With Christmas fast approaching and the year coming to an end, its easy to forget whats being released in the cinema outside of the huge blockbuster movies. Luckily there are two or movies coming out each week for the remaining 11 weeks of the year, as you would have guessed not all of them are going to be good, worth your money, or interest you.
So to try and help cut through the fat, here is my list of the top 10 most promising films to keep an eye out for over the rest of the year.
A Disney Pixar movie from the creators of Inside Out, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story that has been six years in the making. Inspired by and based on Mexican culture, this lovingly crafted musical fantasy about a young boy who sets off on an adventure to become a musician and accidentally discovers his family history is sure to entertain and possibly teach you a thing or two.
9. The Man Who Invented Christmas
Adapted from Les Standiford’s book of the same name, the movie stars Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Jonathan Pryce as John Dickens. Set during the 1840’s while Dickens was at a low point in his life, during which he was forced to write and self-publish the now world renowned story A Christmas Carol over a span of six weeks for fear of being ostracized. Dan Stevens has a bubbly charm about him in the trailer which will hopefully contribute towards an enjoyable Christmas movie.
8. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
This psychological horror-thriller is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ followup to his critically acclaimed film The Lobster which had mixed responses from general audiences. While I am personally not a fan of his previous work this trailer left me interested, and after overwhelmingly positive word an mouth out of Cannes Film Festival I’m hoping that A24 are onto another winner.
7. The Greatest Showman
Featuring a musically gifted cast and songs written by the lyricists of last years award winning La La Land, Hugh Jackman is surely going to have a couple of great numbers in this biopic on American showman P. T. Barnum and his traveling circus.
6. Murder on the Orient Express
This mystery written by Michael Green of Blade Runner 2049 features an incredible and star studded cast, Kenneth Branagh both stars in and directed the film. Branagh plans to lead the audience on a journey with his character Hercule Poirot while he catches out lairs, uncovers secrets, and finds the clues left behind to solve the Murder on the Orient Express.
5. The Disaster Artist
If you have never heard of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room then I’m honestly not sure what you will make of this, The Disaster Artist is a biographical comedy and basically just a huge piss take of Wiseau, his movie, and the story of his experience in Hollywood. James Franco directs, produces, and stars in this lovingly mean satire which also features his brother Dave Franco and long time collaborator Seth Rogen. Honestly just look up The Room and then watch this trailer, its uncanny.
Yep, a Netflix movie, directed by David Ayer, screenplay by Max Landis, music by Junkie XL, starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton as an Orc, and Noomi Rapace as an Elf. Watch the trailer.
3. Justice League
After the debacle with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then Suicide Squad I was fairly concerned for the future of the DCEU, then came Wonder Woman and Joss Whedon to reassure moviegoers that when the League unite you wont be disappointed.
2. Thor: Ragnarok
Still riding high off their successful streak of movies, Marvel aim to keep on pleasing with what is set to be a crazy, over the top, funny, epic, wild ride in the third installment of the Thor series. Kiwi director Taika Waititi seems to have been let loose on this film, if you want a taste of things to come in Ragnarok go and check out Waititi’s comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Its Star Wars…
Here are a few honorable mentions that were cut from the list for various reasons but are still worth a look:
The Shape of Water
All The Money in the World
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Do the list look any good? Does anything there tickle your fancy? Let me know your thoughts on what looks good, bad, or even what your list looks like.