With The Avengers: Infinity War going great guns in the cinema and it being only one of a fantastic array of films already having hit cinema screens this year, you can be forgiven for thinking that we8217;ve seen the best already.
But that would be churlish. There are a tonne of other amazing movies coming in the rest of 2018, including a new Star Wars offshoot, a return to Jurassic World and an all-new chapter in the Predator franchise.
- UK release date: 29 June 2018
- Director: Peyton Reed
- Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangaline Lilly, Michael Douglas
Marvel ramps up its movie universe releases in 2018, with an Ant-Man sequel following Black Panther and the latest Avengers outing. This time he8217;s joined by The Wasp, played by Evangaline Lilly, for more diminutive fun.
- UK release date: 13 July 2018
- Director: Brad Bird
- Stars: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson
The Parr family finally don their spandex again with Jack-Jack8217;s powers becoming one focus of a sequel we8217;ve been requesting for years. It8217;s been 13 years since the first animated feature was released, can director Brad Bird rediscover the magic? We certainly hope so.
- UK release date: 20 July 2018
- Director: Drew Pearce
- Stars: Jody Foster, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum
A stellar cast, including the ever-enigmatic Mr Goldblum as a bad guy, star in this action fight fest around a hospital for criminals 8211; the eponymous Hotel Artemis. Expect some great sets pieces and fisticuffs in what could become as big a cult hit as John Wick.
- UK release date: 26 July 2018
- Director: Christopher McQuarrie
- Stars: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
This is the sixth Mission: Impossible movie and, if this trailer is anything to go by, the series could become almost as endearing as the Bond franchise. Certainly, Cruise is dedicated to the character of Ethan Hunt 8211; to the extent where he broke his own ankle during a stunt and still continued to act to the end of the scene. Amazing.
- UK release date: 3 August 2018
- Directors: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail
- Stars: Scott Menville, Kristen Bell, Will Arnett
If you8217;ve ever seen the madcap capers of Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire in the Teen Titans Go! cartoon series you8217;ll know what to expect here. Plenty of toilet humour 8211; as evidenced in the trailer 8211; and laugh out loud weirdness awaits.
- UK release date: 10 August 2018
- Director: Jon Turteltaub
- Stars: Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson
- UK release date: 14 September 2018
- Director: Shane Black
- Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn
Originally conceived as a reboot, The Predator is actually a bone fide sequel and we have high hopes for it, considering it8217;s being helmed by Shane Black, the writer of the Lethal Weapon trilogy and the director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3.
- UK release date: 5 October 2018
- Director: Ruben Fleischer
- Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson
Breaking out from the Spider-Man lore to get his own movie, a Tom Hardy Venom will hopefully be a darn sight better than the one portrayed in Sam Raimi8217;s Spider-Man 3. From the trailer it certainly looks like the much-loved antihero is getting the respect it deserves.
- UK release date: 19 October 2018
- Director: David Gordon Green
- Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle
Michael Myers is back in a sequel that pretty much ignores most of the more recent Halloween films in order to continue a plot established four decades ago. Jamie Lee Curtis also reprises her role as Laurie Strode in her final showdown with the mass murderer.
- UK release date: 16 November 2018
- Director: David Yates
- Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law
After an excellent first outing, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is back to face the evil Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) as he continues his plan to take over the world. There8217;s also a new (old) face to join the action, with a very young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) appearing for the first time. Hogwarts too. Potter fans have never had it so good.
- UK release date: 26 November
- Director: Otto Bathurst
- Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan
Another retelling of the story of Robin Hood, although this time Nottingham seems to have been relocated to Tolkien8217;s Middle Earth. We8217;ll give it a chance though as the action looks good so far and it8217;s directed by one of the helms of Peaky Blinders (although if he had his way, Birmingham would probably have been sited in Narnia).
- UK release date: 30 November 2018
- Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
- Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Bell
The original Wreck it Ralph is the best Pixar movie not made by Pixar, with its clever take on videogaming through the ages. Now a sequel is forthcoming and Ralph breaks beyond the confines of arcade machines to the World Wide Web. We cannot wait.
- UK release date: 14 December 2018
- Director: Christian Rivers
- Stars: Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan
Based on the novels by Philip Reeve and with a screenplay written by Lord of the Rings helm Peter Jackson, Mortal Engines is tipped to be the first in a new sci-fi movie trilogy. After an devastating war, cities now roll around the Earth on wheels, attacking smaller towns and scavenging to survive. It8217;s sure to be a major Christmas hit in 2018.
- UK release date: 26 December 2018
- Director: Robert Rodriguez
- Stars: Rosa Salazar, Cristoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
The hugely popular Japanese manga series is brought to life by movie heavyweights James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. Fighting machine Alita has no idea where she came from but knows what she was designed to do: kill.
- UK release date: 26 December 2018
- Director: Travis Knight
- Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena
An off-shoot of the Transformers films, Bumblebee focuses on, arguably, the most-loved of the 8220;robots in disguise8221;. There is also word that if it8217;s successful at box office, a sequel will be green lit and maybe put paid to the suggestion that the Transformers franchise is set to be rebooted already.
- UK release date: 8 February 2019
- Directors: Mike Mitchell, Trishia Gum
- Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett
Emmett and the rest of the Lego crew are back but this time they face a threat from outer space: the invasion of Lego Duplo. This time Trolls director Mike Mitchell and Robot Chicken8217;s Trishia Gum jointly take the helm, which should ensure it suits adults and kids alike, much like the first film.