Eight Movies to Watch in 2018 — Part II

We’re officially beyond the halfway point of 2018 and the film landscape just keeps getting better as the year moves on. At the beginning of this year, I picked a few movies that I was looking forward to and now that we’re heading into the season for fall blockbusters, Christmas hits, and awards season, I’ve picked a few films that I can’t wait to check out in the rest of 2018.

Venom

Since the first screenshots came out about Venom, I have said that this dark tale about the greatest Spider-Man villain (or anti-hero, if you prefer proper labels) could very well end up as my #1 film of 2018. The teaser earlier this year was perfect and the new trailer shows exactly what it needs to with the great tagline “we are Venom” giving me chills every time I’ve watched it.

First Man

Ryan Gosling is set to make another run at the Best Actor trophy that has eluded him several times at the Academy Awards with this one. As Neil Armstrong, he checks many of the boxes that the Academy looks for: biopic, great director, etc. I can’t wait to see what kind of magic they create with Armstrong’s story. Here’s to hoping that this one holds up to my high standards for it.

Fantastic Beasts

The sequel to J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut looks to carry this new franchise in the Harry Potter universe in a darker direction than the playful atmosphere that the first entry established. With the next few films leading up to the major battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, The Crimes of Grindelwald looks to set the stage for the biggest duel in the history of the Wizarding World.

Boy Erased

This real life story of a boy who suffered and made it out on the other side of an Arkansas conversion therapy program is so relevant to today’s cultural climate. I’m currently reading this heartbreaking true story and this eventual Oscars contender is sure to rank among my favorites of 2018 as long as it holds up to the book.

Mary Queen of Scots

A historical drama about a woman who never became the true Queen of England (who eventually gets her head chopped off at the guillotine) and stars BOTH Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie? Sign me up. The trailer for this one looks spectacular as far as costume design, let’s just hope that that isn’t all this film has in its back pocket.

Wildlife

Paul Dano will adapt the 1990 novel by Richard Ford for his directorial debut. It follows a family in 1960s Montana as a marriage falls apart in the most dramatic fashion imaginable. With a stellar cast in hand, Dano looks poised to make a strong play with his first film and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

Halloween

The original 1978 classic slasher is one of my favorite movies, so while I have high hopes for this direct sequel, I am still very cautious. With Jamie Lee Curtis returning to face Michael Myers who will once again be dubbed only as ‘The Shape’, Halloween 2018 has real potential to do great things for this franchise again.

Beautiful Boy

This harrowing tale of a son’s addiction through his father’s eyes looks to not only be an awards contender, but also be a genuinely great film. With Steve Carell returning to dramatic acting alongside his screen son Timothee Chalamet (who was robbed for Best Actor last year, but I’m not bitter), I can’t wait to see what kind of chemistry they display. This book is not an easy read, but I’m ready to see this story unfold on screen.


What are you looking forward to for the rest of this year? Let me know!