The 18 movies we're most excited about in 2018

UPDATED: All the must-see flicks for the rest of the year

The summer movie season is winding down, with most of the blockbusters now in the past. But there's still plenty worth watching.

Before 2019 rolls around, we'll have big flicks like Creed II, VenomMary Poppins Returns, and the next Fantastic Beasts, plus we'll surely be seeing more critically acclaimed, awards season-ready films in the mix.

Need to fill out the rest of your 2018 cinematic calendar? Here's everything we're still excited about this year, along with the latest trailers for each. And check back, because we'll keep updating this space until the calendar page drops.

The Predator (12 September)

We're stoked about the possibility of a properly great Predator flick after years of middling sequels and terrible spinoffs, and we're hoping that The Predator will reassert the franchise as one that's actually worth paying any attention to.

Why are we so hopeful? Mostly, it's because of Shane Black. The director and co-writer, who actually co-starred in the original The Predator, is the man behind brilliant flicks like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys, and he might be able to give the flick a level of panache and style to make it feel modern and meaningful.

I Think We're Alone Now (14 September)

I Think We're Alone Now seemingly shares a premise with the Will Forte show, The Last Man on Earth: both focus on a man left alone on earth following the apocalypse, and both quickly upend that premise by introducing someone else.

The difference here is that I Think We're Alone Now doesn't play the premise for laughs, instead showing a dreary Peter Dinklage burying body bags and questioning the motives of Elle Fanning's character, who mysteriously shows up out of nowhere. It's a compelling premise, however, and the direction of Reed Morano – who set the early tone for The Handmaid's Tale – should ensure a strong visual hook, as well.

A Star is Born (5 October)

Bradley Cooper: celebrated actor, voice of Marvel's Rocket Raccoon, and now acclaimed director? It could be! Cooper seems to be making a successful, Ben Affleck-like shift behind the camera with the remake of A Star is Born, which is receiving rave reviews so far.

Cooper also stars as a weathered country musician who still pulls crowds but is struggling in his offstage life, until he meets and falls in love with a young, unknown singer (played by Lady Gaga). With live singing from the two actors and what's being hailed as strong chemistry behind this familiar tale, A Star is Born should be a star in cinemas come October.

Venom (5 October)

Rebooting Spider-Man once again seemed like a questionable idea at first, but once we saw how the web-slinger and Spider-Man Homecoming fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we were sold – it's the best version to date of the wall-crawler.

And now here's Venom, Spidey's symbiotic nemesis, with his own origin story flick starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. Admittedly, the trailer and VFX are a bit hit or miss here... and as far as we know, Spider-Man won't appear and this flick won't tie into the MCU. Still, Venom is legendary in the comics, and Tom Hardy could really do him justice. Let's hope so!

22 July (10 October)

Paul Greengrass has a unique knack for turning real-life peril into deeply compelling cinematic drama, as seen with films like United 93 and Captain Phillips, and he looks to have done it again here with 22 July, which hits Netflix and select cinemas simultaneously in October.

The subject matter is certainly grim: 22 July tells the story of the 2011 Norwegian terror attack that left 77 people dead, including many teens at an island retreat. But it's as much about the attack itself as the aftermath, including the resilience of the victims.

First Man (12 October)

Director Damien Chazelle last gave us the stunning La La Land, and before that it was the riveting Whiplash – so yes, we're quite excited to see First Man, especially with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling back onboard.

First Man looks to provide some fascinating context to a story that many think they know well: the United States' journey to the Moon, and Neil Armstrong's quest to be the first man to lay foot on the lunar surface. The trailer packs in plenty of emotion and unique perspective (along with dazzling cinematography), and this could well be another illuminating feature from Chazelle and co.