Thanks to streaming services, we have a treasure trove of movies close by whenever and wherever we want them… however, there is still nothing like the thrill of seeing a blockbuster on the big screen.
Even with more than half the year gone, there is still plenty on the horizon for 2017! Here are 17 films that we are truly excited for! A blend of big franchise heavy-hitters, indie sweethearts, and other under-the-radar alternatives.
Tom Cruise as a presumptuous, drug-running running pilot? You better believe it! American Made is based on a true story, and it is a wild one: pilot Barry Seal is recruited by the CIA to fly illicit goods into Central America, but then gets mixed up with the Medellin cocaine cartel. The film is directed by Doug Liman, from The Bourne Identity and Go, so it should have a genuine active vitality! Cruise’s typical magnetism should ensure a good time too.
This looks horrifying! Stephen King’s classic novel about a shape-shifting clown monster gets a refreshed adaptation this year from Andrés Muschietti. The monster changes form to become whatever each person fears the most (kind of a Boggart in Harry Potter series) and you will certainly find something to irrationally frighten you in this adaptation, which combines the original story with a bit of modern genre flair.
This film looks like utter madness. The acclaimed king of psychological thrillers, Darren Aronofsky is back with Mother! The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who buy and renovate a country home, only to have a strange couple appear – and after that, things get super surreal.
The original Kingsman: The Secret Service was a sensational revelation: sort of James Bond with a superhero soul, complete with insane fight sequences and characters, along with brilliant, cheeky humour. And now it is back for more with The Golden Circle. Like the first flick, this comic adaptation hails from Matthew Vaughn and it brings Taron Egerton’s “Eggsy” back for battles against a cavalcade of oddball enemies. And look, another person is back in spite of being shot point-blank in the face in the last film…
LEGO’s own mystical ninja-themed sub-brand makes a big appearance in this film, with yet another spinoff to The LEGO Movie after this year’s excellent Batman-centric entry. Thankfully, it does not seem like you need to know the characters or toys to appreciate The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Like the past films, Ninjago looks like it was made from millions of real plastic bricks, is packed with frenetic action, and seems to be absolutely stacked with jokes. It has big shoes to fill given the last two LEGO movies, but following that same blueprint, looks like a sure bet so far.
The original Blade Runner is so utterly famous and influential that there is an intrinsic urge to fear a subsequent film diminishing its inheritance… but hey, if Star Wars can have an awesome sequel after all this time, then maybe Blade Runner can as well. Harrison Ford leads a cast expanded by Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, and picks up 30 years after the original – where Gosling is now the replicant hunter, and in search of Deckard’s help. Blade Runner 2049 absolutely nails the classic aesthetic and it looks totally killer in this latest trailer. Also worth noting: it is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has also directed two hugely acclaimed films – Sicario and Arrival.
Ever watch a movie trailer and still have absolutely no idea what it is all about? That is what happens with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from the director of The Lobster. This psychological thriller spotlights a surgeon whose home life starts to fall apart once he befriends a seemingly twisted teen at the hospital, and, well… some strange things happen. And that Ellie Goulding cover sets a haunting stage for this preview.
Another Wonder Woman movie? Well, not exactly. While DC scored a major hit with its big-screen adaptation earlier this summer, Professor Marston actually recounts the tale of how the character was created. And it is a wild story! Marston uses a pseudonym to calm his own polyamory and enthusiasm in sadomasochism, much like Wonder Woman keeps her own secret identity under wraps. It is not your typical superhero origin story, but it looks fascinating.
This is a compelling collaboration between Joel and Ethan Coen (writers), George Clooney (director), and Matt Damon (actor). As you may expect, it looks like a lot of fun. Damon stars as father and husband in a seemingly idyllic suburb, but he owes money to the mob – and then his wife is killed. When they seek his child, he snaps and pledges to take out his pursuers. It looks really dark, but also truly amusing. Given the parties involved, that blend should work rather well.
Thor: The Dark World might have been the least exciting Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to date, but the Asgardian warrior will not endure a similar fate twice. His next film Thor: Ragnarok, looks like a rollicking good time. Ragnarok has a strong Guardians of the Galaxy vibe, with a dose of classic rock, weird creatures, and awesome humour on the back end. Oh, and an eyeliner-clad Jeff Goldbum, which should elevate any film. Credit the unexpected director choice of Taika Waititi for breathing some fresh life into this hero’s solo adventures.
After both Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, we were about ready to steer clear from DC’s film universe for good. However, Wonder Woman is fantastic, and the Avengers-esque Justice League looks like it could proceed with that astounding shift. The early Justice League teaser footage is energetic and funny, and most of all it looks downright inviting. On the other hand, the director is still Zack Snyder… so there is some room for optimism, but try not to get your hopes up too much!
Pixar is submerged in another run of sequels but its next original film looks intriguing, as well. Coco is about a 12-year-old Mexican boy who accidentally discovers his way into the Land of the Dead on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and runs into fallen relatives, thus triggering an odyssey that will bring him back to the land of the living. You will be in for something really special if Pixar’s next original ends up more like the amazing Inside Out and less like the tedious The Good Dinosaur.
Aaron Sorkin has written some excellent films and created cult classic TV shows, but Molly’s Game marks his very first big-screen directorial appearance. Molly’s Game recounts the real-life story of Molly Bloom, a woman who held weekly illicit poker games for movie stars, mobsters, and athletes, from her underground rise to her investigation by the FBI. With Jessica Chastain as the lead and Idris Elba co-starring, Molly’s Game could well live up to Sorkin’s best work.
Can a movie about the making of one of the worst movies of all time really be awesome? The plot of this film, based on actor Greg Sestero’s tell-all book about The Room, a movie that is absolutely perplexing in its badness yet simultaneously a standout among the most engaging films you can watch with your mates. James Franco takes the role of The Room’s director/star Tommy Wiseau, and likewise serves as both director and star for this film – and then cast his brother, Dave Franco, as Sestero. Odd, isn’t it?
In the same way, as many of Guillermo del Toro’s creations, this film has a freaky beast in play. Here, it is used to drive a captivating story of companionship against the odds. The film spotlights the mysterious connection between a mute janitor of a secret lab and the lizard-human creature it houses. It looks sweet and emotional, and also quite beautiful. Del Toro has unquestionably made some striking films in the past, and this only hopes to keep that trend.
Remember those chills you got watching the first Force Awakens trailer? Set yourself up then, the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer looks incredible! Luke takes his former master Yoda’s part in training a new disciple in Rey, and we get some dazzling action and fight sequences at the same time. And the genuine kicker here: who would have imagined that Luke would be the one to look at the end of the Jedi? We are not surprised at how captivating this tease is, but even so, it seems clear that director Rian Johnson has a real treat coming with Episode VIII here.
Jumanji looks somewhat different here. The board game of the 1995 original and the source kid’s book has been swapped for a dusty video game console that magically sucks players into its dream wilderness world. It is silly but Welcome to the Jungle could be plenty entertaining all the same. The Rock is charming in pretty much anything and flanked by Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan as amped-up video game legends, surely there is plenty of personalities around to make this a smash!