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Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies for the Rest of 2018

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
We’ll be spending plenty of time at the cineplex over the next few months. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Anticipated Movies for the Rest of 2018. For this list, we’re taking a look at films coming out in the final quarter of 2018, ranging from potential blockbusters to potential award show darlings.
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Top 10 Anticipated Movies for the Rest of 2018


We’ll be spending plenty of time at the cineplex over the next few months. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anticipated Movies for the Rest of 2018.

For this list, we’re taking a look at films coming out in the final quarter of 2018, ranging from potential blockbusters to potential award show darlings.

#10: “Bad Times at the El Royale”
Release Date: October 12, 2018


“Bad Times at the El Royale” marks Drew Goddard’s first feature-length directorial outing since the instant cult classic, “The Cabin in the Woods.” The plot is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” as seven strangers arrive at a sleazy hotel with both literal and figurative baggage. As the clock ticks down, our cast of colorful characters is given one night to bury their past sins. With echoes of Hitchcock and Tarantino, it would appear Goddard has crafted another surreal and stylish thriller that’s sure to get cinephiles talking. The ensemble, which includes Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Jon Hamm, to name just a few, only gives us more reason to check in.


#9: “Suspiria”
Release Date: October 26, 2018


This remake of the 1977 Italian horror film has been in the works for nearly a decade. The project eventually took flight under the supervision of Luca Guadagnino, who previously directed the Oscar-winning “Call Me by Your Name.” Dakota Johnson, appearing yet again on this list, stars as Susie Bannion, a dance student who begins to unravel a dark mystery following several disappearances. Following its premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, IndieWire predicted that “Suspiria” would become “the most polarizing film since ‘Mother!’" Sounds like a film you need to see to believe.


#8: “First Man”
Release Date: October 12, 2018


With award season ascending, “First Man” has been one of the most heavily discussed contenders. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, seeing how it was directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle of “La La Land.” Chazelle isn’t the only one generating serious buzz. After the film made its debut at the Venice Film Festival, Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy both received rave reviews for their performances as Neil Armstrong and Janet Shearon, respectively. The film has notably attracted some controversy over its omission of the American flag-planting. This film definitely could take not just a small step, but one giant leap come Oscar time.

#7: “Halloween”
Release Date: October 18, 2018


Although it’s the franchise’s eleventh entry, this film serves as a direct follow-up to the original “Halloween,” ignoring all previous sequels. “Halloween H20” tried doing something similar twenty years ago, although the results were mixed at best. After four decades, will this be the sequel that gets it right? Well, director David Gordon Green is pulling out all the stops, with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle donning Michael Myers’ mask once again. The approach to Laurie’s character seems especially intriguing, as her traumatizing clash with Michael years ago left her eager for a rematch. Their final showdown should make for a fitting end to an iconic horror series.


#6: “Venom”
Release Date: October 5, 2018


From Bane to Mad Max, Tom Hardy’s developed a reputation for accepting roles that require his face to be covered. So, he was the obvious choice to play Venom! Seriously, though, Hardy’s ability to create likable good guys and sinister villains makes him a natural fit for an antihero like Eddie Brock. That’s certainly more than can be said about Topher Grace. As the first entry in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, it’s hard to predict how “Venom” will pan out. It’s also unclear how or even if this cinematic universe can incorporate Spider-Man now that he’s part of the MCU. In any case, we just hope Venom’s finally done justice on the silver screen.


#5: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Release Date: December 14, 2018

While we’re keeping our fingers crossed that “Venom” delivers the goods, we’re willing to wager that “Into the Spider-Verse” will be the superior “Spider-Man” property. This animated film shines the spotlight on Miles Morales in a story that probably would’ve been too ambitious for live-action. Introducing a Spidey multiverse, Miles encounters an older Peter Parker and Spider-Gwen. There’s even a Spider-Man voiced by Nicolas Cage. With Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of “The Lego Movie” acting as producers, we can expect a visually unique superhero film that combines the style of the comics with state of the art animation.

#4: “Creed II”
Release Date: November 21, 2018


The “Rocky” franchise is a cinematic rollercoaster unlike any other. Where the original 1976 classic won the Oscar for Best Picture in true underdog fashion, “Rocky IV” and “Rocky V” both received Golden Raspberry nominations for Worst Picture. Just when you thought it was down for the count, the series staged a comeback with the surprising “Rocky Balboa” and especially 2015’s “Creed.” The latter film made for a perfect passing of the torch from Rocky to Apollo Creed’s son. The sequel will see Donnie go up against the son of Ivan Drago in a match that’s been in the making for over 30 years. The USA’s current relationship with Russia just adds to the timeliness.

#3: “Aquaman”
Release Date: December 21, 2018


“Wonder Woman” broke new grounds for superhero movies, but “Justice League” was the lowest grossing entry in the DCEU thus far. This cinematic universe thus has a lot riding on “Aquaman.” Although the King of the Seven Seas is often regarded as one of the sillier DC heroes, this film aims to change that. Not only was the trailer a visually stunning spectacle, but Jason Momoa seems to be having a ball as Arthur Curry. James Wan also seems like an inspired choice to tackle this material after directing horror hits like “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring,” not to mention “Furious 7.” Whether it sinks or swims, at least we’ll always have James Cameron’s “Aquaman.”


#2: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Release Date: November 2, 2018 [U.S.]


This one is on our radar for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s a biopic about Queen, one of the most influential rock bands of all time. It’s also been speculated that Rami Malek could go from winning an Emmy for “Mr. Robot” to scoring an Oscar nomination for playing Freddie Mercury. What has our interest piqued is the drama that took place behind the scenes. After Bryan Singer was fired amid production, Dexter Fletcher was brought in to complete the film. Singer still received the sole directing credit due to DGA rules, however. Whether this hurts the final product or not, it’ll be fascinating to finally see the results of this complicated production.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“Bumblebee”
Release Date: December 21, 2018


“Mary Poppins Returns”
Release Date: December 19, 2018

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
Release Date: November 16, 2018


#1: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
Release Date: November 21, 2018


When “Wreck-It Ralph” came out, it was described as the video game equivalent of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” The sequel has teased a few more gaming icons we might spot, including Mario. Perhaps an even greater draw will be the abundance of Disney characters present. While the Disney princesses have dominated much of the film’s marketing, we can also expect to see familiar faces from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, the Muppets, and other Mouse House properties. All the cameos and Easter eggs aside, what’s most important is that the filmmakers tell a compelling story that further develops Ralph and Vanellope. If they can accomplish that, “Incredibles 2” may have some competition for 2018’s Best Animated Feature.
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