Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a fantastic holiday with friends and family. If you haven’t already read my “15 Films To See in 2017” please do so. I’ll have a link here. There you can find a list of 15 films that are releasing the first half of the year that I think would be worth anticipating and possibly going out to see. There are a lot of films releasing and narrowing it down to just 30 was pretty hard. So be sure to go and check out what is opening next year. There are of course a lot of huge blockbusters opening in March all the way through summer but my personal favorites tend to be the small more personal indie films which are sprinkled all throughout the year. With that out of the way lets check out these 15 additional films to see next year!
1. Transformers: The Last Knight
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman
Synopsis: Optimus Prime finds his home planet, Cybertron, now a dead planet, in which he comes to find he was responsible for killing. He finds a way to bring the planet back to life, but in order to do so, he needs to find an artifact, which is on Earth.
I know what you’re probably thinking. Why the hell did I put this on the list? Did I not see the last movie? And you would be correct! I actually still have not seen the last Transformers film. I heard nothing but bad things that I actually listened for once. But why still anticipate this? Well a few reasons. The trailers while ridiculous always seem to draw me in a bit. Not completely to the point where I’m dying to see it but enough to catch my eye. Then you gotta look at the talent involved. I’m a huge John Goodman fan and whenever he is attached it peaks my interest. Also being a huge nerd when it comes to time-travel (assuming that actually takes place in the movie) I give in a but more. But the number one reason I’m putting this on the list is kind of based on the film we were last given by the director which came out this year. “13 Hours” was light years better than anything Michael Bay has done in recent years in my opinion. I enjoyed the film a lot and was surprised and how well put together everything was. The acting, the action, even the thrills! That fact alone has got me interested and actually hopeful that he can take those good filmmaking qualities and bring them to this franchise.
Release Date: June 23, 2017
2. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Michael Keaton
Synopsis: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.
With the introduction of Tom Holland Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War” a lot us have been desperately waiting to see him on screen again. With this being the third reboot in the franchise I’ll admit I’m still a tad nervous. But with Marvel and Sony working together and the trailer looking so flawless I am stoked to see what we get in this next Spidey Film. I hope it goes beyond all our expectations and open the universe for some more Spider friends.
Release Date: July 7, 2017
3. “War For The Planet Of The Apes”
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer
Synopsis:A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.
If these two previous Planet of the Apes films simply haven’t done it for you then bless your soul. Because this has become one of my favorite rebooted franchises ever. While I give a lot of credit to the studio for giving it another chance and really taking it another direction, as well as Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves for directing the first two films, I really love the permanence we get from Andy Serkis who is a masterful at this performance/motion capture. He has done such a tremendous job at bringing Caesar to life and really pushing the boundaries as to how far and detailed this type and level of acting can go. He always brings his best and is shaping the way we approach this type of performance. That positive aside we get MORE apes on horses? Sign me up.
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles
Synopsis: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors working today. He has given us great films like “Inception”, “The Prestige”, and successfully gave Batman a reboot with his own trilogy. He now brings to us a war film set in WWII starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and One-Direction pop star Harry Styles. With a man that has always cast a big vision for his films I’m so intrigued to see why and how he uses Styles. But apart from that you put the name Christopher Nolan onto a project and you already have my money to buy a ticket. I’m so sure we are in for a treat.
Release Date: July 21, 2017
5. “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets”
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Dan DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Cara Delevingne
Synopsis: Time-traveling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline.
While I am not familiar with this French ski-fi classic I am a fan of “The Fifth Element”. But what should really get you excited for this is Luc Neeson passion and creativity oozing off the screen. Luc Neeson has been wanting to develop this for decades and now finally has his go at it. If anything do yourself the favor and check out the trailer here. You can feel the passion behind every frame, spectacle, creatures. It will be fun no doubt.
Release Date: July 21, 2017
6. “The Dark Tower”
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Kathryn Winnick
Synopsis: Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
Yet again another Stephan King adaption brought to life on the big screen. I am not familiar with the books at all and plan on keeping it that way. I knew I would be interested once I heard the word “Western apocalypse” used to describe the setting. Not to mention you have two great talents involved in McConaughey and Elba as the leads. If you’re a fan of the books I really want to hear what you’re excited for. I smell a trailer coming soon!
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Director: Andres Muschietti
Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhand, Jaeden Lieberher
Synopsis: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
I recently watched the old TV movie “IT” for the first time. Hoping to get a good quality film I was honestly disappointed in a lot of ways. But after I heard word that they were planning on rebooting the property I got excited because they could easily take a better budget and talent to deliver something far superior. I’m still holding back my skepticism about the movie but I can’t wait to see if it becomes a quality horror film of 2017.
