Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

 Disenchanted (NR)

Ten years after her happily ever after, Giselle questions her happiness, inadvertently turning the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down in the process. Starring Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey

Premiere date TBA

Not sure if this film is going to be as enchanting as the first film but by maintaining the original cast, the magic might still be there. I’ll be interested if it is going to be worth the watch. 

 The Happy Prince (NR)

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. Starring Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Rupert Everett, Tom Wilkinson

Premiere date Jan 2018

As a former librarian, I am always interested in films based on books or writers. Oscar Wilde had an interesting life and one that would be interesting to see on-screen. It’ll be interesting to see how they interpret his life.  

 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (NR)

A girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. Starring Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Macfadyen, Helen Mirren

Premiere date Nov. 2 2018

I love that Disney is going to tell the story of The Nutcracker. They always do a great job with their fairy tales; I can’t wait to see it. 

 First Man (NR)

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Starring Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Pablo Schreiber, Kyle Chandler,
Lukas Haas

Premiere date Oct. 12, 2018

Based on the book, First Man, this film will give us a look in the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. With Ryan Gosling taking on the role of Armstrong, this should be a film worth watching. 

 The Little Mermaid (NR)

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid. Starring Gina Gershon, Poppy Drayton, William Moseley

Premiere date TBA

This is the year of Disney. I didn’t realize there were so many films from Disney that I wanted to watch until my list was complete, and now here is another. It’s the live action film of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. From the synopsis of the film, it doesn’t look like it follows the Disney animated film or Andersen’s fairy tale very closely. Thus, making the film questionable on whether it’ll be good or not. It’s Disney so I’m going with a Splash remake, Disney style. 

 

 Mary Poppins Returns (NR)

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Starring Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury

Premiere date Dec 25, 2018

Yep, more Disney! One of my favorite films as a child was Mary Poppins. I think the casting of Emily Blunt is perfect, and I can’t wait to see her. I’m hoping the film will be a continuation of the original, introducing new characters, without losing the authenticity of the original.

 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (NR)

Sequel to the 2008 musical comedy ‘ Mamma Mia!’ Starring Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia, Julie Walters, Cher

Premiere date July 20, 2018

Not only is this the year of Disney, it’s also a great year to watch Colin Firth. He’s in most of the films I want to see this year. Not that I’m complaining, I enjoy his acting but I’m surprised by the amount of films that he’s in. Much of why I enjoyed the first film had to do with my love for ABBA’s music; I’m hoping this film with have a comparable soundtrack.

 Christopher Robin (NR)

Working-class family man Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. Starring Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Mark Gatiss, Brad Garrett

Premiere date Aug. 3rd

Christopher Robin is animation/live action story based on the book by A.A. Milne. The film will probably be like Hook, with an adult Christopher Robin going back to the hundred acre wood. 

Image may contain: text Paul, Apostle of Christ (NR)

The story covers Paul, portrayed by Faulkner, going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle. Starring James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Joanne Whalley, Olivier Martinez

Premiere date Mar. 28

This film produced by AFFIRM Films, a Christian based film company, with Jim Caviezel as Luke, makes this film worth a watch next year. I can’t wait to see it. 

 I Can Only Imagine (PG)

The inspiring and unknown true story behind Mercy Me’s beloved, chart topping song that brings greatest hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness. Starring J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins

Premiere date Mar. 16

This film, directed by the Erwin brothers, tells the story behind Mercy Me’s platinum song, one of the most played contemporary Christian songs. It’s a story about a relationship between father and son. Another film I can’t wait to see next year. 

 Solo: A Star Wars Story (NR)

Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian. Starring Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson, Clint Howard, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton

Premiere date May 25

Probably one of the most anticipated films in 2018 is the standalone story of Han Solo. This looks so good. I’m going to say that it’ll probably be better than Rogue One. I think the casting of Alden Ehrenreich is perfect and then the shuffling of the directors, placing Ron Howard into the lead spot, makes this film one to watch.

 

 Overboard (NR)

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge by his mistreated employee. A remake of the 1987 comedy. Starring Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Swoosie Kurtz, Alyvia Alyn Lind

Premiere date April 20

I loved the 1987 version of this film, and Anna Faris is like a younger version of Goldie Hawn. However, I don’t have high expectations with the movie. If only they had gotten Chris Pratt to play opposite. Yes, I’m aware they are no longer a couple, but I think their couple chemistry would work in this film. As it is, it should be interesting. 

 Kursk (NR)

The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them. Starring Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, Matthias Schoenaerts, Max von Sydow

Premiere date TBA

This disaster is one that has a twinge of intrigue to it, and I love a true story film. I’m hoping this movie will be suspenseful to watch.  

Synopsis by IMDB.

All Premiere dates are subject to change.

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