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40 2017 Movies To See
The 89th Academy Awards were held this past Sunday and named Moonlight as the best movie of 2016. With 2016 now in the past, 2017 looks to offer plenty of blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls. Listed below are 40 movies coming out over the remaining 10 months of 2017 that you need to see.
While many superhero characters like Spider-Man, Superman and Batman have received multiple big screen treatments since the year 2000, one superhero hasn't been re-casted: Hugh Jackman's Logan aka Wolverine from X-Men. In this allegedly final chapter in which Jackman dons the metal claws, Logan comes out of hiding to protect a young girl with similar powers as him. In addition to Jackman, also back for this dark entry in the X-Men series is The Wolverine director James Mangold and Patrick Stewart (in his last appearance as the beloved Professor X). The real draw here, however, is the R rating, which was no doubt inspired by the success of last year's Deadpool. Opening this weekend to rave reviews, this is not to be missed.
Kong: Skull Island (3/10)
The giant ape receives his fourth cinematic treatment with this reboot set in the 70s where a group of explorers stumbles upon an island inhabited by Kong and a slew of deadly creatures fighting for territory. The cast (which includes Tom Hiddleston, recent Oscar winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Straight Outta Compton stars Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, and John C. Reilly) is reason enough to be excited, but the trailers promise a fun monster flick. Expect a showdown with Godzilla in 2020 if this makes enough money at the box office.
Beauty and the Beast (3/17)
In this live-action reimagining of the 1991 Disney animated classic, Emma Watson is Belle, Dan Stevens is the prince turned into a beast, Dan Stevens is Gaston, and a host of great actors (including Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and more) are the inanimate objects. While trailers don't give the impression this will be a unique spin on the story, the cast couldn't be better, and the technical aspects are sure to impress. Expect a box office fortune. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directs.
Space movies have become popular again after years of being in a lull, and the latest puts together a great cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson play astronauts who come across the first proof of alien life, which turns into a fight for survival. The trailers are generic, but the talent in front of the camera is undeniable, and the ones behind it (the writers also wrote Deadpool) indicate this will not be a typical sci-fi thriller. Hopefully, the move from a Memorial Day weekend opening to a late March release isn't the sign of a weak movie. The first of many sci-fi movies this year.
The Circle (4/28)
Emma Watson fans already excited about seeing her play Belle will have another movie to be excited about this spring. Watson plays a woman who goes to work for a tech company that isn't what it appears to be. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) directs this thriller which also stars Tom Hanks.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (5/5)
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the rest of the gang are back in this sequel to the surprise 2014 Marvel blockbuster. The story this time around has Star-Lord searching for his father. Joining the cast is Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone, while most of the original movie's principal cast has returned. With director and writer James Gunn also back, expect another fun adventure for this team. And expect a lot of Baby Groot toys to be sold.
Alien: Covenant (5/19)
2012's Prometheus, Ridley Scott's prequel to Alien, was one of the more divisive movies of its year, with many complaints that it was a carbon copy of the 1979 classic. That hasn't discouraged the director, now 79, from returning to the series he started a second time. In this sequel to Prometheus, the crew of another ship stumbles upon an unknown planet, only to discover it isn't the paradise it appears to be. Michael Fassbender returns along with a great new cast that also includes Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and Billy Crudup. The movie promises to be closer in spirit to the original Alien, which can only be a good thing.
Wonder Woman (6/2)
It hasn't been easy for DC Comics and their extended cinematic universe. Man of Steel wasn't a great start to the franchise, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad almost killed all optimism going forward. Hoping to get back on track with two new movies this year, the movie with better potential is Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot reprises her role from Batman v Superman in her first live-action film. Trailers have made it look entertaining so far, so there is every reason to believe that this will be the one that can turn the DC movie universe around.
It Comes at Night (6/9)
Joel Edgerton stars in this horror film in which a man and his family, along with another family seeking refuge, are terrorized by a mysterious figure in their desolate home. Released by A24, who just put out Best Picture winner Moonlight, the studio just moved it up from late August to early June, which is a vote of confidence. Riley Keough and Carmen Ejogo also star.
Rough Night (6/16)
Scarlett Johansson headlines this comedy in which she and her friends rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette party that spins out of control when the male stripper they hire accidentally ends up dead. It's a premise with potential, but the real draw here is the stars: the always funny Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz play Johansson's friends. Expect this to be a fun girl's night out choice that even the guys can enjoy.
