MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS: SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR EDITION!

This year is already halfway over (I know, can you believe it?!) and from Black Panther to Hereditary, the film gods have blessed us with numerous gems. For today’s blog post though, I’m here to talk about those particular films that have yet to be released – the ones I’m anticipating the most within these next upcoming few months!

As a quick and totally unnecessary disclaimer (which I’m including anyway because it’s my blog and I have all the power, ha!) – the first four films listed could potentially be considered “cheating” since they were all released at the end of June/early July, thus technically not being second-half of the year releases, but they have yet to be screened in my surrounding theaters so I’m taking advantage of that unfortunate fact.

Anyway, let’s get to it…

LEAVE NO TRACE – JUNE 29, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Debra Granik

WRITTEN BY: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini (Based on the novel by Peter Rock)

STARRING: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster

GENRE: Drama

RATING: PG

RUNNING TIME: 1h49m

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

***Written AND directed by women. Yes, Hollywood, YES.

CUSTODY – JUNE 29, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Xavier Legrand

WRITTEN BY: Xavier Legrand

STARRING: Lea Drucker, Denis Menochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux

GENRE: Drama

RUNNING TIME: 1h34m

Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad whose children have been turned against him by their vindictive mother. Unsure who is telling the truth, the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.

***Premiered in Italy last year and in France earlier this year. June 29th is the U.S.A release date.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS – JUNE 29, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Tim Wardle

STARRING: Eddy Galland, David Kellman, Robert Shafran

GENRE: Documentary

RATING: PG-13

RUNNING TIME: 1h36m

Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation but also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions.

PUZZLE – JULY 13, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Marc Turtletaub

WRITTEN BY: Oren Moverman, Natalia Smirnoff

STARRING: Austin Abrams, Mandela Bellamy, Myrna Cabello

GENRE: Drama

RATING: R

RUNNING TIME: 1h43m

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN – JULY 20, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Ol Parker

WRITTEN BY: Ol Parker, Richard Curtis, Catherine Johnson

STARRING: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

GENRE: Musical, Comedy

RATING: PG-13

RUNNING TIME: 1h54m

Sophie finds out more about her mother’s past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy.

SEARCHING – AUGUST 3, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Aneesh Chaganty

WRITTEN BY: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian

STARRING: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

GENRE: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

RATING: PG-13

RUNNING TIME: 1h42m

David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter Margot disappears and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon uses Margot’s laptop to contact her friends and look at photos and videos for clues to her whereabouts.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN – AUGUST 3, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Marc Forster

WRITTEN BY: Alex Ross Perry, Allison Schroeder

STARRING: Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Toby Jones

GENRE: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

RATING: PG-13

RUNNING TIME: 2h

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

WE THE ANIMALS – AUGUST 17, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Jeremiah Zagar

WRITTEN BY: Jeremiah Zagar, Daniel Kitrosser

STARRING: Raul Castillo, Josiah Gabriel, Terry Holland

GENRE: Drama

RATING: R

RUNNING TIME: 1h34m

Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own.

THE HATE U GIVE – OCTOBER 19, 2018

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DIRECTOR: George Tillman Jr.

WRITTEN BY: Audrey Wells (Based on the novel by Angie Thomas)

STARRING: K.J. Apa, Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

GENRE: Crime, Drama

RATING: PG-13

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

***The book is one of my all time favorites and I am genuinely unable to properly express just how excited I am for this film!

MOWGLI – OCTOBER 19, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Andy Serkis

WRITTEN BY: Callie Cloves (Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling)

STARRING: Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale

GENRE: Adventure, Drama

RATING: PG-13

A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

***I loved the first The Jungle Book live action film they made and am really interested to see how this one compares.

WELCOME TO MARWEN – NOVEMBER 21, 2018

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DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis

WRITTEN BY: Robert Zemeckis, Caroline Thompson

STARRING: Eiza Gonzales, Steve Carell, Diane Kruger

GENRE: Animation, Biography, Comedy

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

***I dare you to watch the trailer for this and not fall wholeheartedly in love.

And that’s it! Although there are tons of other films releasing throughout the rest of the year that I’m still highly interested in, these are the ones I will most definitely be catching in theaters as soon as they are out. What are your most anticipated 2018 releases? And what are your favorite films you’ve watched this year? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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1 thought on “MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS: SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR EDITION!”

  1. ‘This year is already half way through’. Thanks for that Gabby, I just love casual reminders that it’s August already (I swear Christmas was two months ago, where has the time gone). Anyway, I’m super psyched for lots of films being released in the next few months. I remember reading about ‘ Leave no trace’ quite some time ago. I was really intrigued by the story. I totally didn’t realise it was based on a book until I read this post, guess I’m gonna have to hunt that book down. Apparently it’s already been released in the UK but I’ve not seen it listed at my local cinema which means I may have to wait until digital/dvd release to watch it which is a real shame cause I want to support female directors at the cinema cause I know that’s the data most studios and execs look at when deciding whether to hire a female director again, which is stupid cause tons of male directors have movies that flop but they still get hired time and again, sigh.

    Ok, how had I never heard of ‘Custody’. It seems exactly like the sort of film I’d love to watch, and apparently was released here back in April, but I never heard a thing about it. Damn most cinemas for only promoting / showing bigger budget movies. I think it will definitely be a film that I’d need to be in the mood for watching (some of it sounds like it could hit close to home) but based on what I’ve googled it sounds like an excellent film. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you get round to watching it. Thanks for the rec.

