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2018 is Going to Be a Great Year in Cinema

Here are 20 films we’re looking forward to.
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We’re hardly over Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet, and most of us still haven’t even gotten to see Call Me By Your Name in local theaters. But 2017—the great year in movies that it was—is over and done, so it’s time to look forward to 2018, and all the movies we can’t wait to see. The next Avengers alone is enough to believe that this year will go down in the canon of pop culture, but that’s just one of many films to be excited about. Here are 20 of them.

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Black Panther
The next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the last bridge to Infinity War looks like an action-packed, cyberpunk, afro-futurist joyride. We’re most excited to see how it sets its main character apart from the rest of the heroes in the MCU. (Expected release date: February 2018)

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Annihilation
Alex Garland really hit it out of the park with Ex Machina, and is hoping to repeat that success with a sci-fi novel adaptation Annihilation. This one tells the story of a closed-off environmental disaster zone and a biologist (played by Natalie Portman) who must venture inside to solve the death of her husband (played by Oscar Isaac). (Expected release date: February 2018)

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Tomb Raider
Alicia Vikander will be filling Angelina Jolie's boots as 2018's Lara Croft. We're well aware that film adaptations of video games hardly ever (read: never) turn out well, but we have a little faith in director Roar Uthaug, who made 2015's The Wave, an unconventional and widely-acclaimed take on the disaster genre, which also historically flops. The deck is stacked against this year's Tomb Raider—few are expecting it to turn out well. But we'd love for it to surprise us. (Expected release date: March 2018)

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Isle of Dogs
These days, everyone is a sucker for everything Wes Anderson does, and the whole Wes Anderson aesthetic. But Isle of Dogs looks like it could break his mold in some ways, without letting go of the director’s trademarks. (Expected release date: March 2018)

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Citizen Jake
After a brief period in purgatory, Mike de Leon’s Citizen Jake is back on track. The director has been vocal about this film throughout the months that it has been promoted, and has stated that this is his response to certain aspects of the country’s current political situation. (Expected release date: TBA, first quarter of 2018)

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Avengers: Infinity War
About a decade and over a dozen films have lead to this: the culminating chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which all the heroes converge. This is early on, it’s easy to call: this will be the pop culture moment of the year. (Expected release date: April 2018)

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A Quiet Place
The mainstream resurgence of the horror genre over the past few years has paved the way for more, better scary movies. This one, which is directed by John Krasinski (Jim from The Office) and stars him too, alongside his wife, Emily Blunt (this year’s Mary Poppins) could be a silent sleeper. (Expected release date: April 2018)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One managed to be more than a necessary breather in between saga episodes, and we hope that the succeeding A Star Wars Story movies can be just as compelling. And while The Last Jedi is a tough act to follow, director Ron Howard should be equal to the task. (Expected release date: May 2018)


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Deadpool 2
The first Deadpool was one of the best Marvel movies under 20th Century Fox (alongside Logan, perhaps). And if the promotional materials for its sequel are anything to go by, it looks like we can expect the same brand of humor. (Expected release date: May 2018)

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Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi
At first, you might find it difficult to take the tinfoil antenna hats seriously. But knowing that Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi is directed by Jun Robles Lana (who also made the piercing comedy-drama, Die Beautiful) should assuage doubts. There’s reason to hope that this could be the sort of quirky, audience-friendly rom-com that we need more of, with commentary on the ills of social media and how they reflect in modern relationships. (Expected release date: TBA, 2018)

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The Incredibles 2
The original movie was one of Pixar’s most iconic franchises. It’s gone on for too long without a sequel, but 2018 will finally deliver. (Expected release date: June 2018)

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Oceans 8
Not only for its inherent “YAAAS” factor (which will no doubt make it a popular film), but also for its incredible cast—Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, to name three of eight—we’re stoked to see Oceans 8. (Expected release date: June 2018)

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Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral
Since Heneral Luna came out in 2015 and made ripples in Filipino cinema, a sequel has been greatly anticipated. Since then, we’ve seen Angelito, the 20-minute short that bridges Luna to Goyo, as well as a few behind-the-scenes photos and footage that demonstrates the scale of the sequel. It’s been a long wait, but Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is finally set to release this year. (Expected release date: TBA, 2018)

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Ant-Man and The Wasp
It’s admittedly less anticipated, but still a potentially great MCU film. The humor that Paul Rudd brought to Ant-Man in 2015 gave us a character that we’d love to see more of. (Expected release date: July 2018)

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The Predator
Shane Black, who directed The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3, is rebooting the Predator franchise in 2018, with a film that’s set in between 1990’s Predator 2 and 2010’s Predators. This one will star Olivia Munn, too, which is great, because we haven’t rewatched The Newsroom recently, and refuse to rewatch X-Men: Apocalypse. (Expected release date: August 2018)

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Buy Bust
It’s Anne Curtis-Smith’s first action movie, in which she stars alongside ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera. Also, and more importantly, it’s directed by Erik Matti, who, with On The Job, has shown his capabilities in the action genre. (Expected release date: TBA, 2018)

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Venom
Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock? Excellent casting choice, we think, and a significant improvement over Topher Grace. Also, with Ruben Fleischer (who made Zombieland, and 30 Minutes or Less) at the helm, it will likely be a fresh take on one of Spidey’s biggest bads. Sadly, it won’t be a part of the MCU. (Expected release date: October 2018)

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Eerie
Birdshot and Neomanila both took 2017 by storm, when the former was screened at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino and the latter in QCinema 2017. They’re both directed by 25-year-old Mikhail Red, who’s started on his next film, Eerie, about a clairvoyant counselor who investigates a murder in a Catholic school where the only witness is the ghost of a suicide victim. It’ll be Red’s first time to work with a full cast of big-name stars, including Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos-Concio. (Expected release date: TBA, 2018)

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Ang Panahon ng Halimaw
Not much is known yet about Lav Diaz’s next project, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw, apart from that it will be an “anti-musical” and “rakopera,” that it features a Professor Quirell-like character, and that it is currently set to come out in 2018. (Expected release date: TBA, 2018)


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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
We’ve got nothing but love for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but the animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse looks incredible. It’ll be the first movie to feature a Miles Morales Spider-Man, and we’re already sold on the visuals. (Expected release date: December 2018)

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