What to watch this coming year in theaters.
With the Oscar nominations just released, you could already be wondering what 2018 will bring to the table when it comes to films. After spending hours of clicking through trailers from the recommended list on YouTube, I’ve gathered my own 2018 must-watch list. It’s safe to say that my list won’t have the predictive power of what ought to be considered an award nominee, but surely these are upcoming blockbusters that you can expect to make headlines. Without further ado, here are six film trailers that caught my interest and formed an impression on me.
Let me get started by introducing to you the all-female cast ensemble: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Now, that is what I call the ultimate girl gang to be featured in a film. The Ocean’s Eleven spin-off is finally releasing a new sequence after fourteen years since its last production.
With Sandra Bullock playing the mastermind of the heist crew, Ocean’s 8 schemes a plan for crashing the Met Gala to steal a billion dollar necklace from a certain Daphne Kluger. I couldn’t be more excited, especially since this heist-themed plot suits the cast ensemble so much that the trailer can already project the bad-assery undertones of the film (yup, probably just made up a word there). This might just be one of those mandatory films to watch during sleepovers. Ocean’s 8 is set to release in theaters this summer.
A Wrinkle in Time
Here’s another one with an amazing cast! Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine, this upcoming Disney film is going to toy you with the concept of time and space. Of course, it wouldn’t be Disney without a familial context being introduced.
The trailer unravels a child’s (Storm Reid) journey to save her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine), who is trapped by an evil energy out in the fifth dimension. With the company of her younger brother (Deric McCabe), classmate (Levi Miller) and three celestial guides (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling), they venture through light and darkness, creating what is essentially a transformative journey. This science fiction fantasy film is another step up for Disney, what with their neat use of visual effects and a somewhat literal out-of-this-world plotline. A Wrinkle in Time is set to release in theatres this spring.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Ten years since it’s initial release, I’m ecstatic to learn about the release of a sequel this summer. And what’s even better is that the majority of the previous cast will reprise their roles. However, many fans have expressed frustrations after the trailer was released – Meryl Streep, who played Donna Sheridan, is nowhere to be found. It remains unsure whether they’ve killed off Streep’s character, and I think it’s for the good of the film to leave some of the mystery out of the trailer. So, I guess we’ll just have to watch the film to find out.
This action-packed trailer has really got a way of drawing you into the new reboot of Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider franchise. This time, Alicia Vikander plays the role of Lara Croft, and, according to Cinema Blend, Vikander is playing a much younger version of the legendary adventurer as it aims to tell a fresh origin story of how the heroine came about. I’m excited to see what struggles Croft had gone through to have created a name for herself as a confident, self-assured adventurer. Tomb Raider is premiering in theaters this spring.
Ready Player One
A sci-fi action adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the worldwide bestselling novel under the same name by Ernest Cline, is headed our way this spring. Set in 2045, I can’t help but pick up some of the setting’s resemblance with that of Blade Runner 2049’s cyberfunk peculiarity. Then again, that’s exactly how we expect the future to be like – part dystopian, part high tech. Combining these seemingly disparate qualities of the future is the story that focuses on how a teen’s escape to a virtual world via a video game can turn into his reality and thus give him an ultimate purpose to achieve.
This seemingly quirky film starring Zoey Deutch looks like another one of those coming-of-age stories, though it probably isn’t. I was mostly drawn by the color grading of the trailer in that it exudes a very light and soft feel, which may be done to portray the comedic and overall enjoyable ambiance of the film. Though it might not release in theatres, I would give this film a go, seeing that there have also been raving reviews on Zoey Deutch’s performance (as seen on the trailer). Flower is set to release this spring.
Cover: Ginny / Final editing: Tamar Hellinga