Mortal Engines (2018)

“Some scars never heal.”

Directed by Christian Rivers
Starring Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang

In the wake of the ‘Sixty-Minute War’ and the resulting tectonic devastation, Europe and northern Asia are the domain of the predator cities, mobile metropolises which hunts and consume smaller communities for fuel and supplies. As London enters the great hunting grounds, a young historian named Tom (Sheehan) thwarts an assassination attempt against rock star archaeologist Thaddeus Valentine (Weaving), only for Valentine to boot him out of the city along with the assassin, Hester Shaw (Hilmar) for hearing too much.

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Wreck-it Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston
Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina and Ed O’Neill

Six years after the events of the first movie, Ralph (Reilly) is stuck in a cosy little rut with his best bud Vanellope (Silverman). She, however, craves something new. Ralph’s attempt to help ends up wrecking the Sugar Rush machine, and the two set off into the uncharted wilds of the internet in search of a discontinued part, leaving Felix (McBrayer) and Calhoun (Lynch) looking after the bratty, and now homeless, racers.

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Robin Hood (2018)

“The Legend You Know. The Story You Don’t.”

Directed by Otto Bathurst
Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin and Jamie Dornan

Nice posh boy Robin of Loxley (Egerton) has his idyllic life with working class girlfriend Marian (Hewson) interrupted when he is drafted for the Crusades against the Arabs. After five years, Robin tries to prevent the execution of an Arab civilian, and his commanding officer, Guy of Gisbourne (Paul Anderson), gives him a blighty wound which, miraculously, doesn’t develop gangrene.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (2018)

“The fate of one will change the future of all.”

Directed by David Yates
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law and Johnny Depp

When Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) breaks out of custody during transport to Europe, the British Auror Office sets out to hunt him down in Paris (and writing this, I suddenly can’t work out why they are the ones apparently in charge of this.) Among the hunters are Theseus Scamander (Turner) and his fiancée Leta Lestrange (Kravitz), while US Auror Tina Goldstein (Waterson) tries to track down the obscurus Credence Barebones (Miller), who in turn is looking for his identity, with the aid of the cursed circus performer Nagini (Kim). Into all this comes Newt Scamander (Redmayne), sent by Albus Dumbledore (Law) to find Credence before anyone can kill him, or Grindlewald recruit him.

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Overlord (2018)

“Every Soldier Must Face Their Demons”

Directed by Julius Avery
Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk and Iain De Caestecker

On D-Day, a US Paratrooper squad is shot down en route to destroy a key radio tower. Surviving the drop and Nazi forces on the ground, Privates Boyce (Adepo), Tibbet (Magaro) and Chase (De Caestecker) regroup under the driven veteran Corporal Ford (Russell) and attempt to complete the mission, with the aid of local scavenger Chloe (Ollivier).

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Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

“Bloodius. Hellius. Maximus.”

Directed by Crispian Mills
Starring Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg

Troubled lad Don (Cole) is sent by his doting mother to the prestigious boarding school Slaughterhouse, an institution with a worse standard of pastoral care than Hogwarts. Rooming with the darkly eccentric Blake (Butterfield), he soon encounters Clemsie Lawrence (Corfield), angel of the upper sixth, and runs afoul of House God Clegg (Rhys-Harris), a sort of paramilitary Draco Malfoy, while stealth-dumped House Master Meredith Houseman (Pegg) has a breakdown and Headmaster ‘the Bat’ (Sheen) maintains the status quo while selling fracking rights in the school’s historic woodlands.

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Venom (2018)

“The world has enough Superheroes.”

Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott and Jenny Slate

A spaceship owned by the Life Foundation – who are not even a little bit evil, really – cashes in Malaysia and an alien lifeform escapes, moving between individuals it uses as hosts. Life Foundation CEO Carlton Drake (Ahmed) recovers four other lifeforms and uses the homeless as subjects to experiment on. Journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) confronts Drake on this, and Drake has Eddie and his soon-to-be-ex-fiancée Anne (Williams), a lawyer working on a Life Foundation defence case, fired.

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

“All Roads Lead Here”

Directed by Drew Goddard
Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth

Four people check into the El Royale hotel, a once-thriving establishment straddling the California-Nevada border in Tahoe: Vacuum cleaner salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan (Hamm), Catholic priest Father Daniel Flynn (Bridges) and traveler Darleen Sweet (Erivo) arrive first, followed by a moody hippy (Johnson) whose name we ultimately discover to be Emily. They are greeted by the manager, Miles (Pullman) and check in on the Nevada side of the hotel. Then the secrets start to come out.

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The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)

“This house knows what makes you tick.”

Directed by Eli Roth
Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic and Kyle MacLachlan

Recently orphaned and deeply eccentric ten year old Lewis Barnavelt (Vaccaro) travels to New Zebedee, Michigan, to live with his late mother’s estranged Brother Jonathan (Black). After a slightly rough start, Lewis learns that Jonathan is a warlock of middling talent, and his best friend and next-door neighbour Florence Zimmerman (Blanchett), is a once-mighty witch currently off her game. Also, the house they live in is almost alive, and it has a clock, hidden somewhere in its walls by Jonathan’s late mentor, Isaac Izard (MacLachlan), ticking constantly and counting down to… something.

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

“Infiltrate Hate”

Directed by Spike Lee
Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace

In 1979, the Colorado Springs Police Department recruits its first black police officer, Ron Stallworth (Washington). After a rough start, Stallworth is recruited to work with the undercover narcotics team to infiltrate a rally by former Black Panthers spokesman Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins), where he meets student activist Patrice Dumas (Harrier). This assignment nets him a permanent move to undercover work, which is where he stumbles on a newspaper ad and makes contact with the local chapter of the KKK.

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