One of the best new films of 2018

We've rounded up the biggest new films coming out in 2018 and 2019, including Fantastic Beasts 2, Aquaman, and Godzilla: King of Monsters

We've rounded up some of the best new films coming out in 2018 and beyond, with their trailers and release dates, including Fantastic Beasts 2, Aquaman, and Bumblebee. And if you want to grab tickets for any of the movies, check out our guide to buying cheap cinema tickets in the UK.

Last updated with the first trailer for Aladdin.

In cinemas now: Venom

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed

What we know: Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock, the old-school Spider-Man antagonist turned full-blown villain after he inherits the black 'symbiote' costume, turning him into the monstrous Venom. There's no sign of Spidey, meaning Hardy's Venom is forced into a bit of an anti-hero role as he battles fellow symbiote Riot. It's all very dark – right down to some seriously black comedy – which will help it stand out from the superhero pack, but we're not quite convinced yet that it's really going to work.

Read the latest Venom news.

In cinemas now: Bad Times at the El Royale

Starring: Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges

What we know: Part Hotel Artemis, part Hateful Eight, Drew Goddard's second film as a director (after The Cabin in the Woods, though he's also written loads) sees seven strangers cross paths at the El Royale: an old hotel that straddles the California and Nevada state lines. There's more to the El Royale than it seems though – and to the guests.


Halloween release date: 19 October 2018

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

What we know: Jamie Lee Curtis is back in yet another Halloween sequel, but this one actually looks… good? Could it be? Having David Gordon Green in the director's seat doesn't hurt, and the trailer shows off some inventive scares and impressive visuals. We're in.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody release date: 24 November 2018 (UK), 2 November 2018 (US)

Starring: Rami Malek

What we know: Mr. Robot is becoming Mr. Mercury, as Rami Malek steps into the shoes of the one and only Freddie Mercury in this biopic of the Queen frontman and songwriter. Will this be the killer Queen film we've all been waiting for?


Suspiria release date: 2 November 2018

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton

What we know: Director Luca Guadagnino follows up his enormously acclaimed Call Me By Your Name with an altogether different film: a remake of his countryman Dario Argento's legendary horror classic Suspiria. Just like the original, it looks equal parts terrifying and strange, in no small part thanks to a score from Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Expect this one to be a stormer.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald release date: 16 November 2018

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jude Law, Johnny Depp

What we know: Eddie Redmayne is picking up his wand once again as Newt Scamander, this time caught in the midst of the battle between a young Dumbledore (Jude Law) and the infamous Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). There'll be magic and hijinks and all that good stuff.

Read more of the latest Fantastic Beasts 2 news.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood release date: 21 November 2018 (US), 23 November 2018 (UK)

Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn

What we know: Yup, this is yet another film about stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, this time firmly in the thunderous action movie mould. Taron Egerton is brave sir Robin this time around, in a setting that seems to be a confusing mix of the medieval and the modern. It all looks pretty exciting though, so consider us intrigued.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2

Wreck-It-Ralph 2 release date: 21 November 2018 (US), 30 November 2018 (UK)

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch

What we know: John C. Reilly's arcade baddie breaks out of the local network and onto the world wide web. Chaos ensues. From iPad games to clickbait, this sequel looks to be throwing Ralph up against the best (and worst) of the modern online age, while the latest trailer throws in a whole mess of Disney characters too. We can't wait.

Get the latest news on Wreck-It-Ralph 2.

Creed 2

Creed 2 release date: 21 November 2018 (US), 30 November 2018 (UK)

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson

What we know: Black Panther villain Michael B. Jordan is stepping back into the ring in the sequel to Rocky spin-off Creed, this time with a new director and a script by Sly Stallone himself. This time around Jordan's Adonis will be taking on Viktor Drago – a name that should sound familiar to Rocky fans, as it was his father Ivan Drago that killed Apollo Creed (Jordan's character's father, in case you're losing track) in Rocky IV. So, you know, it won't be personal or anything.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse UK release date: 14 December 2018

Starring: Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry

What we know: This is the Spider-Man movie you didn't know you should be so excited about. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (of The Lego Movie and the Han Solo movie until they were replaced) direct this animated take on the webslinger, featuring Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker behind the mask. It looks absolutely gorgeous, like no other comic book movie before, and even teases multiple Spideys in one film. We can't wait.

Read our guide to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for the latest on the film.

