2017 is going to be a great year to sit back at the cinema and take in some flicks so I compiled a list of 17 movies to look forward to in 2017.
The Book of Love
Henry (Jason Sudeikis) loses his wife in a car accident so he sets out to help a homeless teen (Maisie Williams) build a raft. This movie intrigues me in that the story features loss but it’s also about rebuilding yourself and your life after that loss. I’m also curious to see a movie that doesn’t feature Jason Sudeikis in a non-comedic role that doesn’t have him playing a self-centered asshole.
Release Date: January 13th
Split is about three girls abducted and then held hostage by a man with 24 distinct personalities. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring James McAvoy the trailer looks absolutely terrifying and it has appealed to horror and non-horror fans alike. The obvious caveat is, while M. Night Shyamalan started his career with early success like the Sixth Sense (1999) and Unbreakable (2000) he also had a bit of a losing streak with the Village (2004) and Lady in the Water (2006) but, 2015’s dabble into found footage (which I hate), The Visit, brought him back into the good graces of movie goers so I’m curious to see how he plans to capture audiences the way James McAvoy captured those girls in the trailer.
Release Date: January 20th
After 17 years and 9 movies (including cameos) Hugh Jackman is finally going to hang up the leather jacket and retract his claws for good as he plays Wolverine one more time. Wolverine, who’s actual name is Logan, has always had a story of extreme emotional pain and suffering juxtaposed to his ability to heal rapidly. Logan picks up with our familiar friend older and alone, stating in the trailer that all the mutants are gone with the exception of him and Professor X, until the professor tells Logan of a girl that is like him. Let’s hope that Logan is a fitting end for not only the character but Hugh Jackman too.
Release Date: March 3rd
Beauty and the Beast
While I personally am not a huge fan of Disney, I am a fan of their movement to update the animated classics of old with live action films. My curiosity was piqued with the first trailer being a shot for shot homage to the animated movie. I’m hoping that was just a cute nod to the animated movie and this isn’t going to be like 1998’s version of Psycho with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche which was a terrible shot for shot recreation of the original.
Release Date: March 17th
In Gifted Chris Evans raises his gifted niece until his mother steps in to try and take custody of her. What intrigues me most about this movie is the similarity to Good Will Hunting in the debate over what this gifted individual should do. Do they owe it to the world to make advances in math or should they be allowed to just be themselves and make their own decisions? Gifted also stars academy award nominee Octavia Spencer and the very under rated Jenny Slate.
Release Date: April 14th
Not only is Wonder Woman the next installment in the DCEU but I think we can all agree that our lives could all use more ass kicking from Gal Gadot. In all seriousness though, not only does the movie look good but Wonder Woman is the ultimate female superhero and it’s time that her story was updated and brought to the big screen.
Release Date: June 2nd
Not only does the newest reboot of the mummy feature a female mummy but based on the trailer it looks like Tom Cruise will be getting throttled throughout the whole film and who doesn’t want to see him get his ass kicked?
Release Date: June 9th
A father convinces his friends to help him start an illegal casino in his basement after he squanders his daughters college fund. If the plot doesn’t sound good to you maybe the words starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler will….Honestly if neither of those two excite you then you clearly haven’t seen them enough.
Release Date: June 30th
After seeing our favorite web slinger join up with Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War (2016) we will now get to see him in his own movie. While the story is being rebooted for the second time this decade all reports are pointing to this being the best version of your friendly neighborhood Spiderman yet.
Release Date: July 7th
War for Planet of the Apes
The second sequel to the origin story started in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes this movie finds Caesar battling humans in an all-out war. While the 2001 Mark Wahlberg movie was less than stellar the most recent two movies have been excellent so there’s no reason to think that this one will be anything less than excellent.
Release Date: July 14th
The story of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Also you can’t go wrong with either Christopher Nolan or Tom Hardy but when they team up together it’s truly something else.
Release Date: July 21st
Every 27 years the evil clown Pennywise returns to Derry, Maine to terrorize a group of friends. 27 years after Tim Curry donned the white face paint Bill Skarsgard will bring to life the monster in this remake of Stephen King’s classic novel.
Release Date: September 8th
Does the excessive gore and creative traps of the Saw franchise excite me? No. Does one of the best storylines put together for a horror franchise? Yes, and I’m hoping that after a five year hiatus the writers of Saw: Legacy decide to focus more on the plot than pain in this movie.
Release Date: October 27th
What (more like who) was missing from last years Captain America: Civil War? Thor! The Hulk! And both return in this installment to the MCU.
Release Date: November 3rd
Marvel has the Avengers, DC has the Justice League. Batman vs. Superman (2016) and Wonder Woman (2017) set the stage to meet the rest of the Justice League.
Release Date: November 17th
Star Wars Episode VIII
My nom-de-plum is Brando Calrissian and I write for a website called Echo Base. Do I need to explain why I included this one on the list? My being a fan of the franchise aside this movie excites me because of how Force Awakens ends. After spending an entire movie searching for and finding Luke we were left with more questions than answers. I’m hoping that Episode VIII will shed some light on burning questions such as Rey’s parentage, who supreme leader snoke is, and how is Chewbacca dealing with the death of his wing man?
Release Date: December 15th
The Greatest Showman
A Biopic about the greatest showman of all time, PT Barnum. How could this not be a great movie? The movie is being billed as a Biographical Musical Drama and stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum alongside Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. Fans of Hugh Jackman, who is typically remembered for his rougher action roles, may have concerns of him starring in a musical but I’d like to remind them not only of his performance in the 2012 movie adaptation of Les Miserables in addition to performing both on London’s West End and winning a Tony Award for The Boy from Oz.
Release Date: December 29th