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The 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

on January 04, 2018, 9:30am
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Isle of Dogs

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Release Date: Mar. 23rd

Why We’re Excited: Not gonna lie — the idea of another stop-motion Wes Anderson film isn’t exactly ideal, especially as a follow-up to 2014’s Academy Award-nominated epic, The Grand Budapest Hotel. But then, you remember Fantastic Mr. Fox and realize that the Texas filmmaker is just as awesome playing with models as he is with veteran comics. This one also has dogs — an isle full of them, no less — and there might be nothing cuter in this world than the simple equation of Wes Anderson + dozens of dogs. So, let’s not woof woof all over this one. Let’s run to it like Pavlov’s pooches at the sound of a dinner bell. –Michael Roffman

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Ready Player One

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Release Date: Mar. 30th

Why We’re Excited: Ernest Cline’s hit novel Ready Player One is a frequent subject of heated debate in geek circles. To some, it’s a delightful celebration of all things neo-retro; to others, it’s a grating long-form barrage of pop-culture references. In any case, it feels oddly appropriate that Steven Spielberg would adapt Cline’s story of a dystopic, gamer-centric future, given the debt that it owes to the filmmaker’s ’80s classics. Whether he can make something transcendent out of the novel remains to be seen, but if nothing else, it’ll be a spectacle like only Spielberg can deliver. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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You Were Never Really Here

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Release Date: Apr. 6th

Why We’re Excited: It’s been seven years since Lynne Ramsay last traumatized audiences with We Need to Talk About Kevin, and now she returns with a similarly despairing mood piece about a veteran and hired gun (Joaquin Phoenix) who specializes in recovering young women from being sold into sex slavery. Though the film will arrive in theaters nearly a year after its Cannes premiere, the early reception suggests that You Were Never Really Here is paranoid, haunting, and brutally violent in equal measures. Be on the lookout for this as soon as the winter movie doldrums are over. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The New Mutants

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Release Date: Apr. 13

Why We’re Excited: Like so many other superhero franchises, the X-Men movies have fallen into something of a predictable pattern. Josh Boone throws away all the standard motifs with The New Mutants, however, turning in the first horror film starring mutants. Picture everything you love about insane asylum psychological/body horror scare flicks and add in a Scottish werewolf and a human cannonball from Kentucky. Who knows if it’ll be good enough for Disney to keep the story going now that they own Fox, but at least it’ll shake up the monotony. –Ben Kaye

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Cloverfield Movie

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Release Date: Apr. 20th

Why We’re Excited: Even now, there’s a lot we still don’t know about the latest entry in the secretive, lower-budget Cloverfield cycle. Julius Onah’s film follows a team aboard an international space station, who have to survive after an experiment with a particle accelerator results in the disappearance of the Earth. It’s a wild premise, if one that situates it as yet another exercise in people trying not to die in orbit in a recently long line of them. But given that neither of the Cloverfield experiments so far have been anything less than a rousing success, we’re already aboard the hype train for this one. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Avengers: Infinity War

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Release Date: May 4th

Why We’re Excited: And now, a small independent production based on a hit off-Broadway play. In all seriousness, Infinity War is about as big a movie as Hollywood can offer these days, the culmination of a full decade of Marvel productions. Thanos is finally on the way, the Guardians are headed to Earth, and every damn character you can think of will be getting together for what’s sure to be a cacophonously loud, every-dollar-on-the-screen exercise in printing Disney a ridiculous amount of money. Everyone you know is getting ready for this, and c’mon, you know you are too. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Release Date: May 25th

Why We’re Excited: At this point, Solo: A Star Wars Story will be fun for all the wrong reasons. Recent reports suggest that Disney has a total piece of garbage on their hands, which wouldn’t be all that surprising given that it’s likely an a.) origin story for a hero who doesn’t need an origin and b.) a film that was robbed from its original visionaries about 78% of the way through production. It also doesn’t help matters that the ol’ Mouse House replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard, whose recent trajectory is anything but swell. So, yeah, the odds of this — eh, never tell me the odds. –Michael Roffman

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Deadpool 2

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Release Date: Jun. 1st

Why We’re Excited: Two years ago, Deadpool redrew the map for where superheros could go in a way that no one save for Logan has been able to follow. Now it’s time to see if Ryan Reynolds’ pet project can repeat its success while continuing to subvert expectations and also making good use of the obligatory new characters. Both Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) have major implications for not only the future of Deadpool but the X-Cinematic Universe as a whole, and their introduction will be subject to even more exacting scrutiny now that Disney controls the franchise’s destiny. –Ben Kaye

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Ocean’s 8

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Release Date: Jun. 8th

Why We’re Excited: Not content to have covered the numbers 11 through 13, the Ocean’s franchise is dipping into single digits — though, of course, the more notable fact here is that the gold-hearted criminal crew in Ocean’s Eight is all women. Rather than merely stopping there, director Gary Ross, producer Steven Soderbergh, and writer Olivia Milch recruited a diverse cast including Rihanna, Awkwafina, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchette, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. –Lior Phillips

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Incredibles 2

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Release Date: Jun. 15th

Why We’re Excited: In a way, you feel ever-so-slightly bad for Brad Bird that his last live-action effort, Tomorrowland, didn’t pan out. He clearly wanted to break from animation and deliver some tentpole goodies for the masses. On the other hand … we get an Incredibles 2, a sequel that actually raises the question: “Why didn’t this come out 10 years ago?” AND HERE COMES THE JACK-JACK ATTACK, FAM! –Blake Goble

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Sicario 2: Soldado

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Release Date: Jun. 29th

Why We’re Excited: Sicario was the sort of crossover effort that leapt beyond specialty and wowed folks with its brooding aesthetic and unflinching digital action. Sicario 2: Soldado just goes to show you can’t keep an action franchise down. Or rather, one from just kinda happening off the back of a popular indie progenitor. Taylor Sheridan, who scribed the original, drafted this puppy, and Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are back and seemingly taking names. –Blake Goble

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