10 under-the-radar films coming out in 2018 to get excited about

When it comes to cinema releases, 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest yet with the likes of Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting cinemas this year.

But what about the films that have slipped under the radar so far? The films that haven't had a big song and dance but will still be must-not-miss pictures?

We've compiled a list of what we think will be the films that may not get as much buzz as the big budget blockbusters but deserve attention nonetheless:

First Man

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll

La La Land's Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle teams up again with star Ryan Gosling, this time for the biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong based on his official biography First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.

Gosling plays the first man to set foot on the moon, and is joined by an impressive cast including The Crown's Claire Foy as his first wife and Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin.

With Chazelle's Oscar-winning pedigree, a more than capable cast and Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer's script, this riveting story of space travel amid the Cold War ticks all the boxes for a ready-made classic.

Planned for release: October

The Sisters Brothers

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed

Jacques Audiard, director and screenwriter of gritty French dramas A Prophet and Dheepan, makes his English language debut with Western The Sisters Brothers, roping in an incredible cast of actors.

Set in 1850's Oregon, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Hermann Kermit Warm, a gold prospector who is chased by infamous assassin duo The Sisters Brothers, (played by Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) after he stole from their boss.

Based on the 2011 award-winning novel by Canadian author Patrick deWitt, all the ingredients are in place for this to be one of the finest Westerns of recent years.


Starring: Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen has teamed up with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn to adapt the 1983 ITV drama written by Prime Suspect writer Lynda La Plante.

The story revolves around the widows (Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Rodriguez) of four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist, who decide to step up and finish the job started by their late husbands.

With the all-star cast and Oscar-winning director at the helm, the crime thriller could stand out as one of the best and most intense films of 2018.

Planned for release: November


Starring:  Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell

Adam McKay, the writer/director who brought you The Big Short, The Other Guys and Anchorman turns his attention to the story of George W. Bush's Vice President Dick Cheney.

Unsurprisingly Christian Bale has piled on the pounds to play Cheney, who was the most powerful US Vice President in history as Bush launched the war on terrorism in the wake of 9/11.

In The Big Short, McKay brilliantly explained the intricacies of Wall Street trading, subprime mortgages and global finance, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, so we have complete faith in his ability to delve into politics and the Bush Administrations in what will be a thrilling and well-crafted drama.

A Quiet Place

Starring:  Emily Blunt, John Krasinski

The Office star writes, directs and stars in the new supernatural horror recruiting his real-life wife Emily Blunt to play his onscreen wife.

With their two children, the pair play a family who must live in complete silence under the threat of a supernatural threat that attacks at any sound.

Vast swathes of the film will take place in deafening silence, giving us a mysterious and potentially very inventive new horror.

Planned for release: April

Black Klansman

Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace

Former NFL player and 'Denzel's son', John David Washington makes his leading man debut in the adaptation of the novel about a black detective who infiltrates a Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, eventually becoming the chapter's head.

Spike Lee directs and Jordan Peele produces, while Lee has drafted in Star Wars' Adam Driver to join Washington in the crime thriller.

Lee isn't afraid of approaching controversial issues in his films, including gang violence, prison and, most memorably, his biopic of Malcolm X, and it looks like he'll be adding the KKK to his list of directorial successes.

The Favourite

Starring: Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

After success with The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, it would seem that all of Hollywood is queuing up to work with director Yorgos Lanthimos, and he has recruited a few big stars for his new period biopic.

Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne, who has a clandestine relationship with Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, played by Rachel Weisz.

Their relationship is turned upside down by the arrival of the Duchess' younger cousin Abigail, played by Emma Stone, as they both jockey for influence and attention from the Queen, which we're sure that, after The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Lanthimos has the directorial ability to pull off such a tense and dramatic tale.

Holmes and Watson

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Kelly Macdonald

Recently we've seen Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Lee Miller and Robert Downey Jr. put dramatic spins on the Sherlock Holmes stories, but now it's time for something different.

Etan Cohen, writer of Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder and Get Hard (the last of which he also directed), is in charge while Step Brothers co-stars Will Ferrell (Holmes) and John C. Reilly (Watson) reunite to make some more comedy gold.

With Ralph Fiennes as villain Moriarty, Hugh Laurie as Holmes' brother Mycroft and Trainspotting's Kelly McDonald as Mrs Hudson rounding off the cast, while it has a low-profile at the moment, it could be the funniest film of the year.

Planned for release: November

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Starring:  Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård

Having been stuck in development hell for nearly two decades, it looks like Brazil director Terry Gilliam's passion project may finally hit screens this year after seven previous failed attempts over 19 years to make the fantasy-adventure-comedy.

In March 2017, Gilliam unexpectedly announced that filming has begun with Jonathan Pryce playing the titular Don Quixote and the cast including Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko and Stellan Skarsgård.

The story of an ad executive time-travelling between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha has finished filming, so Gilliam is now within tasting distance of a cinema release, so let's assumed that it'll be worth the wait.


Starring:  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane

Peaky Blinders and Taboo creator Steven Knight returns to the big screen to write and direct the drama about a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean, whose mysterious past comes back to haunt him.

With previous big screen outings Locke (starring Tom Hardy) and Redemption (starring Jason Statham), Knight is building his Hollywood profile and has cast a few more A-list actors this time around.

Famed for his gritty and stylised crime tales, Serenity has been dubbed a "sexy noir" thriller, and will have Knight's wonderful storytelling and incredible looking stamp all over it.

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