The new year is upon us, and for moviegoers, it’s a time of hope and promise. We haven’t seen any of these yet! They could all be brilliant! I mean, y’know, probably not, but! But we’ve perused the many, many films slated for release in 2018 anyway, and plucked out the ten we’re looking forward to most – and just to prove that modern moviemaking isn’t all #branding, we took pains to choose ten that aren’t sequels or remakes or reboots or whatever. Release dates are all subject to change, of course, and our info on some of these (especially those late in the year) is still sketchy. But right now, in our heads, there are perfect versions of the year’s most promising pictures, so let’s hold on to those for just a moment, shall we?
The Party (February 16)
Sally Potter’s brilliance is nearly matched by her deliberateness, at least in terms of productivity – since her masterpiece Orlando twenty-five years ago, she’s only directed six movies, taking a good four to five years between projects. But her new one sounds like a pip, with an indie dream cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz, and Timothy Spall, a “claustrophobic celebratory dinner party” premise, and a promise (per the press release) that “a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.” One, please!