the mysteries he left behind that are worth billions - mysteries only solved by an encyclopedic knowledge of '80s pop culture... including Spielberg's own movies. Balancing the high-tech visuals and overload of nostalgia with character and story will be difficult but, if anyone can do it, it's Spielberg. Here's hoping he can fix the story's other problems, too. (March 30)

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

The creators of the Oscar-nominated short Ernest & Celestine have made a feature about three interlocking stories on a farm that blends slapstick humour with important messages. Or so we've read. We don't know much about this one but anytime animation strives to be more than simple family fodder, it's nice. (March TBD)


April

A Quiet Place

John Krasinski directs and co-stars with his wife Emily Blunt in this eerie-looking thriller about a world where, if you make noise, something will come and kill you. What is it? No clue, but we're definitely interested in finding out. (April 6)

The New Mutants

Another delightfully unique film set in the X-Men movie universe, director Josh Boone places a bunch of young mutants in a mental hospital. It looks more like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest than a superhero movie, and that's exactly what we love about it. The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy, Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton and Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams co-star. (April 13)

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

The true story of a dog who walked off the street during World War I and, somehow, became a hero. It's a charming story to make a movie out of and if you're a pet lover, the trailer will kind of melt your heart. But in a year of major animated films, it feels like Sgt. Stubby is going to get overlooked. (April 13)

Rampage

Hey, kids from the '80s - remember that arcade game where you and your friends took control of an ape, a lizard, and a werewolf and used them to destroy buildings as fast as you could? Well that's now a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. The trailer looks like it has way too much story and not nearly enough smashy but it's a Rock movie, so we'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. (April 20)


May

Avengers: Infinity War

This is it. The film everything every Marvel movie since 2008 has been leading towards. All of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more come together to battle Thanos, who's on the hunt to complete his Infinity Gauntlet. It actually gives us a headache to think about how big this movie could be but we couldn't be more excited. (May 4)

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Based on a story by Neil Gaiman and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, How to Talk to Girls at Parties in a story about British boys who meet some strange girls at a party, who turn out to be aliens. Unfortunately, buzz on the film off the festival circuit hasn't been great and it doesn't yet have a U.S. release date, but we're still curious. (May 11 UK)

Slender Man

The creepy internet myth that resulted in some kids actually committing murder is being given its very own (fiction) movie. Whether the film goes the literal route, with Slender Man gaining notoriety online, or more mythological, with him just being an ancient terror, we don't know. (May 18)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Yes, a new Star Wars movie may currently be in theatres, but another one is coming in a few short months. The second "Star Wars Story" will tell the tale of a young Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, and how he became the beloved smuggler. Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson is in it, Thandie Newton is in it, Paul Bettany's there, the list goes on and on. Now, if only we could see a trailer... (May 25)


June

Untitled Deadpool Sequel

That's not the final title, at least we don't think. Knowing Deadpool, it could end up that way, though. Either way, Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with the Mouth and this time he's brought along Domino (Zazie Beetz), Cable (Josh Brolin), and God knows what else. Expect a lot of jokes about sequels and plenty of ridiculous shit, as you can see from one of the most unconventional teasers in film history above. (June 1)

The Incredibles 2

Picking up where the 2004 masterpiece left off, Incredibles 2 continues the adventure of everyone's favourite family of superheroes. Brad Bird is back directing and though we don't know much about the plot just yet, we know part of it will revolve around the youngest Incredible, Jack Jack, figuring out just what powers he has. (June 15)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

When last we left our favourite previously extinct species, they were once again set free to roam a suddenly defunct theme park. In this sequel, though, the former employees of that park must now travel back to save the dinosaurs from a volcano that could wipe them out for good. Again. Why that's a bad thing when they are obviously so dangerous? We'll have to wait and see. But Jeff Goldblum is back, so it can't be all bad. (June 22)


July

The Purge: The Island

The fourth film in the Purge franchise won't go forwards, it's going backwards -- it's about the first Purge, which was isolated only to Staten Island as a test. Obviously, we know from the three sequels that the test went pretty well, so hopefully there's more to it (July 4)

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Little is known about the story Ant-Man and the Wasp is going to tell, especially since it's coming after Infinity War. We do know that Evangeline Lilly takes a starring role as the Wasp and Michelle Pfeiffer joins the cast as her mother Janet van Dyne, long thought lost to the Quantum Realm. The first film was all right but this one will end up better. (July 6)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

What if monsters who owned a hotel went on their own vacation? Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, that's what. For the sequel, the monster family with the famous voices (Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Mel Brooks) sets off on a cruise to get away from their worries but, wouldn't you know it? Things don't go according to plan for the Drac Pack. (July 13)

The Nun

The Nun is the latest film in the Conjuring Cinematic Universe. Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga play a priest and a soon-to-be nun sent to Romania to investigate the case of a nun who killed herself. There they find themselves tangled up with the terrifying spirit audiences saw in The Conjuring 2. Horror in the summer usually works, so The Nun could be a sleeper hit. (July 13)

