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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2018

Written by on January 10, 2018 

90. Caravan (Sebastian Schipper)

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After making waves with his one-shot thriller Victoria, director Sebastian Schipper is back to prove he can impress outside of a marketable gimmick. His new feature, Caravan, features Dunkirk star Fionn Whitehead who leaves his family’s holiday in Morocco to helm a Congolese man (Stéphane Bak), who is on the search for his brother. Set to be Schipper’s English-language debut, it wrapped later last fall, so we might not see it until fall festivals. – Jordan R.

89. La Quietud (Pablo Trapero)

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After getting on our radar with The Clan a few years back, Pablo Trapero is back with his seemingly highest-profile film yet, the thriller La Quietud. Starring Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo and Edgar Ramírez, it follows sisters who reunite to reflect on a haunted past and the ownership of their family estate in the backdrop of am Argentina dictatorship. With Trapero’s focused style, this could be a foreign film break-out later this year. – Jordan R.

88. The Season of the Devil (Lav Diaz)

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Slow cinema master Lav Diaz returns this year with something even his most dedicated fans weren’t expecting: a musical (Lav Lav Land, anyone?). Or, as the only description of the film available states, “an anti-musical musical.” Like Diaz’s other works, we should expect something political, immersive, gorgeous to look at, and an example of cinema’s powers when pushed to its limits. And who knows, maybe his extreme approach to duration will apply to musical numbers as well. Either way, this is the kind of event that will have the most devoted cinephiles excited when it’s ready to premiere. – C.J. P.

87. Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningen)

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Felix Van Groeningen found acclaim with his bleeding heart drama The Broken Circle Breakdown and for his new project, he’s teamed with some of Hollywood’s top producers. Coming from Brad Pitt’s Plan B (Moonlight, The Tree of Life), Beautiful Boy follows a parent (Steve Carell) as he copes with his son (Timothée Chalamet), who is struggling with a meth addiction. Distributed by Amazon Studios, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this was the talk of the season a year from now. – Jordan R.

86. Mary, Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke; Nov. 2)

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This project was first announced six years ago and the fact lead star Saoirse Ronan remained attached, even after her adult career took off, can only be a good omen. Ronan will play the doomed monarch with Margot Robbie as her cousin and eventual enemy, Elizabeth. The film marks the cinematic directorial debut of Josie Rourke, whose work as the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse has graced audiences with feminist takes on Shakespeare, as well as an explosive adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses that transferred to Broadway in 2016. What’s sure to be a handsome, lavish production will also most likely spark a different kind of discussion when it’s released during “prestige films season” as a powerful indictment of how throughout history society pits women against each other. – Jose S.

85. Lizzie (Craig Macneill)

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Following the true story of a woman who committed ax-wielding murders in Massachusetts in the late 1800s, Lizzie has got quite the hook. With Chloë Sevigny taking the lead role and Kristen Stewart playing her live-in maid, this has the makings of a daring look an little-known black mark in history. Set for a Sundance debut, check back for our review soon. – Jordan R.

84. Apostle (Gareth Evans)

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After the blistering, single-location action film The Raid and its sprawling, epic sequel, director Gareth Evans appears to be branching out with his next film. Details are scarce, but Apostle will star Dan Stevens as a man trying to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a religious cult. Although the film has been described as an action/thriller, the synopsis suggests it won’t be as relentless as Evans’ previous works. But with the likes of Stevens (who already proved himself to be a great action star in The Guest) attached, along with what appears to be a much larger scale and budget, Apostle should be one of the more exciting genre titles to look forward to this year. – C.J. P.

83. Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis; March 30)

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Once upon a time, Hollywood loved telling biblical stories, some of the resulting films are among the most beloved (Ben-Hur), the most homoerotic (The Robe), and the most extravagant (King of Kings). Some Christian-adjacent films like The Song of Bernadette remain among the purest exercises in trying to convey faith through art (even if David O. Selznick was behind it). As fresh blood overtook the studio system era, films about spirituality practically vanished and nowadays are relegated to B-class entertainment reserved for evangelical audiences, or auteur passion projects like The Passion of the Christ and Noah. What’s lost in the resistance of agnostic and atheist audiences to stories related to the Christ is that religion aside the Bible has some badass, bonkers narratives: virgin mothers, fratricide, plagues galore, larger than life heroes, sex! No biblical character has excited the imagination more than Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ companion/friend/wife/sex worker (depends on who you ask) who will be given the proper feature-length treatment courtesy of Garth Davis who cast Rooney Mara in the title role, and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. Based on what Davis did with Mara in Lion (she and co-star Nicole Kidman had never been as warm onscreen) this is at least guaranteed to be great in the acting department, and given Mary’s reputation throughout the centuries, it will surely spark a debate when it’s released in the aftermath of the sex scandals in the industry. – Jose S.

82. Halloween (David Gordon Green; Oct. 19)

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After ten films (including a reboot and sequel that didn’t do so well with audiences), Halloween is back yet again, but this time there’s a lot more to be excited about. Rather than acknowledge the entire series, this version will ignore everything but Carpenter’s original classic, acting as a direct sequel. That means Jamie Lee Curtis will be back as Laurie Strode, along with Carpenter himself as the film’s composer. Directing duties will be handled by David Gordon Green, working with a script written by himself and Danny McBride (!), an interesting choice that really could go either way given their lack of experience with horror. With Jason Blum producing, Carpenter’s involvement, and the team of Green/McBride at the helm, consider this to be one of 2018’s true wild cards. – C.J. P.

81. Black Panther (Ryan Coogler; Feb. 16)

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His Fruitvale Station follow-up Creed proved Ryan Coogler could effectively jump in the ring with Hollywood brass and breathe new life into a tired franchise. Now, it’s his turn to hopefully do the same for Marvel. With the incredible cast of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis–not to mention a soundtrack from Kendrick Lamar–Black Panther is shaping up to a truly special spectacle. – Jordan R.

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