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11 films you absolutely must see in 2018

From heists to drag queens and more

11 films you absolutely must see in 2018
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born. | Photo: IMDB/Warner Bros.

A new year, a new slate of films to consume.

There is a hope that over the years progress will do what it is wont to do: go forward. This includes representation both in front of and behind the camera.

Luckily, 2018 seems to have plenty of choose from on that front. All release dates are for the US.

Freak Show (12 January)

Not only does this dramedy star Bette Midler and Laverne Cox, but it’s about a drag queen. The movie is based on the 2007 book by James St. James about a teenage drag queen who attends a new school. While there, a friendship blooms between the drag queen and the school football team’s quarterback. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Daniela Vega in A Fantastic Woman.

Daniela Vega in A Fantastic Woman. | Photo: IMDB/Sony Pictures Classic

A Fantastic Woman (2 February)

This Chilean film also had its world premiere in Berlin. It tells the story of Marina, a trans woman, treated with suspicion and contempt after the death of her lover, Orlando (Francisco Reyes). Orlando’s family considers her identity an aberration but she overcomes the negativity she faces. Daniela Vega, a trans Chilean actress, plays Marina. The film made the December shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2018 Oscars.

Permission (9 February)

Permission tells two stories. One between a couple, Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens, facing the imposing question of marriage, and another between a gay couple, deciding whether or not to become parents. It received positive reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Love, Simon (16 March)

It’s the gay teen love story we’ve all been waiting for, and the trailer has us impatient. Based on the book by Becky Albertalli, it follows closeted gay high school teen Simon Spier as he tries to balance his friends, family, schoolwork, and sexual identity. Greg Berlanti is directing the flick.

Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz in Disobedience.

Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz in Disobedience. | Photo: IMDB/Bleecker Street

Disobedience (27 April)

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams play childhood friends turned lovers in this drama. When a woman, Ronit Krushka (McAdams), returns to her Orthodox Jewish home, she rekindles something with her old friend Esti Kuperman (Weisz). It debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and boasts a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ocean’s 8 (2 June)

An all-female continuation of the Ocean’s saga. What more could we need this year? Well, just check out the cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Anne Hathway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina. The trailer has everyone even more excited.

Lily James stars in the Mamma Mia! sequel.

Lily James stars in the Mamma Mia! sequel. | Photo: IMDB/Universal Pictures

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (20 July)

It’s a Mamma Mia! sequel with Cher. Need we say more?

Nasty Women (10 August)

Anne Hathaway is starring in another remake this year. This time, she teams up with Rebel Wilson to take on a female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Both con women, they target the same tech billionaire, played by Alex Sharp. It got its very relevant title at the start of 2017.

Boy Erased (28 September)

Boy Erased is one of the most anticipated films of the year, already with awards buzz surrounding it for 2019. Joel Edgerton directs the film about a young man forced into gay conversion therapy. When Garrard Conley (Lucas Hedges), the son of Baptist pastor, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at 19, they force him to attend therapy. Edgerton plays the head therapist and Troye Sivan was recently cast. The real-life story is based on the memoir of the same name by Conley.

A Star Is Born (5 October)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in the remake of the Classic Hollywood film of the same name from 1937. Cooper also directs. The original film starred Janet Gaynor as a farmgirl who travels to Hollywood to go after her acting dreams and Fredric March as a major star whose alcoholism has made his career suffer. These are the roles Lady Gaga and Cooper will tackle. The film was recently pushed back to October, placing it firmly in awards season.

Bohemian Rhapsody (25 December)

This movie has suffered major setbacks. It lost Sacha Baron Cohen as its star playing Freddie Mercury, until Rami Malek came on board. More recently, it lost its director, Bryan Singer. Still, the movie, which covers 15 years of Queen’s career, leading up to their 1985 performance at Live Aid, is still set for a Christmas Day release.


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