January cinema column: A look ahead to a year of great films

Jason Day previews the best upcoming 2018 cinema releases.

January – All The Money In The World

Director Ridley Scott reshot star Kevin Spacey’s scenes, replacing him with Christopher Plummer who stars as real-life billionaire J. Paul Getty. When Getty’s grandson is kidnapped, he refuses to pay the ransom.

February – Cloverfield 2

This futuristic follow-up to the 2008 monster movie is set on a space station. The crew make a terrifying discovery that challenges the fabric of reality.

March – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Lamarr wasn’t just a sultry glamour puss in her Hollywood heyday. She was also an inventor who paved the way for mobile phone technology.

April – X Men: The New Mutants

The next gen of mutant humans run amok in this old dark house style horror. Alice Braga is the doctor in charge of the hospital where they are housed, trying to help them control their super powers.

May – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Off shoot of the galactic franchise with Alden Ehrenreich starring as a younger version of Harrison Ford’s famous character. The film concentrates on his adventures with furry pal Chewbacca.

June – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

There are few confirmed details about this but what we do know is Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return. J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) directs and there are new and scarier dinosaurs.

July – Mama Mia: Here We Go Again!

Sequel to the hit about a girl who invites three men who could be her father to the Greek paradise she shares with her mother Meryl Streep.

August – Captive State

Sci-fi thriller set in Chicago a decade after the world has been taken over by aliens. John Goodman and the estimable Vera Farmiga star.

September – The House With a Clock In Its Walls

A young orphan moves into his uncle’s house, discovering he is a warlock. Cate Blanchett stars.

October – Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis must be running out of work as she again returns to the role that made her famous in this seasonal remake, 40 years after the original.

November – Mary, Queen of Scots

Umpteenth film account of the monarch whose disastrous life fascinated and appalled Queen Elizabeth I. Saoirse Ronan plays the title role and Margot Robbie is ‘Good Queen Bess’.

December – Mary Poppins Returns

Highly anticipated sequel, with Emily Blunt stepping into Julie Andrews’ practically perfect shoes as the magical Edwardian nanny. Dick van Dyke co-stars.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This column was published in the January 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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