Alita: Battle Angel

Director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron team up to bring the popular manga to life. A cyborg, seemingly thought to be trash, soon realises that she's much more important and deadly than she ever thought. Rosa Salazar is the assassin cyborg, Alita, and she's joined by Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley. Yes the eyes are unnaturally big, but so is the potential -- hopefully. (July 20)

Mission: Impossible 6

Director Christopher McQuarrie becomes the first Mission: Impossible director to do two films in a row as he brings back Tom Cruise and the rest of the team for another big-time action blockbuster. New additions to the case include Henry Cavill as well as Henry Cavill's mustache, which caused so many problems for Justice League. (July 27)

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

In a meta twist on the popular show, the Teen Titans head to Hollywood to get a movie made, because every other superhero is getting a movie made. However, their plan is derailed by a supervillain trying to take over the world. Oh, and there's musical numbers. (July 27)


August

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The Predator

Shane Black, who helped write and co-starred in the original Predator, is now in control of a brand new chapter of the storied franchise. This time, the alien hunter is rumoured to be terrorizing a more suburban setting. How, or if, this film fits in with the original series we don't quite know, but Black's return alone is enough to get us pumped. (Aug. 3)

Untitled Christopher Robin Project

Ewan McGregor plays the boy who used to be Winnie the Pooh's best friend, now all grown up. However, years later, he has to go back to the Hundred-Acre Wood to see Pooh, Piglet, and the gang. Hayley Atwell plays his wife and Marc Forester (Finding Neverland) directs. (Aug. 3)

The Meg

Jason Statham vs. a 22.86m megalodon. What more do you need to know? OK, well, a submarine has been trapped underwater after an encounter with the largest, fiercest, shark imaginable. The clock is ticking so, in order to save them, a deep sea rescue expert (Statham, obviously) is recruited to take the mega-shark down. (Aug. 10)

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Captive State

John Goodman and Vera Farmiga star in the latest film from Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). where aliens have taken up residence in future Chicago. The films explores how that impacts the lives on humans and aliens alike. Not much is known about it beyond that but it's obviously a ripe premise. (Aug. 17)

The Happytime Murders

Brian Henson, son of the late, great Jim Henson, is back where he belongs, making puppet movies. This one is an R-rated caper starring Melissa McCarthy, a cop who, along with her puppet partner, must solve a series of murders tied to a famed '80s puppet TV family. So imagine if like the cast of The Brady Bunch started getting killed, but they were puppets. That's this movie. (Aug. 17)

Cadaver

Cadaver is about a young cop who is forced to work in a morgue, where things start to go very bad when a mysterious new corpse is brought in. The problem here is that the film was supposed to be released last August. So a one-year delay probably means it's either bad, really bad, or so good they wanted to finish it right and give it a prime release date. (Aug. 24)

Kin

Two brothers are on the run from a vicious criminal. Their only protection? A mysterious, possibly alien, weapon. Based on a 2015 short film, Kin stars James Franco as the villain, Jack Reynor is one of the brothers, Dennis Quaid as the father, and Zoë Kravitz as the woman who ends up on the run with them. It's a very cool premise with a very cool cast but it's too soon to know much more than that. (Aug. 31)


September

A partial book cover for The Darkest Minds. Image: Amazon

The Darkest Minds

Based on the YA novel by Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds sounds like a kind of post-apocalyptic, Maze Runner-esque version of the X-Men where a disease has killed most of the kids on Earth. Some of the ones who survived, however, have developed mysterious powers. Most of the stars are younger but Gwendoline "Captain Phasma" Christie plays a bounty hunter. (Sept. 14)

The House With a Clock In Its Walls

Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle McLachlan, and others star in this Eli Roth-directed adaptation of a gothic fantasy young adult novel by John Bellairs. It's set in a world with witches, warlocks, magic and more, much of which hinges on a mysterious clock. Which is indeed in the walls of a house. (Sept. 21)

Robin Hood

Yup. A new Robin Hood movie. But before you skip and scroll down, though, listen to this cast. Kingman's Taron Edgerton as Robin. Jamie Foxx as Little John. Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett. Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Right?! (Sept. 21)

The Kid Who Would Be King

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish finally helms another film, this one a family adventure about a group of kids fighting some kind of medieval threat. Little is know about the film but rumour has it it might be about a young boy discovering Excalibur and then being forced to save the world. But really all we need to know is "The follow-up to Attack the Block." (Sept. 28)

Smallfoot

What would a Bigfoot call a human? Smallfoot, of course, at least in this animated film that flips the Bigfoot legend on its head. Channing Tatum is the lead voice and he's joined by Zendaya, Lebron James, Danny DeVito, and others. (Sept. 28)


October

Venom

The first film in Sony's Spider-Man-less, Spider-Man Movie Universe stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a man who is infected by an alien symbiote to become the supervillain Venom. The cast for this Marvel offshoot is impressive (Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, etc.) but we're still confused how Venom can exist without Spider-Man. (Oct. 5)

