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Top 5 Anticipated Spring Movies 2018


The dregs of January are behind us, and ahead lie three months (or anyway, two and a half) of the year’s cinematic misfits: too odd, or too strange, or too under-budgeted to thrive in the cutthroat summer and holiday frames. Plus a couple of gigantic Disney tentpoles.

At any rate, we’re choosing to call this transitional period “spring” for the sake of sharing our picks for our most-anticipated films of Spring 2018.

In Worth Mentioning, Tim shares his thoughts on what happened with The Cloverfield Paradox, Carrie dishes on Molly’s Game and the crew talk about Patreon Travis Neely’s pick of The Innocents.

Rob

A Quiet Place (2018)
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Black Panther (2018)
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Annihilation (2018)
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Ready Player One (2018)
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Game Night (2018)
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Carrie

A Quiet Place (2018)
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Love, Simon (2018)
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Tully (2018)
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Overboard (2018)
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Black Panther (2018)
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Tim

Isle of Dogs (2018)
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The Death of Stalin (2018)
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Lean on Pete (2018)
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Annihilation (2018)
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Unsane (2018)
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25 Responses so far.

  1. Sean Barker says:

    1. Isle of Dogs
    2. Unsane
    3. Annihilation
    4. A Quiet Place
    5. Uh… nothing?

    Actively dreading:
    Pacific Rim Uprising
    Ready Player One




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  2. Loveless (Morose Zvyagintsev is all I need)
    Annihilation (Its release date is questionable, but Garland has enough respect that I’ll be there opening night)
    Isle of Dogs (This is mostly for my recent love for Anderson. This trailer does very little for me)
    Unsane (Feel like Soderbergh is putting the gimmick to use better than Baker)
    The Death of Stalin (Now more than ever do I need the work of Iannucci)




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  3. As much as there are tentpoles happening here and there, it’s still a pretty anemic season, so I only have three I’m actively looking forward to.

    1) FIFTY SHADES FREED (If the tagline “don’t miss the climax” is any indication of the trashiness level of this movie, it’s bound to finally be the frothy good time I’ve been promised)

    2) A QUIET PLACE (mighty intrigued by the trailers, and I’m happy married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are working together)

    3) EVERY DAY (looks like it’s probably bland, but a genderqueer teen romance is exactly what I’m looking for from my YA material)




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  4. Brigdh says:

    Black Panther
    Pacific Rim Uprising
    Solo: A Star Wars Story
    Avengers: Infinity Wars
    Thoroughbreds

    I’m fully expecting to be disappointed by anywhere from one to four of these, but I know I’ll be watching them all as soon as they appear in theaters, so it only felt honest to include them.




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  5. CRD says:

    1. Loveless – Zvyagintsev making another miserable movie about the state of Russia? I’m there.

    2. You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay. That’s all I need (though Joaquin Phoenix helps me too).

    3. Red Sparrow – okay, this will probably be trash, but the trailer is SO GOOD. Plus Charlotte Rampling and Jeremy Irons? Hell yes!

    4. Disobedience – I’m continuing my support of Rachel Weisz by watching anything she’s in.

    5. Black Panther – I haven’t been this excited for a superhero movie since Wonder Woman (not a long time, but still). The soundtrack is amazing so far, as well.




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  6. Stevie says:

    Holy shit, what a wasteland. I’m just going to open up all the release dates from March to May and see which ones I can bring myself to get excited about. (Discounting February because the only release I’m looking forward to is Lady Bird, though I’m sure Black Panther will be just fine.)

    So here goes!

    You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay. That’s it really.

    Isle of Dogs – I’m not sure Wes Anderson has anything more to say now after The Grand Budapest Hotel. Then again, Malick has made movies after The Tree of Life and he seems to be doing alright.

    Wonderstruck – I’ve only seen Safe, Far from Heaven and Carol, so I’ve only seen great things from Todd Haynes. My inevitable disappointment will destroy me.

    Mary and the Witch’s Flower – A Ghibli film by any other name. I’ll take it.

    The Breadwinner – Tim’s review has done a great job in hyping this one for me.

    Honourable mention goes to Avengers: Avenge Moar which would probably be…okay-ish, but the idea of seeing Edinburgh, my home city, get blown up in massive explosions kinda makes me feel excited.




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  7. Cannon Kruk says:

    Just so we’re clear, while the month of May technically falls into Spring, speaking in terms of the movie seasons, it is most certainly the first of the Summer movie blockbusters. For the time leading up to that point, the list of interests is rather paltry for me …until it isn’t. I could only muster three. One being that which promises the highest and most entertaining schlock factor, the other two being among my most anticipated films of the entire year.

    3. Rampage

    Said schlock factor. It’s as if studio execs merely programed into their ‘Dwayne Rock Johnson’ movie generating computer last season’s Kong: Skull Island and, voilà, giant CGI ape disaster spectacle starring the Rock in a helicopter. Gimme me my box of Goobers, I’m ready to go.

    2. Unsane

    Soderbergh and the premise peaked my curiosity. The trailer sold me. Such looks to continue the director’s work in seriously crafted, dramatically sincere yet completely unpretentious genre movies.

