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Top 10 Films Coming in 2018

The Galleon's guide to 2018's packed cinematic release schedule

Having just passed through an incredible year for cinema with releases such as Dunkirk, Blade Runner: 2049, IT and Star Wars: The Last Jedi to name a few, it seems fair to welcome in the new year with high expectations. 2018 holds a wide array of cinema to look forward to throughout the year, including long awaited sequels, additions to franchises, remakes, as well as some standalone features. Here I have selected some of the top films of the year to look forward to, with releases coming from Disney, Marvel and Lucas Film as well as other indie studios and directors.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Coming January
The Death Cure is the final instalment of the Maze Runner trilogy. The series follows a group of teenagers who have been experimented on to try and find a cure for a disease known as the ‘flair’ that has wiped out most of the planet. The group call themselves Gladers and have escaped multiple perils to try and gain their freedom. Now they follow Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, on a mission to rescue their friend and to take down the corporation known as WCKD. The trailer boasts action and drama, but it all comes down to the words spoken by the leader of WCKD: ‘He can save his friends, or he can save them all.’ DB

Phantom Thread – Coming February
After a long and successful career, Phantom Thread is to be Daniel Day-Lewis’ final film before retirement from the industry. Set in the 1950s, the story follows the designer Reynolds Woodcock as he falls for a young strong-willed woman who becomes his lover and muse. Their tale shows love in a harsher light, a man who believes he’s cursed to lose love and the strains it puts on the relationships around him. Once again, director Paul Thomas Anderson has a soundtrack from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, which will hopefully be as spine tingling as his score for There Will Be Blood. This film looks to be filled with passion, desire, and fashion, promising to be a hallowing watch. DB

Black Panther – Coming February
The latest instalment of the Marvel cinematic universe focuses on King T’Challa working against two enemies planning on bringing down the Wakandan Empire. Starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and Martin Freeman as CIA agent Everett Ross, Black Panther will bring new elements to the Marvel universe while retaining its connection to the older films. With a vastly diverse cast and political influences, Black Panther will be a Marvel film like no other. BN

Lady Bird – coming February

Directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird was at one point the highest rated film on review site Rotten Tomatoes, beating previous record holder Toy Story 2. The film has since been lowered to 99%, but that shouldn’t make anyone think any less of it. Lady Bird is a relatable coming of age comedy, starring versatile actress Saoirse Ronan. In her final year of Catholic high school, self-nicknamed Lady Bird is trying to work out what her future holds. With shining reviews, this film claims to look at the relationships that shape us and change us. Whilst the film was already released in the US it will finally be released in the UK in February and I for one cannot wait to see it. DB

Isle of Dogs – coming March

Wes Anderson’s first release since The Grand Budapest Hotel, this film follows in the animated footsteps of Fantastic Mr Fox and looks to be a stop motion spectacle. Isle of Dogs is set in a dystopian future and follows a young boy on a mission to find his lost dog, Spots. The film takes place in Japan where dogs have been banished to an island made of rubbish after an outbreak of dog flu spreads.  The all-star cast, including Anderson film regulars like Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton as well as other recognisable names like Scarlett Johansson make this a highly anticipated film for those familiar with Anderson’s movies, as well as new audiences. DB

Avengers: Infinity War – coming April

If the trailer’s anything to go by, this film will be packed with all the superheroes we’ve spent the last ten years meeting and getting to know. There have been many speculations, as to what might occur in this, the twentieth feature entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of these were either confirmed or invalidated by the trailer’s release. Needless to say, this first part will finally see Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, face off against the Avengers and Guardians after his six-year build up on screen. I know I’ll be counting down the days until we see the dramatic beginning of the end for Marvel’s fourth phase. BL

Solo: A Star Wars Story – coming May

After the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, audiences may be in two minds over what to expect from the upcoming standalone feature, with The Last Jedi receiving mixed responses from critics and audiences alike. However, many people had the same feeling approaching the release of Rogue One, which was widely approved and enjoyed. Hopefully those who visit this film in doubt will leave feeling similarly. The team behind Solo: A Star Wars Story has revealed very little information about the film, with only a short description available. However, the all-star cast list promises some great performances from actors such as Alden Ehrenreich who’ll be playing Han Solo, as well as other well-known names like Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and Donald Glover (A.K.A Childish Gambino). DB

The Incredibles 2 – coming July
It has been 14 years since Pixar released the original Incredibles film. When many of us watched it for the first time we were children, likely still in primary school, so to say that this sequel has been long awaited seems like a bit of an understatement. Whilst we’ve all been ageing it seems that the Parr family haven’t, as the teaser trailer reveals baby Jack Jack is still in nappies. However, it finally reveals the discovery that Jack Jack does have powers, a fact that was left only known to the audience at the end of the last movie. Whilst the description of the sequel is short it leaves room for a lot to happen, with Bob (Mr Incredible) left at home to look after the baby whilst his wife saves the world. DB

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – coming November
The second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series will continue to follow the adventures of magizoologist, Newt Scamander. Little else is known about what will unfold within this next chapter, however the release of a cast photo in November began to stir up buzz in anticipation for the film. Famous cast members dressed in their 1920s garb reveals the return of beloved characters from the first film, such as Jacob Kowalski, Newt’s Muggle friend, as well as the surprise of Ezra Miller’s character, Credence. Among those familiar faces are new characters as well, with Jude Law stepping in as the young Dumbledore and Newt’s old love, Leta Lestrange, played by Zoë Kravitz. DB

Mary Poppins Returns – coming December
Amazingly it has been 54 years since the original release of Disney classic Mary Poppins, starring national treasure Julie Andrews. Since then, the film has been loved by generations of children, thanks to its lively songs and fun-filled story line which cherishes the power of imagination. This sequel features the two original Banks children all grown up, as well as Michael Banks’ three children, who are all in need of rediscovering the joy missing from their lives. In this new tale Mary Poppins will be played by Emily Blunt who will be accompanied by other actors such as Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke is even making a return as Mr. Dawes Jr., son of the Mr, Dawes Sr., chairman of the bank in the original film, whom he also played. DB

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