Coco - In cinemas 19th January
A new Disney/Pixar movie is always something to sing and dance about and the studio’s latest offering – the Day of the Dead-set Coco – is as bold and brilliant as anything it’s ever done.
With an emotional message at its heart, this exuberant animation sees a young musician named Miguel accidentally travelling to the Land of the Dead, where he meets a colourful and kooky collection of dearly departed souls. A marvel.
You must see this because: It’s a spectacular, heartfelt treat – who knew the afterlife could be so much fun?
Early Man - In cinemas 26th January
The creators of Wallace & Gromit direct their stop-motion genius towards the dawn of time!
Described by director Nick Park as “an underdog sports movie with a prehistoric twist”, Early Man sees The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne playing Dug, a shy caveman who turns out to be his valley’s only hope of stopping evil Bronze advocate Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). A whimsical delight that sculpts out an impressive new world for Park’s quirky characters.
You must see this because: It’s Nick Park’s first feature film (as director) since 2005’s Oscar-winning The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Also, it’s got cavemen playing football!
In cinemas 12th January
Joe Wright directs Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in this biopic where the lead actor is the Oscar and Bafta's favourite. Already critically-acclaimed, it features one of Gary Oldman's finest performances.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
In cinemas 12th January
A dark comedy starring Frances McDormand, where a vengeful mother declares war on the local police department. Best Picture and Best Actress nominations are guaranteed.
In cinemas 19th January
'The Post’ chronicles the efforts of the Washington Post’ to get the classified Pentagon Papers. Nothing else to say: Steven Speliberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, all favourite - obviously.
Action - The Commuter
In cinemas 19th January
‘The Commuter’ follows Michael’s journey home from work, which quickly takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious stranger forces him to uncover the identity of a mystery passenger.
Advenure - The Maze Runner: Death Cure
In cinemas 26th January
The epic finale to the saga, ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ sees Thomas and the Gladers going on one last, desperate mission to find a cure for the Flare. Reuniting Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
HORROR - Insidious: The Last Key
In cinemas 12th January
Brilliant parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier returns once more for ‘Insidious: The Last Key’, which sees her tackle her most terrifying and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. Be ready for the most fearsome haunting yet.
Black Panther - In cinemas 12th February
Since he was first scribbled in 1966, Black Panther has always been a bit-player in the Marvel universe, but following an impressive run-out in Captain America: Civil War, the African warrior king takes centre stage in February.
Ryan Coogler helms a tale of warring tribes in the fictional nation of Wakanda, while Chadwick Boseman is the man taking a deep breath and being shoehorned into the world’s snuggest super-suit.
You must see this because: Black Panther is one of the most underrated characters in the Marvel comic-books. At least he was…he’s about to become the coolest!
Fifty Shades Freed - In cinemas 9th February
E.L. James’ sexy, adults-only saga reaches its thrilling conclusion with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia ‘Ana’ Steele (Dakota Johnson) tying the knot in lavish style.
At first, life is fairy tale-like for our steamy newlyweds: there’s an exciting job for Ana, holidays galore and new bedroom antics, too. But before you can say “Red Room”, Christian’s questionable past is coming back to haunt them both. Will the Greys ever manage to live happily ever after?
You must see this because: Steamy, stylish and a little bit scary. As climaxes go, this one doesn’t disappoint!
The Shape of Water
In cinemas 16th February
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes 'The Shape Of Water' - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America.
Film, Director and Leading Actress Sally Hawkings are the possible nominations.
In cinemas 2nd February
Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson reunite after their legendary collaboration on ‘There Will Be Blood’ for ‘Phantom Thread’, in what is set to be Day-Lewis’ final performance.
Best Director and Best Actor nominations seem on their way...
Peter Rabbit - In cinemas 16th March
One hundred and fifteen years after Beatrix Potter’s blue-jacketed little hero first bounded into children’s hearts, Peter Rabbit is getting his very own big-screen adventure.
