It’s already been a great year for films, from brilliant sequels to long waited adaption, bold spin offs still to be released! Even though we’re only midway into 2018, a wide range of stellar offerings have already illustrated that, no matter the genre, potential greatness abounds at both the multiplex and the art house.
Coco: Pixar's latest animation transports viewers to the land of the dead, with this tale of a boy trapped in the afterlife. Don't expect anything dour or grim though – tapping into Mexican culture and Día de Muertos, this is a vibrant celebration of life, rather than a lament for its passing.
Incredibles 2: After 14 years (yes, really) Pixar finally returns to its best film. With Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) now a stay at home dad while his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) goes out fighting crime, his biggest challenge is dealing with their three super-powered children.
Ocean’s 8: More than a simple cameo, jack-of-all-trades Robyn Rihanna Fenty plays Rastafarian Hacker Nine Ball in this heist comedy, a spin off from Stephen Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy. Inspired by the antics of her brother Danny, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) decides to orchestrate the robbery to end them all at New York's Met Gala, the film also stars Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Deadpool 2: Deadpool 2 delights with the same irreverent R-rated humour that brought huge success to the first outing. This time around, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool forms the mutant team X-Force to protect a young mutant from super-strong telekinetic Cable, played by Josh Brolin.
Rampage: Starring Dwayne Johnson, Rampage is a new sci-fi film loosely based on the videogame of the same name. Johnson plays a monkeyhandler who shares a strong bond with George, an albino gorilla. A mysterious genetic experiment unsurprisingly goes wrong and the gorilla, as well as other animals, grow to huge sizes. Johnson's character – Davis Okoye – goes after the giant mutant animals in a movie dubbed as "a lot more emotional... than you'd expect" by its directors.
Avengers: Infinity War: The first part of Marvel's big finale has finally arrived. Following 18 action-packed films, almost all of the superheroes from Marvel's Cinematic Universe have teamed up to fight Thanos. Expect some death as the heroes attempt to stop Thanos from gaining control of the Infinity Stones – if he does, he'll be able to rewrite history.
The Shape of Water: Director Guillermo del Toro returns with another captivating fantasy world. Set at the height of the Cold War, del Toro chronicles the relationship between a mute worker (Sally Hawkins) at a secret facility, and the strange amphibian humanoid (Doug Jones) being experimented on by the US government. Darkly beautiful, The Shape of Water won the Oscar for best film, and is set to join the likes of Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak in del Toro's library.
Black Panther: Marvel's first black superhero finally gets his dues, leaping from the page to his first solo movie. After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa gets the origin treatment in director Ryan Coogler's standalone effort.