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Posted January 28, 2018 by

Tired of superheroes and explosions? 2018 has the antidote! This year, indulge in a host of dramatic and romantic fare that will make you laugh, cry and be inspired at the cinemas.

Take a look at our top 11 drama films you should not miss in 2018.

12 Strong (19 January) – Based on a true story, 12 Strong follows the Green Berets, a group of American special forces soldiers, who were deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban after 9/11. The film is likely to draw in the crowds more because of its stars than its story, though. Chris Hemsworth leads the film with his real-life wife, Elsa Pataky, playing his on-screen partner. Michael Shannon and Michael Pena round up the cast with William Fichtner appearing in the trailer, as well.

Prepare for tears and inspiring moments. If you like war films, this is definitely the one for you.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (22 January) – Emily M Danforth’s YA novel was an international bestseller in 2012 and now, eight years later, it has been adapted to film. The story follows Cameron Post, a teenage girl who is forced into gay conversion therapy after she is caught in a relationship with the prom queen at her school.

With Chloë Grace Moretz playing the titular character, this film is set to be a hit with teen audiences and a hard-hitting watch for LGBTQ+ viewers. Here’s hoping the film stays faithful to the book.

The 15:17 to Paris (9 February) – Another true story adapted for film. In The 15:17 to Paris, a trio of Americans – Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos – thwart an attack on a Paris train. The film charts how the three friends came to know each other and become close enough to take down an armed attacker with nothing but their wits about them.

What will clearly be the focal point of this film, however, is the casting. In an unprecedented move, director Clint Eastwood chose to have the men involved in the incident play themselves in the film, despite their not having any prior acting experience. Eastwood has said that they were the best men for the job, and considering how many true-life tales he has told on film, he would clearly be the best judge. It will be interesting to see how this experiment turns out.

Every Day (23 February) – This is not your average boy-meets-girl story. Teenager Rhiannon feels drawn to a mysterious soul who is known only as ‘A’. A inhabits a new body every day but Rhiannon and A seek each other out despite this constant physical change and slowly begin to form a close relationship. But, when one person changes on a daily basis, how is the relationship meant to work?

Every Day is based on David Levithan’s bestselling YA novel of the same name. The trailer has already got fans excited as has the extensive cast which features several known faces – Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Lucas Jade Zumann and Jacob Batalon, to name a few. The box office looks bright for this one.

Love, Simon (16 March) – Coming-out stories are still relevant and considering the year we have just been through, a light-hearted rom-com is what many people need right now.

Another film based on a YA bestseller, Love, Simon follows Simon Spier as he navigates school and the world as a closeted teenager. When Simon falls for someone online, he decides he must come out to his family. But, he is reluctant to do so, terrified of how they will react. In the meantime, his desire to discover the true identity of his secret penpal – one who claims to be in the same school as him – might mean the end of this relationship as well as many others.

Another sure-fire hit with young audiences, Love, Simon is the kind of feel-good film LGBTQ+ viewers will adore. Starring Nick Robinson from Jurassic Park, Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why-fame, along with Kid Flash himself, Keiynan Lonsdale, this film already has plenty of love going for it.

Acrimony (30 March) – Taraji P. Henson has a big year ahead. She began the year with Proud Mary and we will see her next in revenge thriller, Acrimony.

Henson plays Melinda, a woman in a deeply unhappy marriage. Melinda has stood by her husband, Robert, through thick and thin but when she learns that he has betrayed her, she flies into an unstoppable rage.

Acrimony promises to be the kind of revenge drama to get your blood pumping. Henson has more than cemented herself as a powerhouse talent; we know she will ably carry this film and have the audience glued to their seats.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (11 May) – Hollywood loves adaptations; as proof, here is another book-to-film adaptation, Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Out this year, the film is based on Maria Semple’s 2012 novel. The story follows 15-year-old Bee as she goes on a search for her missing mother, Bernadette, an anxiety-ridden agoraphobic. During her search, Bee uncovers disturbing details about her mother’s life.

The film is directed by Richard Linklater, of Boyhood and A Scanner Darkly fame, so we are probably looking at an Oscar-baiter.

We know little about the film at the moment but the star cast is enough to have viewers excited. Cate Blanchett is slated to play Bernadette. Kirsten Wiig, Laurence Fishburn, Billy Crudup and Judy Greer also appear in the cast. A whimsical romp awaits.

Sicario 2: Soldado (29 June) – The 2015 film Sicario was a sleeper hit with its tense scenes and tight story. A sequel was announced following the film’s success with Benicio Del Toro reprising his role as Alejandro Gillick, a not so trustworthy agent. Josh Brolin also returns as federal agent Matt Graver, who will form the focus of this film. Unfortunately, Emily Blunt, who put in such a powerful performance in the first film, will not be returning here, nor will director Denis Villeneuve. Stefano Sollima will take over directing duties in Villeneuve’s place.

The story will focus on the drug war on the US-Mexico border and, if the trailer is anything to go by, there will be plenty of gunfire and suspense in wait for us. If nothing else, viewers can expect a tense but rewarding watch.

The Darkest Minds (14 September) – This YA novel adaptation is 2018’s answer to The Girl with All the Gifts.

Ruby wakes up on her 10th birthday, having survived a plague that killed 98% of the world’s children. The remaining few are imbued with powers and sent to a camp but she is terrified there. She must find a way to escape but leaving the camp will change her life in ways she can’t imagine.

Not much is known about this production but Amandla Stenberg, a staple of YA films since her appearance in the first Hunger Games film, is slated to play Ruby. Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie are also part of the cast, which sounds very exciting. It will be good to watch a dystopian drama at the cinema, for once, instead of having to live in one.

Creed II (21 November) – The Rocky Balboa series of boxing films seems to be never-ending. With 2015’s Creed, however, the franchise was given new life. Michael B Jordan took over the reigns from Sylvester Stallone, playing Adonis Johnson, an up and coming star boxer. Stallone moved into the role of mentor and, honestly, the film was better for it.

Creed turned out to be a heart-warming story with a spectacular boxing match to bring it to an end. Jordan put his all into the film and many viewers were upset that Stallone was nominated for most awards with Jordan being consistently overlooked

Creed II will see Adonis seeking revenge as he goes up against the man who killed his father. We can expect double the heart and much more boxing second time around. And, hopefully, Jordan will get the accolades he so deserves.

Bohemian Rhapsody (25 December) – A film about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury has been in the works for what seems like ages. But, come Christmas 2018, we will finally get to see it. Or, so we hope. The film may still be pushed back due to behind-the-scenes issues but we can hope!

The film stars Rami Malek as Mercury and from the few set photos we have been privy to, he is rocking the Mercury look! Malek has won hosts of fans with his lead role in I, Robot and we cannot wait to see what he brings to the iconic popstar.

Bohemian Rhapsody will chronicle Mercury’s life up until Queen’s legendary performance in the 1985 Live Aid concert. One presumes that we will get an intimate look into Mercury’s childhood and youth and the formation of Queen. Music fans are going to be all over this one!

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