Last week, I gave you a sneak preview of some potentially worthwhile family movies coming up in the next few weeks. Well, mom and dad, today it’s your turn: Enjoy this 2018 Mom and Dad Movies Preview.
Whether your tastes run from the mainstream to the obscure, I have a first look at some of the features that might fit the bill for an upcoming date night or an evening the kids are spending the night with grandma and grandpa.
The first few months of the year are normally sparse for quality grown-up fare. Hollywood tends to save the blockbusters for summer and the awards contenders for fall and winter.
That being said, 2017 saw the release of GET OUT in February, and that film went on to be not only a huge hit but a potential awards player in the coming weeks.
So every once in awhile, a good gem can sneak in during the cold of winter and early spring. Hopefully, a title or two here will fall into that category.
As with the family movie previews, I will be doing the mom and dad previews in the same way. This first blog will cover films from January through April. Later, I will do separate blogs to cover May through August and September through December.
The films will be listed below in chronological order. Please remember that release dates are subject to change.
2018 Mom and Dad Movies Preview (January – April)
FOREVER MY GIRL
Scheduled for release January 19, 2018
Based on the novel by bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a music superstar reunites with his first love and realizes the steep price he has paid for his success. Liam Page and his high school sweetheart Josie Preston were the golden couple of Saint Augustine, LA until Liam left her at the altar for a shot at fame and fortune. Eight years later, Liam returns to his tiny hometown for the first time as a world-famous recording artist, but not even his own father is thrilled to see him. As he tries to rebuild the bridges he burned years earlier, Liam reconnects with his small-town roots, his close-knit community and Josie, the girl he left behind. As he attempts to reclaim everything he loved and lost, Josie does her best to keep him out of her heart, but life has one more surprise waiting for Liam, one that could change everything. Let’s be honest, the guys are going to be dragged kicking and screaming to this by the women out there. I personally wouldn’t touch this one with a ten foot pole.
Scheduled for release February 23, 2018
A group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone and only one comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena, a biologist, volunteers for a second expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him. This film, based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, features Oscar-winner Natalie Portman along with Oscar Isaac and Oscar-nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh. Many people are excited about this film because it is directed by Alex Garland, who made a big splash in 2015 with the surprise critical hit EX MACHINA, which shockingly went on to beat STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. I reckon this will be one of the biggest hits of the first third of 2018.
Scheduled for release March 23, 2018
This romantic tearjerker is about 17-year-old Katie Price, sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie, whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate. This is sure to attract the Lifetime and Hallmark lovers out there, and if the actor who plays Charlie looks somewhat familiar, he is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.
Scheduled for release April 6, 2018
In 1969, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick drives his car into the water. His passenger, the young campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne, is killed in the car accident. Nevertheless, Kennedy does not immediately decide to call the police. He returns to his hotel and calls in the help of his dominant father to save his political career. This film is bound to intrigue history buffs, Kennedy-philes and those old enough to remember this controversial incident. Coming on the heels of one of 2016’s best films, JACKIE, featuring Natalie Portman’s amazing performance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, we seem to be witnessing a Kennedy renaissance. That being said, this film actually premiered at last year’s Toronto film festival, and the fact that the release was withheld until 2018, along with its lukewarm 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is cause for concern.
Scheduled for release April 20, 2018
The original OVERBOARD was released in 1987 and, while not a comic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, was an absolute delight mainly due to the charms and magnetism of the great Goldie Hawn. In fact, it was among the titles in the poll we did back in September 2017 for The 50 Most Rewatchable Movies of All Time. It has a strong, loyal fan base and has become a staple of cable television. And I must be honest, the thought of re-making this film leaves me with a Mount Fuji-sized amount of skepticism. The genders have been reversed in this incarnation, as Eugenio Derbez (nope, I don’t know who he is either) plays a spoiled playboy from a wealthy family who winds up with amnesia, and Anna Faris plays a single mom who tried to convince him that they are married. Looking on the glass half full side of things, if nothing else, this will give me an excuse to pull out my DVD of the original and have a few good laughs.
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