With 2018's glut of highly-anticipated blockbuster movies, buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls and otherwise intriguing genre efforts, it's fair to say that the next 12 months won't leave film lovers wanting for movies to root for.
However, as we all know, setting your expectations too high is an easy path to disappointment: just look at how many fans convinced themselves that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be a resolute apology for The Force Awakens, only to find themselves failing to connect with Rian Johnson's divisive vision for the series moving forward.
Though it's entirely possible that at least a few of these 13 movies will in fact live up to their potential, what's known or been shown off so far doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence.
From underwhelming trailers to troubled productions, not to mention Hollywood's generally cynical approach to prioritising money over art, these films are all primed to leave most viewers disappointed and wondering why they got hyped-up in the first place.
Do yourself a favour: temper your expectations. You'll have way more fun that way...
13. Alita: Battle Angel
Release Date: July 20
If there's one word to describe Alita: Battle Angel, it's "ambitious", but that word is usually followed by "failure" where big-budget Hollywood manga adaptations are concerned, so why would this Robert Rodriguez-directed effort be any different?
Though the seemingly infallible James Cameron is on-board as a producer, it's still tough to imagine Rodriguez, a wildly inconsistent filmmaker who has never made a movie anywhere near this $200 million price point before, pulling it all off.
Rodriguez and Cameron's decision to digitally enlarge Alita's eyes to match the source material has been met with its share of controversy and criticism, which alone could help sink the movie, at least commercially if not also critically.
This is a movie best approached with low expectations, that it'll be a visual spectacle without much of substance to back it up, and if it's anything more than that, it'll be a hugely pleasant surprise.
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