The 30 Movies You Have to See in 2018

5. Creed 2

With one exception, the Rocky movies have been consistently solid, and so the real question is whether Creed 2 can live up to its high-quality predecessor.
End-of-year impression: very good, a worthy sequel.

4. The New Mutants

This X-Men spinoff, about young mutants in some kind of asylum, appears to play more like a horror film than a superhero film. 20th Century Fox has made some of the best comic book movies of late, so let’s see if the trend continues.
End-of-year impression: moved to 2019. Rumors that we may never see it.

3. Widows

Director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) and writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) bring has four women banding together after their husbands are killed due to criminal matters.
End-of-year impression: pretty good.

2. The Irishman

So what if this movie is going straight to Netflix. Six (seven?) words: Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro. Mobster movie.
End-of-year impression: moved to 2019.

1. Annihilation

Alex Garland, who made my #1 movie of 2014 (Ex Machina), returns to direct Natalie Portman in this ambitious-looking sci-fi thriller that bends the laws of nature.
End-of-year impression: very good. Better on a second viewing.

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By Erik Samdahl
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