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The 2018 movies we can't wait to see

This year is shaping up to be a cracker. Here are the 18 upcoming movies we’re most excited about.

There’s plenty of cinematic joys to look forward to over the next 12 months, with sharp-edged indies, ambitious blockbusters and, yes, the odd sequel ahead. Here’s a select few to put in your diaries...

Upcoming movies in 2018

1

Phantom Thread

Daniel Day-Lewis is, sadly, retiring from acting with this deliciously thorny period romance set in 1950s London. His second collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson (‘There Will Be Blood’), it should make for a masterful swansong.

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2

Black Panther

African superhero Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) gets a stand-alone Marvel movie set to a hip hop soundtrack. Expect big action and even bigger beats.

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3

The Shape Of Water

A Valentine’s Day treat, Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fairytale has everything you need for the perfect date movie: passion, peril and a slippery fish creature.

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4

Journeyman

Stellar actor and ‘Rocky’ fan, Paddy Considine’s directorial effort combines his two passions in a stirring comeback tale about a boxer.

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5

Lady Bird

Already tipped for Oscars, Greta Gerwig’s kinda-autobiographical tale promises laughs, eloquence and the brilliant Saoirse Ronan.

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6

Annihilation

If you caught ‘Ex Machina’, you’ll already be excited about Alex Garland’s apocalyptic-sounding sci-fi tale. It lands on Netflix.

Picture credit: Natalie Portman/shutterstock.com

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8

Thoroughbreds

Expect good things from this off-kilter thriller, set in the amoral East Coast world of Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy’s suburban girls.

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9

A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay’s sci-fi epic boasts Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, plus visual landscapes that may explode your eyeballs.

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10

Isle Of Dogs

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation will feature quirky humour, Bill Murray and lots of the Texan auteur’s handmade élan.

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11

120 Beats Per Minute

Last year was a stellar one for LGBT+ cinema and this French drama, a moving torch song to 1980s Aids campaigners, continues the trend.

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12

Avengers: Infinity War

Featuring more stars than the Milky Way, ‘Infinity War’ pitches virtually all of Marvel’s superheroes against intergalactic jawline Thanos.

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Release date: Friday April 27 2018
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13

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ever wondered how Han met Chewie or how he first got into waistcoats? This ‘Star Wars’ spin-off starring Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke should provide the answers.

Picture credit: Alden Ehrenreich/shutterstock.com

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14

Deadpool 2

New director, same deranged, sweary, ultra-violent mayhem. Do not, under any circumstances, take your parents.

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15

The Kid Who Would Be King

If you loved ‘Attack the Block’, mark your diary for Londoner Joe Cornish’s follow-up: a schoolboy adventure involving Excalibur.

Picture credit: Joe Cornish/shutterstock.com

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16

First Man

‘La La Land’ director Damien Chazelle reunites with Ryan Gosling in a biopic about original moonwalker Neil Armstrong. Expect fewer songs, more rockets.

Picture credit: Ryan Gosling/shutterstock.com

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Release date: Friday November 2 2018
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17

Widows

The first genre outing from Steve McQueen (‘12 Years a Slave’) is a tough feminist heist thriller scripted by ‘Gone Girl’ writer Gillian Flynn. Our advice? Don’t miss it.

Picture credit: Steve McQueen/shutterstock.com

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