There’s no shortage of amazing movies to look forward to in 2017. From new franchise installments, to remakes of famous TV shows and Disney films, 2017 will be a year of popcorn-eating, movie watching, seat reclining good times.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifinakis, Rosario Dawson
Gotta See: Hoping to recpature the magic of The Lego Movie, the next installment in the franchise shows what happens when Batman must learn to be a father to Robin. Life doesn’t give you seatbelts and neither does Batman.
When: February 10
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger
Gotta See: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the BDSM-loving duo who are now trying to make their relationship work like ‘vanilla’ couples. Their plans to ditch the whips in exchange for Netflix and chilling are interrupted when Grey’s original master Elena, played by Kim Basinger, returns. Throw in a few stalkers, some ex-girlfriends, an obsessed boss, and you’ve got yourself a tale as old as time. Well, at least we know that the soundtrack, featuring Miguel, Taylor Swift and Zayn will be good.
When: February 10
Starring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Jillian Bell, Tracy Morgan
Gotta See: Exhausted high school teacher Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) is pushed too far when fellow teacher Andy Campbell (Day) points a finger at him in front of the principal. Strickland challenges his fellow teacher to a fist fight on the last day of school and word quickly spreads, making it the event of the year in this hilarious upcoming comedy.
When: February 17
Starring: Hugh Jackman
Gotta See: A staple of the X Men series and his own films, Hugh Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine has always managed to steal the scene with his depth, humour and abs—sorry—we mean absolutely stunning performances. And abs. Jackman’s third and final solo Wolverine film is going deep, showing Marvel fans what an alternate future for the comic book hero would look like. It looks dark.
When: March 3
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
Gotta See: It’s been 20 years, but Mark Renton (McGregor) has finally returned home and found that his friends Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie have been waiting for him with a new set of troubles. Director Danny Boyle returns with the original cast for the second installment in the drug-filled, music-loving, trippy Trainspotting series. Choose movies.
When: March 3
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
Starring: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
Gotta See: The latest retelling of King Kong heads back to the 1970s where a group of scientist and soldiers head to a deserted island for an expedition. Spoiler: the island isn’t deserted. The Legendary film will reported be followed by a new Godzilla flick in 2018, with both movies leading to Godzilla vs. King Kong in 2020.
When: March 10
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Stanely Tucci, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad
Gotta See: Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens as the Beast, the upcoming retelling of the famous Disney film features incredible visual affects that will blur the line between live action and animation. Traditionalists will be happy to see a relatively straight-forward remake, with the new film mostly sticking to the same script from the 1991 version, the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
When: March 17
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron
Gotta See: The old gang are back together, but not for long. Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto has inexplicably turned his back on his family, cozying up to Charlize Theron’s new villain Cipher, who has recruited Dom for his smooth driving and his soft lips. We assume. The gang is forced to turn against Dom and battle it out on the streets of Cuba, New York and the icy, snow-covered terrain of the Arctic Ocean. There’s a submarine, guys. And we thought they were going to run out of vehicles!
When: April 14
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
Starring: Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Steve Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
Gotta See: Picking up only two months after the first film, which ruled the box office in 2014, the newfound family of space misfits must try to stick together while discovering more about Star-Lord’s parents. Plus, there’s baby Groot.
When: May 5
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes
Gotta See: Star Amy Schumer reunites with her Trainwreck co-star Randall Park, who plays Schumer’s musician boyfriend that breaks up with her at the beginning of the film. Reeling from the heartbreak, Schumer decides that she and her uptight mother, played by Hawn, should head to South America for a vacation. After befriending a gorgeous man, Schumer and Hawn are kidnapped, something that locals find hard to believe. “You look like melted candles.”
When: May 12, 2017
Starring: Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach
Gotta See: Everyone’s favourite slow-motion running lifeguards are back to defend the beach from, well, just about everything. Efron plays a hot shot new lifeguard who is more interested in partying than saving lives, while Johnson thinks his team of lifeguards should be figuring out why dead bodies are ending up on their beach. Priyanka Chopra plays the film’s villain, proving the newest Baywatch is about equality of hotness on screen. Keep your eye out for original Baywatch babes David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
When: May 26
Starring: Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen
Gotta See: Amazon Princess Diana (Gadot) finds a washed up military pilot (Pine) on her home island of Themyscira. When she learns that the rest of the world is battling one another in World War I, she decides to use her power for good and bring peace with her golden lasso.
When: June 2
DESPICABLE ME 3
Starring: Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker
Gotta See: Gru (Carrell) meets his most worthy nemesis yet when he goes against child star Balthazar Bratt (South Park’s Trey Parker). Thankfully, he has Lucy (Wiig) and their super-cute daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes to help. Plus, there’s probably gonna be minions. People love minions.
When: June 30
Starring: Tom Holland, Laura Harrier, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Gotta See: We got our first glimpse of Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt Meg in Captain America: Civil War and now the two are starring in their own Marvel flick. Holland’s Peter Parker is a typical teenager lusting over popular girl Liz Allan (Laura Harrier), hanging out with his bestie Ned (Jacob Batalon) and getting bullied by classmate Michelle, played by Zendaya. After getting a taste of his abilities in Captain America: Civil War, Parker is eager to get back to saving lives, but his mentor Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) cautions Peter against any superhero behavior. When Michael Keaton’s Vulture threatens to kill everyone Peter loves, Parker decides it’s time to skip fifth period and save the world.
When: July 7
Starring: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles
Gotta See: Dunkirk chronicles the true story of Operation Dynamo, which was the British effort to rescue hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers (including Canadians) from the Dunkirk port after it was invaded by Germans during World War II. The operation lasted from May 27 to June 4th in 1940 and is known to be one of the most daring feats in military history. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan and features One Direction’s Harry Styles with a respectable haircut.
When: July 21
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling
Gotta See: The long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 film Blade Runner will finally arrive 25 years after the original film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film picks up 30 years after the original flick, with Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K, a new blade runner who discovers a secret that threatens to send what’s left of mankind into chaos. This discovery pushes K to find missing LAPD Officer Rick Deckhard, with Harrison Ford reprising his lead role from the original film.
When: October 6