Because we couldn’t fit our roundup of some of the year’s most promising films into one feature, we’re back with Cinema Blend, Round 2! Let’s cut the chit-chat and jump right into what you may be watching over the coming months…
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story | May 25
Sure, you can’t be sure of exactly what you’re going to get with these side story Star Wars flicks, and anytime a studio does a “young <insert character name here>” origin story they risk royally f***ing up our perception of an iconic character.
That said, who isn’t intrigued by seeing a Lando Calrissian played by wunderkind Donald Glover? His charisma radiates in the trailer alone and helps cement this on our list. Also starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Emilia Clarke (Dany from Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, and Thandie Newton.
2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | June 22
Yeah, yeah. Another Jurassic Park flick. But most of them have been pretty fun and it’s hard for us to leave a film of this blockbuster caliber off the list… particularly one helmed by someone as charismatic as Chris Pratt.
OK… we’ll level with you. Here’s the real reason this is making the list: Jeff Motherfu**ing Goldblum returns as Ian Malcolm. If you don’t have a healthy appreciation of the quirktastic Mr. Goldblum (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Independence Day opposite of Will Smith) then you need to rectify that real fast.
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp | July 6
The wit and charisma of Paul Rudd merged with the interesting dynamics in play provided by the unique powers of Ant-Man make this a superhero film that stands out from an increasingly dense pack. Oh, and the kickass cast doesn’t hurt either: Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer, the uber-talented Walton Goggins (Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Hateful Eight, Vice Principals) and wait, is that… T.I.? Yup.
4. First Man | October 12
We guess you can consider this our “curveball” choice, as this isn’t some blockbuster summer flick or a superhero movie. Instead, it’s a biopic about the first man on the moon. Academy Award-winning director or La La Land, Damien Chazelle, reunites with Ryan Gosling, who plays Neil Armstrong. Could be dope.
5. Halloween | October 19
We get that this series is old as hell at this point with tons of iterations. However, this horror flick stands to be notable because the woman that kicked it all off as tormented teen Laurie Strode, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, is returning to the role for the series’ 40th anniversary. That combined with the late October release date may make it a fun, spooky date flick.
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6. Creed II | November 21
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Michael B. Jordan has had a hell of a couple years. The breakout star just finished his successful turn as Erik Killmonger in this year’s smash hit, Black Panther, and now he’s reprising his role as Adonis Johnson in Creed II. This time, he’s out for revenge against Ivan Drago’s son (remember Rocky 4?). Also starring Sly Stallone!
7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | November 16
We couldn’t resist catering to all the Harry Potter fans out there by including this one. If you’re aching for a return to J.K. Rowling’s universe just in time for the holidays, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald offers a sequel to the popular 2016 flick. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.