Empires 50 Biggest Movies To Get Excited About In 2017

Forget 2016. 2017 is, in a very real and literal sense, where it’s at right now. With the chiming of a new year comes the promise of new movies – here are 50 of the most promising on Empire’s radar. Please note: all release dates are UK only, and correct at time of writing, but as is the way with these things, subject to change.


La La Land

 

When’s it due? 13 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Damien Chazelle (director); Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons (cast).
What’s it about? An aspiring actress (Stone) and a traditionalist jazz musician (Gosling) meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, as only two young and impossibly good-looking people can. But can true love compete with creative ambitions? This is essentially a modern day take on the old-school Hollywood musical, from the team behind Whiplash. Think Singin’ In The Rain– only with more texting and traffic jams.
Why should I be excited? It’s generating serious Oscar buzz for all involved – and has already generated serious gallons of joyful tears among US cinemagoers already.

Watch the trailer.


Manchester By The Sea

 

When’s it due? 13 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Kenneth Lonergan (director); Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler (cast).
What’s it about? Kenneth Lonergan’s follow-up to the critically-adored Margaret sees Casey Affleck play an introverted janitor who finds himself inadvertently looking after his nephew after the death of his brother. It’s a quiet and often unsparing study of grief. Nothing to do with the very much landlocked Manchester, England.
Why should I be excited? Casey Affleck has been an Oscar frontrunner ever since the film debuted at Sundance last year. Not a barrel of laughs, mind.

Watch the trailer.


Live By Night

 

When’s it due? 13 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Ben Affleck (director); Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning (cast).
What’s it about? Ben Affleck returns behind the camera for another Dennis Lehane adaptation (he also adapted Gone Baby Gone). Affleck himself plays Joe Coughlin, a notorious bootlegger and gangster in 1930s Boston and later Florida, who quickly loses sight of his morals.
Why should I be excited? It’s Affleck’s first film as director in five years. Last time came with clutch of Oscars. Could he repeat the trick?

Watch the trailer.


xXx: Return Of Xander Cage

 

When’s it due? 19 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? D.J. Caruso (director); Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Samuel L. Jackson (cast).
What’s it about? The third film in the xXx series sees the return of Xander Cage – government agent, tattoo aficionado, and extreme sports enthusiast – return from exile to fight shady generic bad guys with an extremely diverse arsenal (guns, parachutes, skis).
Why should I be excited? This will be worth a watch – if only to see how they explain the fact that Xander Cage was definitely supposed to have died in the last movie.

Watch the trailer.


Jackie

 

When’s it due? 20 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Pablo Larraín (director); Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig (cast).
What’s it about? An impressionistic, intimate biopic of former First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, set over the dramatic few days when her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.
Why should I be excited? Pablo Larraín is on something of a critical hot streak at the moment, with this and Neruda both debuting this year to rave notices. Natalie Portman’s bulging award shelf may need some reinforcements, too.

Watch the trailer.


Sing

 

When’s it due? 27 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Garth Jennings (director); Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton (cast).
What’s it about? Zootopia meets The X-Factor for this colourful kid-friendly animated outing in which a world of talking animals compete to see who is the best singer.
Why should I be excited? Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey plays a koala bear.

Watch the trailer.


T2: Trainspotting

 

When’s it due? 27 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Danny Boyle (director); Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle (cast).
What’s it about? Almost exactly twenty years after we first met them, Britfilm’s infamous Scottish junkie quartet return for more errant behaviour north-of-the-border. Having betrayed his mates on the drug deal of the century, Renton (McGregor) returns to Edinburgh to make amends.
Why should I be excited? The sequel to one of the best British films ever made promises to be as fast, frenetic, funny, and affecting as a reunion between three heroin addicts and an alcoholic psycopath could ever possibly hope to be.

Watch the trailer.


Hacksaw Ridge

 

When’s it due? 27 January, 2017
Who’s behind it? Mel Gibson (director); Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn (cast).
What’s it about? Mel Gibson returns from a decade-long directing hiatus to tell the true story of Desmond Doss (Garfield), a Seventh Day Adventist and conscientious objector who enlists in the army during World War II – despite his steadfast refusal to hold a rifle.
Why should I be excited? With standing ovations reported across early screenings, this could be the beginning of a Gibsonaissance.

Watch the trailer.


