As we enter the second half of 2018, LifehackLane takes a look at 10 highly-anticipated movies mooted for release towards the tail end of 2018. Some already have the Oscar buzz one would expect a film released towards the latter end of a calendar year would have, while others make the list because of the stars in them (it's not every day you see a film with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in it).
With that said, here are 10 of the most highly-anticipated movies that are set to be released in the second half of 2018.
1. Serenity (October 19)
Matthew McConaughey's famed McConaissance may now be on the backburner, but that hasn't stopped him shying away from the gritty, low-budget roles that made him an Academy Award winner.
In a role that may reignite a career which has so far peaked at Dallas Buyers Club, the Texan plays a fishing boat captain whose peaceful life is turned upside down when his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) turns up out of the blue and begs him to murder her violent second husband. A disturbing, moral dilemma if ever there was one, Serenity certainly sounds like a compelling piece of cinema.
2. First Man (October 12)
This movie has Oscar bait written all over it. But with Damien Chazelle of La La Land fame at the helm, and the ever-dashing Ryan Gosling in the leading role of America's most famous astronaut, this Neil Armstrong biopic might be the best movie Chazelle ends up making in a young but already-successful career.
3. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (October 9)
In a more dramatic role than her usual ones, Mellisa McCarthy is tipped for Oscar greatness in this true story about a struggling journalist who turns to forging letters from prominent literary figures to make money.
A classic tale of a good girl gone bad, this movie may just be the surprise hit at next year's Oscars.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2)
Rami Malek of Mr Robot fame makes the transition from tv to cinema in spectacular fashion in this engrossing, long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic. For non-music fans, Mercury was the frontman of the British rock outfit Queen and is considered by many to be rock's greatest ever live performer. However, the movie lies its focus on the band's iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.
If the epic trailer is anything to go by, prepare to be amazed.
5. Beautiful Boy (October 12)
Timothée Chalamet is all the rage following his mesmerising performance in the gay, coming of age drama, Call Me By Your Name, and he was rightly awarded an Oscar nomination at the ripe old age of 21.
Fast forward a year, however, and a second Oscar nomination looks more than likely for the rising star, who plays Nic Sheff, a troubled teen whose meth addiction complicates his relationship with his father, David (Steve Carell).
6. Widows (November 16)
Steve McQueen already has a string of critically received movies under his belt and his next offering looks likely to be no different in this all-star heist film led by Viola Davis, whose character schemes a revenge of audacious proportions with a group of wives who lost their husbands following a botched robbery. The screenplay comes from Gillan Flynn, author of the worldwide bestseller, Gone Girl.
7. Aquaman (December 21)
Fans of Entourage will know that Aquaman was actually the hit film that launched fictional actor Vincent Chase into superstardom, and now it's been given the green light in real life, only with beefcake Jason Momoa taking the lead role (better luck next time, Adrien).
Yet another release in a long line of DC Cinematic Universe releases, Aquaman is the first standalone film to feature the aquatic superhero tasked with saving the city of Atlantis from destruction.
8. A Star Is Born (October 5)
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut sees him star alongside Lady Gaga in the third version of this much-loved Hollywood tale of an aspiring country singer mentored by a has-been country singer aiming for artistic redemption.
9. Boy Erased (November 2)
Joel Edgerton stars and directs the much-awaited adaptation of Garrard Conley's acclaimed memoir of a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while living with his Baptist father (Russell Crowe).
A powerful and relatable topic to many young men and boys, Boy Erased explores not only one's sexual identity and the prejudices that come with it but also the controversial conversion therapy classes, many of which still exist in the most religious parts of America.
10. Halloween (October 19)
Michael Meyers (or Grandpa Meyers) is back for another spine-chilling performance in a reboot of this Hollywood favorite. Also making a return is the badass Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who will be sure to add more artistic flair in what already looks like a riveting sequel to the 1978 original.