It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change.
* Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment.
* The Commuter – Liam Neeson is back at it again, this time together with Vera Farmiga. Looks exactly what you expect (which can be a lot of fun), but with a whiff of Hitchcock.
* 12 Strong – A story based on actual events, starring Chris Hemsworth as a CIA operative looking for allies in Afghanistan before the war in 2001.
* Winchester – The famous Winchester Mystery House is the focus of this intriguing horror movie starring Helen Mirren.
* Fifty Shades Freed – The first two chapters in this franchise were hugely disappointing, but fans nevertheless turned them into hits. The same is likely to happen again.
* Black Panther – Another Marvel superhero gets his own movie, this time Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who was introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
* Annihilation – Alex Garland returns with another thriller, this time about a team of scientists who enter an environmental disaster zone. Natalie Portman is in the lead.
* Red Sparrow – Jennifer Lawrence reunites with her Hunger Games director for a thriller set in Russia where she plays a woman who learns how to use her body as a spy.
* Death Wish – Bruce Willis stars in this remake of the 1974 movie, directed by Eli Roth. Expect to feel queasy.
* A Wrinkle in Time – Ava DuVernay directs this ambitious Disney fantasy film, starring among others Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.
* Tomb Raider – This reboot of a franchise based on video games has Alicia Vikander in the lead.
* Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson returns with an animated film set in Japan. Looks incredibly charming.
* Pacific Rim: Uprising – This sequel to the 2013 hit looks more like a reboot, with a new cast. The premise will seem familiar to fans though.
* Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg follows The Post with a sci-fi thriller echoing 1980s pop culture.
* The New Mutants – The X-Men franchise continues with a youthful take whose first trailer makes it look more like a horror movie.
* Rampage – A classic 1980s video game gets its cinematic treatment. Apes and monsters clash; Dwayne Johnson stars.
* Avengers: Infinity War – The third film in the series that once again unites all the Marvel superheroes.
* Deadpool 2 – The sequel, which still doesn’t have an official title, once again stars Ryan Reynolds. Josh Brolin joins the cast.
* Ocean’s 8 – The fourth film in this franchise has female leads, with Sandra Bullock as gang leader. She’s supported by among others Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.
* Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird’s sequel took a long time, but we’re thrilled to see it.
* Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – This sequel offers no surprises in the trailer, but maybe there’s more to it? At least Jeff Goldblum returns from the original Jurassic Park (1993).
* Sicario 2: Soldados – Thrilling trailer for this sequel that stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. But won’t we miss Emily Blunt’s character in all this dark mayhem?
* Ant-Man and the Wasp – A sequel to the surprisingly fun Ant-Man (2015). Michelle Pfeiffer joins the cast.
* Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – The third film in this series takes its characters to a new location: A cruise ship.
* The Nun – A spin-off to The Conjuring 2 (2016), starring the scariest character from that movie.
* Alita: Battle Angel – Robert Rodriguez’s new film was based on the classic manga; this is the project James Cameron was working on for years, and the script was co-written by him.
* Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – The sequel reunites the cast, as Amanda Seyfried’s character learns more about her mom.
* Mission: Impossible 6 – It still doesn’t have a title, but this film reunites Tom Cruise with many familiar faces from the franchise.
* The Predator – Shane Black’s reboot of the franchise that began with an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie in 1987 stars Olivia Munn.
* The Equalizer 2 – Denzel Washington returns in the lead; Antoine Fuqua is once again directing.
* The Meg – Jason Statham in a shark movie. Do you need any more information?
* The Happytime Murders – The Muppets director Brian Henson is behind this crime comedy that portrays a world inhabited by humans and puppets. Stars Elizabeth Banks and Melissa McCarthy.
* Robin Hood – Another take on this story, now with Taron Egerton as Robin and Jamie Foxx as Little John.
* Boy Erased – A story about a young man who is forced to take part in gay-conversion therapy. Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton and Russell Crowe are in the cast; Edgerton also directs.
* A Star is Born – Another remake of this old story, now with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the leads. Cooper is also directing.
* Venom – Another Marvel superhero tale, this one starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams.
* First Man – Damien Chazelle takes on the life of Neil Armstrong. Stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.
* The Girl in the Spider’s Web – Foy also stars in this one, the next chapter in the “Millennium” series. Sverrir Gudnason plays the male lead; the film will be directed by Fede Alvarez.
“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.” pic.twitter.com/IvptiZctyw
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 15, 2017
* Halloween – Jamie Lee Curtis is ready to scream once again, in what is marketed as the last movie in the franchise. Directed by David Gordon Green.
* The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling’s story gets another version. Andy Serkis directs and he also plays Baloo; Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christian Bale star as other familiar characters.
* X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Focus lies on Jennifer Lawrence as Jean Grey in this sequel; she’s developing dangerous new powers.
* The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Lasse Hallström’s new film is an adaptation of both the original story and Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Stars Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.
* Holmes and Watson – Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play the famous duo in this comedy. It had better be funnier than Step Brothers (2008)… Ralph Fiennes should be a hilarious Moriarty.
* Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Harry Potter fans will be looking forward to this, even if Johnny Depp as Grindelwald has drawn some unwelcome attention in the wake of the #metoo controversies.
* Widows – Steve McQueen is directing this contemporary crime drama set in Chicago. Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall are in the cast.
* Mortal Engines – Based on a popular novel, and with a script co-written by Peter Jackson, this steampunk adventure stars Hugo Weaving.
* Aquaman – The DC movies try to wow audiences again; this one stars a character from Justice League. James Wan is directing; Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe are in the cast.
* Bohemian Rhapsody – A troubled production plagued the making of this drama; Bryan Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher as director. Still, Rami Malek really looks like Freddie Mercury.
* Mary Poppins Returns – Emily Blunt follows in Julie Andrews’s footsteps as the famous nanny. Rob Marshall directs this new take and the cast also has Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Dick Van Dyke from the original movie.