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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'The Rider' (Apr. 13)

After having been injured in a fall and stuck with a plate in his head, a Native American rodeo star (Brady Jandeau) is forced to put his ridin' and ropin' days behind him. As to what lays in his future, the young man knows he doesn't want to end a drunk like his dad – or permanently injured like his best friend, a former bronco-busting hotshot confined to a wheelchair. Past that, it all seems to be an open-ended question. Part semi-documentary, part semi-fictional storytelling and an all-American chronicle of hardship and transcendental bliss, filmmaker Chloé Zhao has real-life circuit riders recreating scenes from their own life – the scene in which Jandeau actually horse-whispers an untamed animal is incredible – and reclaiming Western iconography. It's a winner. DF

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