uggs.co.uk 18 movies to watch for in 2018
“The 15:17 to Paris” (Feb. 9):The newest film from 87 year old director Clint Eastwood is about the 2015 terrorist attack on a Thalys train bound from Amsterdam to Paris, and the three off duty American soldiers who brought down the gunman.
Of course, Eastwood has long been interested in making movies about true events and heroes, but in a bold experiment this time around, the three real life heroes will be playing themselves.
“Black Panther” (Feb. 16):In recent years, Chadwick Boseman has been the go to actor for biopics, playing Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall.
I don’t think Boseman’s been given enough due for the range and depth of his work. Watch those films back to back to back, and you’ll be blown away by his talents.
The Black Panther comic book character was introduced in the 1960s, and Hollywood has been exploring a movie version since at least the early 1990s (with Wesley Snipes as the title character). Now, finally, we get the Marvel Studios treatment, with Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther and an ensemble supporting cast I’d want to see in just about any genre: Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
“Game Night” (Feb. 23):Speaking of uniquely talented actors we like but perhaps take a little bit for granted because they make it look so easy: grown up Jason Bateman.
Star of two of the best TV shows of the 21st century (“Arrested Development” and “Ozark”), brilliant character actor in movies such as “Juno” and “Up in the Air,” and voice of Nick Wilde in “Zootopia.”
Bateman seems like a perfect casting choice for “Game Night,” a comedy thriller about a group of friends and family members (including Rachel McAdams as Bateman’s wife and Kyle Chandler as his brother) whose regular game night turns into a murder mystery.
Oh, and it’s based on Agatha Christie’s oft adapted novel “And Then There Were None.”
“A Wrinkle in Time” (March 9):The greatly talented Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) directs Oprah Winfrey (always a welcome presence as an actor), Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Michael Pena and Zach Galifianakis in the adaptation of the hugely popular sci fi novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
“Isle of Dogs” (March 23):A few hours before I sat down to write this piece, a millennial I’d just met said, “Can I ask you about this ‘Isle of Dogs’ movie? I was watching the trailer and it looks really weird and maybe great.”The one and only Wes Anderson’s stop motion animated adventure is set in the Japan of 20 years from now, when a “canine flu” leads to all dogs being banished to a remote island.
Featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton.
“Ready Player One” (March 30):Tell me they’re making a movie based on the terrific 2011 sci fi novel by Ernest Cline and my reaction is, “OK, I’m down for that.”
Tell me Steven Spielberg is directing the adaptation, and I’m putting “Ready Player One” on this list.
“The New Mutants” (April 13):I loved Josh Boone’s adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I think he’s an inspired choice to tell the story of some new mutants in the “X Men” universe: a Russian, a Scot, a Kentuckian, a Brazilian and a Native American.
It’s a promising cast as well, with Anya Taylor Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones” as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, and Blu Hunt as Mirage.
“Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4):Guardians, meet the Avengers. Avengers, I think you know the Guardians.
This looks to be the movie equivalent of an All Star game, which means we’re sure to see an amazing array of Hall of Fame talent and some moments of breathtaking individual performances, but it’s a coin toss as to whether the event itself will be rousing, start to finish entertainment, or a somewhat bloated, overstuffed exhibition.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (May 11):I like a title that takes us right to the heart of the movie. In “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” there’s a character named Bernadette, and she goes missing.
Richard Linklater helms this adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel, with Cate Blanchett starring as the agoraphobic Bernadette (the one thing you’d think you wouldn’t have to worry about with an agoraphobic is her going missing), and a supporting cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (May 25):The follow up to “Rogue One” has a checkered history, with Ron Howard replacing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
This of course led to much hand wringing on the internet. Ron Howard! What does HE know about adventures in space?!
Alden Ehrenreich (who has done stellar work in films such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Rules Don’t Apply”) stars as the young Han Solo.
“Ocean’s 8” (June 8):Clearly, this is another big year for sequels and spinoffs and the introduction of new characters in familiar movie universes. “Ocean’s 8” is an all female, semi sequel, semi reboot of the 21st century “Ocean’s” trilogy (which sprung from the 1960 original).
Gotta love the cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter.
“Alita: Battle Angel” (July 20):When I first saw a clip from “Alita: Battle Angel,” I was . Freaked. Out.