Movies to watch in 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, Connie Neilsen, David Thewlis
Release Date: June 2nd
Before the events of ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), an Amazon princess, leaves her home of Themyscira after meeting American military pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to bring about an early end to World War I.

Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley
Release Date: March 31st
In 1970s Boston, a group of arms dealers – led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) – and a group of Irish potential buyers for said arms – led by Frank (Michael Smiley – meet in an abandoned factory to negotiate a deal. This tense powder keg of a meet is set alight when Harry (Jack Reynor) realises that Stevo (Sam Riley), the man he beat up the night before for assaulting his cousin, is working for Frank. The resulting shootout becomes a game of loyalty and survival.

Directed by: Seth Gordon
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Pamela Anderson, Alexandra Daddario, Charlotte McKinney
Release Date: May 12th
In this big screen remake of the classic 90s TV series, Dwayne Johnson stars as Mitch Buchannon, the no-nonsense leader of an elite team of lifeguards. When two unlikely people decide to join the lifeguard team, they have to vie for jobs alongside the buff beach bodies who are also in the running.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Kenneth Brannagh
Release Date: July 21st
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France in the early stages of World War II, are surrounded by German soldiers on the French beach of Dunkirk and take part in a fierce battle, before being evacuated in Operation Dynamo.

Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Stephen Campbell Moore
Release Date: TBD
Based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman, ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ is the story of an alien who, while touring the galaxy, gets separated from her group and ends up in the most dangerous place in the universe; the London suburb of Croydon. Elle Fanning follows her sister Dakota into the world of Neil Gaiman’s stories on the big screen; Dakota voiced the title character in the animated ‘Coraline’.

Directed by: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton
Release Date: July 7th
Tom Holland’s second big screen outing as Spider-Man, but his first in the lead role as the famed web slinger, sees Peter Parker trying to balance his life as a high school student and his new alter ego with the help of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). Of course things don’t go smoothly, and a new threat emerges in the form of The Vulture.

Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman, John Turturro, Laura Haddock
Release Date: June 23rd
Although we have already had a teaser trailer for ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, plot details are still sketchy at the moment. What we do know so far is that the film is not only setting up the Bumblebee spinoff film that is in the works, but it will cover many periods throughout history, from King Arthur’s legendary reign to World War II and – presumably – everything in between. We also know that Optimus Prime has apparently gone bad, and the film is due to open up the ‘Transformers’ franchise to a broader mythology. Even though we don’t know much more than this, we can be sure that ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ will be loud, bonkers and tons of fun.

Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson
Release Date: October 27th
The third Thor-centric film was confirmed in January 2014, and brings director Taika Waititi – of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ – into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Once again, not much is known about ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ at the moment, but we do know that new heroes and villains will appear in the film, played by Cate Blanchett, Karl Urband and Tessa Thompson, and there are rumours that Jamie Alexander will not reprise her role as Lady Sif due to conflicts with her NBC TC series ‘Blindspot’. All of the ‘Thor’ films so far have been tons of fun, and with Hiddleston, Blanchett and Cumberbatch joining Hemsworth in this outing, we are definitely guaranteed a cinematic treat.

Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Chrlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel
Release Date: April 14th
The first ‘Fast & Furious’ film to be shot since the untimely death of Paul Walker in 2013, sees the crew completely divided after Dom (Vin Diesel) is drawn into a world of crime by the mysterious Cipher (Charlize Theron).

Directed by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd
Release Date: December 15th
Unsurprisingly, since ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017, Lucas Film and Disney are keeping story details very close to their chests at the moment, but we do know that ‘Episode VIII’ sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) delve further into the new world that she encountered in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’, taking her pals Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) along with her for the adventure of a lifetime with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

Words: Brogen Hayes

There are tons more great films coming up in 2017 – including ‘Survival Family’, ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’ – which ones are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below…