Fantasy, heists, animated cavemen, and, of course, lots of superheroes.

The ink is barely dry on 2017, but we’ll still be watching and talking about its movies for months — the Oscars don’t even happen until March.

Still, a new crop of movies is rolling out. Many of the best films won’t emerge until later in the year, only showing up on critics’ lists and in theaters after they debut at events like the Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto film festivals. But I’ve compiled 50 buzzy movies already scheduled for release in 2018, from superhero films to animated comedies and a lot more.

Here’s to a new year at the cinema.


The Commuter

Release date: January 12

Why it matters: Liam Neeson plays a man who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy on his commute home from work. Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom Neeson worked on movies like Unknown and Run All Night, directs this thriller.

12 Strong

Release date: January 19

Why it matters: With an all-star cast — including Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Taylor Sheridan, Michael Peña, Rob Riggle, Trevante Rhodes, and Elsa Pataky — 12 Strong is a true story of the “horse soldiers,” the first Special Forces team to be deployed to Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Release date: January 26

Why it matters: The third installment in the Maze Runner series, based on the final novel in James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, concludes the series and brings some answers that the characters have been seeking since the beginning.


The 15:17 to Paris

Release date: February 9

Why it matters: Clint Eastwood directs another tale of real-life heroism (his last was 2016’s Sully) about the three American men (two of whom were off-duty Read More Here