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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2018

Written by on January 10, 2018 

80. The Second Wife (Ira Sachs)

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If you Google “the second wife ira sachs” a funny thing pops up: Boris Torres, Sachs’ husband since 2012. But according to producer Saïd Ben Saïd‏, The Second Wife is the title of Sachs’ next movie. Saïd‏’s tweet was the first public word about The Second Wife but as we await more details, Sachs announced another project two years ago. Sachs and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias are turning Tim Murphy’s novel Christodora into a television mini-series produced by Cary Fukunaga. The story revolves around the Christodora, an East Village apartment building that was ground zero for the AIDS crisis. The project is said to be epic in scope with a “Dickensian narrative,” according to Sachs. There’s no word when either projects drop, but you can see Sachs every month at his NYC film program, Queer|Art|Film at the IFC Center. – Josh E.

79. Kursk (Thomas Vinterberg)

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Switching things up after his period drama Far from the Madding Crowd and his familial feature The Commune, Thomas Vinterberg will plunge deep into the ocean for the submarine thriller Kursk. Starring Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Max von Sydow, the Luc Besson-produced film tells the true story of the K-141 Kursk, “the pride of the Russian Navy” that sank in August of 2000, claiming 120 lives. – Jordan R.

78. The Favorite (Yorgos Lanthimos; Nov. 23)

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After consecutive U.S. releases in 2016 and 2017, The Lobster and Sacred Deer director Yorgos Lanthimos is back this year with a period drama. With likely more going on behind the surface than what that descriptor usually offers, it stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn. Following the “political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts,” I was quite disappointed in the lack of ideas and dark humor in his last feature, so hopefully this is a return to form for the Greek director. – Jordan R.

77. At Eternity’s Gate (Julian Schnabel)

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After the wonderfully detailed Loving Vincent became a surprise hit at the box office this fall, it won’t be the only film featuring the artist coming to theaters. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly director Julian Schnabel’s next film follows Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh and his friendship with fellow artist Paul Gaugin. Simply watching these two actors paint for two hours would be interesting, and we imagine Schnabel has much more in store. – Jordan R.

76. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Kim Ji-woon)

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Back in fast fashion after The Age of Shadows, Kim Ji-woon’s next project finds him adapting the hit manga Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, which was previously made into a few features. This live-action version, which the director has been attached to for some time, tells the story of a dystopia in which a special police force attempts to main peace during civil uprising. Making for a more timely setting, the director has updated the original location of Japan to the Koreas, where the narrative concerns a plan for their unification. – Jordan R.

75. JT Leroy (Justin Kelly)

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Following a recent documentary on JT Leroy, the story will get the narrative feature film treatment thanks to I Am Michael director Justin Kelly. Led by the Certain Women reunion of Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, as well as Diane Kruger, it tells the true tale of an author who tricked the world by posing as the eponymous figure. With no shortage of stranger than fiction tidbits for Kelly to pull from, it has the makings of another complex lead performance by Stewart. – Jordan R.

74. Psychokinesis (Sang-ho Yeon; April 27)

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After his zombie thriller Train to Busan earned over $135 million worldwide — and interest in a Hollywood remake — director Yeon Sang-ho’s next feature will debut soon in South Korea. Titled Psychokinesis, it’s intended to be an action-packed black comedy film, following Ryu Seung-ryong who plays an a man who discovers superpowers and intends to use them to save his daughter. – Jordan R.

73. The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish)

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In the years since Joe Cornish’s thrilling debut Attack the Block, we’ve seen his break-out star John Boyega make not one, but two Star Wars films, and all the while we’ve been waiting the director’s next project. After being attached to a handful, he’ll finally release it this fall with The Kid Who Would Be King. A medieval fantasy adventure starring Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, not a great deal is known about the story of a group of kids going to battle, but if it has the same wit and energy of his debut, it’ll be something special. – Jordan R.

72. Bad Times At The El Royale (Drew Goddard; Aug. 5)

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It’s been a too long since Drew Goddard’s inventive debut The Cabin in the Woods, but thankfully the director is returning this year. Bad Times At The El Royale follows a group of shady characters–played by Chris Hemsworth Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, and more–as they descend on a rundown hotel in a 1960s California. Not much more is known, and if it’s anything like this last film, that’s exactly how we want it. – Jordan R.

71. Mid-90s (Jonah Hill)

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A Scott Rudin-produced solo directorial debut from an actor-turned-director that explores a coming-of-age story with shades of autobiography and a love for its location, also starring Lucas Hedges? No, Lady Bird isn’t getting a re-release this year. Rather, we’ll be getting Jonah Hill’s first feature work behind the camera with Mid-90s. Starring Hedges as a teen growing up in Los Angeles, and Katherine Waterston playing his mom, we’d expect a fall festival roll-out akin to Gerwig’s feature. – Jordan R.

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