A Look Ahead to New Movies of 2018

So many movies, so little time! Which ones will you see?

The 15:17 to Paris (Warner Bros., February 9)
Director Clint Eastwood has made some excellent movies and this might be another one. Based on the real life story of American tourists thwarting a terrorist attack on a European railway, Eastwood cast the actual folks who lived through it to play the roles in this dramatized version. It should be interesting.

Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox, July 20)
Robert Rodriguez is the director and James Cameron is the producer in this adaptation of the manga about a cyborg who wakes up with no memory of who she is.

Alpha (Sony, September 14)
Director Albert Hughes brings us a story set in the Ice Age about a young hunter who tames an injured wolf.

Annihilation (Paramount, February 23)
Alex Garland, who made the excellent Ex Machina, adapts Jeff Vandermeer's bestselling book, which had a strong Lost and Myst vibe.  I only read the first one, but apparently this will incorporate plot points from the entire Southern Reach trilogy. It stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney, July 6)
Evangeline Lilly dons the Wasp costume alongside Paul Rudd's Ant-Man in this Marvel superhero sequel.

Aquaman (Warner Bros., December 21)
Let's see if Jason Momoa can carry a DC superhero flick on his shoulders.

Avengers: Infinity War (Disney, May 4)
Marvel hopes to continue its cinematic dominance as the superheroes join forces to battle the evil Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

Barbie (Sony, August 10)
A doll is expelled from "Barbieland" for not being perfect enough. Amy Schumer was originally supposed to star, but dropped out. Now Anne Hathaway is rumored to play the lead.

Black Panther (Disney, February 16)
The next big Marvel superhero movie is directed by Ryan Coogler who gave us the wonderful Fruitvale Station and Creed.

Blockers (Universal, April 6)
Parents try to thwart their teenaged daughters's plans on prom night. Produced by Seth Rogen, the comedy stars John Cena and Leslie Mann.

Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox, December 28)
Rami Malek stars in as Freddie Mercury in this biopic about the lead singer of Queen, but Bryan Singer's departure as director made all the headlines.

Bumblebee (Paramount, December 21)
If you like Michael Bay's action-packed Transformers movies, then you'll be excited to see this spin-off.

The Commuter (StudioCanal, January 12)
Liam Neeson stars as an insurance salesman caught in a criminal conspiracy during his commute home. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, and Elizabeth McGovern.c

Crazy Rich Asians (Color Force, August 17)
I never read the original novel by Kevin Kwan on which this comedy is based, but it's been generating a lot of buzz.

The Darkest Minds (21 Laps, September 14)
Alexandra Bracken's Young Adult science fiction / fantasy novel receives the big screen treatment.

Deadpool 2 (20th Century Fox, June 1)
Ryan Reynolds returns in this R-Rated superhero sequel.

Death Wish (MGM, March 2)
I don't think the 1970s Charles Bronson vigilante flick deserved a remake, but they're giving it a try with Bruce Willis as the lead, produced by Sylvester Stallone.

Early Man (Aardman Animations, February 16)
All the animation glory is usually heaped on Pixar, but Aardman has made some fun cartoons and this one looks like another good one. A caveman tries to unite his tribe as they enter the Bronze Age. The voice talent includes Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall.

The Equalizer 2 (Sony, August 3)
Denzel Washington reprises his role as retired CIA operative Robert McCall in this sequel directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros., November 16)
Johnny Depp plays the villain in this second chapter of the Harry Potter prequel. Eddie Redmayne returns as the star, Newt Scamander, with Jude Law as the young Professor Dumbledore.

Fifty Shades Freed (Universal, February 9)
Right before Valentine's Day, the third installment arrives of the adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novels.

Fighting with My Family (WWE, September 14)
The cast of this film about an aspiring female wrestler includes Lena Headey, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Vince Vaughn.

First Man (Universal, October 12)
Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong, the first human being to walk on the Moon.

Game Night (Warner Bros., March 2)
A murder mystery party goes awry in this comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

The Girl in the Spider's Web (Columbia, October 19)
We have a new cast in this sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are replaced by Claire Foy as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and Sverrir Gudnason as journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

The Grinch (Universal, November 9)
Here's another adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, this time as a 3D animated motion picture. Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice and Danny Elfman gives us the music.

The God Particle (Paramount, April 20)
Part of the Cloverfield anthology, this movie about astronauts fighting for their lives shifted its release date and might change its title. J.J. Abrams is still the producer.

Goosebumps: Horrorland (Columbia, October 12)
Jack Black returns as R.L. Stine.

Halloween (Miramax, October 19)
Jamie Lee Curtis returns again as Laurie Strode. Apparently, every prior sequel will be ignored and this will be a direct followup to John Carpenter's 1978 original.

The Happytime Murders (STX, August 17)
Someone is killing the stars of popular TV show in a world where humans and puppets live side-by-side (but puppets are treated as second-class citizens). Directed by Brian Henson, the film includes the talents of Katherine Heigl, Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and others.

Holmes and Watson (Columbia, November 9)
Will Ferrell is Sherlock Holmes. John C. Reilly is Dr. Watson. Need I say more?

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Sony, July 13)
The monster family goes on a cruise in this animated sequel. The characters are voiced by Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, and Kevin James.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (September 21)
Based on the fantasy horror novel, a young orphan helps his magical uncle try to find a timepiece with the power to bring about the end of the world.

I Feel Pretty (STX, June 29)
An insecure woman, played by Amy Schumer, gains new confidence after a fall.

The Incredibles 2 (Disney, June 15)
Finally, the long awaited sequel to arguably the best movie ever made by Pixar!

