The 30 Movies You Have to See in 2018

10. Solo: A Star Wars Story

The fact that a Han Solo origin story isn’t higher on this list speaks to ever-so-slight Star Wars fatigue, but it could also be argued that a Han Solo prequel is Disney’s riskiest Star Wars venture to date. Still, it’s Star Wars.
End-of-year impression: not all that great, but better on repeat viewings with lowered expectations.

9. Mission: Impossible 6

Ethan Hunt is back for another mission, should he choose to accept it, with Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie returning to direct. Mission: Impossible is arguably the most reliable and consistent action franchise going, so expectations should be high.
End-of-year impression: one of the best action movies in years.

8. Deadpool 2

Deadpool is one of the best comic book adaptations in recent memory. There are risks with its sequel: can Ryan Reynolds capture lightning in a bottle again, and can it be as successful with a different director? Granted, David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) is no slouch.
End-of-year impression: nearly as funny as the first one.

7. Incredibles 2

This long-anticipated follow-up, which has Brad Bird back at the helm, makes me not so upset that Pixar is doing another sequel. Bird presumably is trying to extra hard to do better than his last film, Tomorrowland.
End-of-year impression: good but not nearly as good as the first one.

6. Cloverfield Paradox

This J.J. Abrams-produced thriller, a part of the loosely connected Cloverfield series, has a space station crew fighting for survival after a particle accelerator leads to “unexpected results.” What that means no one knows, and it’s the mystery that makes this one so intriguing.
End-of-year impression: decent despite its many flaws.

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By Erik Samdahl
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