    1. Ready Player One

    A lotta folks are dismissing this for being too much of a fan service CGI-fest. Maybe they’re not familiar with the book or the concept in general just rubs them wrong. Okay. But for me, Spielberg. Ya know, that guy who’s still the most gifted and (seemingly) effortless visual storyteller working in cinema today? Yeah, that guy.




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  8. WBTN says:

    1. Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson’s probably due for a disappointment, but I refuse to believe it until I see the movie.

    2. The Death of Stalin – Sounds like fun.

    3. Lean on Pete – Andrew Haigh has not let me down yet, and this one’s gotten good reviews

    4. Gemini – The trailer, at least, looked very pretty.

    5. You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay has also never let me down, though I’m slightly suspicious of how this one will turn out. Feels weird when a minimalist arthouse director goes straight into Death Wish/Taxi Driver territory.

    HMs:

    Annihilation – Backstage drama about how some characters aren’t likable enough, and the producer sided with the director? Sure, why not.

    Black Panther – Rooting for Ryan Coogler, though I’m now three films behind on the Marvel Universe, and not terribly anxious about catching up.

    Mute – Duncan Jones… has let people down (can’t say for myself until I’ve actually caught up with Warcraft), but I refuse to lose faith in the guy who made two of the better sci-fi movies of my lifetime.

    Unsane – I guess? Also suspicious of how Steven Soderbergh can do horror, though the best parts of Side Effects and Contagion shows that he can make a great thriller. Points off for taking Tenebrae’s alternate title.

    Foxtrot – it’s been well-reviewed and, more importantly, impugned by Israel’s government for some likely very petty reasons. But that does make me interested.




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  9. Conrado Falco says:

    1. Isle of Dogs (Love Fantastic Mr. Fox, so this is a gimme)

    2. Zama (already saw it at last year’s NYFF, but can’t wait to see it again. And can’t wait for the world to see it!)

    3. The Death of Stalin (In the Loop is awesome, have heard great things)

    4. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay is back!)

    5. Ready Player One (Doesn’t look great, but Spielberg’s last performance capture movie was The Adventures of Tintin, so…)




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  10. Yourself says:

    I guess Annihilation, because I’m assuming it’s based on the classic cosmic Marvel arc of the Annihilation War that killed off the Nova Corps and led to the creation of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and DO NOT TELL ME that it is not, because I do not want to hear that.




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    • Grant Hagey says:

      I’m looking forward to that one too. I just wish they’d held off making it. Marvel and Fox are only just recently under the same umbrella, and I think some key characters will be missing.




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  11. Jeremy Carrier says:

    1. Isle of Dogs – movie of the year unless Brad Bird comes through with Incredibles 2

    2. Black Panther – boi I’m bringing my dashiki

    3. Annihilation- cuz paramount has zero faith in it which makes it even more interesting

    4. Red Sparrow – cuz I’m down for Fincher style r rated spy thrillers

    5. Ready Player One – cuz how bad could it be I guess??? Fuck idk

    You might as well not even include April…that month looks like the place cinema goes to die




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  12. Liz Norris says:

    1. The Death of Stalin
    2. Isle of Dogs
    3. Lean on Pete
    4. Disobedience
    5. A Quiet Place




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  13. Paul 2 says:

    1 a wrinkle in Time
    2 Isle of dogs
    3 death of Stalin
    4. Annilhiation
    5.Read player one- only due to spielberg




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  14. Tyler "Bio" Rodriguez says:

    Tim as a massive Wes Anderson fan I very much approve of your number 1 pick. Its the film I’m looking forward to the most as well. Though there will be so many dead dogs by the end judging by Wes Anderson’s love of killing pets.




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  15. sting606 says:

    Correction on two things:
    Lean on Pete is NOT in fact Haigh’s third film, but as I discovered as I was going through my blogger’s phase of maybeIshoulddoadirectorsretrospectiveforamovieImexcitedforbutholyshitthesheeramountofwritingevenforjustthreemoviesmakesmepoopmypantsinanxietyicantdothis and checking the wikipedia page, his fourth. His feature debut Greek Pete does not look at all like a movie that’s easily accessible so I ain’t gonna do that retrospective, saving me the aforementioned anxiety.

    Love, Simon is NOT based on a John Green book. It’s based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. While I was not even remotely sold on the trailer for Love, Simon, it appears to have a lot more of a sense of humor and less pretension than anything John Green has ever written.

    Extremely important question based on your brief talk of Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski’s real-life relationships: Is James Gunn out of Fischer’s league or Fischer out of Gunn’s league (they are no longer together, though, I believe)?




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  16. sting606 says:

    More important question: Which of the main dogs looks the cutest in Isle of Dogs? Because it’s obviously Boss and I will not trust anyone of you no more if it ain’t got damn Boss.




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  17. Not Fenimore says:

    THEY’RE MAKING JEFF VANDERMEER’S ANNIHILATION INTO A MOVIE!? D: 😀




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  18. Jack says:

    1. You Were Never Really Here
    2. Annihilation
    3. The Endless
    4. Foxtrot
    5. Black Panther




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