Well friends, it's time to announce the top 40 movies of 2018 to watch. There is so much else: films where Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron act as producers, and new versions of vintage films, possibly the next masterpieces of Steven Spielberg.
And what kind of cast do we have this season: Meryl Streep (without her!), Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, Gugu Mbata-Rowe and Sylvester Stallone and many other Hollywood stars.
Science fiction, thrillers for all tastes, fantasy and horror films, as well as anime prevail among genres. In general, you have already understood that there really is something to see and what to choose from. So, let's start our mega review!
Sony is finally releasing an additional collection of Spider-Man films. At the time of this writing, there are 3 films in the project plans, the first of which is "Venom". The main role of Venom will be played by Tom Hardy instead of Topher Grace, who starred in this role in "Spider-Man 3" by Sam Raimi. Venom will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, who is best known to us from Welcome to Zombieland.
The movie has already been placed in the R category, which means that it is shown only for adults, i.e. for those over 18.
39. Ralph breaks the internet. Ralph 2
Crash It Ralph, the first animated feature film, was directed by Richard Moore back in 2012. We remember this director from the days of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama". And now, 6 years later, the team of creators of the first "Ralph" reunited to work on the sequel "Ralph Breaks the Internet. Ralph 2." Big Ralph will continue to be voiced by John Riley. Rich Moore, who won the Oscar for co-directing the brilliant utopia Zootopia, is back to work. By the way, the project "Ralph" is Moore's second work with Disney after "Zootopia", which collected a huge number of awards and nominations in 2016.
38. Halloween Returns Horror Movie
Another Halloween movie ?. Yes. We have already seen quite a few films of a similar theme, which disappointed us. However, we are interested in some of the films on the list primarily because of who plays them and who creates them.
Let's take a look at the background for the 2018 film. This is the newest version of "Halloween" and is a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. Jamie Lee Curtis will reappear as Laurie Strode. Her character seems doomed to live in the shadow of Michael Myers, the ubiquitous masked hitman. The new Halloween movie is directed by David Gordon Green, whose films "George Washington" and "All the Real Girls" have received critical acclaim.
So we are waiting for what the director will present to us now. Can he breathe new life into an aging franchise?
The content cut from the films has already become the talk of the town, so in the new sci-fi action movie from James Wan we expect a much greater presence of Jason Momoa as Aquaman than in Justice League. The film will be of interest to lovers of underwater life and fans of Atlantis. The exact opposite of what you saw in the 2017 film Atlantis. "Aquaman" is indeed a direct descendant of an ancient civilization, the son of Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis in exile. From an early age, Arthur Curry, an aquaman, has an unprecedented ability to breathe underwater, communicate with fish.
It is he who will manage 7 seas in the future. In addition to Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren and Amber Heard will also play in this film.
36. A Wrinkle in Time
A sci-fi movie from Disney, written by Jennifer Lee. Remember her from "Frozen"? The premiere of the film in USA is scheduled for 8 March. This is how the present will be for the audience. Ava Duvernay directed the film based on the book "A Rift in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. The plot of the picture promises to be extremely twisted, where the main character will not only have to find her father, lost in time and worlds, but also save this world from death. It is known that Disney invested a 9-digit figure in the creation of the film. And what is our selection of actors: Oprah Winfrey, Rhys Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbata-Rowe.
Everyone's favorite book "A Fissure in Time" seems to turn into an unforgettable film version. We are looking forward to the release of the movie.
35. Doomsday 4
"Doomsday 2" is still the pinnacle of the series of dystopian thrillers. However, this year's upcoming prequel to Judgment Nights, written by James DeMonaco and directed by Gerard McMurray, could upset that state of affairs. From the new film "Doomsday 4" we learn the history of the cultural event that became known as the Doomsday. As popular as Black Friday, but much more bloodthirsty, because for 12 hours, once a year, all laws are canceled in the country and you can commit crimes with complete impunity.
Welcome to Massacre, a movement that began as a simple experiment on the First Day of Judgment, and grew into something much larger and more terrifying.
