It’s January, which is usually the time of year when moviegoers try to catch up on all the awards season contenders they’ve missed over the past year. Who has time to think about movies coming out five months from now when you’re still trying to see “The Post,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and all the other Oscar frontrunners?
Nevertheless, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2018, so we decided to pull together a short list of some of the movies coming out in the first half of 2018 with Boston ties, a couple of which come out as soon as this weekend.
“Proud Mary” (January 12)
Filmed in Boston, Lawrence, and Lowell, “Proud Mary” is the tale of a hitwoman named Mary (Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) who works for an organized crime family in Boston. Her professional life changes when she meets a young boy who is left orphaned when one of her hits goes awry.
“The Polka King” (January 12 on Netflix)
Based on the documentary “The Man Who Would Be Polka King,” Jack Black plays real-life polka band leader Jan Lewan (shortened from his original Polish last name, Lewandowski), who built a musical empire through a Ponzi scheme, bilking his fans out of $5 million. Milton native Jenny Slate plays Marla Lewan (real-life name Rhonda Lewan), Jan’s then-wife.
“Hostiles” (January 19)
“Hostiles” concerns the efforts of legendary Army Capt. Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) to safely escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through hostile territory. The first line of the film’s trailer belongs to Boston native Ben Foster (“Hell or High Water,” “3:10 to Yuma”), who plays Charles Wills, a disgraced soldier set to hang for indiscriminately killing Native Americans. Foster is all too happy to remind Blocker of his own problematic history with Native Americans. January 19 marks the nationwide release for “Hostiles,” which was released in New York City and Los Angeles on December 22 so it could qualify for this year’s Academy Awards.
“A Wrinkle in Time” (March 9)
Based on the classic YA novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” follows three children through time and space as they search for their missing scientist father, aided by three peculiar beings named Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Who (Cambridge native Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon).
“Chappaquiddick” (April 6)
Whether or not “Chappaquiddick” ends up being any good is unclear, but one thing that does seem clear is that it will not portray the Kennedy family in a positive light. The film’s first trailer not only shows the fateful night when Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) drove his car off the bridge with Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) inside, it also shows the aftermath, when the tight-knit Kennedy clan came together in an attempt to protect Teddy from harm.
“A Quiet Place” (April 6)
The first on-screen pairing of Newton native John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt is a horror film about a family living not only in isolation, but in utter silence. The film’s first trailer is eerie, as the couple’s children play Monopoly in complete silence, with the family living in fear of an unseen horror that only arrives when someone makes a sound.
“Blockers” (April 6)
West Newbury native John Cena got to play the bad-boy dad in “Daddy’s Home” and its 2017 sequel, but this time he’s a mild-mannered suburban dad concerned about his daughter and her friends, who form a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Hijinks, mishaps, and misunderstandings alongside other concerned parents (Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz) ensue.
“Super Troopers 2” (April 20)
The long-awaited sequel to 2001’s cult comedy hit is finally set to be released, after spending months filming in at least 10 different Massachusetts towns, including Acton, Belchertown, Concord, Groton, and Leominster. The entire Broken Lizard comedy troupe is back in action as shenanigans-loving state troopers, as is their long-suffering boss, Capt. O’Hagan (Brian Cox). Keep an eye out for Rob Lowe, Will Sasso, and Jim Gaffigan as well.
“Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4)
The first trailer for “Infinity War” suggests the film may have the single-largest number of superheroes in a single movie. Not only will all the Avengers be there, but they’re joined by the crew from “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Oh, and Captain America (Sudbury native Chris Evans) suddenly has a beard. What happened to the clean-cut look, Cap?
“Ocean’s 8” (June 8)
The all-female heist team of “Ocean’s 8” is led by Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney), the protagonist of “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.” Others assisting in the $150 million jewel heist at the Met Gala include Kaling, Cate Blanchett, and Rihanna. Also joining the fun via cameo are Matt Damon and Carl Reiner, reprising their roles from the first three films as Linus Caldwell and Saul Bloom, respectively.