2017 Movie Preview

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As 2016 wraps up with many of its best films backloaded into November and December (at least more so than in years past), we’re looking to 2017 in hopes that the upcoming year’s best films will be a little more spread out. With big blockbusters, auteur films, and sometimes a marriage of both, 2017 is already looking pretty good. Here are ten films we can’t wait for in the new year.


Photo Credit:http://bit.ly/2hasfZAThe Lego Batman Movie

One of the best characters in 2014’s surprise success, The Lego Movie, was Will Arnett’s satirical take on Batman. Now, through the magic of Hollywood wanting to make money, we’re getting a solo spinoff that actually looks hilarious. Zach Galifianakis will voice the Joker while Michael Cera will voice Robin. The trailer is charming and loaded with gags for the most devout Batman fans. (Feb. 10)


Photo Credit:https://www.inverse.com/article/25154-hugh-jackman-wanted-an-r-rated-logan-so-bad-he-paid-for-itLogan

Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for just shy of two decades. Now, with the aptly titled Logan, he’s going to finally hang up the claws. Based on the trailer, what a way to do so. The film looks more like Hell or High Water than any X-Men movie. With Patrick Strewart also returning as Charles Xavier, Wolverine looks to be getting the fresh sendoff he deserves. (Mar. 3)


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok

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Michael Keaton playing a Spider-Man villain. Jeff Goldblum just being in the MCU at all. Baby Groot. Planet Hulk. 2017 looks to be a dynamite year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with three very promising films debuting throughout the year. With Captain America: Civil War proving that the studio can still deliver the goods, we anticipate these films will all continue to serve the Marvel brand well. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: May 5; Spider-Man: Homecoming: Jul. 7; Thor: Ragnarok: Nov. 3)


Photo Credit:http://wonderwomanfilm.com/Wonder Woman

The time has finally come. Despite DC’s 2016 failures, one of their few successes was Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman in the awful Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now she’s getting her long overdue solo film. This is a true test for Warner Bros. and DC. Can this highly anticipated debut make the waves DC’s other films have not? Or will it solidify that they just don’t know what to do with these characters. (Jun. 2)


Photo Credit:http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/12/22/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-includes-a-big-connection-to-the-original-movie-seriesWar for the Planet of the Apes

One of the most pleasantly surprising franchise comebacks of the decade has been the revived Planet of the Apes films. Matt Reeves will return to the director’s chair after the exceptional Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with Andy Serkis once again playing the lead ape, Caesar. Woody Harrelson joins the cast as the chief human this round, which only bodes well for the blockbuster. (Jul. 14)


Photo Credit:https://oriver.style/cinema/luke-lightsaber-ithano/Star Wars Episode VIII

What’s next for Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and all the other great new characters introduced in 2015’s The Force Awakens? A year from now, we’ll know, as the middle chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy will hits theaters. Rian Johnson of Looper and Breaking Bad fame will take the reigns from J.J. Abrams for the king of all film franchises. We eagerly await to see what Rey and Luke’s meeting entails. (Dec. 15)


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2015 brought one of the decade-best sci-fi films with Ex Machina. Now, in 2017, director Alex Garland returns to with a new mysterious sci-fi film starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac. Plot details are scarce, but the film involves an expedition into an environmental disaster film. Either way, this is a sci-fi feature to look out for in 2017. (TBD)


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After the divisive Noah, director Darren Aronofsky will return to smaller filmmaking with a low-budget film called Mother. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the cast is loaded with beloved faces, including Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris. As far as Aronofsky’s direction is concerned, the smaller the better. Hopefully Mother will be a return to form for one of cinema’s most exciting directors. (TBD)


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The legendary Bong Joon-Ho will follow up his phenomenal Snowpiercer in 2017 with a film about a young girl protecting a giant monster, the titular Okja, from the government. Starring Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steve Yuen, Lily Collins, and Giancarlo Esposito, the film looks to continue the fun charisma of the auteur’s previous successes. (TBD)


http://www.avclub.com/article/paul-thomas-anderson-and-daniel-day-lewis-reunite--237717 Credit: Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film

One of the most exciting director/actor pairings since the turn of the century will be reuniting in 2017. Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel-Day Lewis will team up for a film about the London fashion scene in the 1950s. Little is known other than that production will begin early in the year, but with these names involved we have reason to be excited. (TBD)


What other films are you excited for in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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