A mix of state-of-the-art CGI and dazzling 3D live action, this Sony Pictures Animation production sees James Corden voicing Peter, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley as Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail respectively. The plot features radishes, house parties and the dastardly farmer Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson). Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?
You must see this because: It’s a hoppy-go-lucky ‘tail’ that the entire family will enjoy.
Ready Player One - In cinemas 30th March
Five decades into his career, Steven Spielberg is still creating some of the most exciting cinema around. His latest movie Ready Player One is set in a dystopian 2045, where the world is crumbling and the ‘Missing Millions’ seek solace in an incredible virtual reality world known as the OASIS.
When the game’s creator dies, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) joins the hunt for the hidden Easter Egg that will allow him to take ownership of the shared-retreat before a shady corporation makes it inaccessible to the masses.
You must see this because: It’s classic Spielberg. With the added lure of jaw-to-the-floor special effects.
Action & Adventure
In cinemas 16th March
Epic videogame's heroine Lara Croft is back, portraited by Alicia Vikander. The stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who armed with only her sharp mind, must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.
Action & Sci -Fi
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING
In cinemas 23rd March
John Boyega (Star Wars) leads the cast of 'Pacific Rim: Uprising', the follow-up to 2013's cinematic epic of monsters and mechs, inspiring a new generation to become the biggest heroes to ever walk the earth.
Action & Thriller
In cinemas 2nd March
Somewhere in Russia, there exists a secret program dedicated to turning people into weapons. They’re trained to manipulate, seduce, and use every asset at their disposal. Jennifer Lawrence is one of them.
Throw a stick onto the set of Infinity War and it might have hit Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Vin Diesel’s Groot… all stars of this everything-including-the-kitchen-sink romp whose USP is the pairing of the Avengers with the Guardians Of The Galaxy. Before you dare to whisper the words ‘superhero fatigue’, consider the tantalising involvement of Joe and Anthony Russo: the Emmy-winning directors of whip-smart US comedy Arrested Development, who’ll ensure the one-liners are a little more wry and pithy than “Hulk smash”.
You must see this because: All the Marvel universe films so far have been leading to the Infinity War. Seriously folks, this is Marvel’s most ambitious outing yet – epic doesn’t even begin to cover it!
COMEDY - Blockers
In cinemas 6th April
ACTION - Rampage
In cinemas 13th April
When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.
John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz stars in 'Blockers', the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).
Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in a fight where big meets bigger!
Let’s face it – every new Star Wars film is a galactic deal. And, following on from 2016’s Rogue One, comes another spin-off from a galaxy far, far away…
This time it’s the origin story of one of the universe’s most beloved characters and his Wookiee sidekick – starring Alden Ehrenreich as “scruffy-looking nerf herder” Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as “walking carpet” Chewbacca.
According to producer Kathleen Kennedy, the movie has a “heist or Western-type feel” and follows the early smuggling days of the duo and a young Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
You must see this because: The film promises to do justice to Han’s silver-tongued humour, and we might even get to see that Sabaac game where the Millennium Falcon famously changes hands…
The rumors so far...
As the cinematic world of Star Wars expands in ways that we could’ve never thought, more and more sequels and spin-offs are being rumored. So many wondered if Solo can set up a Boba Fett spin-off...
FAMILY - Sherlock Gnomes
In cinemas 11th May
When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing - there's only one gnome to call... Sherlock Gnomes! Voiced by Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Johnny Depp.
COMEDY - Game Night
In cinemas 4th May
Things take an unexpected turn for a group whose couples weekly game night becomes a murder mystery party...Starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman.
DRAMA - A Star is Born
In cinemas 18th May
A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. Remake of a classic with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
Was that a ripple in your ODEON cola? Fallen Kingdom breaks through the foliage this June, looking to match the .6 billion devoured by 2015’s Jurassic World at the box office.