34. Fighting my family
Stephen Merchant has spent most of this year on his first film, in which he acts as an independent director. He also wrote the screenplay for the film and played the role of Hugh. The film is interesting with a mix of British actors - Merchant, Nick Frost, with American - Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn. This comedy-drama or dramedy tells the story of the life of a former professional wrestler who travels around the country, taking part in small tournaments. At this time, his children dream of joining WWE - the International Organization of Wrestlers. The film is based on the real story of the Bevis family, where all family members are professional wrestlers.
Once Saraya or as she is called "Paige" (Florence Pugh) gets a contract from WWE, her dream has come true, but the main events are yet to come .... Fans of Dwayne Johnson, this is the first of three films with the actor, oh which we'll cover in this review.
33. Tomb Raider: Lara Croft
The last 2 Tomb Raider movies have not been memorable. This is probably due to the curse of adapting video games into films. But Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, who already shocked the audience with the disaster movie "The Wave" in 2015, and Alicia Vikander, who will play Lara Croft, are able to turn this unfortunate trend in the other direction, proving to the whole world that it is possible to make such a film that will put the and the video game itself.
Lara will go on an adventure to the island to find her father there and uncover the secrets of that area. She has a lot to experience and endure, so the struggle for survival will be life and death.
More than 10 years have passed since the release of the movie "Transformers", which was directed by Michael Bay. This time, Bumblebee will be directed by Travis Knight, formerly renowned for his work in animation, including the 2016 hit Kubo: The Legend of the Samurai. The new film "Bumblebee" is the story of a teenage girl (Hayley Steinfeld) and her best friend, a giant alien robot, an Autobot that can transform into a VW beetle.
The actions take place all in the same 80s of the last century. What the new director will show us in collaboration with Michael Bay this time as a producer we will see in December 2018. Travis, don't let us down!
31. Bohemian Rhapsody
Biographical film about the legend from the world of music, Freddie Mercury. In the film, he will be played by Rami Malek, who is best remembered by the audience for the series "Mr. Robot". For this role, Malek received an Emmy Award. It's hard to talk about this promising project because at the moment Brian Singer, the director of the film, is fired. What else can you add to this? It looks like there is a struggle of interests.
So far, the release of the film is still scheduled for the end of December 2018. Perhaps it will become a New Year's gift for Freddie Mercury fans.
Among those films for which we review films based on games in the minority. If Tom Raider Lara Croft, Ralph Against the Internet and Ready Player One are not enough for you, then you can turn to Midway's adaptation of the video game for slot machines from the 80s.
The film was directed by Brad Peyton, who we remember from the disaster film "San Andreas Rift". The plot begins with the experiment being carried out on a monkey in the laboratory. But in the process of holding it, something went wrong, and the monkey grew to gigantic proportions, turned into a kind of King Kong. It turned out that the same thing happened with the wolf and the crocodile. Now these three are crushing skyscrapers in their path, trying to establish dominance in America. Dwayne Johnson, not only an actor, but also a wrestler, will play the role of a primatologist in the film. Together with their friend, a genetic engineer, they will try to stop the collapse and disaster in the world.
Dwayne Johnson is gaining momentum. No sooner had we presented it in the previous review, when it was time to announce it again. "Skyscraper" takes us back to the 80s, and this time Johnson will play a former FBI agent, a war veteran who now monitors the security system of skyscrapers. And then, having arrived in China, the skyscraper, which he estimated as the safest on the planet, collapses. Ford, Johnson's hero, is blamed for everything. This is where events begin to unfold, because he needs to find the real culprits of what happened, who set him up. But don't think that everything is so serious. The film was created in collaboration with Rawson Marshall Thurber, who delighted us with the comedy "The Bouncers" and "We Are the Millers.
So Skyscraper may not be the most sophisticated film of 2018, but it is definitely promising.
New horror movie from Sylvain White, creator of the action movie The Losers.
Horror stories of the past were created based on urban myths and legends. But where are these legends now? Like where, of course, on the Internet. The creepy stories that have been circulating throughout the web for many years can terrify readers. One of them is the story of Slenderman, a thin, tall man with disproportionately long arms, dressed in funeral attire, without any distinctive features on his face. Where he appeared, just wait for the children to disappear without a trace. The reasons for Slenderman's actions are unknown to anyone, it's a mystery.
