38 Movies Coming Out in 2018 That Are So Good You'll Actually Pay $$ to See Them

It takes a lot to drag us off the couch. But these movies might just do it.

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Another year, another set of new releases to look forward to, and 2018 is shaping up to be one of the best movie years on record. To celebrate this momentous time, we've made a list of the most exciting new releases of the year. Please note that while this list contains what we're excited to see, it isn't necessarily a reflection of what we thought was best. Check back because later this year, we'll narrow this list down to what we loved the absolute most. You know, once we've seen everything.

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Proud Mary

Release date: January 12, 2018.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Margaret Avery, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Neal McDonough, and Xander Berkeley.

Why we're excited: Ummmm because it stars Taraji P. Henson as a professional assassin? Like....

Fifty Shades Freed

Release date: February 9, 2018.

Starring: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

Why we're excited: Because the time of year when Fifty Shades is in theaters is always the most hilarious time of the year.


Release date: February 23, 2018.

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, David Gyasi, Sonoya Mizuno, and Benedict Wong.

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Why we're excited: Because Tessa Thompson is in it, and she's simply everything.

Black Panther

Release date: February 16, 2018.

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Why we're excited: Because this looks like the greatest movie of all time, not just of the year.

A Wrinkle in Time

Release date: March 9, 2018.

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.

Why we're excited: This film based on the beloved novel of your childhoods was made by Ava DuVernay. We repeat: Ava DuVernay. If you aren't excited you aren't living.

Mary Magdalene

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Release date: March 16.

Starring: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Tahar Rahim.

Why we're excited: Mostly because of those set photos where Rooney Mara was smoking cigarettes while Joaquin Phoenix chilled on a cross. In fact, here you go:

Tomb Raider

Release date: March 16, 2018.

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Nick Frost, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Why we're excited: Because, unfortunately, female-fronted action films are a rarity, and this one looks legit.

Isle of Dogs

Release date: March 23, 2018.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Yojiro Noda, and Yoko Ono.

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Why we're excited: Mostly because it's a Wes Anderson movie about a bunch of cuddly dogs on an island. Yes, Anderson's films often fall into the trap of being too West Anderson-y for their own good, but this will be fun.

A Quiet Place

Release date: April 6, 2018.

Starring: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

Why we're excited: This is the couple's first major movie together and it looks completely insane.

Avengers: Infinity War

Release date: May 4, 2018.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Tom Holland, Danai Gurira, Don Cheadle, and a slew of other famous people.

Why we're excited: Because Marvel > DC. 😎

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Release date: May 25, 2018.

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.

Why we're excited: THANDIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deadpool 2

Release date: June 1, 2018.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T. J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, and Jack Kesy.

Why we're excited: Because some of us haven't laughed since January 20, 2017.


Release date: June 8, 2018.

Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff.

Why we're excited: It's supposedly so scary, it's being likened to this generation's The Exorcist.

Oceans Eight

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Release date: June 8, 2018.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Damian Lewis, Richard Armitage, and James Corden.

Why we're excited: No comment because reasons for excitement should be very obvious.

Incredibles 2

Release date: June 15, 2018

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.

Why we're excited: First of all, the original movie was amazing. Second of all, this one focuses on the family's real hero: Elastigirl.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, and Geraldine Chaplin.

Why we're excited: PRATT PRATT PRATT. (Also, B.D. Wong for my SVU fans out there.)

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Release date: July 6, 2018

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Why we're excited: This is officially the first Marvel movie with a female character's name in the title and it's ABOUT DAMN TIME.

Sorry to Bother You

Release date: July 6, 2018.

Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Danny Glover.

Why we're excited: A surrealist, comedic romp through a corporate wasteland with an underlying message about escaping capitalism's inherently racist inequity? Sign us up.


Release date: July 13, 2018

Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, and Noah Taylor.

Why we're excited: Because we're finally getting an answer to the age old question: What if The Rock had starred in Die Hard?

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Release date: July 20, 2018.

Starring: Cher, Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper.

