The 30 Movies You Have to See in 2018

25. A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time looks a lot like Tomorrowland to me, which isn’t good, but I’m curious to see what director Ava DuVernay (Selma), paired with an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, can do to bring this classic tale to life.
End-of-year impression: pretty terrible.

24. Avengers: Infinity War

The last Avengers wasn’t very good (remember Ultron? Yeah, better not to), but this is the big one, the film that Marvel has been patiently building toward for the last decade. The question is: how bold will they go, or will Marvel play it safe yet again?
End-of-year impression: very good, despite being half a movie.

23. Black Panther

I’ll admit that the Black Panther trailers haven’t made this movie look very good, but if there’s any Marvel movie that holds promise in 2018 it’s this one, which is directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed).
End-of-year impression: very good, and exceeded my every expectation (except the action scenes are pretty unremarkable).

22. Vice

Anything starring Christian Bale should not be ignored, especially one in which he plays [a much heavier] Dick Cheney. Amy Adams also stars in this biopic, from director Adam McKay (The Big Short).
End-of-year impression: not very good.

21. Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander takes over as voluptuous cave explorer Lara Croft in this reboot. Video game adaptations are pretty hit or miss, but Tomb Raider seems an easier franchise to adapt than most. Then again, the Angelina Jolie movies were pretty bad.
End-of-year impression: surprisingly pretty entertaining.

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By Erik Samdahl
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