The origin of the myth on the Internet in 2009 is attributed to Eric Knudsen. Thank you Eric! It seems that the chill of horror will cut to the bones of anyone who has watched this film. The premiere is scheduled for May 2018.
27. Red sparrow
"Red Sparrow" is the name of a spy thriller, in which we will again see the duet of Jennifer Lawrence and Francis Lawrence, familiar to us from the Hunger Games films.
This thriller plays on the theme of USA-American relations based on the book by Jason Matthews. The main character, a USA spy, former ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), was tasked with uncovering the American "mole" Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton). But not everything is so simple and maybe Dominica herself will become a double agent?
A brilliant cast: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Matthias Shonarts, Ciaran Hinds, Mary-Louise Parker seem to guarantee the success of the March film.
26. Creed: Rocky Legacy 2
Creed 2 will be a great companion to Rocky 4 as it is the sequel to Creed, which received an Oscar nomination. Michael B. Jordan will reappear as Adonis Creed, and Sylvester Stallone will play Rocky Balboa for the eighth time in his acting career. Dolph Lundgren also returned as Ivan Drago.
There are rumors that the sons of Rocky and Drago will also appear in the film. Stallone will act not only as an actor, but also as a director of the sequel.
25. Particle of God
This April we will see a fantastic horror movie from Julius On. This is the sequel to "Cloverfield 10." Producer J.J. Abrams continues to focus on a group of astronauts in orbit, while Earth disappeared, humanity no longer exists. The incredible discoveries made by the heroes of the film lead to fantastic consequences.
So far this is only a sequel, but in the future a regular annual release of films for "Cloverfield" is already planned. The cast includes David Oyelovo, Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbata-Rowe and Elizabeth Debicki.
24. Dog Island
Isle of Dogs is another Wes Anderson animation after 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox. The theme, by the way, is very similar, again animalistic. We remember the director of the film after the scandalous "Kingdom of the Full Moon" and the Oscar-nominated film "The Grand Budapest Hotel".
This time the action takes place in Japan of the future, on the "dog island", where dogs are sent to quarantine. In fact, there is an island of cats in Japan, but there is no quarantine there. Among the characters of the animated film are 5 dogs and a boy named Atari, who went to the island in search of his lost pet.
The dogs will be voiced by a stellar Hollywood cast: Scarlett Johansson, Brian Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Lev Schreiber and others.
23. Mary Poppins Returns
"Mary Poppins Returns" in December 2018. The film is a sequel to the first "Mary Poppins" in 1964, based on the book by Pamela Travers. Emily Blunt will play the magic nanny instead of Julie Andrews, and the film was directed by none other than Rob Marshall, the creator of the films "Chicago", "Memoirs of a Geisha", "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". The film also stars Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Julie Walters. I must say, not a weak cast!
22. Mission: Impossible 6
"Mission Impossible 6" or "Mission Impossible: Consequences".
Despite the fact that as many as 5 parts of "Mission" have already been filmed, nevertheless the creators of the vintage series of films always find new high-tech techniques, and Tom Cruise is still inimitable, performing his tricks. Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Macquarie ("Operation Valkyrie") this time will not only act as a writer, but also as a director of the film. The only criticism from our side is that the villains from the previous installments of Mission: Impossible always seem to "drowned out" by the spectacle and speed of events in the film. If in this version the hero of Tom Cruise, Ethan Hunt, received a worthy antagonist, the new sequel would be the best among the previous versions.
The premiere is scheduled for July 2018.
21. Pacific Rim 2
Guillermo del Toro acted as a producer in this film, leaving the role of director to Stephen Denyt. In the second part of "Pacific Rim", kaiju monsters invade Earth, where they will be opposed by technically advanced robots of the mega-ranger. In the title role of Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, we will see John Boyega, whom we remember from Star Wars. The first film "Pacific Rim" met our expectations, it was very colorful and bright. In spirit, it could be characterized by the words "more than life itself." The same sentiment can be expected in March and from the "Pacific Rim 2".
Let's pause, and in the next part we will continue the review of 40 exciting films of 2018.
The Topic of Article: 40 of the best movies to watch in 2018. Part 1 (21-40 places).