Spring is the time of year where some of the best films of the year are released, but won't get recognized as the best - unless you're Get Out, cause you just couldn't ignore Get Out. Spring is that sweet spot between film season and summer blockbusters where you get to enjoy the quiet successes before being bombarded by Marvel and DC superheroes. What is most exciting about this batch of spring films is the amount of female leads, with 50% (equality!) of my most anticipated films featuring a female protagonist. Let's hope to see this trend continue into the rest of the year!
Here are my top six most anticipated films coming out in spring 2018!
Isle of Dogs
Directed by Wes Anderson
In Cinemas: 23 March
Is there truly anything better than a Wes Anderson film? Yes, a Wes Anderson film about dogs, of course. Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows the story of a young boy in search of his dog. Isle of Dogs has, without any doubt, the charm and style of a Wes Anderson picture through the new medium of stop-motion. Isle of Dog is a mastery of filmmaking that only Anderson can accomplish. But most importantly, it's a heartfelt, lovely, and caring story about a boys search to save his dog. Perhaps, Isle of Dogs will be able to bring hope and love back to our crippling society in only the ways Wes Anderson and dogs can do.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
In Cinemas: 23 March
Unsane follows a young woman, who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, struggles to interpret what is real and what is fake, as her mental stability spirals out of control. Not only is Unsane a must-see because it's a Steven Soderbergh film and because it stars my boo Claire Foy, but it is also breaking boundaries in the world of filmmaking. The entirety of Unsane is shot on an iPhone, setting new standards for how films are made. Soderbergh never fails to push the limit on what films can achieve, and Unsane is sure to set a precedent for a new wave of filmmaking.
Directed by Saul Dibb
In Cinemas: 16 March
Yes, I have a bad addiction to sappy British war dramas - just let me live. Set in a dugout during the First World War, war-weary Captain Stanhope must prepare his infantry of men for war despite low morale. Journey's End has the makings of a fabulous character study of the emotional and physical effects of war. The film is bound to deliver superb performances from Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Stephen Grahm, Toby Jones, and Asa Butterfield. And, if anything else, it's sure to offer a great opportunity for a cathartic release, so make sure to bring some tissues.
Directed by Michel Hazanvicius
In Cinemas: 27 April
Jean-Luc Godard was one of the most, if not the most, formative filmmaker during the French New Wave, and his work had reimagined the craft of filmmaking for a modern age. Without Godard and his fellow auteurs we would only be watching unoriginal, bland, and uninspiring Hollywood musicals, so we owe them big time. Redoubtable provides an examination into the life of this genius, with the perfect charm and style of a Godard film itself. Plus, Louis Garrel is a vision as a young Godard.
Directed by Sebastián Lelio
In Cinemas: 27 April
A woman returns her strict religious community after being exiled for her attraction a childhood friend. Once reconnected, the two explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Sebastián Lelio's film has been making waves at the film festivals across the globe and has been earning rave reviews as one of the most beautiful and elegant films of the year. Lelio's film grasps big questions like faith, religion, love, and acceptance, and he delivers a film that is atmospheric and stunning. His characters, played by the extraordinary Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, a beautiful depicts of the power of human connection. Plus, Lelio just picked up an Oscar last weekend for his film A Fantastic Woman, so that should help to sell you on his brilliance .
Directed by Michael Pearce
In Cinemas: 11 May
A young woman, living in an isolated community, finds herself torn between the control of her overbearing mother and the allure of a mysterious outsider, who is a suspect in a series of brutal murders. Michael Pearce's debut film has earned acclaim from critics for its intense intimacy and hauntingly dark atmosphere. Pearce's fierce directing is paired with even more powerful performances from Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn to create a sensationally intense and captivating film.
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