The Beguiled (6/23)
Sophia Coppola directs this remake of the western of the same name from 1971 in which a Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is rescued and hides out at an all-girls boarding school in Mississippi (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning are among the inhabitants). The trailer is promising, so along with the cast, this should be a solid alternative choice this summer.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (7/7)
Sony whiffed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so badly that they were left no choice but to hit the reset button for the second time. In a deal with Marvel Studios, Spidey is now played by Tom Holland, receiving his first feature film after a promising cameo in Captain America: Civil War. In the supporting cast is Marisa Tomei as the caring Aunt May and Michael Keaton as the villain. All signs point to leaving a Spider-Man movie fully satisfied for the first time since 2004.
War for the Planet of the Apes (7/14)
The rebooted Planet of the Apes has become one of the best of the 2010s, as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wildly surpassed expectations. Matt Reeves, director of the sequel, is back, along with the entire cast of motion-captured primates (including Andy Serkis as Caesar). Plot details are currently vague, other than that this is the darkest installment yet in the series, but it couldn't be any bleaker than what's been happening in government affairs.
Having already tackled Batman, dreams, and wormholes, Christopher Nolan next turns his sights to World War II with this war drama about the battle of Dunkirk. The cast he has assembled is impeccable too, which includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Oscar winner Mark Rylance, One Direction's Harry Styles and a handful of new faces. Everything the director makes is worth watching, so mark this down as a must see for the summer.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (7/21)
Luc Besson (Lucy) directs this sci-fi adventure about a pair of space operatives (Dane DeHann and Cara Delevingne) sent on a mission to save the universe. The first trailers promise a lot of CGI, but all of the pieces are in place for this (an adaptation of a comic book) to become a fun summer blockbuster. As long as it's more along the lines of Besson's own The Fifth Element than the Wachowski's misfire Jupiter Ascending, we're all good here. Rihanna, Clive Owen, and John Goodman also star.
Atomic Blonde (7/28)
Charlize Theron stars in this thriller set during the cold war as an undercover MI6 agent tasked to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and find a list of double agents. Directed by David Leitch (John Wick) and based on a graphic novel series. James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, and John Goodman also star.
The Dark Tower (7/28)
Stephen King's popular fantasy series has finally made it to the big screen after several false starts (J.J. Abrams and then Ron Howard were once attached to the project). An 11-year-old boy is taken away to another dimension called Mid-World, where he aids a gunslinging knight (Idris Elba) on a journey to reach the Dark Tower on the other end in End-World as an evil sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) pursues them. There is a total of 8 books in the series, so Sony is hoping that this makes a box office splash and marks the beginning of a new franchise.
Untitled Detroit project (8/4)
Kathryn Bigelow is back five years after Zero Dark Thirty with her newest movie, about the Detriot police raid in 1967. Details are few at the moment, other than that Bigelow has a great cast (including John Boyega of the new Star Wars movies) at her disposal, and that the film will be the first distributed by the production studio, Annapurna Pictures.
Baby Driver (8/11)
Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is back with his latest movie after departing Ant-Man shortly before filming began over creative differences. The Fault in Our Stars' Ansel Elgort plays a getaway driver obsessed with his playlist who must save the girl of his dreams (Cinderella's Lily James) after messing up one of the heists. Wright hasn't produced a single dud so far, and this is his starriest cast to date (Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm also star). This should be one of the better movies of the summer.
Logan Lucky (8/18)
Steven Soderbergh returns from retirement (his last feature film was the HBO film Behind the Candelabra from 2013) with this heist comedy set at the Coca-Cola 600 race. Soderbergh gave us the Ocean's trilogy, so he knows a thing or two about heist movies, and this should be another winner with the cast he has put together (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, and more). This should be a fun way to end the summer.
Blade Runner 2049 (10/6)
Denis Villeneuve can do no wrong after a series of critically-acclaimed films including his most recent one, Arrival, so there is every reason in the world to be excited for this sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic which picks up after thirty years. Harrison Ford's Deckard is back, while Ryan Gosling is on board as the main protagonist of the film. The first trailer promises visuals that are as breathtaking as anything from the original 1982 movie, so it'll take sheer incompetence to mess this one up.
Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan) latest film is a domestic drama starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris. Expect more details to surface the closer we get to release, but based on names alone, this is one to be excited for.
The Snowman (10/13)
Michael Fassbender stars in this detective drama based on a best-selling novel that was almost once directed by Martin Scorsese. Rebecca Ferguson and J.K. Simmons also star.
God Particle (10/27)
The third installment in the Cloverfield movie "series" finds a group of astronauts in space who conduct an experiment only to find that Earth has disappeared afterward. 10 Cloverfield Lane turned out much better than it had any right to be, and I would watch this cast (which includes David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, Zhang Ziyi, Elizabeth Debicki and more) in anything. Anticipate a clever marketing campaign like its predecessors.
