50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

From a solo Black Panther to a young Han Solo, Spielberg going retro to Barry Jenkins doing James Baldwin – the films we can't wait to see this year

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'If Beale Street Could Talk' (Fall 2018)
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'If Beale Street Could Talk' (Fall 2018)

For his follow-up to Moonlight, Barry Jenkins turns to a James Baldwin novel about a love that persists through oppression and racial injustice. For the lead roles of Fonny and Tish, he's cast Stephan James – who's already played John Lewis (Selma) and Jesse Owens (Race) in his young career – and newcomer Kiki Layne, who won the part over 300 other women who auditioned. After the couple fall in love, get engaged and expect their first child, Fonny is framed for rape, leading Tish and her dysfunctional family to take up the cause of liberating him from a corrupt system. It may sound like a change of pace for Jenkins, but the romantic spirit that illuminates Baldwin's book isn't far removed from the world of his Oscar-winning breakthrough. ST 

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