Last year was a pretty good one for films, don't you think? I mean, I saw the best film of my life and am still unsure which movie will win Best Picture because there are so many good choices. Looking forward to the rest of 2018, there are a ton of movies being released throughout the year to get excited about. My list has a little bit of everything, so no matter your taste in movies (within reason), I think you'll find one to put on your list!
If I had to say three movies I'm most looking forward to this year, it would probably be Tomb Raider, Crazy Rich Asians, and Fantastic Beasts 2. Although, I'm sure as more of the awards-buzz films are released, I'll find some new favorites.
starring: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton
Daisy Ridley plays the title character in this reimagined adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. There's castles, queens, wars, and forbidden love between Ophelia and Prince Hamlet, all told through the female perspective.
starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West
If you're like me, you've long-awaited Alicia Vikander to reprise the iconic role of Lara Croft. In this film, Lara finds herself on the island where her father died and takes on her first expedition to complete his research.
isle of dogs
starring: Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray
Wes Anderson's newest film is a stop-motion set in Japan where all of the dogs have been banished to garbage dump island because of a canine flu. A young boy ventures to the island in search of his pet. The voice cast includes Wes Anderson favorites like Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton plus Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, and more.
starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna
In one of my most anticipated films of the year, Sandra Bullock is a con-woman (and sister of con man Danny Ocean from the Ocean's Eleven movies) who gathers a group of women to pull off a heist at the Met Ball. The cast is perfect, featuring Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathway, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Adriana Lima, and more.
crazy rich asians
starring: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan
If you've read the Crazy Rich Asians novels, there's no doubt you're excited about this movie already. With an all-Asian cast, I think this is going to be such a great change from what we usually see on American movie screens.
the nutcracker and the four realms
starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman
This is an even more fantastical version of the traditional Nutcracker story that will be next year's perfect holiday film. Plus, my favorite dancer Sergei Polunin is in the film, which means there is likely to be ballet.
fantastic beasts: the crimes of grindelwald
starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp
While I'm unsure how to reckon with the idea of hot, young Dumbledore, I'm beyond excited for the second Fantastic Beasts film. This one follows Newt Scamander when he joins forces with Dumbledore to fight against Gellert Grindelwald, who possesses the Elder Wand. If you're familiar with a lot of the backstory of the Harry Potter world, you know there's a lot to look forward to. Plus, there's London and Paris in the 1920s.
starring: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Demian Bichir
This film is based on Ann Patchett's novel of the same name about a renowned opera singer who goes to perform in South America, only to be held hostage while two romantic plot lines take place in the background.
starring: Christoph Waltz, Annette Bening, Vanessa Redgrave
Christoph Waltz plays a social-climbing eccentric who marries a wealthy widow. This is based on a real life couple who were known for their lavish parties. It comes to light, after the widow is found dead, that Waltz's character has been hiding details of his past. Fun fact: the real life couple were married when the young man was 26 and the widow was 71.
starring: Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Juliette Binoche
This is a sci-fi drama from French director Claire Denis which follows a group of criminals who are sent to space to find alternative energy. It sounds super bizarre, honestly, but very interesting. Also, Robert Pattinson plays Mia Goth's father, which is curious.