Thor: Ragnarok (11/3)
The standalone Thor movies have paled in comparison to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (or MCU for short) other franchises. But this third standalone adventure might change the course. Cate Blanchett is the villain Chris Hemsworth's Thor will be facing this time around, while Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Creed breakout Tessa Thompson and Sam Neill join the cast. With that much talent in front of the camera, what could go wrong?
Red Sparrow (11/10)
Jennifer Lawrence reunites with Francis Lawrence (her director of the Hunger Games sequels) for this thriller in which she plays a Russian spy who falls for a CIA officer and contemplates switching sides. The combination of the actress and the timeliness of the premise is sure to make it one of the fall's must-see movies. And it is certain to be better than Passengers, right?
Pixar has somewhat lost their mojo as they have pushed more towards sequels to their biggest hits than to producing original stories in recent times. While not much is out there in the way of details at the moment, the movie is directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3). The animation is sure to be great, as always.
Darkest Hour (11/24)
Atonement director Joe Wright is hoping to atone for the disaster that was Pan with this Winston Churchhill drama starring an unrecognizable Gary Oldman. Expect Oscar buzz for the actor. Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James and, in his final movie appearance, John Hurt also star.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12/15)
The sad and untimely death of Carrie Fisher has cast a dark cloud over the eighth installment in the series. This time, the director is Rian Johnson (Looper) and the story looks to have Luke Skywalker playing a much larger role. One of the chief complaints about The Force Awakens was that it adhered too closely to the template of A New Hope, so the filmmakers should be allowed more breathing room for creativity now that the introduction parts are out of the way.
Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) returns with this dramedy with sci-fi undertones. Matt Damon stars a man who agrees to shrink himself turn his hectic life around. It's an interesting concept, and the combination of Payne and Damon (along with a supporting cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and more) is enough to guarantee this will be one of the titles to catch over Christmas.
The Greatest Showman (12/25)
Hugh Jackman's first post-Wolverine role will be as circus founder P.T. Barnum in this biographical musical. The lack of accomplished credentials behind the camera causes skepticism, but there's no shortage of talent in front, as the cast also includes Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson, and the music is written by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. A lot will be riding on the success or failure of this movie when it opens at the end of the year in hopes of replicating the success of past musicals.
Alex Garland made one of the best directorial debuts ever with Ex Machina a few years ago, and his follow-up effort looks to find him chartering similar sci-fi territory, but with a bigger cast. Natalie Portman plays a biologist who goes looking for her missing husband in a toxic environmental zone along with a team of scientists. After his directorial debut, I'm on board with anything Garland does. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson also star, as does Ex Machina star Oscar Isaac.
Battle of the Sexes (TBA)
Fresh off of her Oscar win in Best Actress for La La Land, Emma Stone turns to this biographical comedy from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine. Stone plays tennis player Billie Jean King, who took on sexist former champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) in a famous 1973 match. Fox Searchlight hasn't given this one a date yet, but expect it to land sometime in third or fourth quarter.
Call Me by Your Name (TBA)
A romantic drama set in 1980s Italy between a teen (Interstellar's Timothee Chalamet) and a young man (Armie Hammer) recently premiered at Sundance to universal acclaim and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics to the tune of $6 million. Keep an eye out for this Oscar hopeful when it opens later this year.
A Ghost Story (TBA)
Rooney Mara and recently Oscar appointed Casey Affleck star in this drama that premiered to rave reviews at Sundance and will be released at some point this year.
The Glass Castle (TBA)
Oscar winner Brie Larson has some exciting projects on the way (Kong: Skull Island, Captain Marvel), which include this drama based on Jeannette Wall's memoir detailing her nomadic upbringing. Larson will most likely be in the Oscar conversation again for her performance, along with Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts as the troubled parents.
Mary Magdalene (TBA)
Rooney Mara reunites with her Lion director Gareth Davis for this new take on the Mary Magdalene tale that also stars Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter. Expect an opening at the end of the year in New York and Los Angeles before opening everywhere throughout January.
Molly's Game (TBA)
Writer Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut, based on the memoir of Molly Bloom, played in the movie by Jessica Chastain. Bloom was a former Olympic hopeful who established an high-stakes underground poker game that made her a target of the FBI. The combination of Sorkin and Chastain plus interesting subject matter will make this one of the most anticipated films of the end of the year, which is when it will most likely open. Kevin Costner, Idris Elba, and Michael Cera also star.
George Clooney directs his sixth movie with this crime comedy with a cast to die for (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin) and written by the Coen brothers. Based on talent alone, this will be one to watch out for whenever it opens.
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson movie
Acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson has reunited with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis (in his first movie since winning his third Best Actor Oscar for Lincoln) for a fashion drama set in the 1950s. The movie is filming right now and will be released late in the year to compete for awards.