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Five films to watch in 2018

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Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" is slated for release on March 30, 2018.
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The new year is here and the theaters are more alive than ever. The box office is dominated by franchises and reboots and has been for the past five years. In 2017, audiences experienced critically acclaimed movies such as Get Out, Logan, Baby Driver and The Disaster Artist.

As new directors take the helm of big blockbuster movies, newer stories are being told by veteran directors.

With this list, a regular moviegoer can find the diamonds in the rough and have their share of beautiful stories told.

 

Ready Player One: March 30, 2018. PG13

Director: Steven Spielberg

Featuring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

Audiences around the world will strap on their goggles and head into the OASIS this March. Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, the story follows Wade Watts, a young man from the trailer stacked ghettos of Columbus, Ohio.

As the world is stricken by poverty, most of the people on Earth enter a virtual reality world known as the OASIS.

Two tech geniuses named James Halliday and Ogden Morrow create the virtual world and release it to the public. Services such as education, work and a social life are all held on this free server.

The world is thrown into chaos when Halliday dies.

But he doesn’t leave without giving the people a final quest: Find a golden Easter egg using three hidden keys and his wealth of $240 billion will be the winners.

The race is on. Follow Watts as he goes on his quest for money and the freedom of the OASIS.

 

Black Panther: February 16, 2018. PG13

Director: Ryan Coogler

Featuring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira

To think that any movie list would not have at least one superhero movie on it would be asinine at best.

Superheroes have dominated the box office since 2008. This would make anyone question the reason why Marvel’s Black Panther would be any different than the others.

The differences lie in every aspect of the story.

Arriving in theaters during Black History Month, Black Panther is the first superhero movie with the main protagonist and most of the characters being portrayed by African Americans. The story takes place in Wakanda after the events of Captain America Civil War.

King T’Challa, also known as Black Panther, rules over the advanced, secret society of Wakanda in Africa. Turmoil rises when T’Challa arrives in Wakanada and his place on the throne is threatened by usurpers within the kingdom.

Aside from an action thriller, it also features African American writing for superheroes who can make a difference in this cinematic universe.

 

Incredibles 2: June 15, 2018. PG

Director: Brad Bird

Featuring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger

Speaking of superheroes, our favorite, crime-fighting family is back on the big screen in June.

After 14 years, audiences will be seeing the Incredibles’ family fighting crime in the Pixar universe. This time, it won’t be the whole family fighting. Bob Parr, known to the world as Mr. Incredible, is staying home to take care of baby Jack-Jack.

In a Mr. Mom scenario, Bob’s wife Helen, known as Elastigirl, is venturing out to save the world. What Mr. Incredible will come to realize is that saving the world might not be as challenging as being a parent at home with the kids.

The original cast is returning to the project to reprise their roles for audiences.

It is unclear as to who the villain will be for the movie. Pixar is reluctant to release any further details on the plot until it’s closer to the release date.

 

Molly’s Game: January 5, 2018. R

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Featuring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

If you are a fan of well-written movies and or television, chances are that you’ve heard of the name Aaron Sorkin.

With his writing and directing style, Sorkin takes the reins of an adaptation of a novel written by Molly Parker. The novel is called Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.

The story tells of Molly Parker, a woman who grew up poor and ended up running on the biggest illegal high stakes poker tables in the United States.

After taking on the Italian and Russian mob, Parker received a reputation of ruthless capitalism in a world without any choices.

This movie was written by Aaron Sorkin and Molly Parker to tell one of the decade’s most exclusive biopics in cinema.

 

The Post: January 12, 2018. PG13

Director: Steven Spielberg

Featuring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

In a time where the President of the United States has deemed the press as fake news, this movie couldn’t have come at a better time.

The story follows the release of the Pentagon papers during the Vietnam War by the Washington Post.

Dealing with the ravages of war, it also tells the story of Kay Graham, the first female publisher in the Washington Posts’ history. While the press struggled to determine if publishing the Pentagon papers were correct, the pressure of morality build between the people and the press.

In this star-studded cast, history comes alive and the audience plummets back into the era of free love and war protests.

The uncanny thing about it all is that it doesn’t feel much different than the times we live in today.

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