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines UK release date: 14 December 2018

Starring: Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving

What we know: Peter Jackson is producing this adaptation of Philip Reeve's post-apocalyptic book series, which has seen cities turned into giant vehicles, roving the wasteland and consuming smaller 'traction towns'. It, uh, sounds pretty nuts to anyone who hasn't read the books, but we're definitely intrigued.


Aquaman release date: 14 December 2018 (UK), 21 December 2018 (US)

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson Nicole Kidman

What we know: Jason Momoa returns after Justice League in his solo venture as DC superhero Aquaman, hoping to prove once and for all that he deserves to be more than the butt of dumb jokes about talking to fish. Not that he won't be talking to fish, but he'll also be fighting his evil half-brother and waging a massive underwater war, so there's a lot going on here.

Find out more about Aquaman.

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns release date: 21 December 2018 (UK), 25 December 2018 (US)

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

What we know: Hot off the heels of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda is coming to the big screen in this sequel to the iconic family film, joined by Emily Blunt as the titular nanny. We now have a full trailer, and it promises plenty of magic, music, and downright impractical methods of flying.


Bumblebee release date: 21 December 2018 (US), 26 December 2018 (UK)

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena

What we know: Hailee Steinfeld is the star of the first Transformers spinoff, which takes the friendly little yellow Autobot Bumblebee and makes him a star – complete with a return to his original iconic yellow VW Beetle, rather than the slick sports car of the recent films. Even if you haven't been a fan of those movies, this actually looks pretty fun, with a lighter tone and smaller scale that should suit the franchise well.

Read the latest Bumblebee news.


Glass release date: 18 Jan 2019

Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

What we know: M. Night Shyamalan brings together his classic alt-superhero movie Unbreakable with the more recent thriller Split, in a crossover that looks to be as much about mental health as it is about superpowers. Shyamalan has been on a bit of a roll in recent years, after a protracted creative slump, and we can't wait to see what the third film in this surprise trilogy holds.

Read the latest news about Glass.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World release date: 1 February 2019 (UK), 1 March 2019 (US)

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington

What we know: How to Train Your Dragon 3 promises to be the 'epic conclusion' to the trilogy (and TV series), as the vikings and dragons face another existential threat and, much more importantly, Toothless finds himself a girlfriend.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part release date: 8 February 2019

Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Arnett

What we know: The Lego gang are back, doing their best to save a now-post-apocalyptic Earth (think Mad Max with more bricks) from a new alien threat. It looks just as silly as the last thing, with an even more star-studded cast of comedians, and we have very high hopes for this one.

Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel release date: 14 February 2019

Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

What we know: Robert Rodriguez is directing this live action manga adaptation (with the legendary James Cameron producing) that falls squarely into the uncanny valley. In adapting the '90s manga Battle Angel Alita Rodriguez has used CGI to maintain those characteristic giant anime eyes – though only for the lead – to unsettling effect. We're not sure yet how well it'll work, but colour us intrigued.


Shazam! release date: 5 April 2019

Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong

What we know: Foster kid Billy Batson has his life changed forever when he encounters an old wizard and is granted the ability to turn into an adult superhero – played here by Zachary Levi – simply by shouting the magic word 'Shazam!'. It's one of the cheesier of the old-school comic book conceits, but it looks like DC has been smart enough to like a light, silly tone with the film, which knows just how daft it all is.


Aladdin release date: 24 May 2019

Starring: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith

What we know: Disney continues its run of live action remakes of its classic cartoons, this time tackling '90s favourite Aladdin. Brit director Guy Ritchie is calling the shots, with up-and-comers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott in the lead roles as Aladdin and Jasmine. There's one very big name in the cast though: none other than Will Smith is stepping into Robin Williams' oversized shoes as the big blue genie.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters release date: 31 May 2019

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance

What we know: Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown joins the next entry in the revamped Godzilla franchise, which will pit the giant lizard up against a few of the biggest monsters from the old franchise – including Mothra and Ghidorah – as part of some very strange plot about how they're all going to save the world. It looks mad, and over-the-top, and yet has a strangely haunting debut trailer. We can't wait.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix release date: 7 June 2019

Starring: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain

What we know: The newest iteration of the X-Men saga adapts the iconic Dark Phoenix storyline – also seen in the pretty rubbish X-Men: The Last Stand back in 2006 – in which Jean Grey's powers expand and she transforms into something…more. X-Men: Apocalypse was pretty rubbish, but hopefully this can restore a bit of the series' charm before Marvel reboots it all into the MCU anyway.

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