Empire Issue Preview: Review Of The Year 2018, Tom Cruise, Mortal Engines, Bumblebee, Dolph Lundgren, American History X

Time flies when you’re having fun at the movies. That’s the only rational explanation we have for the fact that it’s somehow already time for the December 2018 issue of Empire – our Review of the Year edition, looking at the best movies and the moments that mattered on the big screen. We’ve already revealed our Best Movies of 2018 list – as compiled from individual Top 10s by members of the Empire team – and with the magazine hitting the shelves on Thursday 1 November, it’s time to unveil a look at what’s inside.

Empire – December 2018

Review of the Year

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

Where do we start? Well, with Avengers: Infinity War – the film that topped our aggregated list by a considerable distance – breaking down our six favourite aspects of the MCU’s gigantic blockbuster. Elsewhere you’ll find the real criminals behind the story of American Animals , breakout star Cynthia Erivo, and a brand new interview with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski on A Quiet Place . All that, and we’ve got Guillermo Del Toro talking about his emotional Oscar victory, and why it means so much to him in the year that his father passed away.

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

As if all that wasn’t special enough, we’ve also got the architects of instant action classic Mission: Impossible – Fallout in conversation, talking about their unstoppable partnership, falling off cliffs, and those incredible stunts.

Mortal Engines

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

Empire goes on set of the gas-guzzling fantasy epic, exploring the relationship between director Christian Rivers and his mentor Peter Jackson – the man who brought the project to life.

Dolph Lundgren

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

This month’s Empire Interview is with Ivan Drago himself, talking his damaged turn in Creed II , familial violence, and how Rocky IV changed his life forever.

"The Hunger Games." On the set of the Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence told co-star Josh Hutcherson she could kick all the way over his head. Instead, she gave him a concussion.

Bumblebee

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

The Transformers films have always been Michael Bay’s baby – but the franchise is getting a bold new voice for its solo spin-off. Step in Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight, who tells us all about how he’s transforming the series.

American History X

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

Director Tony Kaye tells the full, tumultuous story of his searing neo-Nazi drama – clashes with Edward Norton, law suits, and movie jail – 20 years since its release.

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Empire – December 2018 review of the year

We’ve got fresh looks at Roma and Sorry To Bother You , a defense of A Star Is Born ’s gender politics, a guide to Spider-Verse ’s many spider-people, and dive into the world of The Mandalorian .

Re.View

Empire – December 2018 review of the year

J.A. Bayona breaks down Fallen Kingdom ’s major moments, we look back at subversive horror classic Candyman , revisit the legendary shoot of Hudson Hawk , binge-watch Gerard Butler movies, rank Arnie’s catalogue, and dig deep into Paul Schrader’s First Reformed .

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Empire – December 2018