Our Ten’s List: Most Anticipated Movies 2018, Part 2.
We’re at the halfway point of 2018, so it’s time to pick ten more movies that have us excited!
We’ve rounded the corner on the current year and are headed to the back nine. Overall, I’d say that the first half has been pretty excellent. Some of our picks for 2018 like Deadpool 2 and A Quiet Place earned raves, and only Proud Mary ended up being a disappointment. Our last pick, Sicario 2 -Day of the Soldado, is out in theaters now. While we wait to see how that pans out, let’s get busy restocking the list with ten more films that have us pumped up to head to the theaters. We’ll keep things chronological, so the order may not reflect which film we’re most excited about (but, spoilers, it’s totally Alita: Battle Angel!)
Most Anticipated Movies 2018, Part 2.
10. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (July 27)
The Teen Titans (Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven) are excited to see all of their adult super hero idols on the big screen, but are frustrated that Hollywood isn’t interested in their adventures. When their arch villain Deathstroke uses tinsel town to brainwash the Justice League, the Titans are the only heroes left to save the day.
One place DC has been getting it right is their TV shows. The Teen Titans have been a fun cartoon for a while now, so it only seems fair that they get a shot at the big time. They certainly aren’t shy about making that case either! The humor seems spot-on and the whimsy of the show is on full display. Expect a good time you can feel comfortable taking the kids to.
9. The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 3)
Audrey (Mila Kunis) thought getting dumped was the worst…until all of her super-spy ex-boyfriend’s enemies show up. On the run with her friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon), she’ll have to learn the tricks of the espionage trade in order to survive.
While I tend to like McKinnon better on SNL, this trailer shows some great comedic chemistry between her and Kunis. It’s a slick premise with two talented comedians: what’s not to like!
8. The Happytime Murders (August 24)
In a version of reality where puppets live uncomfortably alongside humans, a murderer is targeting the puppet cast of a popular kids show. Two detectives, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, try to put aside their differences and stop the killer.
Another SNL/Ghostbusters alum gets a starring role, this time in the much delayed Henson production. I honestly thought Happytime Murders was vapor-ware, a project too audacious to ever see the light of day. Well, it’s finally here, paying off the fact that I’ve put it on two most anticipated lists already!
7. The Predator (Sept 14)
The lethal race of hunters known as the Predators return to Earth, upgraded with spliced alien DNA. This time, they are not here to hunt – they are here to exterminate. A group of renegade soldiers and a scientist are all that stand between us and oblivion.
There’s only been one decent Predator movie so far, but Shane Black looks to change that. This trailer has the feel of the glory days of the blockbuster action flicks of the 80’s. For all of the Predator goodness on display, the tone and style scream Cameron’s Terminator films. That’s a good thing.
6. Bad Times at the El Royale (October 12)
Seven strangers with shadowy pasts arrive at a run-down resort called the El Royale. There, they each hope to bury their secrets once and for all, but fate has other plans for them.
This ensemble crime thriller is soaked in atmosphere a loaded with talent. I’m not sure what everyone is hiding, but I’m fascinated to see how it all shakes out.
5. Suspiria (November 2)
At a renowned European dance academy, dark secrets swirl just below the surface. A new dancer becomes drawn to the tragic mystery as the artistic director and a grieving therapist attempt to put the past behind them.
Remakes of cult classic horror movies are a dicey affair (we’re already staring into the dead eyes of another Halloween remake this year!) This film looks to clear the high bar set by the original by loading up on talent: Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth are all lacing up their slippers for this one.
4. Widows (November 16)
Four women married to members of a bank robbery team lose their husbands to a set-up. Their grieving is cut short when the crime lords who bankrolled the last gig come looking for the money. Desperate and angry, the widows decide to fight back.
3. Creed 2 (November 21)
While it seemed Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) was on top of the world of boxing, family tension and set-backs in the ring threaten to pull the prideful young fighter down. The biggest challenge comes from a familiar name: Drago. Adonis and his coach Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gear up to fight the son of the man who killed Creed’s father.
We loved the first Creed, so throwing the name Ivan Drago into the mix is just catnip. Michael B. Jordan is on fire lately…and I don’t mean when he was literally on fire as the Human Torch in F4ntastic Four!
2. Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse (December 14)
Miles Morales is a young teen from Brooklyn fascinated by Spider-Man. When he begins to show powers like his idol, he meets Peter Parker, the current web-slinging hero. Parker introduces Miles to a world where many men and women wear the mantle of Spider-Man and work together to protect the innocent.
We carped about how tired we were of vanilla Peter Parker stories with Homecoming, so its a relief to see Sony listening. If fan favorites Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen get most of the limelight, I’ll be thrilled with this visually daring animated feature.
1. Alita: Battle Angel (December 21)
Alita is a cyborg with no past. In a dystopian wasteland, she is discovered in the scrapyard by a genius cybernetics doctor named Ido. While her mind refuses to recall the past, her fists remember a deadly martial arts born on Mars and taught to only a select few warriors. As her only connection to her origins, she hones her battle instinct in the deadly world of bounty hunting, making powerful enemies along the way.
Give it to me. Give it to me now.
Yukito Kushiro’s darkly dystopian manga Battle Angel is my all-time favorite, and director Robert Rodriguez’ style matches it like a hand-in-glove. I’m not in love with the facial animation look, but it’s done well and is a bold decision. I like Rodriguez’ penchant for being a stylistic chameleon. I can’t wait for this.
Two movies slipped off the list because there isn’t any solid promotional material available. Nonetheless, the cast and premise of these two intrigued us.
Overlord (October 26)
A group of soldiers are dropped behind enemy lines during World War 2, hoping to strike at Hitler’s production facilities. What they find is a terrifying mix of weaponry and the occult that threatens the entire world.
From the folks behind the Cloverfield series and JJ Abrams, this was rumored to be in the same universe. At this point I don’t care, I just like what Bad Robot has been cooking. All of the mystery and mystique about this project has me interested…it just better not be another flimsy Abram’s riddle box!
Holmes and Watson (December 21)
What if the stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes were…exaggerated? A bumbling Holmes (Will Ferrell) and his exasperated partner Watson (John C. Reilly) must solve a crime with their careers and lives on the line.
Mum’s the word on this project, but c’mon, Ferrell and Reilly are like Abbot and Costello together. I’d watch them do dishes. I’m also a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, especially when the take is funny and iconoclastic. Have at, good sirs.