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…
DIRECTOR: Debra Granik
WRITTEN BY: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini (Based on the novel by Peter Rock)
STARRING: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster
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.
DIRECTOR: Xavier Legrand
WRITTEN BY: Xavier Legrand
STARRING: Lea Drucker, Denis Menochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux
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.
DIRECTOR: Tim Wardle
STARRING: Eddy Galland, David Kellman, Robert Shafran
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.
DIRECTOR: Marc Turtletaub
WRITTEN BY: Oren Moverman, Natalia Smirnoff
STARRING: Austin Abrams, Mandela Bellamy, Myrna Cabello
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.
DIRECTOR: Ol Parker
WRITTEN BY: Ol Parker, Richard Curtis, Catherine Johnson
STARRING: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
GENRE: Musical, Comedy
RUNNING TIME: 1h54m
Sophie finds out more about her mother’s past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy.
DIRECTOR: Aneesh Chaganty
WRITTEN BY: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
STARRING: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee
GENRE: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
DIRECTOR: Marc Forster
WRITTEN BY: Alex Ross Perry, Allison Schroeder
STARRING: Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Toby Jones
GENRE: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
DIRECTOR: Jeremiah Zagar
WRITTEN BY: Jeremiah Zagar, Daniel Kitrosser
STARRING: Raul Castillo, Josiah Gabriel, Terry Holland
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.
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
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!
DIRECTOR: Andy Serkis
WRITTEN BY: Callie Cloves (Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling)
STARRING: Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale
GENRE: Adventure, Drama
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.
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!