/Film’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Step Brothers - John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell

17. Holmes and Watson

29 Points

Director: Etan Cohen

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald, Lauren Lapkus, Rob Brydon, Pam Ferris

Release Date: November 9, 2018

It’s been far too long since Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have teamed up for an entire movie. Considering the two times they led a film together resulted in the comedy favorites Step Brothers (pictured above) and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the prospect of them reuniting is is rather enticing. That prospect has only been sweetened by the fact that Ferrell and Reilly are playing Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in a humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous literary detectives. Plus, how can you not be excited about a movie where Ralph Fiennes is playing Moriarty and Hugh Laurie is playing Mycroft? (Ethan Anderton)

The Cabin in the Woods Hemsworth

16. Bad Times at the El Royale

33 Points

Director: Drew Goddard

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cailee Spaeny

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Though he’s come close multiple times, Drew Goddard hasn’t directed a movie since 2012’s subversive The Cabin in the Woods, so any movie that finally gets him back behind the camera again is going to pique our attention. Bad Times at the El Royale reunites him with Cabin star Chris Hemsworth in a 1960s thriller set at a crappy hotel called the El Royale in Lake Tahoe. We don’t know much about the plot other than it’s about a group of shady characters with mysterious motivations who violently come into conflict, but if Goddard is excited enough about this project to write and direct it, we’re sure as hell excited enough to watch it. Plus, Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges are an intriguing on-screen pair, and I’m curious to see how they bounce off each other when things inevitably go wrong. (Ben Pearson)

Martin Scorsese masterclass

15. The Irishman

33 Points

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano

Release Date: TBA (Note: there’s still no confirmation on a release date for this yet – some reports indicate a 2018 release, while others hint at 2019. Let’s be optimistic and hope we get to see it this year.)

A project years in the making, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman reunites him with GoodFellas stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and throws Al Pacino into the mix as well. The film, based on the the true crime book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, focuses on Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a labor union official with mob connections, who claims to have been involved with the murder of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). Scorsese working with De Niro again is more than enough to make this film a must-see, but adding Pacino, Pesci and even Harvey Keitel into the mix puts The Irishman over the moon. This film will also be Scorsese’s first movie with Netflix, a move that will no-doubt cause some cinephiles to lose their minds. (Chris Evangelista)

Wreck-It Ralph 2

14. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

35 Points

Director: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Six years after Wreck-It Ralph explored the world of video games (both old and new), the sequel is taking the big guy online. As the title implies, Ralph Breaks the Internet finds John C. Reilly’s 8-bit bad guy accidentally sent into a digital world far removed from his own, where he’s able to brush shoulders with even more familiar faces from across the pop culture spectrum. The first film was charming and funny, a sweet love letter to classic arcades and modern video games alike. So, how does the sequel transform something as routinely toxic as the world wide web into a place worth our affection? We shall see. If it’s as good as part one, it’s going to be a fun ride. (Jacob Hall)

Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049

13. First Man

39 Points

Director: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and Corey Stoll

Release Date: October 12, 2018

Damien Chazelle’s career may be young, but he’s proven himself to be one of the most surprising filmmakers out there right now. Whiplash is one of the all-time great directorial debuts, a searing and intense drama. La La Land is a tremendous movie that more than earned its box office and awards season love, a melancholy musical with a true eye for character. So what does this wunderkind do next? A biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, complete with a cast chock-full of people you like to watch led by Ryan Gosling. I hope Chazelle continues to zig and zag from genre to genre for the rest of his career – he seems quite adept at making everything he touches just plain work. (Jacob Hall)

predator

12. The Predator

42 Points

Director: Shane Black

Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Oliva Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, and Trevante Rhodes

Release Date: August 3, 2018

After Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys, Shane Black is very much in a “can’t do any wrong” position. So if he wants to make the latest film in the Predator series, than by God, let him make the latest movie in the Predator series! While John McTiernan’s 1987 film about an alien hunter terrorizing a team of commandos in the jungle is a classic, the sequels aren’t sacred ground…which means that someone as inventive and witty as Black has plenty of space to do whatever the heck he wants with this creature and its universe. And with that cast in tow, I imagine Black will do something that surprises and delights us. (Jacob Hall)

Steve McQueen directing 12 Years a Slave

11. Widows

43 Points

Director: Steve McQueen

Cast: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Carrie Coon

Release Date: November 16, 2018

This one has a juicy premise: a group of armed robbers are killed during a heist gone bad, and with their husbands dead, the thieves’ wives join forces to finish the job that the men in their lives failed to complete. Sounds awesome to us, and the creative team behind this one – including Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn and director Steve McQueen, who hasn’t made a movie since his 2013 film 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture – makes this project even more enticing. (Ben Pearson)

Mission Impossible 6 - Tom Cruise Injured

10. Mission: Impossible 6

44 Points

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett.

Release Date: July 27, 2018

With the exception of Mission: Impossible 2, there hasn’t been a disappointing film in this franchise. In fact, the franchise has only gotten more exciting as time has gone on and new cast members have joined up with the Impossible Mission Force. The most recent addition of Rebecca Ferguson spiced up Rogue Nation, and seeing her back is exciting. The big draw though is Tom Cruise pulling off insane stunts that a man his age has no business performing. He may have broken his ankle during a stunt last summer, but Cruise always gives 125%, and you can bet that he returned to set with new determination and the drive to deliver something amazing in this sequel. Plus, let’s not forget that we get Henry Cavill with a mustache in this movie (Ethan Anderton)

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