The Best 2018 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You: 'Black Panther,' 'Mulan,' 'Slenderman' and More

Update | The ink's not even dry on 2017 yet, but it's never too early to start game planning your adventures to the multiplex in the coming year. And there's going to be a lot to see.

Oscar contenders like Phantom Thread, The Post and I, Tonya open nationwide in the first days of 2018. Those are followed in January and February by a new Liam Neeson thriller (The Commuter), a new Clint Eastwood film (The 15:17 to Paris) and the final film (please be the final film) in the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Freed.

The early months of the year are usually where studios dump films they expect not to bring in audiences. But in the coming year, that script is flipped in a big way. Marvel's Black Panther opens in February, while Ava DuVernay's epic adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters in March. And the spectacles just keep coming from there: Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Ready Player One, The Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible 6, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Aquaman and the Transformers spinoff Bumblee just to name a few.

If you hate sequels, prequels, remakes or tentpole franchises, it'll be OK. Some of cinema's finest auteurs have new films in 2018. Wes Anderson's latest, the animated Isle of Dogs, is scheduled for March. Terrence Malick's latest, the historical drama Radegund, doesn't have a release date yet, nor does Terry Gilliam's long-in-development-hell The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, but they're both due out in the new year. (Side recommendation: Watch the documentary Lost in La Mancha before seeing Quixote to fully appreciate what it took to get the movie to theaters.)

There'a a lot coming down the pike in 2018, and to help you prepare we've gathered as comprehensive a listing of release dates as possible—more than 175 movies! Studio schedules shift and films get moved around, so be sure to check your local listings before heading to the cinema.

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'The Commuter' Jay Maidment/Lionsgate

JANUARY

January 5
Molly's Game (nationwide)
Blame
Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Django
Goldbuster
Insidious: The Last Key
Madtown
Sheikh Jackson
The Strange Ones
Stratton
Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

January 12
The Post (nationwide)
Acts of Violence
The Commuter
A Demon Within
Humor Me
Paddington 2
Proud Mary
Saturday Church

January 19
I, Tonya (nationwide)
Phantom Thread (nationwide)
12 Strong
Den of Thieves
The Final Year
Forever My Girl
The Leisure Seeker
Mandy
The Road Movie
Small Town Crime

January 26
'85: The Untold Story of the Greatest Team in Pro Football History
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Please Stand By
September 12

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'Black Panther' Matt Kennedy. ©Marvel Studios 2018

FEBRUARY

February 2
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
The Cage Fighter
Winchester

Untitled Cloverfield sequel

February 9
The 15:17 to Paris
Bomb City
Entanglement
Fifty Shades Freed
The Hurricane Heist
Peter Rabbit
Permission

February 16
Black Panther
Early Man
Nostalgia
The Party
Poop Talk
Samson

February 23
Annihilation
Every Day
The War with Grandpa

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'A Wrinkle in Time' Atsushi Nishijima © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

MARCH

March 2
Alpha
Death Wish
Foxtrot
Game Night
Pickings
Red Sparrow

March 9
Gringo
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Thoroughbreds
The Upside
A Wrinkle in Time

March 16
7 Days in Entebbe
Dear Dictator
Flower
I Can Only Imagine
Love, Simon
The Maestro
Tomb Raider
What They Had

March 23
Action Point
Final Portrait
Isle of Dogs
Midnight Sun
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Sherlock Gnomes
Unsane

March 28
Paul, Apostle of Christ

March 30
Acrimony
The China Hustle
God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness
Lean on Pete
Mary Magdalene
Ready Player One

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'Chappaquiddick' DMG Entertainment

APRIL

April 6
Blockers
Chappaquiddick
A Quiet Place
You Were Never Really Here

April 13
Beirut
The Miracle Season
New Mutants
The Rider

April 20
Duck Duck Goose
Overboard
Rampage
Super Troopers 2
Tully

April 27
Disobedience​
The Gospel According to Andre
Traffik
Truth or Dare

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' COURTESY OF DISNEY

MAY

May 4
The Avengers: Infinity War

May 11
Life of the Party

May 18
Slenderman

May 25
Solo: A Star Wars Story

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'Ocean's 8' Barry Wetcher © 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS NORTH AMERICA INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC

JUNE

June 1
Deadpool 2

June 8
Ocean's 8
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

June 15
The Incredibles 2
On Chesil Beach
Tag

June 22
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

June 29
I Feel Pretty
Sicario 2: Soldado
Uncle Drew

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'Alita: Battle Angel" Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox - Artwork Title Usage: Copyright © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

JULY

July 4
The Purge: The Island

July 6
Ant-Man and the Wasp

July 13
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
The Nun
Skyscraper

July 20
Alita: Battle Angel
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

July 27
Mission: Impossible 6
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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'Captive State' Focus Features

AUGUST

August 3
The Equalizer 2
The Predator
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral

Untitled Christopher Robin Project

August 8
Barbie

August 10
The Meg
Scarface

August 17
Captive State
Crazy Rich Asians
The Happytime Murders
Three Seconds
White Boy Rick

August 24
Cadaver

August 31
Kin
The Little Stranger

SEPTEMBER

September 14
The Darkest Minds

September 21
Goosebumps 2
The House With a Clock In Its Walls
Robin Hood

September 28
Boy Erased
The Kid Who Would Be King
Night School
Smallfoot

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'Halloween' Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures © 2017 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

OCTOBER

October 5
Bad Times at the El Royale
A Star is Born
Venom

October 12
First Man
Hellfest

October 19
The Girl in the Spider's Web
Halloween
Mowgli

October 26
Overlord

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'Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Mark Seliger © 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

NOVEMBER

November 2
Mary, Queen of Scots
Mulan
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
X-Men: Dark Phoenix

November 9
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Holmes & Watson

November 16
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Widows

November 21
Creed 2
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
The Women of Marwen

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'Mary Poppins Returns' Jay Maidment © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DECEMBER

December 14
Mortal Engines
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

December 21
Aquaman
Bumblebee

December 25
Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary Poppins Returns

Correction: The film Winchester: The House The Ghosts Built has been updated to simply Winchester.

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