20 best films still to come out in 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Highlights include Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Meg, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Halloween and Mary Poppins Returns

2018 has already been a monster year for movies. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 pushed superhero movies in new and exciting directions (and made a ton of money in the process); A Quiet Place was a masterclass in tension; Spielberg went self-referential in the pop culture explosion that was Ready Player One; while Star Wars had their first 'flop' with Solo (though can you really call a film that's made $370 million, and counting, worldwide a flop?). And there's plenty more where that came from. There's superheroes (animated and live action), ABBA, giant sharks, naughty puppets and the return of a certain famous nanny as we look forward to the best film still to be released in 2018.

July

Skycraper

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber
The Towering Inferno meets Die Hard as the 'tallest, safest building in the world' inevitably becomes a disaster zone and war vet Will Sawyer (Johnson) punches, leaps and swings into action to save his family.
Release date: 12 Jul.

Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird
Cast: voices of Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
We've waited 14 years for Pixar's superhero sequel. Elastigirl finds herself on a new mission to stop evil villain Screenslaver, while Mr Incredible stays at home to look after the kids.
Release date: 13 Jul.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

Director: Ol Parker
Cast: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
ABBA tunes a-go-go as we head back to Greece and find out more about Donna's (Streep, and James in flashback) past. Big bonus points for casting Cher as her mum!
Release date: 20 Jul.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill
Another fast paced mission to save the world. The stunts look insane with Cruise breaking his ankle on set and one of the most dangerous and exhilarating helicopter chase sequences ever captured on camera.
Release date: 25 Jul

August

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas
At last a female hero gets a title credit in the MCU. Shrinking, growing and other size-mic shenanigans in Marvel's funniest superhero franchise.
Release date: 3 Aug.

The Meg

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson
Statham vs a giant prehistoric shark. What more do you need to know? Just watch the trailer …
Release date: 10 Aug.

The Happytime Murders

Director: Brian Henson
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph
A human and a puppet have to team up to solve a series of grisly murders. A super sweary, crude and rude take on the Muppets directed by Jim Henson's son.
Release date: 17 Aug.

BlacKkKlansman

Director: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington, Topher Grace, Adam Driver
Amazingly Spike Lee's latest film is based on a true story about a black police officer who went undercover in the Ku Klux Klan.
Release date: 24 Aug.

September

The Nun

Director: Corin Hardy
Cast: Bonnie Aarons, Taissa Farmiga, Charlotte Hope
Billing itself as the 'Darkest Chapter' expect creepy nuns and a haunted abbey in this Conjuring
spin-off.
Release date: 7 Sep.

The Predator

Director: Shane Black
Cast: Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane
The alien hunter is back taking on a team of rangers and a huge 'ultimate' predator. Directed by Shane Black who starred in the original 1987 sci-fi action flick.
Release date: 13 Sep.

October

Venom

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate
The Spider-Man villain gets his own movie. A dark and violent anti-hero as Eddie Brock (Hardy) becomes bonded with an alien lifeform.
Release date: 5 Oct.

Halloween

Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle
Masked serial killer Michael Myers is back on another murderous rampage in this slasher reboot that ignores all the previous sequels. The big news for horror fans is the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter (as exec producer).
Release date: 19 Oct.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy
The story of rock gods Queen in this Freddie Mercury biopic.
Release date: 24 Oct.

November

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
The second Harry Potter prequel written by JK Rowling introduces Jude Law as a young Dumbledore as magical zoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) helps track down evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Release date: 16 Nov.

Creed II

Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Cast: Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone,
Rocky, the ultimate boxing franchise, continues this time around Adonis Creed (son of Apollo Creed) goes head to head with Viktor Drago (the son of Ivan Drago, played by Florian Munteanu).
Release date: 30 Nov.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Cast: Voices of John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman
Ralph (Reilly) and Vanellope (Silverman) head out of the arcade via the magic of wi-fi for more super cute computerised adventures.
Release date: 30 Nov.

December

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett
Mowgli returns to the jungle in this live action / CGI epic based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.
Release date: 19 Oct 7 Dec on Netflix.

Aquaman

Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman
DC haven't had much luck when it comes to movies the last few years. They've made a lot of money but not many fans (Wonder Woman aside) hopefully they can turn things around with underwater superhero Aquaman (played by man mountain Momoa).
Release date: 14 Dec.

Mortal Engines

Director: Christian Rivers
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Frankie Adams, Stephen Lang
Predator cities roam the countryside consuming smaller towns for resources. Based on Philip Reeves much loved YA novels.
Release date: 14 Dec.

Mary Poppins Returns

Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth
Yet another surprise sequel. And this is one no one ever expected as Disney resurrect
everyone's favourite singing nanny after 54 years with Blunt taking on the iconic title role.
Release date: 21 Dec.

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