     I can’t wait to be able to watch ‘Three identical strangers’ I’ve tried not to google anything about it as I know once the triplets were reunited there were serious secrets unearthed and I don’t want to unintentionally come across spoilers.  I get the impression it’s going to be even more emotional than the ‘Twinsters’ and My Gosh, that made me cry a lot. I’ll have the tissues at the ready for this one. Ah Mamma Mia, what can I say other than I absolutely loved it! I may be in the minority here but, I enjoyed it even more than the first one. The casting for the younger versions of the characters was so fantastic and I can’t remember the last time I felt such pure joy in the cinema. Just fabulous. I know you asked for films that we’re looking forward to, well you’ve already mentioned one of mine, Christopher Robin. I’m SO excited for this movie! I really hope it doesn’t disappoint. The trailers make it look fantastic so I’m hoping for great things. I’m also so excited for ‘The Hate u Give’ but hugely apprehensive as well. I’ve got that overwhelming book/movie adaption fear hanging over me every time I think about the film. The book is so incredible, one of the best I’ve read in a long time and I’m just really, really hoping they get the adaption right, not just because the book deserves it but, also because of the subject matter, it’s so vital they get everything absolutely perfect. I’ve seen so many adaptions go wrong and I just really, really hope, this isn’t one of them.  Both the characters and everyone effected by the issues raised in the book, deserve for this film to be done right.

     Am I only the only person that isn’t intrigued by the Mowgli movie? It’s totally cool if others are but, I’m just kinda indifferent, sitting here thinking ‘ we already had a live action jungle book, do we really need another one?’ Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved the first live action, I guess this one just makes me think that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. I don’t know, I guess I’ll be holding back on full judgements until after I’ve seen this movie, I just hope it doesn’t taint the previous live action. ‘The puzzle’ also sounds like a great little movie, again I’d never heard  of it before reading this, so thanks for the rec. I’ll be sure to try and check it out when it’s released here. As for films I’m most looking forward to, the first one is  a film, which when I first heard about it being made, I hated the idea, now, since seeing  the trailers etc, I’m totally on board and that film is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Freddie Mercury just seemed like the most larger than life character, he had SO much personality and truly seemed like one of a kind, it was so hard to imagine someone bringing that to life and doing justice to such an iconic figure. But, all the feedback so far has been extremely positive and I think it’s so important to tell Queen and Freddie’s story. What they and Freddie in particular did for music was extraordinary, it’s the kind of talent and revolution of an art form that we’ll probably never see again.  I feel like the film is the closest I’ll ever get to see a true legend so I’m super psyched for the movie.

    Another two films I’m super excited about are ‘Disobedience’ and ‘ The Miseducation of Cameron post’. I’m really, really hoping that as many people as possible go out and support both of these movies, particularly Cameron post, which is a queer coming of age story, directed by a queer WOC. I’m already worried about this movie and the reception it’s going to get(and what that, sadly may mean for Desiree Akhavan as a director). Despite winning the top prize at Sundance film festival , the usual fanfare that follows these winners has not followed this movie and although people are crying out for better representation, very few people, particularly within the queer community seem to be caring about this movie. Instead all the buzz both from film fans and critics seems to be going to be ‘Boy Erased’ almost as if there is not space for two similar queer movies in the same year(isn’t that exactly what we want). Worse still (and I read about this yesterday and it really got me thinking) why does it seem that most of the LGBT+ films that have garned buzz and attention in recent years have all been about men, Call me by your name, Gods own Country, Love,simon, Moonlight, Beach Rats and now Boy Erased. Where are the coming of age stories about queer women? Pariah, by Dee Rees was just as good a film as Moonlight but it got slept on in comparison, almost as if the same gender biases that negatively affect the rest of Hollywood are also affecting the LGBT+ community. The Miseducation of Cameron Post needs to do well, it’s already fighting a losing battle by not getting the press coverage that it’s male counterparts a getting but it has to do well, or we’ll never start getting coming of age stories about queer women, we’ll just have them about queer,  mostly white men.  And I know these  stories are necessary for LGBT+ representation, we can’t once again, let Hollywood believe that white men’s stories are the only ones that need to be  told.   The film also has to do well for Desiree Akhavan a queer woc , who’s directional debut, was a tiny self-funded project (and a great film) this is a huge opportunity for her, and like I already said, if a film with female leads and a film director flops, it’s curtains for them regardless. With that in mind I can’t wait to support this movie and I hope everyone else does too.

    The final film I’m excited about is ‘The Children’s act’… ‘Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is a respected High Court Judge living London, who handles ethically complicated cases of family law. While trying to grapple with her own personal problems, she is asked to rule on the case of sick teenage boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead), who has leukaemia. But this case is more complex than ever before and throws up a painful life-changing decision. Adam and his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and their religious beliefs will not allow for the simple blood transfusion that is crucial for his recovery.’ This film is based on a book and the book gave me a lot of complex emotions.  So often stories about sick children are essentially ‘inspiration porn’ but I felt like this story touched upon a very important but not often discussed issue with children’s healthcare and their right to access healthcare. People seem to forget that until a person is 18 it is their parents who make all of the medical decisions for them, and contrary to popular belief parents don’t always know what’s best for their children or make the right decisions. And there’s a lot to be said about a young persons right to chose what happens to their body. Despite it’s issues,it was fascinating to see a book tackle these issues that so many are unaware of, but that impact children everyday. I’m really intrigued to see what the film adaption is like and if anything I feel like this is a story that lends itself more to film than it does for a book, so I hope they  do a good job with it… I also wanted to get excited about Mary Poppins returns but, IDK. I love the original so much.

    Thanks for all the recs here’s hoping I have time to fit them all in.

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