So we’re one month into the New Year and it’s still grey and miserable outside.

The five of us in the office are in total agreement about what to do when the weather is so rubbish; and that is go to the cinema and watch a film.

So that sparked the Top 5 for January. We treated ourselves to an extended coffee break and came up with our 5 must see films of 2018.


Ash’s pick

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Release date - 26 January

I’ve chosen Maze Runner partly because the film is out now, and considering I haven’t been to the cinema for ages, it means I can go and see it this weekend. Maze runner was one of those films that I expected very little from, but I actually loved. Based on the Maze Runner novels by James Dashner, the first two films were really good and set it up nicely for the third instalment (so if you haven’t seen part 1 and 2, then you need a little catch up before you go).

The basic storyline follows a group of teens trapped in a maze in a post-apocalyptic world. They have no idea what is beyond the walls, but over the duration of the two films they soon find out that it is no coincidence that they’re in the maze, and fight to free themselves and stay alive.

If this film is as good as the first two, then it should be a great watch.


Gem’s pick

Tomb Raider

Release date - 16 March

I love movies with a strong female lead - and they don’t get any stronger than Lara Croft!

I am really excited about the new Tomb Raider movie out in March. Watching my boyfriend play Rise of the Tomb Raider, I loved how Lara Croft lost everything, but then rose up to fight for her life and everything that she believes in.

This movie focuses on the mystery surrounding the death of Lara’s father. Croft then stops at no lengths to solve this 7 year mystery. Long gone is the Angelina Jolie look and style! Say hello to Alicia Vikander, a young independent lady who wants to form her own path.

This film will certainly help you face the brutal reality of life - survival!


Justin’s pick

Ready Player One

Release date - 30 March

I cannot wait to see this movie. It’s a mash-up of futuristic virtual reality game play and the best bits of the 80’s.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set in 2045 and follows a young man as he battles his way through a virtual reality game in search of a digital Easter egg that the trillionaire creator has hidden somewhere in the ‘OASIS’.

If you like retro, then you’re going to love this one. Old school computer game characters and a soundtrack from the best decade ever has set this one up to be one of the best films of 2018.


Karen’s pick

Ocean's 8

Release date - 22 June

I was a big fan of the original Oceans movies (not just because of George Clooney), so I’m excited to see what an all-female cast can bring to the table with this one.

Following a similar storyline to the original films, Sandra Bullock enlists the help of 7 other criminal masterminds to help pull-off the heist of the century to steal a $150,000,000 diamond necklace during a huge fashion event in New York.

I love Sandra Bullock, and I really enjoyed the all-female remake of Ghostbusters, so I’m expecting big things from this one.


Dan’s pick

Incredibles 2

Release date - 13 July

I thought that the first Incredibles movie was the most incredible movie of all time (pun intended). It had everything. Action, humour, love and explosions! What’s not to like? But the last film ended with the emergence of the ‘Underminers’, which left us (well, certainly me) wondering what will happen next.

So the second instalment will pick up where the other one left off, following the heroic family in the battle against evil. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing how Mr Incredible will get on as a stay-at-home dad, trying to figure out how he can keep a lid on Jack-Jack’s newly discovered powers!

Sure to be one of the feel-good films of the summer – I’ll certainly be dashing to see it (last pun, I promise).


…And one that we’re all excited for:

Avengers: Infinity War

Release date - 27 April

It feels like we’ve been waiting an age for the third Avengers film. The Marvel Universe has kept us ticking over with a few character movies – but there is just something about getting the squad back together that gives us a few goose bumps.

So the Infinity War is set to kick-off big time in the first of two parts. Thanos finally arrives on Earth to claim the six Infinity Stones and take over the cosmos. The Avengers must put their Civil War differences aside, and come together to stop him.

Non-stop action, with a sprinkling of humour, will make this film unmissable.


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