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Movies I’m looking forward to in 2017

With 2016 finally behind us, and 2017 now firmly underway, having looked at the best and worst movies of 2016, it’s time to look now to the movies I’m looking forward to in 2017.
Almost immediately, it’s clear that this will be a very different year at the movies than last year. Sure, we’ve got more movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, to say nothing of the likely last stand of the DC Extended Universe, but aside from that the landscape is very different. We’ve got sequels, but they’re largely to more recent movies that were surprised hits. We’ve got quite a few potential franchises, even a couple whose success could have some impact on starting trends of similar movies. For more offbeat stuff, looks like 2017 will be a solid year for dark horror movies.

Speculation aside though, here is the list of the movies I’m looking forward to in 2017:

Hidden Figures – Coming in as our “fantastic looking end of the year historical drama that won’t open in Richmond until January” this splendid looking movie centers on three African American scientists at NASA in the early 60s battling bigotry and the laws of physics to get John Glenn into space. It’s going to be my first review of the year, so come back in a week.

Live By Night – A gangster movie starring, written and directed by Ben Affleck that had a killer trailer and a superb cast.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – I still remember and love the cheesy and overly-extreme original xXx movie from the turn of the Millennium, which aside from firmly securing Vin Diesel’s place as an action star, seems to have been mostly forgotten. Now with Diesel one of the biggest stars on the planet, we are finally getting a sequel, and one where Donnie Yen, hot off of Rogue One, plays the villain. I’m sold already.

John Wick: Chapter 2 – After blowing our collective minds with the first movie a couple years ago, John Wick returns to face his toughest opponents yet – the sequel to 50 Shades of Gray and The Lego Batman Movie. I have every faith Wick will take them on with gusto.

The Lego Batman Movie – I adored The Lego Movie, but even I am somewhat concerned with how Warner Brothers has been so fast to greenlight three or four spin offs. Still, the trailers were a hoot, and I’m always game to see someone take the piss out of the oh-so-serious standard for Batman.

A Cure for Wellness – A psychological horror movie directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Dane DeHaan. I’m down with the sickness for this movie.

Get Out – While a horror movie from Jordan Peele might seem odd at first, when one realizes that this could be The Stepford Wives, but with the sexism swapped out for racism, you can see the brilliance. Toss in a solid, creepy trailer, and you can count me in for Get Out.

Logan – Look, I was sold on the movie as soon as I heard the Johnny Cash song in the trailer, but learning that it was a hard R-rated Wolverine movie, and quite likely the last performance Hugh Jackman will give as the character, and well, even after the trainwreck of the last X-Men movie, I’m hyped for this.

Kong: Skull Island – It’s a giant monster movie that potentially could cross over with Godzilla. Cash grab by Warner Brothers or not, I’m interested.

Beauty and the Beast – Remember when we thought that Disney making live adaptations of its beloved animated movies was a big mistake? Well over a billion dollars later, we’re now seeing the house of mouse take a swing at perhaps their MOST beloved movie. Be interesting to see if this tale as old as time survives the transition.

Power Rangers – Yeah, I know, literally every detail from this movie that comes out makes it look like another uberdark adaptation that understands nothing about the source material… but c’mon, it’s a freaking Power Rangers movie. I owe it a chance if nothing else.

The Boss Baby – I thought the trailer was hilarious. That Glengarry Glen Ross reference may have sold me on a ticket.

Ghost in the Shell – From the director of that awful Snow White movie who turned out to be porking his lead actress, comes an adaptation of a hit Japanese anime where an actress from Sweden plays the Japanese main character. Okay, this has every likelihood for being a cataclysmic misfire, but if I should be wrong, look for more anime adaptations from Hollywood.

The Fate of the Furious – You know what we’re getting with the Fast and the Furious movies, so buckle up, this should be a hell of a fun ride. Fingers crossed for more evil Jason Statham.

The Lost City of Z – I’ve heard next to nothing about the movie, but I liked the book, and it’s interesting to see Amazon making a movie, rather than simply selling one.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Remember how everyone wondered how the hell Marvel was going to make a movie where two of the lead characters are a weapon-crazed raccoon and a talking tree? Well, now that said talking tree has more personality than the entire DC Extended Universe, and Guardians of the Galaxy blew our collective minds, this was already going to be one of 2017’s biggest movies… and then the trailer dropped. Showtime a-holes, this is gonna be good.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – One one hand, it’s another blatant attempt by Warner Brothers to milk a franchise from a public domain property, and we all remember how good that was for Tarzan and Peter Pan, don’t we? On the other hand, Guy Ritchie is doing a King Arthur movie. I’m torn really.

Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott is doing another Alien movie – and not a sidestepped one like Prometheus, a proper one, with the Xenomorphs, body horror and everything.

Captain Underpants – I grew up on these books growing up, and a movie adaptation could promise to be two hours of goofy goodness. Plus, if this turns out to be a better movie than Wonder Woman, it may shut up the defenders of the DC Extended Universe once and for all.

Wonder Woman – Against my better judgement, and three movies worth of evidence to the contrary, I want to give Wonder Woman a chance. That said, there is a reason why Justice League is not on this list, and my expectations are damned low on this.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – After becoming one of the breakout stars of Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man makes his big debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I for one, can’t wait to see what the world famous webslinger has in store.

War for the Planet of the Apes – Geez, who’d have thought that the reboot of Planet of the Apes a few years back would turn into one of the better franchises in Hollywood? Can’t wait to see how Caesar and his band of chimps fare this go around.

The Dark Tower – After years of hype and rumors, it’s finally happening, we’re getting a big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower. Here’s hoping things turn out better than your typical adaptation of a Stephen King novel tends to.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – The sequel to one of the best action movies in years, be interesting to see if lightning can strike twice for this retro spy thriller – that church scene alone will be hard to top.

Thor: Ragnarok – I know that the Thor franchise is the weakest link of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I still fully expect this to be light years better than Justice League.

Darkest Hour – Go look up the pictures of Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, then add this promising biopic to your own list of movies to watch this year.

Star Wars Episode VIII – It doesn’t have a title yet, much less a trailer, and frankly it doesn’t have to. After knocking the last two Star Wars movies out of the park, my expectations for this are sky high, and I have every expectation that they will be met.

So those are the movies I’m looking forward to in 2017 – but what about you? What movies are you looking forward to this year? Did I miss any? Leave a comment below, and be sure to come back for my reviews this year every Friday!

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