The 11 movies we're most excited about in 2018

UPDATED: There's still plenty to see before 2019 arrives

The summer movie season is in the past, with many of the year's blockbusters out of cinemas and rolling into homes instead. But there's still plenty worth watching on the big screen for the rest of the year.

Before 2019 rolls around, we'll have big flicks like Creed II and Mary Poppins Returns, 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 over the next several weeks, along with the latest trailers for each. And check back, because we'll keep updating this space until the calendar page drops.

Creed II (30 November)

Creed was a shockingly good coda to the classic Rocky boxing film saga, as Rocky Balboa himself trained a young new fighter (and son of Apollo Creed) portrayed by the super-talented Michael B. Jordan. And now we're getting a sequel.

Losing writer and director Ryan Coogler (who went on to Black Panther) seemed like a potential knockout blow, but we're already engrossed by the trailers. We see Creed battle back from a loss and preparing for the fight of his life amidst doubt – and his new rival is the son of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago. Hopefully it's as sensationally affecting and crowd-pleasing as the original Creed.

Anna and the Apocalypse (30 November)

Anna and the Apocalypse leads its marketing campaign with the press quote "Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land," and honestly, we're sold.

As the trailer shows, this flick finds the middle ground between hilarious, zombie-bashing shenanigans and lavish musical numbers. It actually debuted last year at indie festival Fantastic Fest and earned raves there, eventually leading to the wide release later this month. This could be a cult classic in the making.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (30 November)

Last time we saw Ralph, the retro video game character was traipsing through other, newer game worlds. And this time around, he's found something even more modern to explore: the Internet.

As the title suggests, Ralph Breaks the Internet finds the John C. Reilly-voiced Wreck-It Ralph himself in some surprising new terrain, as he and Vanellope von Schweetz explore eBay and poke fun at viral videos. Hopefully it's not as lame as The Emoji Movie, which treaded similar ground, but maybe the Star Wars, Marvel, and other Disney cameos will keep it entertaining.

Vox Lux (7 December)

Natalie Portman has given so many intense performances over the years, and Vox Lux looks to add another to the list. This satire focuses on the rise, fall, and attempted rebirth of a Britney Spears-esque pop star, who seems clearly damaged by the grind of the spotlight.

It has a couple of unique hooks along the way, including a tragic event that thrust her into the spotlight as a kid, and strongly positive reviews suggest that it largely avoids getting buried in clichés and tells a really compelling story about the world around us.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (14 December)

It's too soon for a sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming (that's next year), but Sony won't let the year pass without another starring role for the wall-crawler – but this won't be the same one seen in Avengers: Infinity War.

Instead, Into the Spider-Verse is an animated take on the comic hero, and it's the one portrayed by Miles Morales. And also Peter Parker. And also... Gwen Stacy? That might not be all, either. The style is absolutely dazzling, punching up crisp 3D animation with hand-drawn bits, and it looks like a nicely atypical big-screen take for the well-known hero.