As the world draws a collective sigh of relief at the end of 2017— a year stuffed with political turmoil, Neo-Nazis pushing into the mainstream, sexual harassment scandals, celebrity deaths (although, blissfully, not as many as 2016), box-office flops, the repeal of Net Neutrality, and an absurd amount of horrific natural disasters— we look forward to 2018 as an opportunity to move on from all this strife and become a better society than we have been in the previous year. This is evident, at least, in what’s coming to cinemas this year.
2018 hopes to turn around the box office blues of this past year with a bevy of high-profile blockbusters: Steven Spielberg’s “Holy Grail of pop culture,” Ready Player One, Ron Howard’s Star Wars origin story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ryan Coogler’s badass Black Panther, the decade-in-the-works Avengers: Infinity War, and the newly Disney-owned Deadpool 2. In addition to these, 2018 serves up its smaller indie fare, with the Chance the Rapper-starring Slice, the Daveed Diggs buddy comedy Blindspotting, Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie, and the John Callahan biopic Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot looking to make the year shine critically as well. 2018 has a lot of great options for moviegoers, and its first month is no exception.
The month of January has long been considered the studios’ dumping ground; after the insane flurry to release films in time for the holidays and Oscar qualification, moviegoers are generally left with the dregs of what the studios think will bomb or will have a harder time finding an audience in the face of larger films such as Star Wars or Jumanji. However, 2018 has what seems to be a great mix of awards-season holdovers, franchise additions, and popcorn-friendly action flicks that offers up something for everyone. Get your tickets for the ten best new movies in theaters this January.