There’s already been a slew of brilliant films so far this year: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, The Square, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water to name but a few, some I’ve seen and some that are currently at the top of my to watch list.
However, rather than doing a recap of how great cinema has been to us so far this year, I thought I’d take a look at the upcoming releases that will make me part with my limited cash and take a trip to the cinema.
1. Sorry To Bother You
Boot’s Riley’s directorial debut was packing out cinemas in Sundance back at the start of the year, which, considering the amount of films up for viewing at the festival, can only be a good sign. Set in Oakland, it follows the story of a young telemarketer/cold call salesman Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) who discovers that by using a ‘white voice’ (David Cross) he is able to be more successful at his job.
Apart from that basic plot, it seems difficult to figure out what exactly is going to happen in the film. By raising up the ranks of the company, Cash enters the bizarre world of the ‘power callers’ with their own gold lift and copious amounts of champagne. The trailer promises blistering visuals, colours that pop from the screen and place the film within the magical realism tradition.
The rest of the cast is also incredible: Tessa Thompson (with earrings to die for), Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, Danny Glover and Armie Hammer, to name but a few.
Release date: 6th July (USA), UK date not announced.
Ways to grab my attention film-wise: heist thrillers and incredible ladies. Either aspect will do, but combined will almost certainly lead to me dragging possibly reluctant friends down to the cinema to watch it with me.
Widows, a remake of TV series from the 1980s is directed by Steve McQueen, with a screenplay by McQueen and the writer of Gone Girl Gillian Flynn, follows a group of women who decide to complete a heist that killed their husbands.
I’ll be the first to admit that my viewing of McQueen’s back catalogue is pretty woeful, but Hunger remains one of the those visceral films that lingers at the back of your mind long after you’ve finished watching. And Gillian Flynn’s ability to write complex, interesting and somewhat morally compromised characters promises an interest take on the heist genre.
Again, the cast is pretty impressive: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, all strong actors with a variety of awards and nominations to their names, who all have recently appeared in films or TV shows that are far from the standard Hollywood-esqe fair.
Release Date: 16th November (USA)
3. Ocean’s Eight
Ocean’s Eleven one of my comfort films, one that I’ve watched again and again but would always happily return to on a rainy evening to cheer myself up (the dodgy Cockney accent outstanding, Don Cheadle). The announcement that there would be a new, all female version had me excited but somewhat sceptical: would it live up to the original (12 and 13 were much poorer, sorry Vincent Cassel), or was it just another attempt make money from the female market that was suddenly being taken into account?
Luckily, the trailer promises a light-hearted, fun film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. With Sandra Bullock on fine form as Danny Ocean’s sarcastic sister Debbie who assembles a motley crew of like-minded women to help rob the Met Gala in order to steal a priceless piece of jewellery.
Cynics might play this off as another female led reboot, but as someone who loves heist films and sometimes wants to see herself represented in them, not just as a love interest, bring it on.
Release Date: June 8th
4. The Avengers: Infinity War
The culmination of 10 years of world building has all been leading to this. Marvel’s steady takeover of the superhero genre will finally come to fruition in The Avengers: Infinity War, with Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the gang taking on Thanos who has been steadily making his presence know since the first Avengers film in 2012, in the ultimate battle for the universe.
After the phenomenon that is Black Panther, expectations are sky high for the final chapter in many of the original character’s story arcs, with Chris Evans stating that this will be the last appearance of Steve Rogers as Cap. With the majority of the action taking place in Wakanda, the hope is that the characters from Black Panther are given their fair share of the narrative, while still doing justice to those who have been there since the beginning.
How’s Bucky doing? How will Captain America and Iron Man get on since their less than harmonious split in Civil War? Will Shuri and Peter Parker start the beginning of a beautiful, nerdy friendship?
Luckily, we don’t have long to wait.
Release Date: 27th April (Worldwide)