“Must see” movies for January-March 2018

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Plan those date nights early and be sure to load up on the popcorn. Here are some of the most awaited flicks for the first quarter of 2018:



Insidious: The Last Key / January 5, Universal Pictures

Parapsychologist Elise Rainier returns in the fourth installment of the Insidious series. Directed by Adam Robitel, Insidious: The Last Key takes Elise (Lin Shaye) back to the home of her youth. There, she will face her most fearsome and personal haunting yet as she deals with a supernatural threat with ties to her own past.

“Paddington 2” / Warner Bros., January 12

The marmalade-loving bear to the big screen, Paddington has happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens and has become a popular member of the community — until one day things have turned topsy turvy. Paddington, while on the hunt for the perfect gift for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, he sets his sights on a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop and pulls out all the stops to buy it. But when the book is stolen, Paddington gets locked up and the Browns will spare no expense to prove his innocence.

“12 Strong” / Warner Bros., January 19

This Chris Hemsworth-starrer tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. Led by Capt. Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), the small band of American soldiers join forces with local Afghan troops in their attempt to take down the Taliban. Formerly known as Horse Soldiers, the team must adopt the tactics of their newfound allies, riding horses across the uneasy terrain, in order to retake a key Afghan city.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” / 20th Century Fox, January 26

The third and final installment of the Maze Runner saga, Thomas and his friends (Gladers), with new allies in tow, head to a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.



“Fifty Shades Freed” / Universal Pictures, February 9

Have a steamy Valentine’s Day “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third installment in the series. It picks up where Fifty Shades Darker left off – with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) getting engaged. The couple gets married and Anastasia lives a glamorous new life as Mrs. Grey that includes plenty of luxurious gifts from her husband, including a mansion that she calls “perfect.” But just as Christian and Anastasia are getting used to life as Mr. and Mrs. Grey, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins. How will everything end? Don’t miss the climax!

“Peter Rabbit” / Sony Pictures, February 9

The mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his comedy film with attitude. Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) becomes more intense as they beat each other out for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

“Black Panther” / Marvel and Disney, February 16

Based on the Marvel superhero of the same name, Black Panther is a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. It follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

“Red Sparrow” / 20th Century Fox, March 2

Based on a book by the same name, this spy thriller centers on Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and CIA agent Nathaniel Nash, portrayed by Joel Edgerton, the American mole in Russia, whom she should expose. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.

“Death Wish” / MGM, March 2

Bruce Willis returns to the big screen via this intense action-thriller remake. He plays Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who goes on a revenge hunt to find his family’s assailants after being viciously attacked in their suburban home to deliver justice. It will be interesting to see how Death Wish will fare in ticket sales considering it will go head-to-head against 20th Century Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence thriller Red Sparrow, Sony’s Albert Hughes’ action/drama Alpha, and New Line/Warner Bros.’ comedy Game Night.

“Tomb Raider” / Warner Bros., March 16

Alicia Vikander takes over from Angelina Jolie in this action-packed flick based on the best-selling series of video games. The story follows the rebellious Lara Croft, as she travels to a fabled tomb on a mythical island to uncover the mystery behind her father’s disappearance. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.

“Pacific Rim Uprising” / Universal Pictures, March 23

The “Pacific Rim” universe will flash forward a decade after Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 movie. Star Waras actor John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.





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