Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War
Director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Release Date: 26th April 2018
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

Eighteen movies, three phases, two Hulks. ten years, and finally those superhero teams and post credit scenes come together to make a cinematic event like no other. And take it as an event rather than a movie, for if you view it as anything else the very foundations of the universe may collapse. And you need a Dr. Strange in your life to fix that.

So what catastrophic event is great enough for a decade worth of heroes to fight against? A Thanos is what.

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Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Mary And The Witch’s Flower
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Release Date: 4th May 2018
Studio Ponoc 

Studio Ghibli, known for classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, have closed their animation studio doors (well, they did until Miyazaki recently decided to make one more film…) but the spirit lives on through Studio Ponoc, with Mary And The Witch’s Flower being the first foray away from the gaze of Miyazaki. It looks like Ghibli, it sounds like Ghibli, it moves like Ghibli, but does it feel like Ghibli?
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A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place
Director: John Krasinski

Release Date: 5th April 2018
Paramount Pictures 

A Quiet Place sets the rules before the show even begins, the simple rule of STFU (as can be seen in the promos which pull positive comments from the press, namely ‘Scary’, ‘Thrilling’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Unrelenting’. Now figure it out). Though of course, if the showing I was at had to live by the rules of silence, we’d all be dead. Oh well.
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Isle Of Dogs

Isle of Dogs
Director: Wes Anderson

Release Date: 30th March 2018
Indian Paintbrush

Isle of Dogs, say it fast and what have you got? Most of us think it, but Wes Anderson went and made a movie to say it aloud. It’s could also be ‘Isle of Japan’, but that wouldn’t work quite as well. Though for viewers it could be a ‘Isle of Wes’… nope, let’s stick to dogs.  Continue reading

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg

Release Date: 29th March 2018
Warner Bros. Pictures

In 2016 the satirical TV show South Park introduced us to the Member Berries. These berries aren’t your typical berries, they can talk and walk for a start, but we’ve all probably eaten them. You see, the Member Berries whole point was to recall the past without context, giving us that cosy sensation. And the movie Ready Player One? It’s all one giant Member Berry, that’s all it is. But man, isn’t nostalgia a trip?
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Pacific Rim: Uprising

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Director: Steven S. DeKnight

Release Date: 23rd March 2018
Legendary 

Whilst Guillermo del Toro was busy putting his sexy fish Oscar winner together, it was up to someone else to give his Pacific Rim robot monster movie the number two treatment. That someone was first timer Steven S. DeKnight, and yes, he gave us a number two alright.
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Black Panther

Black Panther
Director: Ryan Coogler 

Release Date: 12th February 2018
Walt Disney Studios 

Black Panther is the biggest non sequel since Avatar, money-making wise. It’s an impressive feat, showcasing how much of a powerhouse Marvel is when it comes to making movies which fill up cinema seats, plus how important a film it has become for African-Americans regarding casting. There’s no denying the significance and impact, and one can hope that this will set a trend for future blockbusters, ridding the world of the token role. But what of the film itself? Wakanda forever?
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