- A mystery house, a "Black Panther" and an "Isle of Dogs."
Surprisingly, last year turned out to be the best year for films in recent memory. From lovingly crafted indies such as "Lady Bird" to the challenging and eye-popping spectacle of "War for the Planet of the Apes" — 2017 gave us some all-timers. Obviously, it's too soon to tell whether 2018 will be just as memorable. Some films haven't been announced and there are some from this list that may not be released. Yet, there's still quite a few movies that have me way too excited.
January 12: "The Commuter"
Liam Neeson has become the "Dr. Seuss" of actors over the last few years, so there isn't much to say about this film but, "Liam Neeson will fight you in a plane, Liam Neeson will fight you on a train, or maybe next year on a bus, Liam Neeson fights all of us."
February 2: "Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built"
Helen Mirren and the team behind "Daybreakers" take on "The Winchester Mystery House." I feel like I've been waiting for this film my entire life without knowing it AND it's Helen Mirren. So, is it February yet?
February 16: "Black Panther"
It's long overdue: an African-American led superhero franchise. With Marvel having had their best year ever with, "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Thor: Ragnarok," why should we doubt them now?
March 9: "A Wrinkle in Time"
From Ava DuVernay, director of "Selma," comes a visually stunning adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's story. Expect this to be the first awards contender of the new year.
March 23: "Isle of Dogs"
March 23: "Unsane"
A psychological horror film from none other than certified genius Steven Soderbergh—who hasn't dipped his toe in such dark waters since 1991's "Kafka." In this case it's about a woman fighting her fears in a mental institution. Cue the greatness.
April 6: "You Were Never Really Here"
This received a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival and was hailed as Joaquin Phoenix's finest performance to date. Director Lynne Ramsay is the finest female director working, so expect something truly remarkable.
April 20: "Super Troopers 2"
The Broken Lizard guys haven't really made a great movie since (arguably) "Beerfest," so here's hoping they can recapture the magic that made "Super Troopers" such a quotable cult classic. Lightning doesn't usually strike twice, but it's hard not to be optimistic about this one. "Meow."
May 4: "Avengers: Infinity War"
All 19 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been leading to this one and with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth all reaching the end of their contracts, expect some heroes not to survive.
May 25: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
What's really exciting about this is the casting of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. I'm not sure that we need the adventures of a young Han Solo, but I suppose it's better than the secret history of Boba Fett or an exploration of the mating habits of Wookies.
June 1: "Deadpool 2"
July 13: "The Nun"
A spin-off from "The Conjuring 2" and "Annabelle: Creation," the concept of an investigation into the mysterious death of a nun in 1950s Romania gives this a fascinating place to start.
August 3: "The Predator"
It's time. We need a good "Predator" movie and Shane Black from "The Nice Guys" is exactly the man to give it to us. Maybe he can fight a "terminator" in it? Hey Hollywood...call me.
September 21: "The House with a Clock in its Walls"
I grew up with this book featuring illustrations by the incomparable Edward Gorey, so I can't even imagine what a film version of it would even look like. With a cast featuring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan I am willing to cede the benefit of doubt.
October 5: "A Star is Born"
A remake of the beloved Judy Garland classic starring Lady Gaga and directed by Bradley Cooper? Put this inside me right now!
November 9: "Holmes and Watson"
Yes, we've had plenty of Sherlock Holmes. However, this one has Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the titular duo. If they bring their "Step Brothers" mojo then it might be a modern comedy classic. Or another "Get Hard." Either way.
December 25: "Mary Poppins Returns"
Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. That is all.