Toni Erdmann

 

When’s it due? 3 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Maren Ade (director); Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn (cast).
What’s it about? A practical joker of a father attempts to reconnect with his daughter by posing as a life coach. Broad, barrelsome laughs ensue.
Why should I be excited? Ignore those who might xenophobically quip that “German comedy” is an oxymoron: this topped many critics’ best of 2016 lists, and will be the foreign language film to beat at this year’s Oscars.


Prevenge

 

When’s it due? 10 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Alice Lowe (director); Alice Lowe, Jo Hartley, Kavyan Novak (cast).
What’s it about? A heavily-pregnant woman begins exacting bloody revenge on a number of unsuspecting victims – egged on by her unborn foetus. A revenge movie with a difference.
Why should I be excited? Uniquely, Alice Lowe was seven-and-a-half months pregnant in real life when filming began. Expect Sightseers-level black comedy.

Watch the trailer.


The Lego Batman Movie

 

When’s it due? 10 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Chris McKay (director); Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson (cast).
What’s it about? Bruce Wayne lives a solitary life as the Batman, the masked vigilante who fights the criminals of Gotham City alone – until he is forced to team up with the boy Robin. Sidenote: Bruce Wayne is Lego. Everything is Lego.
Why should I be excited? If this is even as fractionally brilliant as The Lego Movie, then it will extremely brilliant indeed.

Watch the trailer.


John Wick: Chapter 2

 

When’s it due? 17 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Chad Stahelski (director); Keanu Reeves, Common, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne (cast).
What’s it about? Yeah, John Wick’s thinking he’s back: ready to fire an outrageous amount of bullets into anyone who gets in his way – and even a few who don’t – accompanied by a few choice one-liners and his new trusty canine pal.
Why should I be excited? With more balletic shoot-outs, sharply-dressed henchmen and acrobatic stuntwork, this will be vying for the title of best action movie of the year.

Watch the trailer.


Moonlight

 

When’s it due? 17 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Barry Jenkins (director); Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali (cast).
What’s it about? A generational drama, set in three acts, about an African-American boy-turned-teenager-turned-man living a tough, tumultuous life, while grappling with his own sexuality.
Why should I be excited? Moonlight boast an almost unprecedented 99 score at Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim” from critics. Oscar buzz is at fever pitch. This is a biggie.

Watch the trailer.


The Great Wall

 

When’s it due? 17 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Zhang Yimou (director); Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Andy Lau (cast).
What’s it about? Wuxia specialist Zhang Yimou – he of Hero and House Of The Flying Daggers fame – embarks on his first English-language film, a historical epic fantasy with more monsters than an approaching Mongolian horde.
Why should I be excited? The most expensive film ever shot in China. Expect fireworks.

Watch the trailer.


A Cure For Wellness

 

When’s it due? 24 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Gore Verbinski (director); Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth (cast).
What’s it about? A slick young executive must rescue his boss from a “wellness centre” in the Swiss Alps. But all is not what it seems.
Why should I be excited? Promising crisp visual splendour and supernatural chilliness in equal measure, Gore Verbinski’s first horror movie since 2002’s The Ring could be just what the doctor ordered.

Watch the trailer.


Patriot’s Day

 

When’s it due? 24 February, 2017
Who’s behind it? Peter Berg (director); Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons (cast).
What’s it about? The true story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, as told from the perspective of Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg), a Boston Police Sergeant who joins the unprecedented manhunt for the perpetrators.
Why should I be excited? The team behind Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon reunite for another stirring tale of real-life heroism.

Watch the trailer.


Logan

 

When’s it due? 3 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? James Mangold (director); Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant (cast).
What’s it about? His healing powers failing him, an ageing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is encouraged by an ailing Professor X (Stewart) to protect a young girl with suspiciously similar mutant powers from sinister new forces.
Why should I be excited? After seventeen years and nine films, Hollywood’s longest-serving superhero is finally hanging up his claws, with a swansong that – on current evidence – could be his strongest effort yet. Don’t miss this one, bub.

Watch the emotional first trailer.


Elle

 

When’s it due? 10 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? Paul Verhoeven (director); Isabelle Huppert, Christian Berkel, Anne Consigny, Virginie Efira (cast).
What’s it about? Michèle Leblanc (Huppert), the head of a thriving video game company, is raped in her home by an unknown assailant. Rather than report it to the police, she plots her own revenge.
Why should I be excited? Despite its brutal subject matter and provocative sexual politics, Elle was near the top of many critics’ end-of-year lists, hailing it as a return-to-form for 78-year-old maverick director Paul Verhoeven – he of RoboCop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct renown.


