2018 has been a huge year for the world of cinema, and it’s about to get a whole lot better. From reboots to action-packed thrillers, take a look our top picks of what’s heading to the big screen!
Ready Player One | March 29
Remember when the mighty Steven Spielberg popped up in the streets of the city last year with an entire cast and crew? Well, this was just the very movie that he was shooting. Based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling book, Ready Player One is the sci-fi that’s got everyone talking. When the creator of a virtual reality world, OASIS dies in 2045, he releases a video after his death in which he challenges the population to find an easter egg containing his entire fortune. But when Wade Watts stumbles across the very first clue, he decides the join the contents and catapults himself into a world of chaos, discovery and danger.
Isle of Dogs | March 30
Wes Anderson is behind some truly iconic movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – the list goes on. His latest movie, Isle Of Dogs, is one that we’ve been waiting for ever since we first laid eyes on the trailer last year. Telling the story of Atari Kobayashi, when all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast dump called Trash Island they must fend for themselves or find a way to escape. This new stop-motion by Anderson has already been hailed by critics, and with a cast including Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, it comes as no surprise.
Love, Simon | April 6
17-year-old Simon Speir (Nick Robinson) is just like any normal coming-of-age teen, apart from the fact that he’s hiding a huge secret from everyone he knows: he hasn’t told anyone that he’s gay. He doesn’t quite know why he hasn’t come out to everyone, maybe it’s because life as a teen is difficult enough already? When he falls for an anonymous classmate who he talks to through email, Simon’s secret his leaked and he’s faced with the challenge of resolving not just his sexuality with the world, but finding out just exactly who he’s fallen for. Directed by Riverdale’s Greg Berlanti, this as a must-see if you loved John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars.
Deadpool 2 | May 16
Deadpool was one of the most successful movies of 2016; hilariously dark, it scored a solid 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, so we’re expecting big things from the Marvel sequel. Funny guy Ryan Reynolds returns as Wade Wilson, whose life was transformed after he was tortured by evil evil scientist Ajax. Now, he’s searching to regain his spice of life, but that doesn’t come without its challenges as Wade finds himself battling ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines. Notably very dissimilar from Marvel‘s usual movies, Deadpool 2 is high up on our list of must-see movies this year.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | June 8
Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed after being destroyed by the Indominus Rex, Owen Grady (Christ Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar in pursuit of saving any dinosaur species that may still be roaming the abandoned park. But upon their arrival, they come across a huge volcano that’s about to erupt – and that’s not all. Whilst on their mission to rescue as many dinosaurs as they can, they cross paths with terrifying new dinosaurs that pose a threat to the entire planet.
The Incredibles 2 | July 13
Can you believe that The Incredibles is 14 years old? Yes, you heard me – 14 years old! Disney Pixar fans have been patiently waiting for a second instalment, and now, almost a decade later, that time has come. The Incredibles 2 is all about women power, as Mum Helen (aka Elastic Girl) takes the lead, leaving Bob (Mr Incredible) at home with their children Violet and Dash to navigate their day-to-to “normal” life tasks. But when a new villain hatches an evil plan, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again, which would be fine, except none of them are aware of young Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | July 20
Mamma mia, here we go again! A decade after the all-singing, all-dancing Mamma Mia came to the big screen, prepare to jump back into the world of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and Donna (Meryl Streep). The story picks up when Sophie discovers that she’s pregnant with her first child, and she’s not quite sure how she’s going to cope. Determined to be the best mum she can be, Sophie’s hoping that she can pick up some tips from Donna, who did it all on her own. Jumping between past and present, this feel-good movie with a spectacular cast is an absolute must-see this summer.
Ant-Man and the Wasp | August 3
The world’s smallest superhero is back with a brand new mission. Following the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Land (Paul Rudd) is still learning the balance his chaotic life as both superhero, Ant-Man and father. Just as he seems to be starting to take things in his stride, Scott’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (aka The Wasp) and Dr Hank Pym with an urgent new mission that he can’t turn down. This time he won’t be facing it alone, as he puts on his suit to fight alongside The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to work as a team and uncover secrets from their past.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | November
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finished on a huge cliff-hanger when the Magical Congress of the United States of America captured dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) with help from Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But all their work to contain the darkest wizard of their time doesn’t work in their favour when Grindelwald escapes from custody and sets about gaining followers. In an effort to bring Grindelwald’s plans to an end, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists the help of Newt, but neither of them is quite aware of the dangers that lie ahead.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms | November
Starring Kiera Knightly as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Morgan Freeman, Dame Helen Mirren and Mackenzie Foy as Clara, this modern spin on the classic ballet has been dubbed as the movie that will test the faith of cult Disney fans, but we can’t wait for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to hit our screens this winter. Clara is desperately searching for a key that will unlock a gift from her late mother; presented with a golden thread that leads her to a passage of a parallel world, Clara must brave all four realms to retrieve the key whilst returning harmony to the unstable world.
Mary Poppins Returns | December
Just a spoonful of sugar makes the nostalgia go down. This December, Emily Blunt is stepping into the iconic role played by the legendary Dame Julie Andrews. Now grown, Jane and Michael Banks – along with Michael’s three children – are living in Depression-era London, and following a personal loss, they’re struggling to find any happiness in their lives. When they’re visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins and her friend Jack, the family fund a way to rediscover the joy and wondering missing in their lives.