Why we're excited: The only appropriate reaction to this sequel is: HJAKHDJKSHADKJAHSDKJAHHDKJASHDKJSAHD.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Release date: July 27, 2018.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett.

Why we're excited: How is it that the Mission Impossible franchise is not only still creating new movies but that they're each subsequently sharper, funnier, and more exhilarating than the last? It's an outlier in Hollywood for this reason.


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Release date: August 10, 2018.

Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace.

Why we're excited: It's being called Spike Lee's best movie since Do The Right Thing, and it looks as funny as it is timely.

Crazy Rich Asians

Release date: August 17, 2018.

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Ronny Chieng, and Michelle Yeoh.

Why we're excited: It's a monumental film (it stars the first all-Asian cast in a non-period film since Joy Luck Club more than *20* years ago) and—with Constance Wu in the lead—the movie is sure to have you RITMTAL (rolling in the movie theater aisles laughing).

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Release date: August 21, 2018.

Starring: Kana Hanazawa, Gen Hoshino, Hiroshi Kamina.

Why we're excited: It looks like an inventive, funny, and strange animated film from Japan about a girl who wants to experience everything life has to offer and a boy who loves her from afar.

A Simple Favor

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Release date: September 14, 2018.

Starring: Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Henry Golding.

Why we're excited: Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in a mysterious buddy drama. Duh.

Robin Hood

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Release date: September 21, 2018.

Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, and Paul Anderson.

Why we're excited: Men. In. Tights.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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Release date: September 21, 2018.

Starring: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle McLachlan.

Why we're excited: This movie is based on a book—with illustrations by Edward Gorey (!!!)—that's literally a gothic horror story for kids. ::Excited side-eyes::

Night School

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Release date: September 28, 2018

Starring: Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.

Why we're excited: Please refer to the cast list above.

A Star Is Born

Release date: October 5, 2018.

Starring: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Why we're excited: Gaga + Bradley = Sure, we'll be there.

Beautiful Boy

Release date: October 12, 2018.

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carrell.

Why we're excited: Chalamet's performance in this movie about a father and son coping with the latter's addiction is already getting festival buzz. Seems like Oscar material.

First Man

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Release date: October 12, 2018.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, and Jason Clarke.

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Why we're excited: This is Damien Chazelle's follow up to La La Land, and it stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. It's bound to be at least decent if not completely moving/entertaining/awe-inspiring.

The Girl in the Spider's Web

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Release date: October 19, 2018.

Starring: Claire Foy and Sylvia Hoeks.

Why we're excited: The BTS drama, mostly. Rooney Mara was recast in this sequel to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, despite having said she thought she was signed-on: "As far as I know I'm doing it until someone tells me otherwise," she told E! in late 2015. "I'm doing it unless someone tells me that I'm not—and then I still might do it [anyway]."

Bohemian Rhapsody

Release date: November 2, 2018.

Starring: Rami Malek, Behn Gardy, Gwilym Lee.

Why we're excited: Rami Malek mastered his best Freddie Mercury for this biopic abou tthe Queen frontman.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Release date: November 2, 2018.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman.

Why we're excited: This is big-budget, large-scale fantasy at its most extra—definitely the kind of thing worth seeing on a big screen.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Release date: November 16, 2018.

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, and Claudia Kim.

Why we're excited: Anything even remotely related to Harry Potter has us excited, so like...it takes very little.


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Release date: November 16, 2018.

Starring: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, André Holland, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Robert Duvall, Carrie Coon, Garret Dillahunt, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Jacki Weaver, Brian Tyree Henry, Lukas Haas, Michael Harney, and Jon Bernthal.

Why we're excited: Can we just talk about the plot of this movie? It's literally about four armed robbers who die in a heist and their WIDOWS have to take over for them. I mean. I MEAN!

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Release date: December 14, 2018.

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe.

Why we're excited: Jason Momoa in a movie of gratuitous shirtlessness.

Mary Poppins Returns

Release date: December 25, 2018.

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Why we're excited: In all honestly, we're not sure Mary Poppins is a movie that needs to be re-booted, or given a sequel. But if anyone can do it, Emily Blunt can. Also, it has Meryl Streep.

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