Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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

This December is shaping up to be the most unique month of 2018 and looks to send out the year on a high note. The final month of the year usually brings us an avalanche of awards hopefuls and contenders, and while we do have that coming…this time we’re also treated to fan-favorites and blockbuster-designed action films. This month also brings special returns to the big screen; Steven Spielberg’s SCHINDLER’S LIST for its 25thanniversary, and SUPERMAN for its 40th
Here now is the final preview for 2018…
ROMA – Oscar winning director Alfonso Cuaron (GRAVITY), returns with this drama based on his own upbringing in Mexico City. 
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Margot Robbie (I, TONYA), plays Queen Elizabeth I, and Saoirse Ronan (LADY BIRD), plays the title character in this historical drama centered around the 1569 English conflict. David Tennant and Guy Pearce (THE KING’S SPEECH), co-star. 
VOX LUX – In this drama, a pop-star (Natalie Portman), struggles to maintain her career through scandals and violence while raising her daughter. Jude Law co-stars. 
ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL – A re-edit of this year’s DEADPOOL 2, which brings it from an R rating to PG-13 and reset during Christmastime. 
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – This animated Marvel film brings the legacy of Spider-man to the big screen. 
MORTAL ENGINES – Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), produces this adaptation of the book, in which entire cities have been mounted on wheels and prey on each other. 
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT – Controversial director Lars von Trier (NYMPHOMANIAC, ANTICHRIST), directs this psychological horror film following a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon. 
THE MULE – Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this true-story drama about a WWII veteran in his 80’s who becomes a drug-runner. It co-stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, Dianne Wiest, and Andy Garcia. 
MARY POPPINS RETURNS – In a casting move that is practically perfect, Emily Blunt takes on the role of the beloved Mary Poppins in this direct sequel to the 1964 Disney classic. It co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, and Colin Firth. It is directed by Oscar winning director Rob Marshall (CHICAGO). 
AQUAMAN – The big-screen solo-debut of one of DC Comics’ legacy characters, which has had a supporting role in JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017), and a cameo in DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016). Jason Momoa reprises the role, and he is joined by Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman. It is directed by James Wan (SAW, THE CONJURING). 
BUMBLEBEE – In this loose prequel to the TRANSFORMERS series, the popular transforming alien-robot Bumblebee arrives to Earth and is taken in by a teenage girl. It stars Hailee Steinfeld (TRUE GRIT). 
WELCOME TO MARWEN – Steve Carell plays the victim of a violent assault who constructs a miniature WWII-era village to help himself cope. It is directed by Robert Zemeckis (BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORREST GUMP). 
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT), directs this romantic drama about a woman who seeks to clear the name of her wrongly accused husband. 
HOLMES & WATSON – Will Ferrell is Sherlock Holmes and John C. Reilly is Dr. Watson in this parody of the classic detective duo. 
ON THE BASIS OF SEX – Felicity Jones (ROGUE ONE), plays Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this story about her early life. It co-stars Armie Hammer, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates. 
VICE – Christian Bale (THE DARK KNIGHT), plays Vice-President Don Cheney, and Sam Rockwell plays President George W. Bush in this comedy-drama. Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT), directs. 
STAN & OLLIE – Based on the lives of the classic comedy act Laurel and Hardy, with John C. Reilly (STEP BROTHERS), and Steve Coogan (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM) in the title roles. 
Next month, the first movie preview for 2019. 

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