The 10 Most Must-See Films of 2018, From the New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ to ‘Mary Poppins’

This past year was chock-full of huge movies, but 2018 is no slouch in that department, either, with the returning Avengers, a new Mary Poppins, young Dumbledore and, yes, Lady Gaga invading our cineplexes.

Quite a few familiar faces are back, including Alden Ehrenreich’s take on budding cosmic smuggler Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (in theaters May 25), Ryan Reynolds’ merc with a mouth in Deadpool 2 (June 1), his mutant pals in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Nov. 2) and a heap of dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22). Hey, even Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan finish out their erotic saga just in time for Valentine’s Day with Fifty Shades Freed (Feb. 9).

More: Fans pick ‘Avengers,’ ‘Black Panther’ as 2018’s most-anticipated films

Here’s a sneak peek at 10 of 2018’s most must-see movies:

‘Black Panther’ (Feb. 16)

Chadwick Boseman’s Wakandan king T’Challa is the masked star of the show, but he’s surrounded by warrior women just as skilled as he is. Okoye (played by Danai Gurira) heads the Dora Milaje, T’Challa’s personal security force, while global operative Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is a “war dog.” “She’s very passionate about her work,” Nyong’o says. Nakia’s relationship with T’Challa is “significant,” she teases, and when opposing forces challenge his reign, “she has to decide where her allegiance lies and what comes first.” Okoye’s loyalty to Wakanda and its people drives everything about this traditionalist with a wry sense of humor. “It’s her job to take care of it, and she takes that job seriously,” says Gurira, adding that Wakanda is an “astoundingly cool” place. “It’s a world that is utterly plausible and tangible and yet a little larger than life at the same time.”

‘Red Sparrow’ (March 2)

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the spy thriller as Russian intelligence operative Dominika Egorova, who fosters a complicated relationship with a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton). But unlike, say, James Bond, Dominika gets pulled into this world against her will: The former prima ballerina suffers an injury, becomes the newest recruit to Sparrow School, and is trained to be a deadly seductress. “I’m attracted to lonely, isolated characters on lonely, isolated journeys,” says director Francis Lawrence, who also helmed three of Lawrence’s four Hunger Games films. “But I also really like when characters are in a dilemma where the audience can sit back and imagine being in the situation themselves. There are elements of her story that allow us into the spy world in a more personal way and not a political way.” That emotional pull differentiates Red Sparrow,as does its tonal qualities: “It’s a bit audacious, a little perverse, a little scary (and) very tense.”

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