The cast is familiar – with a recall for Chris Pratt’s affable raptor-whisperer and Jeff Goldblum’s rock-star mathematician – but it’s whispered that this fifth instalment will stray beyond the theme park fences, with the test-tube dinos now rolled out for military and agricultural purposes. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, obviously.
Just when you thought every dinosaur in the Natural History Museum had been exhumed, we give you the Baryonyx: a 30-foot upright crocodile plucked straight from your worst nightmares. Plus, look out for a “terrifying new hybrid breed” – our money’s on a pterodactyl spliced with a Rottweiler.
You must see this because: Chris Pratt’s back – and Jeff Goldblum, too. As for the dinosaurs, they’re bigger, scarier and HUNGRIER.
Deadpool 2 - In cinemas 1st June
In a world of goodie-goodie superheroes, Deadpool is the square peg: a wisecracking rogue mercenary whose accelerated healing ability is handy, given that literally everyone wants to slap him.
Set for a June release, David Leitch helms this sequel to the 3 million-grossing original, and although the baffling teaser trailer finds our hero painting an alpine landscape in a bubble perm – a pop-culture reference to cult art show The Joy Of Painting – the brief film snippet is the usual hell-on-wheels.
Narcotics, filthy jokes and ultra-violence are all on the cards, and as before, the evidence suggests you’ll be torn between rooting for Ryan Reynolds’ character and wanting him to just shut up.
You must see this because: It’s the hippest hero franchise, hands down.
Ocean’s Eight - In cinemas 22th June
It turns out that Danny Ocean isn’t the only member of his family with a penchant for pulling off an elaborate heist. In this female-led spin-off to George Clooney’s blockbuster crime franchise, Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean assembles a crack team of thieves for a seemingly impossible job at New York’s glitzy Met Gala.
Whether or not they succeed, the cast list reads like a who’s who of women in Hollywood, including Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling.
You must see this because: The best 'all-female' A-list line-up ever seen in a film...
No rush, Pixar. After a maddening 14-year wait – during which the toddlers we took to 2004’s The Incredibles are now shaving, driving and voting – everyone’s favourite covert superhero family are back in the red spandex and repelling another global threat.
Returning director Brad Bird can do the wham-bam action stuff in his sleep, and it’s good to hear that Holly Hunter’s butt-kicking domestic goddess Elastigirl will be the focus this time round. But all bets are off in the villain stakes, with John Ratzenberger reprising his role as the drill-straddling Underminer who broke ground at the end of the original.
You must see this because: Nobody does animation better than Pixar. Expect the, well, incredible!
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation - In cinemas 27th July
Following the monstrous success of Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2, Drac and his pack are back (try saying that quickly) – and they’re setting sail on the cruise of a lifetime. This impromptu holiday is arranged by Drac’s daughter Mavis who feels her workaholic hotelier dad is in need of some much-deserved downtime. Is the old sucker happy?
Of course he isn’t! Once again featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi, this will be love at third bite for Drac fans!
You must see this because: The first two films were screamingly good. With funnyman Sandler back on board as Drac, this third outing should prove a holiday to remember!
Ten years after the phenomenally popular original (for a time the most successful film ever in the UK), Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried and Co are pulling on their glitter-strewn glad-rags once again for another funny, sunny tale filled with sand, sea and ABBA songs.
The entire original cast is back and there are a few new additions too, including legendary warbler Cher, while confirmed tracks include I Wonder, Angel Eyes and When I Kissed A Teacher. As ABBA would have said: here we go again!
You must see this because: It’s the ultimate feel-good summer frolic. Get ready to lay all your love on this one!
M:I 6 – Mission Impossible - In cinemas 26th July
Ethan Hunt fans rejoice! The lethal espionage agent is choosing to accept a new mission – his sixth – and it promises to be his most dangerous yet.
Well, we assume it will be anyway; Hunt’s instructions (i.e. plot details) were non-existent at time of writing. What we do know is that Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin are all back from mission five (Rogue Nation) and that Henry Cavill – aka Superman – also stars (complete with impressive moustache). This preview will self-destruct in five seconds!
