Revving up for the 2018 Oscars!

2018 Oscar nominations

With this week’s nominations for the 90th Academy Awards locked and loaded, it’s time for the Academy’s voters to review the nine films they’ve deemed the best pictures of 2017.

How many of them have you seen? Do you agree with the selection?

High contenders for Best Picture award are The Shape of the Water, Phantom Thread and Lady Bird… but things could change before the ceremony in March.

The Hollywood News has set out their initial set of predictions for the ceremony.

‘A lot of things seem to be more or less what we thought going into the nominations. One change is that The Shape of Water has moved into the lead for Best Picture. The lack of a Best Director nomination probably keeps Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from winning Best Picture, which is why I’ve dropped it down so low. Get Out and Lady Bird both have no below the line nominations, which hurts, so while they still have a chance, it doesn’t look quite as good as before. Frankly, while it almost certainly won’t win, Dunkirk seems like it could pose the real challenge. If so, look for Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance to walk away with a number of Academy Awards, including the big one.’ Let’s see how their predictions pan out

BEST PICTURE

The Shape of Water
2. Lady Bird
3. Get Out
4. Dunkirk
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
6. Phantom Thread
7. The Post
8. Call Me By Your Name
9. Darkest Hour

Read more predictions from Hollywood News

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The grand finale – Maze Runner: The Death Cure is here!

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After an indefinite delay due to the serious injuries star Dylan Thomas suffered shooting a car action scene back in early 2016, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is finally ready to hit the big screen.

Based on the young adult series of novels by author James Dashner, in this epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

The whole film comes across like a hodge-podge of constituent parts of most action and adventure films you’ve ever seen. It doesn’t make for a bad way to watch a film, since the pieces are generally well integrated under the veneer of the story. With it being focused on a younger audience, it’s less likely that they’ll notice elements of Die Hard, Speed, Italian Job, Resident Evil, any runner-style Zombie film, and most points in-between all liberally spread around the film’s more than 2-hour running time… read more from Bleeding Cool

Coco wins 2018 Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture

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Congratulations to the team… Coco took six years to produce, the first Pixar film to be centered on a Mexican cultural celebration it was a major win for the Latinx community. This movie is MAGIC – When aspiring musician Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) finds himself in the Land of the Dead, all he needs to return to the Land of the Living is a blessing from a family member, a magical marigold petal and a promise he’s not sure he can make.

Miguel Rivera, the latest generation in a long line of shoemakers in Santa Cecilia, Mexico is different from the rest of his family, he yearns for a more artistic outlet. He loves to play music and has a clear talent for it as well unfortunately he has to keep it a secret from his family because his great great grandmother was betrayed by her husband who left her and their child Coco to become a musician. This lead to music being banned and the whole family becoming shoemakers and by-product of this is Miguel feeling somewhat of an outcast in his own family… read more in this review from Scannain

Movies to watch in 2018

2018 movies to watch

2018 is set to be somewhat of a special year when it comes to movie releases. Here are just a few you might want to watch out for…

Tomb Raider – taking its cue from the more recent rebooted videogames, you can expect a rough-and-tumble story of survival.

Bohemian Rhapsody – a biopic of the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek is taking on the role of Mercury in the film.

Red Sparrow – Jennifer Lawrence reunites with the director of the last three Hunger Games movies, Francis Lawrence, for this one. It’s a spy thriller based on the book by Jason Matthews. Jennifer Lawrence, plays a Russian intelligence officer on the tail of an American mole (figuratively, not literally). But does she, too, become a double agent?

Creed 2 – Michael B Jordan returns in the role of Adonis Creed, with Sylvester Stallone playing Rocky Balboa for the eighth time on screen. This time, Dolph Lundgren is back as Ivan Drago too, and Drago Jr is set to be a character in the movie. Stallone has written and will direct.

Isle of Dogs – It’s set in a future Japan where a strange epidemic has left its canine population quarantined on their own island (so no, British readers, it’s not set in the East End of London), and concerns a young boy’s attempts to get his pet dog back.

Check out Den of Geek for more great movies coming in 2018

Molly’s Game – The Poker Princess

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Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier, who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

America’s so-called Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, is the enigmatically glamorous woman in this very enjoyable true-life story. Luxurious hotel suites had been turned by Molly into macho gladiatorial arenas in which the wealthy poker addicts did battle under her gaze. Models were hired to serve drinks. Scented candles masked the reek of testosterone and rage. And Molly presided over it all. She is played with exotic queenliness by Jessica Chastain, with something of the impassive hauteur and mute vulnerability that Elizabeth Taylor brought to Cleopatra. But who is Molly’s Antony? Does she even need an Antony? Read more from the Guardian’s movie review.