By Matthew Li and Trevor Jones
2018 has been pretty dry, but this fall’s slate of movies makes us optimistic.
Directed by Reed Morano and featuring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, I Think We’re Alone Now has a lot of potential. So far, we know it takes place in a world where almost everyone has been wiped out, leaving Dinklage and Fanning to play the two remaining characters. The trailer features some very cinematically intriguing shots, and it’s even been called a visual masterpiece. We’ll see how it holds up when it releases later this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
In theaters September 21, 2018.
While The Grinch may end up putting itself on the list of unnecessary, profit-driven remakes, I think this one shows some promise. Produced by Illumination (Lorax, Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets,etc.), The Grinch might do better than the minion sequels and may compete with successful animated flicks like The Incredibles 2 and Moana. With the help of Scott Mosier, the director of Clerks, and very notably, Tyler, The Creator, who is responsible for the soundtrack. On top of that, renowned actor, Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch himself.
In theaters November 9, 2018.
Produced by 20th Century Fox, this film seeks to tell quite the story about Queen, a band who boast the best live performances in rock history. Whether or not Queen is for you, Bohemian Rhapsody is a film about an incredibly significant band whose name has become ingrained in music history. While I do plan on seeing this film, I am always cautious about “based on a true story” films, since spending 20 minutes online will usually suffice in terms of understanding a band’s history. Nonetheless, Bohemian Rhapsody looks like it could definitely do well as an entertaining film.
In theaters November 2, 2018
Barry Jenkins, who became a prominent filmmaker with his 2016 feature Moonlight, is returning to the movie scene with an adaption of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. This tale focuses on two lovers, Tish and Fonny, and their complicated journey together as Fonny is wrongly convicted of a crime. The acting looks incredible, but what catches my eye is the film’s cinematography. DP, James Laxton, who also shot Moonlight, returns to Jenkins’ side and each frame captures a crazy amount of depth, detail, and color.
In theaters November 30, 2018
2017/2018 has been a time for comedic minds to make their writer/director debuts; Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade both received tremendous reception. Now, Jonah Hill is turning many heads with his debut, Mid90s. Hill spent four years writing this intimate story about a 13-year-old skateboarder and his friends living in 1990s Los Angeles. Shot in super 16, Mid90s bleeds nostalgia and should be one of 2018’s most unique features.
In theaters October 19, 2018
Alfonso Cuarón’s last two films, Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013), were both cinematic spectacles. However, his newest story is the exact opposite of those sci-fi/action flicks; Roma is simply focused on a family in 1970s Mexico City. It seems that Cuarón has put his heart into this project because he singlehandedly wrote (in Spanish), directed, produced, and shot it. The film has received high praise from various festivals and I am very excited to see it.
In select theaters (and Netflix) December 14, 2018