This year has been pretty exciting for film. Here is my top 10 list of films I definitely want to see before the cinemas close this year. All release dates are subject to change.
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard star in DC’s superhero saga, directed by James Wan (Furious 7) focusing on the underwater world of Atlantis. You’ll recognize so many stars in this action-filled crowd pleaser including Dolph Lundgren (Creed II), Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Dijmon Hounsou, Randall Park, Temuera Morrison, and Julie Andrews.
A Nicole Kidman tour-de-force for a worthy actress in a hat-trick of high profile roles releasing late in this year. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) directs this crime drama that co-stars Toby Kebbell, Sebastian Stan, and Bradley Whitford. Hopefully, Kidman’s striking physical appearance does not detract audiences from this worthy work.
Olivia Colman (The Crown, Broadchurch) stars as Queen Anne in this biopic set in early 18th century England. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz also star as a new servant Abigail and Anne’s close friend Sarah. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer).
Mary Poppins Returns
Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place, The Devil Wears Prada, Looper) continues Julie Andrews’ iconic role as the famous British nanny who returns to the Banks’ household as Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are all grown up with children of their own. Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) directs this family drama and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters, and Dick Van Dyke co-star.
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this tough crime drama inspired by Sam Dolnick’s New York Times Magazine Article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule.” Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) is certainly a welcome addition to the cast that also includes Michael Peña, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, Dianne Wiest, and Clifton Collins Jr.
Set in Mexico City during the early 1970s, Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) directs and writes this black-and-white drama that chronicles a middle-class family. In limited theatrical engagements now then showing on Netflix on 12/14.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse
Still my favorite superhero. Spidey expands in this sharply animated epic with Phil Lord’s screenplay that incorporates other Spider-Man characters like Miles Morales (Shamiek Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) plus Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis, Liev Schreiber as The Kingpin, and Lily Tomlin as Aunt May.
Stan & Ollie
John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star as the famous comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in this biopic following the end of their careers as they embark on a theatre tour of post-war Britain. Nina Arianda co-stars as Ida Kitaeva Laurel with Shirley Henderson as Lucille Hardy and Danny Huston as Hal Roach.
They Shall Not Grow Old
Peter Jackson directs and produces this World War I documentary drawn from over 600 hours of real, never-before-seen footage from London’s Imperial War Museum. This special film does not use any narration and commemorates the 100 years of the war’s end.
Adam McKay (The Big Short) directs, writes, and produces this Dick Cheney biopic/drama featuring a stellar cast with Christian Bale in the lead role plus Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, Eddie Marsan as Paul Wolfowitz, and LisaGay Hamilton as Condoleezza Rice.
Enjoy the remaining movies in 2018!