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Halloween

John Carpenter's iconic horror franchise returns to the big screen with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, would-be sister to ultra killer Michael Myers. The film is rumoured to take place after the first and maybe second Halloween films to try and smooth out the timeline, but also act as a reboot. There's no way the original could be topped but, if this even comes close, it will be excellent. (Oct. 19)

Mowgli

Two years ago, Disney had a huge hit with their digital remake of The Jungle Book, but at the same time Andy Serkis was directing a different take on the Rudyard Kipling story. Employing performance capture over fully digital creations, Serkis has assembled an insane cast to play the animals, including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Eddie Marsan and, of course, Serkis himself. (Oct. 19)

Overlord

This J.J. Abrams-produced period horror film is about two American soldiers shot down behind enemy lines in World War II. But they don't just have to worry about Nazis, they have to worry about Nazis who are zombies. Wyatt Russell is one of the soldiers and Julius Avery directs. (Oct. 26)


November

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The classic holiday tale gets a "dark" retelling that looks pretty vibrant if we do say so ourselves. Lasse Hallström directs Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, and others in a new adaptation that takes the story - and the ballet - to a new level. (Nov. 2)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Producer and writer Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with the latest main story X-Men film. Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique are back along with the younger versions of Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Jean Grey - the last of whom will become the ultra-powerful destroyer of worlds called the Dark Phoenix. Not only is it based on one of the most famous and most loved comic storylines of all time, it's the movie promising to finally take the X-Men into space. (Nov. 2)

The Grinch

A new spin on the classic Dr. Seuss story, Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the Grinch in this computer-animated film. Though we don't know exactly how it's going to adapt the near-perfect holiday classic, it seems that part of it will explain how the Grinch grew up and got so damn mean. (Nov. 9)

Holmes & Watson

Will Ferrell is Sherlock Holmes. John C. Reilly is John Watson. Really, not much more needs to be said than that. It's two of the funniest men in the world, working together again, in a mystery comedy setting that's sure to get completely weird and bananas. We can't wait. (Nov. 9)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Newt Scamander is back, but this time he's teaming up with a young Albus Dumbeldore to tangle with the great dark wizard, Grindelwald. Or, something like that. All the original cast is back, including Johnny Depp as the title villain (sigh), and Jude Law as Dumbledore. The first movie was fine but forgettable, but maybe J.K. Rowling can keep the Harry Potter magic alive. (Nov. 16)

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

The sequel to Disney's Wreck-It Ralph finds Ralph and Vanelope on the search for a part to fix the game Sugar Rush, when they get sucked into the wild, infinite world of the internet. Expect cameos galore from all of Disney's franchises, every tech company you can imagine, and goodness knows what else. (Nov. 21)


December

Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson and his team are great at building worlds, and they're going to have a build a bunch for Mortal Engines. That's because it's literally about building worlds. Well, cities at least. Cities that travel around the world and suck up smaller settlements. The fact that there's a teaser trailer a year from release bodes well for the studio's confidence in the film and we trust in Jackson's ability to pick and help facilitate great stories. (Dec. 14)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

While Peter Parker is fighting an Infinity War, Miles Morales is entering the Spider-Verse. This big-screen animated Spider-Man film, produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will finally bring Morales to life on the big-screen, and tell a story where he, and others, all have spider-based abilities. It's a new spin on the story, pun intended, but the teaser trailer looks amazing. (Dec. 14)

Aquaman

The next film in the DC universe will tell us the story of Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, who was one of the most fun elements in 2017's Justice League. Now we'll get to visit his underwater world as he struggles with being the half-human, rightful prince of Atlantis. Director James Wan assembled a great cast, and though DC has struggled, hopefully this solo superhero film will be more Wonder Woman and Justice League. (Dec. 21)

Bumblebee

For the first time, a Transformers movie opens in the winter instead of summer, maybe in hopes of enjoying a non-Star Wars-dominated holiday season. However, not all the Transformers are taking the trip. Just Bumblebee, now as loveable VW Bug. And Michael Bay isn't directing; instead, it's Travis Knight who made Kubo and the Two Strings. That alone has us ultra curious about this one, and a more focused story couldn't hurt either. (Dec. 21)

Mary Poppins Returns

Both a sequel to, and a reboot of, the iconic 1964 film. Emily Blunt takes on the title role as Mary returns, obviously, to help the kids of the kids of the first movie. Early glimpses at the D23 Expo looked excellent and having Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda along for the ride as the new chimney sweep can only help with the film's nigh-impossible to live-up-to-legacy. (Dec. 25)


TBD

Mute

Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones finally gets to make his dream film, which stars Alexander Skarsgård as a mute bartender in futuristic Berlin who has to find his missing girlfriend. Paul Rudd co-stars and, somehow, this links to Moon. All you needed to tell us was "Duncan Jones scifi" though, and we were going there anyway. (Netflix)