Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Reel Preview: The Year in Film 2018 - Episode I

The first two months of the year are traditionally Movie Siberia; where films deemed not good enough for Oscar Season or the fun Summer blockbuster months are sent to die. Cinema goers would be better off checking out the late-season awards contenders as they slowly move into wide release this month, but for what it’s worth…here are the notable new releases for the first month of 2018.

PADDINGTON 2 – The sequel to the 2014 adaptation of the beloved children’s book. Ben Whishaw (SPECTRE), provides the voice of the cuddly bear, and he is joined by Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Grant.

THE COMMUTER – Liam Neeson stars as a commuter who is approached by a stranger on a train with an odd deal with dire consequences. Vera Farmiga (THE DEPARTED) plays the stranger.

PROUD MARY – In the spirit of the blaxpoitation films of the 1970’s, Taraji P. Henson (HIDDEN FIGURES), plays a hitwoman whose latest job leaves her with an orphan boy.

DEN OF THIEVES – Gerard Butler (300) plays a Los Angeles detective on the trail of a group of high-end thieves. Co-stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

12 STRONG – One of the better-looking films of the month, based on the true story of U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan just after the 9/11 attacks. It stars Chris Hemsworth (THOR), Michael Shannon (THE SHAPE OF WATER), and Michael Pena (ANT-MAN). 

PLEASE STAND BY – Another good-looking film in this month. Dakota Fanning plays an autistic writer who enters a competition in the 1960’s to write a STAR TREK episode. Co-stars Alice Eve, Jessica Rothe, Toni Collette, and Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL).


Next month, Episode II previews the month of February.

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