You must see this because: Superman and Ethan Hunt in the same movie? It doesn’t get much more awesome!
Ant-Man and the Wasp - In Cinemas 3rd August
Paul Rudd returns as Ant-Man in this eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2015 Marvel crowd-pleaser.
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), it sees Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) attempting to balance his duties as a father with his duties as a mite-sized superhero. Thankfully, Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne – the new Wasp – is on hand to help carry the load (in true insect style). As comic movies go, this one packs a sting!
You must see this because: Bigger isn’t always better (and Rudd and Lilly make a fantastic team).
The Predator - In cinemas 3rd August
The Equalizer 2 - In cinemas 10th August
Remake of the classic 1987's sci-fi film.
Wounded soldiers who are being discarded rise up and fight an alien threat as these hunters show up in the suburban town of a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) with autism.
A sequel to the the 2014 film, "The Equalizer", which is based on the TV series about a retired agent who's a hired gun for vengeance.
Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua team up for the fourth time .
Robin Hood: Origins - In cinemas 21st September
There have been many Robin Hood movie made by Hollywood, but now is the day and age of shared universes. So the idea of an entire multi-franchise series of films set in Sherwood forest has new appeal for many players.
The first one that will definitely see the big screen is Robin Hood (formerly known as Robin Hood: Origins), a film that aims to do exactly what its first title suggested, which is to depict the origins of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. And with Taron Egerton, the breakout star of Kingsman, set to play the Prince of Thieves himself, it instantly has appeal for a new audience.
You must see this because: Robin Hood is one of the most cinematic characters and now a cool cast including Egerton, Jamie Dorman and Jamie Foxx will make the legend a bit more 'cockney'.
The Kid Who Would Be A King - In cinemas 28th September
Directed by Joe Cornish, who is most well-known for directing Attack the Block, the film is a fantasy adventure about a band of kids embarking on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.
Alex (Louis Serkis) finds his everyday problems dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur. Now, with the most powerful sword in history in the hands of the most powerless schoolboy in Britain, Alex and his friends must thwart a medieval villain named Morgana, who is hell-bent on destroying the world.
One of the most classic tale comes back to life, with Patrick Stewart playing Merlin and Rebecca Ferguson as Morgana.
You must see this because: The legendary world of Camelot set in modern Britain with a touch of Strager Things. Does it not sound good enough already?
Mary, Queen of Scots - In cinemas 14th September
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne.
But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence...
You must see this because: A royal battle on screen between two Queens and two of the most talented actresses today: Saroise Ronan plays Mary and Margot Robbie is Elizabeth.
Venom - In cinemas 3rd August
Voted #33 in the Empire Magazine feature: ‘The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters’, Venom started out as Spider-Man’s most nefarious foe but has morphed – Deadpool-style – into a tortured-but-likeable anti-hero in recent years.
This massively anticipated adaptation, which is intended to be the first movie in Sony’s Marvel Universe, sees Tom Hardy taking on the part of the powerful alien symbiote, with Michelle Williams also starring in a yet-to-be announced role. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer directs.
You must see this because: Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams in the same comic-book movie, with Ruben Fleischer directing and the promise of a 15 certificate – at least? This is poison we’re willing to drink!
FAMILY - Jungle Book: Origins
In cinemas 19th October
Director Andy Serkis brings Jungle Book to life in a live-action adventure based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling about a boy who grew up in the wild.
The film stars Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys and Freida Pinto, with motion capture performances from Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hollander and Cate Blanchett.
COMEDY - Johnny English 3
In cinemas 12th October
Johnny English returns to save the world again...and there will be laughs!
Rowan Atkinson is returning as bumbling spy in a franchise where both Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn grossed 0 million (£123m) at the global box office.
HORROR - Halloween: Returns
In cinemas 19th October
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Jamie Lee Curtis comes back to the franchise that made her famous.