Kong: Skull Island

 

When’s it due? 10 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? Jordan Vogt-Roberts (director); Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson (cast).
What’s it about? In the 1970s, at the height of the Vietnam War, a crack team of explorers, soldiers and journalists travel to a mysterious island – stumbling upon a giant monkey with a distaste for biplanes.
Why should I be excited? The latest take on the Eighth Wonder Of The World looks like a fun, fiery excursion into monster movie territory – and should gee everyone up for a ferocious tussle in 2020, when Kong goes toe-to-giant-toe with Godzilla.

Watch the trailer.


Beauty And The Beast

 

When’s it due? 17 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? Bill Condon (director); Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson (cast).
What’s it about? A tale as old as time, this one: when Belle (Watson) is taken prisoner by an enigmatic Beast (Stevens) in an enchanted castle, an unlikely romance ensues. Also, there’s a talking teapot.
Why should I be excited? Disney continue to plunder their animated archives for live-action remake opportunities, but if The Jungle Book and Cinderella are anything to go by, there’s no reason to expect anything less than a dazzling adventure in the “great wide somewhere”.

Watch the trailer.


King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

 

When’s it due? 24 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? Guy Ritchie (director); Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana (cast).
What’s it about? In a fun, freewheeling, vaguely cockney fantasy medieval Britain, Arthur (sorry, “Arfur”) pulls the sword of Excalibur from a stone, and confronts his regal destiny. But first, he must confront the tyrant Vortigern, while facing both his own demons and actual ones.
Why should I be excited? This is hardly the first cinematic take on the Arthurian legend – there’s been at least seven films in the last decade alone – but Guy Ritchie is sure to keep things proper tasty, sunshine.

Watch the first official trailer.


Ghost In The Shell

 

When’s it due? 31 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? Rupert Sanders (director); Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche (cast).
What’s it about? A cyborg with a human soul known only as The Major (Johansson) leads up Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist unit in future-Tokyo, and faces down cyberpunk threats, all while attempting to keep their Norton anti-virus software updated.
Why should I be excited? The Ghost In The Shell franchise has gone from manga to anime to TV shows to video games to lunchboxes – but until now, nobody has had the courage to adapt it for live-action cinema.

Watch the first full trailer.


Free Fire

 

When’s it due? 31 March, 2017
Who’s behind it? Ben Wheatley (director); Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley (cast).
What’s it about? Guns. Lots of guns. In 1970s Boston, a disparate group of criminals meet in a deserted warehouse to trade weapons. The arms deal goes horribly wrong. Cue shooting. Lots of shooting.
Why should I be excited? This is Ben Wheatley’s sixth film in seven years, and he’s barely put a foot wrong. Free Fire – a hard-boiled homage to ‘70s genre flicks – looks set to continue his hot streak with explosive, rat-a-tat style.

Watch the first official trailer.


Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate Of The Furious)

 

When’s it due? 14 April, 2017
Who’s behind it? F. Gary Gray (director); Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron (cast).
What’s it about? It’s extremely hard to say, but as far as we can tell: Toretto (Diesel) is now a baddie, Shaw (Statham) is now a goodie, Hobbs (Johnson) is in prison for some reason, and the only way the world can be saved is if everyone drives cars really fast in increasingly elaborate and ludicrous ways. Not sure about you, but this sounds brilliant to us.
Why should I be excited? This is the Fast & Furious film that Vin Diesel has gone on record to say will “definitely” win an Oscar. We have absolutely no reason to doubt him.

Watch the first official trailer.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

 

When’s it due? 28 April, 2017
Who’s behind it? James Gunn (director); Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (cast).
What’s it about? The Guardians – a half-human, a superhuman, a Zen-Whoberis, a raccoon, and a tree – once again team up to defend the galaxy from cosmic threats, replete with irreverent humour and a killer soundtrack.
Why should I be excited? Ain’t nothing like Guardians of the Galaxy, ‘cept Guardians of the Galaxy.

Watch the teaser trailer.


Baywatch

 

When’s it due? 12 May, 2017
Who’s behind it? Seth Gordon (director); Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario (cast).
What’s it about? The beaches of Santa Monica, California are protected night and day by the genetically-gifted men and women of the Baywatch lifeguard patrol. When a shady murder blights the beach, the lifeguards must solve the mystery. Ideally in slow-motion.
Why should I be excited? It’s as good an excuse as there ever was for The Rock to get his pecs out.

