2018 has been a great year for movie buffs. Where on one hand films like ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Venom’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ did an incredible business at the box office, others including ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Hereditary’ gave us some major storytelling goals.
Many film-makers have kept the best of their works for the year-end and this winter, some amazing Hollywood films are being released.
Below is a list of films you can’t afford to miss before the year ends:
‘Aquaman’ is already making waves and has remained a much-awaited film this year. The film stars Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Dolph Lundgren.
The superhero movie by DC Comics has just broken the advance ticket sales record of all time leaving behind ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Venom’.
The new trailer of the film reveals much about the story of ‘Aquaman’. Directed by James Wan, ‘Aquaman’ will premiere first in the UK on December 14, 2018, and in India on December 21 this year.
2. Creed II
Written by Sylvester Stallone, the second part of the 2015 sports drama ‘Creed’ is around the corner.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Wood Harris, Brigitte Nielsen, and Milo Ventimiglia, the film revolves around the life of Adonis Creed who meets his new adversary Viktor Drago (son of Ivan Drogo).
The movie has been shot in Philadelphia and is expected to be a more blended version of ‘Creed’. ‘Creed II’ is the eighth instalment in the classic ‘Rocky’ series and is set to be released on November 30, 2018, in India.
3. The Front Runner
What is now being perceived to be Hugh Jackman’s Oscar-worthy performance by the critics, ‘The Front Runner’ is surely a movie that is making much noise. Directed by Jason Reitman, the biographical drama is based on the book ‘All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid’.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons, Sara Paxton, and Alfred Molina, the film narrates the story of Gary Hart (played by Hugh Jackman) and follows his life during the 1988 presidential campaign, as his downfall began due to media reports about his extramarital affair. The film has been released on November 21, this year.
4. Mary Poppins Returns
Looks like the makers of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ have tried their best in making this holiday season a sweet treat for us.
Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep have teamed up for the third time after working together in highly commercial films like ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. In the film, the mysterious Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to the Depression-era London.
Mary, who is an ageless nanny with magical powers recreates wonder in their lives and makes them see a world beyond imagination. So ‘gird your loins’ as the perfect ensemble cast with Emily, including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer is ready to make your winters the sweetest one. The musical fantasy is a late December release
Sci-fi flick ‘Bumblebee’ looks like one film that can’t be skipped at all. The film is centered around a ‘Transformers” character of the same name.
It is a prequel to the 2007 film ‘Transformers’. ‘Bumblebee’ stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon. The film is set in 1987 when the transformer hides in a junkyard, only to be discovered by a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld).
As the two become friends, they begin their journey of saving the Earth from the evil transformers. Directed by Travis Knight, the film is set to be released on December 28 this year.
6. Mary Queen of Scots
Perceived to be the most feminist film of the year, Josie Rourke’s ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ is making headlines these days.
Set in the 16th century England, the historical drama is based on ‘Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart’ (John Guy’s biography). Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan portray queens Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, respectively in the film.
This a film about how two women fight for the royal throne until one of them loses the battle and is later beheaded. The cast also includes actors Gemma Chan, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, and Jack Lowden. The film is a December 7 release in the US and can be seen on a few streaming platforms in India.
Nicole Kidman is undeniably one of the best actresses in the world. Years back when she imitated Virginia Woolf and bagged her first academy award for ‘The Hours’, we knew she is a chameleon in the making!
Years later, when Nicole is ruling both cinema and television, she has made sure to keep rediscovering her own self as she effortlessly slips into new characters.
Nicole’s latest flick ‘Destroyer’ is being discussed these days, so much so, that it looks like the film is resting upon her shoulders completely.
Directed by Karyn Kusama, the film is centred around the life of an LAPD detective Erin Bell (played by Kidman) who suffers a breakdown during her tenure as an undercover agent. She later finds her way by taking down the gang leader, a process that completely redefines what a woman should be like on the silver screen. The film’s initial release is scheduled to be on December 25, this year.
8. Robin Hood
Leonardo DiCaprio has devoted his time and energy in co-producing the film called ‘Robin Hood’, which is now running in theatres.
Starring Jamie Foxx, Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, and Eve Hewson, the action-adventure is majorly based on the epic of ‘Robin Hood’. Taron Egerton plays ‘Rob’ and tries his best to outperform others who have worked in the earlier versions of the film.
The makers of the film have tried to keep it new, though this is a story that we have heard of before. The film is directed by Otto Bathurst and has received mixed reviews.
9. Second Act
The air in Hollywood was different this year, unlike the previous year when female-oriented films ruled the box office. In December, pop singer Jennifer Lopez is making her comeback to films with her rom-com ‘Second Act’, directed by Peter Segal.
The film’s cast also includes actors Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams, and Larry Miller.
The film revolves around a 40-year-old woman played by Lopez, who gets a second chance to revive her career. Everything starts with a fake Facebook page! This seems to be an interesting feel-good kinda film.
10. Ben Is Back
The trailer of Julia Roberts-starrer ‘Ben Is Back’ released a month ago and without a doubt, the film looks promising in terms of storyline and performances.
Directed by Peter Hedges, the story of the film which is majorly focused on Ben (played by Peter’s son Lucas Hedges), takes a different turn when he returns home on a Christmas Eve and creates trouble for his family.
His mother Holly Burns (Julia) tries her best to find Ben, as he runs away leaving her in the middle of nowhere. The film is an intense family drama and is set for release on December 7 this year.