We are just past the halfway point of 2018 and it has already been a great year for movies. Box Office numbers have improved this year as a whole and we’ve already seen two movies break the Top 10 grossing movies of all time. It hasn’t been all about the box office though; there have also been several really good films. Hereditary was a surprise critical hit and out performed expectations at the box office for A24. A Quiet Place was another original film that did excellent with both critics and the box office. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp continued Marvel’s red-hot streak, and Pixar brought back Incredibles 2 with great success.
It has been a fun year for movies thus far but there is still over five months left. I have put together a list of 10 movies that I am most looking forward to seeing the rest of this year. I limited the list to movies that will be getting their wide release after July (so that eliminates Equalizer 2, Mission Impossible: Fall Out and Sorry to Bother You). The release dates are according to IMDB and are subject to change.
10. Halloween (October 19th)
What can I say; I love horror movies. I don’t know what to expect really but I’m excited nonetheless. I fell in love with horror movies because of old school slashers like this one, so it will be nice to revisit that. Also, this will serve as a fill in until I get my Friday the 13th remake.
9. Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2nd)
I don’t know a whole about Queen or their music but I am very intrigued by this film. The main source of my intrigue is Rami Malek. He is a good performer and he has seemingly gone full on method for this role. There has also been a lot of controversy behind the scenes, directors have changed and production has been delayed. While the trailer is great, it doesn’t say so much about the film, which adds to the intrigue. This film could be great or it could be a train wreck, that’s exciting.
8. Backseat (December 21st)
I know almost nothing about this film except who is involved and that is all I need. The cast is stacked with not only great actors but actors that I personally love. It stars, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Alison Pill, Tyler Perry and Bill Pullman. If the cast wasn’t enough, it is also written and directed by Adam McKay. With all of these people involved I don’t need to know anything else in order to be excited.
7. Venom (October 5th)
My interest in this film stems from two things: Michelle Williams is my favorite actor and I also love Tom Hardy. I honestly don’t need anything else. I’m not that interested in this character or the story, but I’m always excited when these two are in a film, especially the former.
6. Welcome to Marwen (November 21st)
An excellent cast, led by Steve Carell, is tied to this film. A very interesting director is behind it and it’s all driven by a fascinating story. The trailer shows heart, humor, compassion and fun. It promises to be different from any other film this year and also promises to be unforgettable.
5. First Man (October 12th)
Damien Chazelle is making a movie. That’s really I all need, but to sweeten the pot it’s about Neil Armstrong and stars Ryan Gosling.
4. A Star is Born (October 5th)
Musicals are one of my favorite genres and some of my favorite films of all time are modern musicals similar to this one. Bradley Cooper is making his directorial debut and starring in it. This film has the feeling of something special and I can’t wait to see if it pays off.
3. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (November 21st)
Wreck-It Ralph is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. I absolutely love that movie, its message and its characters. While I’m not always on board for sequels (especially for movies I love), I am so excited for this one and have been since it was announced. For no other reason than I can’t wait to go back to that world with those characters.
2. Beautiful Boy (October 12th)
This film is right up my alley. It appears to be a slower character driven story that centers on real people in real situations. It’s realistic fiction. It also stars Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet in roles that promise to be talked about during this award season.
1. Widows (November 16th)
I try to avoid all trailers if I can help it. This one almost made me rethink that whole idea. The trailer for this film is incredible. To make it all the better, the cast is astonishing. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Jon Bernthal, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez and Brian Tyree Henry make up a cast that simply by themselves are worth watching. Steve McQueen is directing and this has the potential to be the best film of the year. It already has the best trailer and arguably the best cast.
Is there a movie that I missed? Let me know what movies you are anticipating this year!