The absorbing climax to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts almost had us marching on J.K. Rowling’s mansion with pitchforks to demand an immediate sequel.
Hang on until November and you’ll get one, with The Crimes Of Grindelwald pairing Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) on a death-or-glory mission to return Johnny Depp’s titular dark wizard to the slammer. Respect to the humans, obviously, but we’re rubbing our hands over another mad menagerie of oddball animals – and crossing our fingers for a second appearance by the adorable kleptomaniac that is the Niffler. You’d be a muggle to miss it.
You must see this because: It’s everything that was wonderful about the first Fantastic Beasts, but with added Johnny Depp and Jude Law!
X-Men: Dark Phoenix - In cinemas 2nd November
Based on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s extended comic-book storyline, ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’, this latest X-Men outing – the 13th in the franchise – sees goodie Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) losing control of her incredible abilities and becoming the dangerous and unpredictable Dark Phoenix.
Which leaves her fellow X-Men – Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, etc – with the mother of all dilemmas: what happens when one of their own becomes a threat to the entire world? Another sure-to-be-gripping outing for our favourite mutant team.
You must see this because: The Dark Phoenix's story is one of the most famous and appealing in the X-Men universe, and the film signs a great cast coming together: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrance, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan and new entry Jessica Chastain.
First Man - In cinemas 2nd November
La La Land. Drive. The Big Short. Blade Runner 2049. Ryan Gosling doesn’t just make good films, he makes great films, and so we’ve got high hopes for this biographical drama.
First Man sees Gosling reteaming with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for a look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. With a supporting cast that includes Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy and Lukas Haas, expect this one to be out of this world.
You must see this because: With that director and this cast, it’s no giant leap to assume First Man will be one of the movies of the year, if not a possible Oscars front runner already.
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
In cinemas 30th November
In cinemas 9th November
Wreck-It Ralph 2 sees our loveable titular hero and his best buddy Vanellope von Schweetz getting sucked into the world of MMOG (massively multiplayer online games), where algorithm Yesss attempts to help them find a replacement part for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush.
Want to see Iron Man with the Millennium Falcon, Frozen’s Elsa and Anna escorted by Stormtroopers and C-3PO making a Star Wars in-joke? Just press start.
The classic Dr. Seuss tale has been adapted several times since the book was first published in 1957.
This version will be a fully 3D CG experience the likes of which this green meanie has never seen. Also, it will be interesting to see Benedict Cumberbatch's take on the Grinch as a classically trained actor, as opposed to a stand-up comedy background that was mainly used for this iconic character.
Mary Poppins Returns - In Cinemas 21st December
More than 50 years after Julie Andrews’ magical nanny first descended – rosy-cheeked “and everything” – from the London sky, Walt Disney is producing an umbrella-powered sequel.
Starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, with support from – wait for it! – Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, the story sees a now grown up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, being visited by the enigmatic au pair following a family loss. We’re expecting this one to be practically perfect in every way.
You must see this because: It’s got all the ingredients necessary to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - In cinemas 14th December
Spidey goes back to the drawing board in December 2018, in a lavish animated extravaganza that promises to make the 1960s cartoon look like it was done on an Etch A Sketch.
Jamaican hot-tip Shameik Moore is a wildcard as the voice of the wall-crawler, but the crew are safe hands, from director Bob Persichetti (who aced Puss In Boots) to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who wrote the hell out of The LEGO Movie). Our spider sense is already tingling.
You must see this because: Gobsmacking visuals and a razor-sharp script – this animated Spidey will leave you in a spin!
Aquaman - In cinemas 21st December
After his first appearance in Justice League, Aquaman is now getting his first solo movie where we discover how Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
Jason Momoa is back as the beloved superhero, supported by an exceptional cast including Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.
Bumblebee - In cinemas 26th December
Everyone's favorite Transformer is back in the first spin-off which is due to start a Transformer Universe.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.