Watch the trailer.


Alien: Covenant

 

When’s it due? 19 May, 2017
Who’s behind it? Ridley Scott (director); Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup (cast).
What’s it about? Set after the events of Prometheus, the crew of the Covenant find out the hard way that remote uninhabited planets are usually uninhabited for a reason. Led by the Ripley-esque Daniels (Waterston), the crew must avoid becoming another face banquet for those ever-huggable xenomorphs.
Why should I be excited? With claustrophobic corridor action, chilling soundtrack cues, and a green vest adhering to the Ellen Ripley school of fashion, Sir Ridders looks to be returning the Alien franchise back to its atmospheric horror roots.

Watch the chilling first trailer.


Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

 

When’s it due? 26 May, 2017
Who’s behind it? Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg (directors);Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom (cast).
What’s it about? Ahoy! Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is up to his old tricks again – drinking rum, seeking a mystical artifact, escaping from murderous ghosts, and drinking more rum.
Why should I be excited? With an apparent return to the spirit of original adventure Curse Of The Black Pearl, and with Bardem on villain duties, there is reason for cautious optimism, me hearties.

Watch the teaser trailer.


Wonder Woman

 

When’s it due? 2 June, 2017
Who’s behind it? Patty Jenkins (director); Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Ewen Bremner (cast).
What’s it about? Set decades before the events of Batman v Superman, an Amazonian princess encounters an American pilot on the mystical island of Themyscira – and decides to use her superpowers to change the course of World War I.
Why should I be excited? Wonder Woman was arguably the best bit in Batman v Superman. After a wobbly start, this could be the film that lassoos the DCEU on course.

Watch the trailer.


The Mummy

 

When’s it due? 9 June, 2017
Who’s behind it? Alex Kurtzman (director); Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe (cast).
What’s it about? An ancient Egyptian princess, mummified in a tomb, is unwisely awoken by Tom Cruise on a plane, and is welcomed to a new world of gods and monsters by one Russell Crowe.
Why should I be excited? This is the first in a planned shared universe from Universal, who are hoping to do for monster movies what Marvel did for superhero movies. Monsters: assemble!

Watch the trailer.


Transformers: The Last Knight

 

When’s it due? 23 June, 2017
Who’s behind it? Michael Bay (director); Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman, Laura Haddock (cast).
What’s it about? Hard to say, and it’s not even certain that Michael Bay himself knows for sure, but alongside the usual mix of giant alien space robots and explosions that this franchise has become known for, we have also been promised Nazis, King Arthur, Stonehenge, and Sir Anthony Hopkins, for some reason.
Why should I be excited? The Transformers series has been typified by increasingly diminishing returns, for sure, but The Last Knight‘s bizarre throw-everything-at-the-wall approach could be just correct amount of crazy.

Watch the trailer.


Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

When’s it due? 7 July, 2017
Who’s behind it? Jon Watts (director); Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton (cast).
What’s it about? Peter Parker (Holland) has the financial backing from Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) and is ready to fight crime alongside the Avengers. But first, a far more pressing threat looms: finding a date to the high school homecoming prom.
Why should I be excited? Comic book nerds rejoice: Spidey has finally joined his superhero brethren in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Forget the action sequences – the witty reparteé between Peter and Tony alone is enough to get us excited.

Watch the trailer.


Cars 3

 

When’s it due? 14 July, 2017
Who’s behind it? Brian Fee (director); Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo (cast).
What’s it about? Once the hip young whippersnapper, ace racer Lightning McQueen (Wilson) is now crashing and burning on rubber, blindsided by faster, younger cars. It takes a new trainer, Cruz Ramirez (Alonzo), to bring him back to his winning best.
Why should I be excited? The Cars franchise always slightly felt like a giant toy advert – but the first trailer for Pixar’s latest sequel suggested something darker, tougher, and far more intriguing. Could this be the Cars movie to finally pass its M.O.T.?

Watch the trailer.


