Forget indie films or anything ‘arty’ for a second. Let’s talk about hugely anticipated blockbusters that are still to come out this year.
2018 has undoubtedly been a great year for big movies. The release of blockbuster hits like Deadpool 2, The Meg, Avengers: Infinity War and A Quiet Place is presumably just the tip of the iceberg regarding what should be expected before the year ends.
We are now thankfully through August and into September. August being universally known by everyone in the film industry as the least happening month of the year. Journalists, like ourselves – trying to cover entertainment – have a really hard time in this particular month. Thank Christ it’s over and we can get back to the business of cinema!
Here are the five blockbusters we are most excited about, all coming to the big screen before the year’s end…
The Nun (September 6th)
The Nun is a hugely anticipated gothic supernatural horror film, and a prequel from within the Conjuring universe. The film stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. It centers around a Catholic priest sent by the Vatican to probe the mysterious suicide of a nun at a creepy monastery in deep dark Romania, and will feature the demon Valak (from Conjuring 2), as the ‘Big Bad.’ It’s R-rated and looks pants-soilingly good.
The newest trailer is below…
Assassination Nation (September 21st)
The official trailer is already skyrocketing on YouTube, and it seems fans can’t wait for the release of this satirical teen thriller. Written and directed by Sam Levinson (Another Happy Day), Assassination Nation stars a whole billionaire’s whore-boat worth of models, including Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra and Bella Thorne. The film follows the life of a high school senior, Lily (Young) who together with her friends are deeply indulged in social media and parties. Hoverer, a malicious data hack exposes their privacy, in-turn revealing startling secrets. They then band together to thwart the bad guys, and we are guessing someone gets assassinated? (Hence the title).
Mowgli (October 19th)
If you actually read sometimes (a rare thing these days), are a lover of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (even more rare), or any of the plethora of movies and adaptions of his stories, then Disney has something excitingly new for you (just try to forget what they did to Star Wars). Directed by MoCap (motion capture) master Andy Serkis, the film follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who is raised by a pack of wolves in the Indian wilderness. A bear named Baloo (Andy Serkis – formerly known as ‘Snoke’) and a black panther, Bagheera (Christian Bale) help Mowgli learn jungle rules and survive the harsh jungle conditions. The star-power and darker look of this film might make it something special? We’ll see. We also thought The Last Jedi would be special. Disney had other plans.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Edit: was scheduled for November 2nd, but now will be released on Feb 14th, 2019)
No one could predict that X-Men franchise would continue, especially after the release of Apocalypse, which seemed to conclude the franchise; but the mutant films just keep on coming! The twelfth film in the X-Men series is written and directed by long-time franchise stalwart Simon Kinberg (usually a producer, but this time taking it up a notch), and once again stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. The story centers around Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) developing incredibly dark powers that transform her into a Dark Phoenix (a horribly powerful mutant). In turn, the X-Men ultimately must decide if the life of a team member is worth everyone living on Earth.
Yeah? Nah? Undecided? The last few X-men ventures have been dark and nasty. Let’s hope this one delivers too.
Aquaman (December 21st)
Last but obviously not least is another DC movie, and probably the most heavily anticipated superhero movie in while. Before Jason Momoa made an appearance in Justice League he was already well penciled-in for his own starring film – Aquaman. This film is based on the DC Comics character of the same name, and is be the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and also stars Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Wilson. It follows the exploits of Aquaman, Arthur Curry (Mamoa) who inherits the throne of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Arthur must step forward and lead his followers against his brother Orm (Wilson), who is determined to unite the seven kingdoms against the surface world. After the debacles that were Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad, it’s sort of hard to get excited about DC films. Yet, this looks sort of cool.
So, big year for blockbusters. Big year for popcorn sales. Of course, there’s lots of indie and lower-budget, less CGI dependent releases popping up too – and we will undoubtedly keep you posted these as well. It’s what we do. See you at the ticket counter!