With June coming to a close that means we are half way through 2018. While some may like to reflect on the films released thus far; today I decided to look forward and discuss what upcoming films hold the most promise, at least in my eyes. The ten films I am discussing today are ranked in order of the U.S release date. So without further ado lets begin.
Eight Grade (July 13th)
Eight Grade is the new A24 coming of age comedy written and directed by comedian Bo Burnham. The films plot is pretty self explanatory from the title in that its about a young girl trying to navigate through her eight grade year and prepare herself for high school and the later years of her teenage life. Early reviews of the for the film have praised it for it’s humor, charm, and reliability. It’s definitely a film you should keep your eyes out for. Eight Grade will be released July 13th, 2018.
Mission Impossible-Fallout (July 27th)
For some reason I feel like the 6th installment of the Mission Impossible franchise is going under the radar. However, this is a crime as the Mission Impossible films are fun, sophisticated action films with a great cast. Say what you want about Tom Cruise as a person, but as an actor he is charismatic and dedicated and it’s hard not to root for him. Personally I find the series to get better and better with each installment, as the last film, Ghost Protocol (2015), is my favorite in the series. And with that films director returning it’s sure to be a fun ride. Mission Impossible-Fallout is set to hit theaters July 27th, 2018.
The Nun (September 7th)
Admittedly, I am a sucker for horror movie, but especially good horror films. Personally, I feel these last couple years have been the best years for horror ever! Period! The horror films that have been released lately have been smart, sophisticated, and most importantly, scary, and I’m hoping that I can soon add The Nun to that long list of great horror films of the past five years. While I can’t comment on the directors talents as I’m not familiar with his work, even though from the trailer it seems he is doing a phenomenal job, I can comment that I have high expectations for the screenplay from writer, Gary Daubernman fresh off the 2017 smash horror flick IT. The Nun will be scaring its way into theaters September 7th, 2018.
A Star Is Born (October 5th)
I just got to say wow! I was eagerly waiting for this film as I was excited to see Bradley Coopers directorial debut and also to see if Lady Gaga would actually be able to carry a film. Then, I saw the trailer and was blown away. Cooper and Gaga’s chemistry seems very powerful onscreen. Another highlight from the trailer was the music, sung beautifully by both Cooper and, of course, Gaga. It’s definitely a film to watch out for, for awards season, and as a person who has never seen the other adaptations I am very excited to see how the story plays out this time around. A Star Is Born is set to be in theaters October 5th, 2018.
Bad Times At The El Royale (October 5th)
It seems that October 5th will be a busy time at the theaters as not only A Star Is Born will be released, but also Bad Times At The El Royale. Admittedly, this film flew under my radar for a while; however, after viewing the amazing trailer for the film I can honestly say I am all in! Cabin In The Woods (2012) director, Drew Goddard, seems to be going all out for his second major release and Im excited to witness the twist and turns Goddard will provide with this all-star cast: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth etc. Bad Times At The El Royale will be checking in October 5th, 2018.
First Man (October 12th)
First Man is a film based off the the life of astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and his historic trip to the moon. This film see a reunion of the LaLa Land (2017) director, Damien Chazelle, and star, Ryan Gosling. From the trailer it seems as if Damien went all out, once again, for this film. It appears that every film he produces becomes bigger and grander in scale in budget. Now, will Chazelle be able to top his previous film which is held by many, including myself, as one of the best films of the 21st Century? It is going to be tough, however, there is no doubt in my mind that will be able to achieve greatness once again. First Man will be launching into theaters October 12th, 2018.
Beautiful Boy (October 12th)
Oscars, Oscars, Oscar. Did I mention this film has Oscars written all over it? Beautiful Boy is based on real life memoirs written about a father and a sons struggle with addiction, and it stars the Oscar nominated actor Steve Carell and newly nominated Timothée Chalamet. Just in the trailer alone my heart was racing and I was instantly captured by both Carell and Timothées’ performances. The film is sure to be heartbreaking, emotional, but important. Beautiful Boy hits theaters October 12th, 2018.
Halloween (October 19th)
Before I begin why is this film called Halloween. Like there is Halloween, 1978, Halloween, 2007, and now Halloween, 2018! Also, it’s a sequel so it should be called like, Halloween: Returns, Halloween: Im back Bitch, or something else. Anyways, besides that it seems as of now everything is going right for this film. The trailer was great, it has the blessing from the original director, John Carpenter, and veteran scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, put down the Activa, got off the couch and returned for this film. As a fan of the original film I can’t wait to see the return of this franchise, and I’m hoping they take risks and develop a good story. Halloween slashes into theaters October 19th, 2018.
Suspiria (November 2nd)
The last horror films on this list is a remake of the Italian classic, Dario Argentos Surpiria (1977). At the helm of this film is Call Me By Your Name (2017) director, Luca Guadagnino, who seems, from the trailer, to be completely respecting the original but making it his own. The first film is known for its beautiful nightmarish colors, however, it seems Guadagnino is going more for a realistic and bleak pallet and it seems to be working in building an uncomfortable and eerie atmosphere. Suspiria hits theaters November 2nd, 2018.
The Favorite (November 23rd)
The last film I will be talking about, interestingly, has not had any trailers or even pictures released, however, I’m still highly anticipating this release. From the all star cast of Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, and of course, one of my favorite actresses of all time, Emma Stone. The film also has an intriguing story taking place in the 18th century. Another huge boost of confidence for this film is the director of The Lobster (2015) and Killing of A Sacred Deer (2017), Yorgos Lanthimos. In summation, this film has so much going for it that I’m eagerly awaiting the release. The Favorite is set to open November 23rd, 2018.
So those are my picks for my most anticipated films for the rest of 2018. What are some you think I missed? I’m sure there are a lot, lol. Thanks for reading!