War For The Planet Of The Apes

 

When’s it due? 14 July, 2017
Who’s behind it? Matt Reeves (director), Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer (cast).
What’s it about? Years after human civilisation has been driven to the brink by a ‘Simian Flu’, genetically-enhanced apes are now the dominant species. The two rival groups become embroiled in bloody battle for control of the planet; the apes lead by the battle-weary Caesar (Serkis), and the humans by the mysterious Colonel (Harrelson).
Why should I be excited? This time, it’s war. And if the trailer is anything to go by, it’ll be on an epic, grunting, muscular scale, with WETA’s photorealistic CGI taken to astonishing new heights.

Watch the first official trailer.


Dunkirk

 

When’s it due? 21 July, 2017
Who’s behind it? Christopher Nolan (director); Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles (cast).
What’s it about? The true story of Operation Dynamo, one of the largest military evacuations in human history, in which nearly 340,000 Allied soldiers were rescued from a French beach by military ships and a flotilla of smaller boats – told from the perspectives of a several British soldiers.
Why should I be excited? If Christopher Nolan were to film his children’s birthday party on his smartphone, it would be an event movie. The master of modern blockbuster filmmaking is back, and this makes Dunkirk a must-see.

Watch the first official trailer.


The Dark Tower

 

When’s it due? 28 July, 2017
Who’s behind it? Nikolaj Arcel (director); Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor (cast).
What’s it about? 11-year-old Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) finds himself traversing Mid-World with an enigmatic gunslinger known as Deschain (Elba), in search of The Dark Tower. But with the mysterious Man in Black (McConaughey) in their wake, the end of the world feels nigh.
Why should I be excited? Stephen King’s magnum opus, on the big screen at last. Enough said.


Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

 

When’s it due? 4 August, 2017
Who’s behind it? Luc Besson (director); Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen (cast).
What’s it about? Time-hopping government operatives Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are sent to investigate intergalactic metropolis, Alpha Station, on a mankind-saving mission. When boy-girl professional partnerships and the threat of interplanetary extinction rub shoulders, romantic tension always comes up trumps.
Why should I be excited? Dazzling visual effects, Fifth Element-esque invention, over 2,000 species of aliens, and the all-too-rare opportunity to witness an extra-terrestrial John Goodman doing that John Goodman thing.

Watch the trailer.


Baby Driver

When’s it due? 11 August, 2017
Who’s behind it? Edgar Wright (director); Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, Lily James (cast).
What’s it about? Inimitable getaway driver Baby (Elgort) is looking to give up his criminal lifestyle for good – but criminal boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) has other plans. Baby is thrust into a series of risky robberies in which he must carpool with all the wrong passengers – and all the right soundtracks.
Why should I be excited? Any Edgar Wright vehicle is reason to get excited. But when the caffeine-fuelled wunderkind swaps Cornettos for car-chases, and cites Walter Hill’s The Driver as a key reference, excitement levels should be at maximum acceleration.


It

 

When’s it due? 8 September, 2017
Who’s behind it? Andrés Muschietti (director); Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis (cast).
What’s it about? The life of a child in a Stephen King adaptation must be exhausting, especially if you are a member of the ‘Losers Club’, who not only have to deal with bullies and asthma, but also the small matter of a murderous demon who takes on the form of your very worst fears.
Why should I be excited? Whether Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise is as dentally unhygienic as Tim Curry’s is yet to be seen, but a new generation is undoubtedly set to be mortally disturbed by one of the terrifying villains ever conceived.

Everything you need to know about Stephen King’s It.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

 

When’s it due? 29 September, 2017
Who’s behind it? Matthew Vaughn (director); Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth (cast).
What’s it about? Eggsy (Egerton), Merlin (Strong) and Roxy (Cookson) head across the pond to teach their gentleman-spy US counterparts, Statesman, some of the Queen’s manners – and take on a new threat by the name of Poppy (Moore).
Why should I be excited? Elton John has a cameo. Yes, that Elton John.

Check out the poster.


Blade Runner 2049

 

When’s it due? 6 October, 2017
Who’s behind it? Denis Villeneuve (director); Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista (cast).
What’s it about? Thirty years after Rick Deckard (Ford) did battle with Roy Batty, a new blade runner (Gosling) embarks on a quest to track down his missing predecessor.
Why should I be excited? Two reasons. One: after years languishing in development hell, lost like tears in inclement weather, one of the greatest sci-fis ever made finally gets a follow-up. Two: anything made by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Prisoners) is likely to produce things you people wouldn’t believe.

Watch the atmospheric teaser trailer.


