Following our recent list of the best films of 2018 so far, we look ahead at the films we’re most excited to see during the rest of this year. While over half of the following films have certified release dates for New Zealand cinemas, a few still have uncertain fates (keep crossing those fingers).
Once again, we have picks from Paul Casserly, Dominic Corry, Adam Fresco, Matt Glasby, Liam Maguren, Steve Newall, Katie Parker, Amanda Jane Robinson, Daniel Rutledge, Tony Stamp, Sarah Voon and Aaron Yap. Each contributed a top 5, which we tallied up to get the following top ten.
In cinemas November 29
Oscar winner Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) co-writes and directs Viola Davis, Carrie Coon and Michelle Rodriguez in this heist thriller based on the 1983 TV series. Co-written with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
Watch trailer | Read more on Widows
In cinemas December 13
Adaptation of Philip Reeve’s sci-fi novel series about a dystopian future where entire cities move on wheels. Co-produced and co-written by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, starring Robert Sheehan and Hera Hilmar.
Watch trailer | Read more on Mortal Engines
Cannes Palme d’Or enfant terrible Lars von Trier’s psychological horror follows the development of a highly intelligent serial killer (Matt Dillon) over the course of 12 years.
Watch trailer (NSFW) | Read more on The House that Jack Built
In cinemas December 26
Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone star in this historical biopic from Yorgos Lanthimos, Oscar-nominated director of The Lobster.
Watch trailer | Read more on The Favorite
In cinemas October 11
Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in this biopic written by Josh Singer (Spotlight) and directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), both Oscar-winners.
Watch trailer | Read more on First Man
Period thriller from filmmaker Gareth Evans (The Raid), following a man trying to save his sister from a religious cult. Stars Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast) and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon).
Read more on Apostle
In cinemas August 16
An African-American police officer from Colorado infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan and becomes head of the local chapter in this Spike Lee crime drama based on a true story.
Watch trailer | Read more on BlacKkKlandsman
In cinemas August 2
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) are back, along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in one of the highest reviewed M:I films ever.
Watch trailer | Read more on Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) leads this oddball comedy as a black telemarketer who discovers the secret to professional success and alternate universes – putting on a white voice.
Watch trailer | Read more on Sorry to Bother You
In cinemas November 8 (with early sneaks)
Following his much-loved Oscar nominee Call Me By Your Name, director Luca Guadagnino puts his own spin on Dario Argento’s classic 1977 fantasy horror.
Watch trailer | Read more on Suspiria