THIS MONTH AT EM­PIRE

Empire (UK) - - NEWS - TERRI WHITE ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF @ter­ri_white

I’VE NEVER BEEN a huge fan of sur­prises. If you’re go­ing to throw me a sur­prise party, tell me about it first. If you’re go­ing to buy me a present, check my ram­blings on Twit­ter. And don’t even think of jump­ing out at me wear­ing a Wil­liam Shat­ner mask. But 2018 was so full of pleas­ant sur­prises, it might have turned me around on that. (Well, not the Shat­ner bit.)

Back in Jan­uary, who could have guessed Jim from the Amer­i­can Of­fice

would di­rect one of the year’s best and scari­est movies? Or that the sixth Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble would be the best ac­tion film in a decade? Or that the lat­est Avengers

ad­ven­ture would end with half the uni­verse be­ing fin­ger-clicked into obliv­ion?

Which is why this is­sue we’ve gone all­out to cel­e­brate a fan­tas­tic year for cin­ema. John Krasin­ski and Emily Blunt re­flect on the sleeper-hit phe­nom­e­non that was A Quiet Place. Guillermo del Toro shares the very per­sonal story of how he made Os­car­win­ner The Shape Of Wa­ter. And Tom Cruise and Christo­pher Mcquar­rie re­veal how they made Fall­out so damn ex­plo­sive.

Else­where we get un­der the hood of Trans­form­ers spin-off Bum­ble­bee and un­veil Peter Jack­son’s lat­est epic of­fer­ing, while I had an un­for­get­table en­counter in Stock­holm with He-man him­self: Dolph Lund­gren. Who wasn’t at all what I ex­pected. In a good way. Ac­tu­ally, now I think about it, maybe I do like sur­prises.

James Dyer,Ben Travis with The and ChrisLord Of He­witt chatThe Rings’Mon­aghan and Lost’sfor the Do­minic Em­pirePod­cast in Lon­don. meet to Jack­son and Peter doc­u­men­tary, Sem­lyenWar INick de World his new about chat Grow Old.NotThey Shall shoots Steve Schofield Pho­tog­ra­pherSwedish on the beau­ti­ful Dolph Lund­gren penin­sula of In­garo. Ben Travis(right) meets in Damien Lon­don’s Chaze Corinthia Ho­tel to t about FirstM

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