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Most anticipated films of the 1st Quarter of 2018…

Posted on December 26th, 2017
Posted on December 26th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

1. “Molly’s Game” (Jan. 5) – Written and Directed by Aaron Sorkin, this true story focuses on Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) who was targeted by the FBI for running the most exclusive high stakes poker operation in the world.

2. “Paddington 2” (Jan. 12) – The sequel to the surprisingly fun 2014 film, this one follows Paddington as he takes a bunch of odd jobs to earn enough to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, but when the gift is stolen, he must go on a quest to get it back.

3. “12 Strong” (Jan. 19) – Based on the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed in Afghanistan after 9-11. Chris Hemsworth leads the team which joins a local warlord to lead an attack on horseback against the Taliban.

4. “The God Particle” a.k.a. “Cloverfield 3” (Feb. 2) – Nothing is known about this film other than it takes place on a space station and stars Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo. Since the “Cloverfield” franchise is reliably enigmatic in its marketing campaigns, expect the unexpected.

5. “The 15:17 To Paris” (Feb. 9) – Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film tells the true story of three Americans (one civilian and two off-duty soldiers) who thwart a terrorist attack aboard a French train in 2015. In a surprising move, Eastwood cast the actual heroes to play themselves in the film.

6. “Black Panther” (Feb. 16) – The prince of the hidden African country of Wakanda must use his mystical superpowers to prevent his kingdom from falling into the hands of madmen. Black Panther is one of the first and greatest African American superheros ever created. This film will segue into “Avengers: Infinity War” which opens May 4.

7. “Annihilation” (Feb. 23) – Based off of a hit book trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, a team of scientists lead by Natalie Portman explore a growing anomaly which mutates reality and threatens to spread
across the planet and change life as we know it. The novel was dense so it will take a strong vision to adapt it into a competent motion picture.

8. “Red Sparrow” (Mar. 2) – This thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian spy who is forced to seduce a naive CIA agent in order to out a Russian double agent.

9. “Ready Player One” (March 30) – In the near future, a teen playing the world’s largest open-world virtual reality game enters a contest in which the winner will inherit the fortune of the game’s creator who is the richest man in the world. Based off of a best-selling novel by Ernest Cline and directed by Steven Spielberg.

10. “Gringo” (Mar. 9) – This dark comedy stars David Oyelowo as a businessman delivering an experimental marijuana pharmaceutical formula to a drug company in Mexico and soon finds himself pursued by nefarious competing parties. Sporting an all-star ensemble cast, it looks surprisingly funny based on the trailer.

11. “The New Mutants” (April 13) – This spin-off of the “X-Men” features five super-powered teenagers who must fight an unknown malevolent force while trapped inside of a medical facility. This Marvel comic was a staple in the 80’s-90’s but the serious horror slant might confuse fans of X-Men films.

12. “Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4) – This third film in the series culminates in the largest Marvel film to date. It features all heroes introduced in previous movies as they team up to battle the intergalactic menace known as Thanos (Josh Brolin). Warning! Not all heroes are expected to survive this all-out war for the survival of Earth.

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