The 23 movies we're most excited about in 2018

UPDATED: These are the must-see flicks of this year
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It's early yet, but 2018 already looks stacked from a movie-going perspective.

As well as the requisite Marvel and Star Wars flicks there are plenty of other big franchise releases already announced, plus a fair few lesser-known-but-probably-more-interesting movies too.

We've collected all of the biggest hitters here together with their latest trailers, and we'll keep this list updated throughout the year to bring in newly-announced flicks, fresh trailers, and smaller or indie flicks that don't have a year-long hype cycle attached.

*Additional words: Ankita Maneck

RAMPAGE (13 APRIL)

We'll be honest: Rampage looks like an impressively dumb movie. It's based on a classic video game, after all, yet takes minimal influence from the paper-thin source material. But yes, that's The Rock himself in the lead role, and we'd watch Dwayne Johnson in just about anything. Here, Johnson stars as a primatologist with a gorilla pal who begins rapidly growing and evolving once exposed to some wacky fumes. Add in a bunch of other enlarged beasts, and they go on a… well, a rampage. Obviously. And Johnson has to make sure his super-sized buddy doesn't get bashed in the process.

OCTOBER (APRIL 13)

After jumping into the world of Bollywood romcoms and masala movies, Varun Dhawan attempts something that seems like an attempt at serious acting after the failed Badlapur. The story seems really simple  Varun Dhawan is your average grumpy 21-year-old, an intern who is slogging in a hotel. A twist of fate draws Dhawan to Shiuli, a fellow intern. The soundtrack and the beautiful landscapes from the trailer get a definite thumbs up, but let us see how the film holds up on its April release date.

BEYOND THE CLOUDS (20 APRIL)

Majid Majidi, the Iranian filmmaker of international acclaim, finally brought his dream and labor of love for 5 years to India with Beyond The Clouds. Majidi's script, which took 5 years in the making explores the relationship between two siblings in the midst of Mumbai slums. AR Rahman's music provides a beautiful background score to the film too. 

Newcomers Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan make their much awaited debut with this film.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (27 APRIL)

Phase Three of Marvel's Cinematic Universe has spread far and wide while introducing the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, and now they'll all assemble alongside Captain America, Iron Man, and the crew in Avengers: Infinity War.

It's all been building up to this for years now, as the galactic Thanos attempts to wield all of the Infinity Stones and The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy amass to battle the threat. One more, final Avengers flick will follow in 2019, but expect serious ramifications on the MCU from this one, as the rather serious first trailer above suggests.

2.0 (27 APRIL)

Superstar Rajinikanth’s new film 2.0 is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. The superstar will reprise his role as Dr. Vaseegaran and his creation Chitti the Robot and Akshay Kumar will play the villain and sport 12 different looks in the film.

The film is going to release on 27 April 2018 this year and is touted to be one of the most expensive films to be made in Asia with all the special effects involved in the film.

102 NOT OUT (4 MAY)

The silver screen version of Saumya Joshi's Gujarati play 102 Not Out stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor as a father-son duo who seems to be extremely codependent on each other. Amitabh is the easy-going, fun-loving father who seems to be bogged down by his cantankerous son played by Rishi Kapoor.

Will Amitabh and Rishi Kapoor be able to recreate the magic of their 70s hits like Kabhie Kabhi and Amar Akbar Anthony?

Wait and watch this Umesh Shukla directed film on 4 May 2018 to find out.

DEADPOOL 2 (18 MAY)

If this teaser – which includes only mere seconds of actual movie footage – is any indication, then Deadpool certainly won't be losing its trademark edge or weirdness. And that's a very good thing, since that's what makes the X-Men offshoot such a deliciously delightful big-screen watch.

Deadpool 2's creators say they've resisted the urge to go larger after the smash hit of the original, although the sequel does introduce Cable as a time-traveling, telepathic warrior and supposedly segues into a future X-Force movie team. Still, so long as it brings the laughs and over-the-top violence, we'll be there on day one.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (25 MAY)

Well, Rogue One landed well, so we obviously have high hopes for the next standalone Star Wars flick, Solo: A Star Wars Story. As you might expect, it's the origin story of Han Solo (portrayed by young Alden Ehrenreich), and we'll likely see how the beloved Rebel smuggler teamed up with Chewbacca, crossed paths with Lando Calrissian – played by Donald Glover (!) here - and acquired the Millennium Falcon.

There's been a bit of a disturbance in the force with Solo, however, as original co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) were dismissed due to differences with Disney during shooting and replaced by Hollywood old-timer Ron Howard. Reminds us of the Edgar Wright-filmed version of Ant-Man that we never rightfully got when things went south with Marvel…

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (7 JUNE)

What's the only thing scarier than an island overrun by violent dinosaurs? An island overrun by violent dinosaurs that also has an enormous volcano erupting hot lava all over it. That's the premise of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, now that the franchise is back in action after Jurassic World's enormous box office tally.

Fallen Kingdom sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's characters returning to the abandoned Isla Nublar to try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs as the eruption grows imminent – and as seen, that plan isn't the safest or smartest around. But humans never could leave well enough alone in this film franchise. At least Jeff Goldblum is back!

OCEAN'S 8 (8 JUNE)

Wait, wasn't the last one Ocean's Thirteen? It's true – but Ocean's 8 isn't simply another sequel in the ensemble heist/comedy series. Instead, it's a gender-flipped soft reboot of sorts, starring Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean's distant sister who decides to assemble a crew to rob New York City's ritzy Met Gala.

Consider it akin to the recent Ghostbusters reboot, which some people rolled their eyes at, but ultimately ended up being pretty damn funny. With the likes of Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and… Rihanna… alongside Bullock, it ought to be an entertaining new take on the formula – and if you're pining too much for the originals then the fact that a couple of the other Ocean's characters will cameo should keep you happy.

INCREDIBLES 2 (15 JUNE)

Now here's a Pixar sequel we're actually looking forward to (unlike Cars 3). It's been 14 years since the original Incredibles film, but Incredibles 2 seemingly picks up right where the first flick left off, with little Jack-Jack showcasing some budding powers of his own. Alongside the Samuel L. Jackson-voiced Frozone, the Parr family must battle against a new, yet-unseen threat. With original director Brad Bird both writing and directing this sequel, we have high hopes that it'll be more Toy Story 3 and less Monsters University. Or Cars 2, for that matter.

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