Thor: Ragnarok

 

When’s it due? 27 October, 2017
Who’s behind it? Taika Waititi (director); Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Cate Blanchett(cast).
What’s it about? Trapped in another world, his magic hammer seemingly lost forever, the prince of Asgard (Hemsworth) must embark on a cosmic road-trip with his old sparring partner Hulk (Ruffalo). Also, Doctor Strange is there.
Why should I be excited? The director of Empire’s favourite film of 2016 makes a Marvel movie. Well, obviously, we’re a little bit excited.

Check out a behind-the-scenes glimpse.


God Particle

When’s it due? 27 October, 2017
Who’s behind it? Julius Onah (director); J.J. Abrams (producer); Daniel Brühl, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (cast).
What’s it about? Loosely set within the Cloverfield universe, this sees a team of astronauts make a horrifying discovery while onboard a space station.
Why should I be excited? J.J. Abrams has shepherded the Cloverfield franchise to frequently surprising places. There’s no reason to doubt this third entry in the series will not shock and delight in equal measures.


Paddington 2

 

When’s it due? 10 November, 2017
Who’s behind it? Paul King (director); Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson (cast).
What’s it about? The only bear to boast a W11 postcode is back – and on the trail of an antique book thief (Grant), ably assisted by the Brown family, and a crack safecracker (Gleeson).
Why should I be excited? The entire team from the utterly charming original are returning for this sequel. Expect an exceptional cache of bear gags, marmalade sandwiches aplenty, and a heart-warming tale to melt any malaise.


Justice League

 

When’s it due? 17 November, 2017
Who’s behind it? Zack Snyder (director); Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot (cast).
What’s it about? Following Superman’s sacrifice in Dawn of Justice, Batman (Ben Affleck) recruits a team with a superhuman CV to battle Steppenwolf and his army of parademons in DC’s biggest movie yet.
Why should I be excited? In the wake of Snyder’s previously dour DC adaptations, fans can be assured of a far more fun and Marvel-y outing this time around.

21 things we learnt from the set of Justice League.


Murder On The Orient Express

When’s it due? 24 November, 2017
Who’s behind it? Kenneth Branagh (director/cast); Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer (cast).
What’s it about? Kenneth Branagh’s turn at playing the moustachioed Belgian sees him soliloquising aboard the world’s most famous train as he looks to solve the murder of an incendiary American tycoon (Depp).
Why should I be excited?. With a list of suspects as long as the commute, and a list of A-listers as starry as the 1974 version, prepare yourself for an acting masterclass from Hollywood’s finest.


Coco

 

When’s it due? 8 December, 2017
Who’s behind it? Lee Unkrich (director); Benjamin Bratt (cast).
What’s it about? In Mexico, a 12-year-old boy named Miguel dreams of becoming a musician – and accidentally finds himself in the magical Land of the Dead.
Why should I be excited? Fresh off the billion-dollar success of Toy Story 3, director Lee Unkrich is back with an entirely original Pixar proposition, pitched as “a love letter to Mexico”.

Lee Unkrich talks Coco.


Star Wars: Episode VIII

 

When’s it due? 15 December, 2017
Who’s behind it? Rian Johnson (director); Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern (cast).
What’s it about? Set mere minutes after the end of The Force Awakens, the latest canonical episode from the galaxy far, far away rejoins Rey (Ridley) on the aquatic planet of Ahch-To, ready to embark on Jedi training with Luke Skywalker. But the threat of Kylo Ren (Driver) still lurks.
Why should I be excited? Because this is a brand new Star Wars movie. That’s why you should be excited.

Star Wars Episode VIII: everything you need to know.


Pitch Perfect 3

 

When’s it due? 22 December, 2017
Who’s behind it? Trish Sie (director); Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld (cast).
What’s it about? The pitches are back – and it seems as though a new generation of Bellas will be coming to the fore.
Why should I be excited? Come December, everyone will be “Star Wars this” and “Christmas that”. The immensely likeable a capella comedy series could offer a convivial chorus of crooning counter-programming.


Jumanji

 

When’s it due? 29 December, 2017
Who’s behind it? Jake Kasdan (director); Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan (cast).
What’s it about? Both a reboot and spiritual sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams film of the same name, Jumanji sees four teenagers swept into the jungle wild of the mystical game, forced to play the game and find their way back to the real world.
Why should I be excited? The Rock plays a character called “Dr. Smolder Bravestone”, which should be worth the price of admission alone.

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