If you’re a blockbuster fan, then you’re in for a heck of a ride over the next few months, with heroes, dinosaurs, gnomes, thieves and the Millennium Falcon set to be unleashed in ODEON cinemas.
From stars to special effects and big budgets to bigger box office takings, these movies are huge in every sense and need to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
What are you waiting for?
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Release date: 26 April
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland.
Plot in brief: Hulk. Black Widow. Spider-Man. Thor. Star-Lord. Yup, the gang’s all here in this massively anticipated comic-book caper – a culmination of 10 years of MCU storytelling.
The plot sees alien warlord Thanos finally arriving on Earth. What does he want? That would be the powerful Infinity Stones – if he collects all six then the entire universe will have to bow to his evil will. The Avengers are determined to thwart him, of course, but they’re going to need a little help from their friends. And by friends we mean Doctor Strange, Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Why Avengers: Infinity War shouldn’t be missed: After 10 years of Marvel magic and mayhem, it all comes down to this. Prepare to have your mind blown!
Fun fact: Tom Holland (who plays Spider-Man) wasn’t allowed to read the whole of the Infinity War script, as he’s so bad at keeping secrets.
Release date: 11 May
Directed by: John Stevenson
Voices: Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James McAvoy
Plot in brief: Swapping William Shakespeare in favour of Arthur Conan Doyle, this delightful sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet sees our favourite star-crossed garden ornaments moving to a lovely new garden, along with all their fellow gnomes. At first, life is blissful for our ceramic lovebirds, but then one day all of their friends and family mysteriously disappear.
Utterly baffled, Gnomeo and Juliet call in legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick Dr. Watson to help solve the case. What follows is a tale of epic proportions as this unlikely foursome attempt to bring every gnome home.
Why Sherlock Gnomes shouldn’t be missed: Colourful, madcap, knowing – this is an adventure that the entire family can enjoy.
Fun fact: Just like the first film, Sherlock Gnomes features the songs of Elton John. The legendary singer was an executive producer on both movies.
Release date: 15 May
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin
Plot in brief: Deadpool 2 sees our favourite obnoxious, fourth-wall-breaking anti-hero facing off against Josh Brolin’s time-hopping, cyber-soldier Cable who’s in town “for the kid”. The story also introduces X-Force, a sweary strike team fronted by Deadpool but also including Zadie Beetz’s awesome Domino and Terry Crews’ hard-as-nails Bedlam.
Why Deadpool 2 shouldn’t be missed: Family friendly? Absolutely not! But if you’re old enough to buy a ticket and don’t mind profanity galore, eye-popping uber-violence and the odd monologue to camera, then this is the sequel for you.
Fun fact: Having already been cast as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Josh Brolin was in two minds about accepting the role of Cable. But the script persuaded him. “I read it and laughed harder than I’ve laughed in a very long time,” he reveals.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Release date: 24 May
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover
Plot in brief: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a cocky young whippersnapper was beginning his journey to becoming everyone’s favourite galactic scoundrel. Yes, folks, after what seems like an eternity, Han Solo’s origin story is almost here – and all signs point to it being terrific.
The story is set within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld and sees Han meeting Chewie for the first time, as well as Donald Glover’s slick gambler, Lando Calrissian. Can he fulfil his dream of becoming the best pilot in the galaxy?
Why Solo: A Star Wars Story shouldn’t be missed: The look, the feel, the action, the jokes – it’s just pure Star Wars from start to finish. You’ll love every single second!
Fun fact: Solo’s original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller knew they’d found their ‘Han’ the moment they met Alden Ehrenreich. “He went against a lot of very strong competitors and was very consistently the guy, from minute one,” says Miller.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
Release date: 6 June
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Plot in brief: When we last saw Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing they were desperately fleeing Isla Nublar, having realised – just as Sir Richard Attenborough did 25 years ago in Jurassic Park – that dinosaurs don’t play well with others, especially not humans.
Fallen Kingdom picks up Owen and Claire’s story four years later, with Claire now a activist working to protect the dinosaurs (who haven’t just survived on their abandoned isle, but thrived). When a volcanic eruption threatens their safety, however, Claire persuades a reluctant Owen to return with her to the island to rescue the doomed beasts.
But along the way they learn about a terrifying conspiracy that could see these prehistoric animals ruling the planet once more…
Why Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom shouldn’t be missed: This is a thrilling fifth instalment that will leave you breathless with excitement, taking the story to a new different level...
Fun fact: Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as silky-smooth mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in the film. “He doesn’t have a major role in the action but it’s definitely a very meaningful one in terms of the story,” said director Bayona of Ian’s return.
Release date: 22 June
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
Plot in brief: Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8 is a revival (of sorts) of Steven Soderbergh’s hugely entertaining crime trilogy, which saw George Clooney, Matt Damon and pals attempting to pull off a series of big-time robberies. The difference this time? It’s Debbie Ocean (played by the ever-wonderful Sandra Bullock) rather than her brother Danny who’s attempting the heist of the decade. Debbie’s target: the Met Ball, or rather the few million necklace Anne Hathaway’s Daphne will be wearing around her neck at the bash.
But to achieve her goal, she’s going to need a string of accomplices. Step forward Cate Blanchett’s Lou, Mindy Kaling’s Amita, Sarah Paulson’s Tammy, Awkwafina’s Constance, Rihanna’s Eight Ball and Helena Bonham Carter’s Rose.
Why Ocean’s 8 shouldn’t be missed: It’s a rip-roaring crime caper that barely lets you pause for breath – in the very best way. Plus, that cast!
Fun fact: The film has cameos galore, with everyone from Anna Wintour and Katie Holmes to Serena Williams and Kylie Jenner popping up at one point or another.