Time travelling mayhem, giant fighting robots and talking dogs – oh my! From hotly-anticipated sequels of Pacific Rim and Deadpool, to exciting remakes of A Wrinkle In Time and Death Wish, we give you the rundown of the biggest movies to watch out for in the first half of 2018.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (25 January 2018)
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel
What is it about? The first movie saw the Maze Runner ensemble fighting for their lives to leave the monster-ridden maze, but now they’re breaking into another dangerous labyrinth. Going against a maze deadlier than the one they escaped from, will Thomas and his fellow Gladers be able to rescue their friends from Ana Paige and find the answers they seek?
Why should you watch it? After an almost three-year wait, fans of the dystopian saga can finally get the closure they’ve been looking for in this epic finale. And from the looks of the Mad Max-esque trailer, we’re in for some serious high-octane action.
Black Panther (15 February 2018)
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman
What is it about? After losing his father in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa is now warrior and king of Wakanda, an isolated African nation. Before he even has time to get accustomed to his new roles, old enemies reappear to test his capabilities and threaten to destroy his home. Will Black Panther be able to balance his heroic duties to victory, or will it end in tragedy for the people of Wakanda?
Why should you watch it? We got a brief preview of Black Panther in previous Marvel installments, and now we finally get to see the full potential of his powers. The trailer promises action-packed scenes as well, which makes this new character a highly-anticipated welcome to the franchise.
A Wrinkle In Time (8 March 2018)
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling
What is it about? Meg’s father was a scientist who discovered a new concept of time and space known as the 5th dimension. While exploring the new world, he became imprisoned by a dark force on another planet. Now it’s up to Meg, her younger brother Charles and good friend Calvin to rescue him. However, it soon becomes clear that the team’s mission isn’t just to save their father – the choices they make will determine the fate of the entire universe.
Why should you watch it? Aside from the all-star cast, we love how this film has all the feel-good magic reminiscent of our childhood days: time travelling, a giant flying creature and magical fairies. Expect this Disney flick to take you on a whimsical journey!
Death Wish (8 March 2018)
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise
What is it about? With the police swarmed with unsolved crimes, the attack on Paul Kersey’s family becomes another throwaway case. Forced to find the perpetrators on his own, Paul takes justice into his own hands. Soon, he is hailed as Chicago’s hero for annihilating thugs that torment the innocent, but will he succeed in avenging his family?
Why should you watch it? Even though the plot seems all too familiar – loving father turned badass vigilante – there’s something about an unlikely hero clad in nothing but slacks that makes the storyline feel refreshing.
Pacific Rim: Uprising (22 March 2018)
Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Cailee Spaeny
What is it about? When the monstrous creatures known as Kaijus began tormenting Planet Earth, Jaegers – giant robots controlled by two spiritually connected people – were invented to combat them. Previously, Stacker Pentecost led the team and sacrificed his life to defeat the Kaiju threat for good, or so we thought. The monsters are back with a bigger and stronger wave of attacks, and it’s now up to Jake Pentecost, son of the late Stacker, and his adopted sister Mako Mori to save the world from extinction.
Why should you watch it? Thrilling combat scenes paired with heavy robot action from the first movie are enough to get our adrenaline pumping, but the Jaegers have more tricks up their sleeves this time. It’s time to cancel the apocalypse!
Avengers: Infinity War (3 May 2018)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner
What is it about? After a decade’s worth of cinematic build up, the giant blockbuster will see the Avengers joining forces with Guardians of the Galaxy for what’s gearing up to be the most epic battle against cosmic warlord Thanos.
Why should you watch it? It’s not everyday you get to see Black Widow, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Ant-Man and a host of Marvel superheroes appearing all at the same time in a movie. And with many cast members nearing contract expiration, this might be the last time you’ll get to see your favourite characters on the big screen.
Isle of Dogs (10 May 2018)
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban
What is it about? 20 years into the future, Japan is oversaturated with canines and plagued with an epidemic of dog flu. To ensure the safety of the people, all dogs are exiled and quarantined on a landfill, much to the dismay of Atari Kobayashi. In an attempt to find his estranged hound, he hijacks a military plane to access the new dog island where he meets a pack of alphas. But during the midst of their search, the team stumbles upon an even greater evil…
Why should you watch it? Wes Anderson films are well-known for their artistic appeal and intricate storylines, so you can anticipate further underlying stories weaved into this stop-motion masterpiece. Oh, talking dogs anybody?
Deadpool 2 (31 May 2018)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams
What is it about? In the untitled film, our snarky anti-hero finds himself struggling to fulfil his dreams of becoming the hottest bartender in town after losing his sense of taste. Hoping to regain his spice for life, he goes on a journey of self-discovery while braving ninjas and aggressive canines along the way.
Why should you watch it? When you drop a Bob Ross painting parody instead of an actual movie trailer, you know it’s gonna be good. Don’t be too quick to take your eyes off the teaser clip however – cue fleeting scenes of fire explosions, blazing guns and Deadpool popping out of a coffin in a 10-second montage. Blink and you’ll miss it!
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