Movies I’m looking forward to in 2018 (Ordered by date)

Story by Pete Tubbs Editor in Chief


 We’re already half way through February, and there’s been some legitimately good movies to come out. “Paddington 2’s” at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Christian Bale’s “Hostiles” got a wide release, and so did “Phantom Thread.” 

So, while we’ve got a few nuggets of good films over the past month or so, we’re about to get a whole lot more. So, without further ado, here are my most anticipated films of the year.


“Black Panther,” which releases this Friday, will probably be one of the highest grossing films of the year. In this Marvel movie, Chadwick Boseman stars as the titular hero whom also happens to be the king of an African country. 

The early reviews are in, and they’re almost universally positive. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one ended up at the Oscars in 2019. 

Although their release of “10 Cloverfield Lane” was a disaster, I’m quite looking forward to Netflix’s release of Alex Garland’s “Extinction.” Following the massive success that was “Ex Machina,” “Extinction” stars Natalie Portman as a scientist who’s looking for clues as to what’s happened to her husband. 

This one’s sure to be a huge mind bender, and it’ll probably be quite thrilling as well. Portman’s rounded out by Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac. 

“Game Night,” which releases on Feb. 23, stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Kyle Chandler. It’s about a weekly couple’s game night that quickly spirals out of control after one of the friends gets kidnapped. 

This looks to be a fun, raunchy ride with a fantastic cast that’ll probably make its fair share of money in the cold early months going into spring. 

Next up is yet another hard sci-fi film which is also debuting on Netflix. Duncan Jones’ “Mute” stars Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgard, and Justin Theroux in a “soulful sci-fi journey” about a man who gets mixed up on an adventure with a couple of surgeons. 

Yeah, I know, it sounds wierd… and I can’t wait! Duncan Jones’s “Moon” is one of my favorite science fiction films of all time, so I can’t imagine that this one will be bad… even if he did do “Warcraft.”


Director Eli Roth’s career has been a bit spotty over the years, but I still prefer to remember his “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel” days. That’s why I’m excited for his upcoming remake of “Death Wish,” which bursts into theatres on March 2. 

This time around, Bruce Willis replaces Charles Bronson as a man who’s driven by revenge to right the wrongs of the world. “Death Wish” could be a generic actioner, but since it’s also written by Joe Carnahan, my hopes are high. 

“Red Sparrow,” which comes out the same day as “Death Wish,” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a russian spy who “is forced to use her body as a weapon” after she’s recruited to a “sparrow school.” I know what you’re thinking, but this really isn’t a “Black Widow” standalone film. 

Although I didn’t much care for last year’s spy film “Atomic Blonde,” I’m holding out hope that this one’s gonna be good. Even if it’s not, I’m sure J-Law is gonna kick some major a** in it anyways. 

“Love, Simon,” due out March 16, is special because it’s pretty much the first teen movie featuring a gay main character. It stars Nick Robinson as Simon who is a closeted gay teen who must come to terms with who he is. 

I don’t know if this one’s gonna be good, necessarily, but I sure hope it is. At least big studios are taking “taboo” topics to the mainstream. 

Perhaps one of my most anticipated films of the year is Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated film “Isle of Dogs,” due for release March 23. 

In his first film since the Oscar winning “Grand Budapest Hotel,” this one features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Golblum, Scarlet Johansson, and many more. 

Anderson hasn’t made a bad film yet, and this isn’t gonna be the one that breaks his streak. Plus, any film that features Jeff Goldblum as a talking dog can take my money right now. 

Although I’m sure I’m missing a few here and there, these are some that I’m really looking forward to over the next couple of months. Also, here’s an “Isle of Dogs” poster so you have an excuse to look at some animatronic dogs for a while!