Release Date: September 8, 2017
8. “Blade Runner 2049”
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto
Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
I really need to give the original “Blade Runner” a rewatch. It’s been too long and I don’t even remember if I liked it or not. But that aside lets talk about the positives of this movie so far. For one, the teaser trailer was pretty nice. Particularly the cinematography from masterful Roger Deakins. Deakins has managed to make his work a character within the film. The angles mixed with the red/orange desert gives such a beautiful image. Ryan Gosling being the lead with Harrison Ford is also interesting. But it’s really about about Denis Villeneuve. The man has given us some of my favorites ever with the crime/drama “Prisoners”, crime/thriller “Sicario”, and last years sci-fi think piece “Arrival”. If you have not seen those films PLEASE do yourself the favor. Villeneuve is really why I’m excited for this film. He has emerged and has become one of the best working today. There us a reason actors are lining up to work with him. He always has a great vision for what he wants to make and crafts it so well. He has also been named director for a future “Dune” remake. The guy is on a roll and I know he will deliver with this sequel to the sic-fi classic.
Release Date: October 6, 2017
9. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Taron Edgerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum
Synopsis: When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world.
I cannot believe how much great fun “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was. I loved this movie so damn much. Colin Farrell was such a convincing agent and even did majority of his own stunts in the awesome church scene! Not to mention breakout star Taron Edgerton who has been talked about and rumored for big roles like Han Solo and such. A sequel is so necessary and thank the dark knight Matthew Vaughn came back to direct this. He did such a good job with the comedy, action, just bringing his flavor. October can’t come soon enough.
Release Date: October 6, 2017
10. “Untitled Cloverfield Film”
Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki
Synopsis: A shocking discovery forces a team of astronauts aboard a space station to fight for survival while their reality has been altered.
With last years surprise (literally) “10 Cloverfield Lane” being one of the most talked about sic-fi movies we are yet again getting another anthology film in this brand and I cannot believe it! I have enjoyed both films we have and welcome many more. Reminds me a lot of the Twilight Zone with the way they are not connected but in the same genre and feel. Maybe we’ll get a new Cloverfield movie every year from now on. You won’t hear me complaining.
Release Date: October 27, 2017
11. “Thor: Ragnarok”
Director: Taika Watiti
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett
Synopsis: Plot is unknown
Ok, I’m gonna admit. I’m not a huge fan of the Thor fans. I enjoyed the first one a bit. Not so much the second one. But Marvel always gives us fun films to watch and if anything hearing Planet Hulk being introduced gives me some interest. Recently we got confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange would be making an appearance so its cool they the studio is already integrating that new character into the universe even more. My main concern is that they will, like the last few movies, be worried about setting up multiple future plot lines instead of telling a good story and delivering a quality film. Either way fingers crossed we get a trailer soon!
Release Date: November 3, 2017
12. “Justice League”
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Next year is the year we finally get our film featuring the Justice League members for the very first time EVER. After the critical reception from both fans and critics from this years “Batman v Superman” (which I sort of liked”) and “Suicide Squad” (which I disliked) fans have still been positive for the most part concerning the future of the DCEU. I still want to see it succeed and go beyond all our hopes for what a superhero film can be. If anything I stoked to see Ezra Miller kill it as The Flash. Godspeed Zack Snyder!
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Director: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamín Bratt, Renee Victor
Synopsis: Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.
While very little is still known about this project other than the synopsis I’m really sold because of Pixar. Pixar was losing their hot streak, in my opinion, when they gave us “Cars 2”, “Brave”, and “Monsters University”. Not bad films by any means but definitely a step backwards in terms of the magic they have always been able to capture. I’m still not sold on the idea that the movie offers but hopefully a trailer can change that. If anything “Inside Out” gave me a huge confidence boost in Pixar again.
Release Date: November 22, 2017
14. “Star Wars Episode VIII”
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Benicio Del Toro
Synopsis: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Of course this movie is on the list! We were given our first new look into the Star Wars galaxy in 2015 with “The Force Awakens” and you and everyone else have most likely seen it and discussed it at some point. it left us feeling nostalgic, refreshed, and excited for more adventures with both old and new characters. What gets me more giddy than it simply being STAR WARS is director of “Looper” Rian Johnson in the chair. I really like his tactics and tones he brings to his movies and given this film will most likely dive deep into darker themes I know he’s gonna deliver on all fronts. I look forward to returning to a galaxy far far away next December.
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillian, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Synopsis: The tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.
When I first heard they were doing a sequel to “Jumanji” I did what most of you did. I hesitated and even got a little. Not to get off topic but the passing of Robin Williams hit me hard like it did a lot of you. And to go back to a property so soon after he passed just seemed disrespectful and very inconsiderate. We’ve seen before we’re studios gave the thumbs up to a film just to capitalize on its popularity and current relevance. But then I hear how these characters that The Rock and Kevin Hart are playing are actually avatars in the game Jumanji itself. So they was pretty cool take on it. I still hold my judgement before seeing the film. But I really hope we get a worthy sequel that tells a good and fun story.
Release Date: December 22, 2017
I’ll say again, there are tons of movies releasing this year. Make sure to stay up to date with what coming out each weekend as we approach them. You don’t want to miss all the great ones coming out. Thanks again for reading!