Insidious: The Last Key (Universal, January 5)
The supernatural horror franchise continues.

Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight, March 23)
Wes Anderson brings us a stop-motion animated fantasy about outcast canines on a journey that looks amazing.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal, June 22)
The dinosaur saga continues! Stars include Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones, and B.D. Wong.

Life of the Party (New Line, May 11)
Melissa McCarthy, Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, and Julie Bowen star in this "back to school" comedy.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal, July 20)
Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Meryl Streep return in another "did we really need that?" sequel.

Mary Magdalene (Weinstein Company, March 30)
Scheduled to be released on Good Friday, Rooney Mara stars in this biblical drama. Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus.

Mary Queen of Scots (Focus, November 2)
This drama about the conflict between the Catholic queen of Scotland and the Protestant queen of England stars Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan.

Mary Poppins Returns (Disney, December 28)
After more than 50 years, the studio brings us a sequel to one of its most beloved hits. Emily Blunt stars.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (20th Century Fox, January 26)
The surprisingly fun science fiction saga continues as the young cast tries again to escape a deadly labyrinth.

The Meg (Warner Bros., August 10)
Steve Alten's killer shark novel comes to the big screen.

M:I 6 -- Mission Impossible (Paramount, July 27)
Everyone wants to see Henry Cavill's mustache in this spy sequel. Tom Cruise once again plays Ethan Hunt.

Mortal Engines (Universal, December 14)
Peter Jackson produced this adaptation of the Philip Reeve science fiction / fantasy novel about moving cities.

Mowgli (Warner Bros., October 19)
Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett lend their talents to this latest adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Mulan (Disney, November 2)
After the success of Beauty and the Beast, the studio adapts another of its animated hits as a live action motion picture.

The New Mutants (20th Century Fox, April 13)
Here's another spin-off from the X-Men universe.

Night School (Universal, September 28)
Kevin Hart stars in this comedy about adults trying to pass the GED exam.

The Nun (Warner Bros., July 13)
The Conjuring horror franchise continues.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney, November 2)
The classic based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantasy story and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet comes to cinematic life.

Ocean's 8 (Warner Bros., June 8)
The heist saga continues with a new cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and others.

Overboard (MGM, April 20)
I wasn't dying for this remake, but maybe you were. Anna Farris stars.pacific rim

Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23)
John Boyega stars in this sequel to Guillermo del Toro's fun original about giant robots battling giant monsters.

Paddington 2 (Warner Bros., January 12)
The family-friendly movie has a sequel!

Peter Rabbit (Sony, February 9)
Beatrix Potter's creation comes to life (via CGI animation).

The Predator (20th Century Fox, August 3)
Shane Black directs this action sci-fi sequel.

The Purge: The Island (Universal, July 6)
This latest sequel is allegedly set on Staten Island.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (Disney, November 23)
Let's hope this is as good as the animated original.

Rampage (Warner Bros., April 20)
The trailer about this giant animals gone wild movie looks like a lot of fun. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars.

Ready Player One (Warner Bros., March 30)
I loved the book. Let's hope the movie has the magic Spielberg touch.

Red Sparrow (20th Century Fox, March 2)
Jennifer Lawrence is a ballerina, but she's also an assassin.  Cool.

Robin Hood (Lionsgate, September 21)
How can you make the oft-adapted tale fresh? Set it in modern times, starring Jamie Foxx.

The Room (Chloe Productions, January 12)
Called one of the worst movies ever made, Tommy Wiseau's notorious 2003 epic has gained newfound infamy thanks to the James Franco movie The Disaster Artist, so they're trying to cash in again with a re-release.

Samson (Pure Flix, February 16)
Here's a low-budget retelling of the biblical strongman's story.

Scarface (Universal, August 10)
Can it top the Al Pacino version?

Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount, March 23)
If you enjoyed the animated Gnomeo and Juliet, here's a sequel.

Sicario 2: Soldado (Columbia, June 29)
The first movie was excellent. Benicio Del Toro stars in this followup.

Skyscraper (Universal, July 13)
Remember The Towering Inferno? Here's a new version with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Slender Man (Screen Gems, May 18)
This is not a superhero movie, it's a horror movie, based on the urban legend. 

Smallfoot (Warner Bros., September 14)
In this animated film, a Yeti discovers a human.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney, May 25)
Han Solo's backstory is finally told.

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (Columbia, December 14)
An animated Spidey adventure comes to the big screen.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (Lionsgate, July 6)
Mila Kunis stars in this action comedy.

A Star Is Born (Warner Bros., May 18)
Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga in this remake.

Super Troopers 2 (Fox Searchlight, April 20)
In this comedy sequel, a highway patrol station is set up when the border between the United States and Canada is disputed.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Warner Bros., July 27)
DC Comics' popular animated TV show comes to the big screen.

Tomb Raider (Warner Bros., March 16)
The talented Alicia Vikander takes over the role of Lara Croft in this reboot.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (Lionsgate, August 3)
This latest chapter will make another fortune for Mr. Perry.

Venom (Columbia, October 5)
Tom Hardy plays the villainous lead in this Spider-man spin-off.

The War with Grandpa (Weinstein Company, February 23)
A kid battles his grandfather, played by Robert De Niro, over his room.

Widows (20th Century Fox, November 16)
The stars of this heist thriller directed by Steve McQueen include Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built (Lionsgate, February 2)
Here's a horror movie based on a true urban legend.

A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)
Madeleine L'Engle's beloved science fiction tale comes to the big screen, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Zach Galifianakis.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)
Another X-Men movie is upon us, this one telling one of the more popular storylines from the comics.

Have I left any out that you'd like to see? If so, let me know.

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