While Terence Malick’s Song to Song and Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting didn’t fare so well, newcomers like Jordan Peele, director of Get Out and Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman have now caught critic attention. We are still however left with half a year and so, here’s a list of movies from critically acclaimed directors that you ought to look out for this year (in order of release).

5. Wonder Wheel 

Wonder Wheel starring Justin Timberlake, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi and Juno Temple is an upcoming period drama set in 1950’s New York, directed by Academy-Award winning director Woody Allen. The plot is unknown but the movie is set in Coney Island, New York. Justin will be playing Mickey Rubin, a lifeguard. The details of the other three have not been given but have been quoted to be “larger-than-life” characters. The movie is slated for a December release.

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Wonder Wheel | photo: slashfilm.com

4. Phantom Thread 

Phantom Thread starring three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis is an upcoming drama, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The movie is set in the fashion world of 1950’s London and revolves around a dressmaker who’s called upon to design for the royal family. The movie is slated for a December release. The director is known to have a liking for Daniel Day Lewis and their last combination ‘There Will Be Blood’ is a cinematic beauty that won Lewis his second Oscar. Here’s hoping this reunion will win even the director an Oscar too!

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Phantom Thread | photo: whitby-photography.com

3. Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Lawrence Fishburn is an upcoming comedy drama, directed by Boyhood director Richard Linklater. The movie is based on the book of the same name and is slated to release this November. The movie is expected to open the New York Film Festival this year. The Before trilogy director has been known to have a particular art of film-making for scripts focused on conversations.

Last Flag Flying | photo: ew.com

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2. Mother!

‘Mother!’ starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is an upcoming psychological horror-thriller film, written and directed by Darron Aronofsky. The movie revolves around a couple’s relationship and how it gets disrupted when uninvited guests enter their house. The ‘Black Swan’ director has also grouped in Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and Kristin Wig for the movie. The movie is slated for an October release this year.

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Mother! | photo: dreadcentral.com

1. Dunkirk

Dunkirk starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles is the upcoming war drama that everyone’s looking out for. Based on a true story, the movie is set in WW2 and is about the methodical evacuation of 33,000 soldiers who get stuck on the beaches of Dunkirk, surrounded by the enemy. The movie, directed by visionary Christopher Nolan, is to hit theaters on the 21st of July. Nolan is using musical genius Hans Zimmer for the soundtrack again. For Hardy, this is his third time working with Nolan and during a promotional interview recently, he expressed how he would never say “No” to working with Nolan. Information was also released on how Nolan used almost 6000 extras for shooting and that the whole shoot at Dunkirk took place at the exact spot where the actual event happened. Everyone’s hoping this movie is going to given the nod to Nolan at the Oscars and will truly be a much-deserved win.

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Dunkirk | photo: independent.co.uk