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Movies to Look Forward to in 2017

2016 was a chaotic year. From a political circus that managed to spread worldwide to a near-civil war occurring over ferocious and polarizing opinions of Suicide Squad, 2016 is a year better left behind us. With 2017 rolling ahead and an entire new years’ worth of movies appearing on radars, it’s about time we look at some of the more hotly anticipated movies coming out over the course of the next year.

January doesn’t have many strong offerings, and although Split¸ the supposed return of M. Night Shyamalan, is exciting cinephiles everywhere, it’s not wide enough yet to raise any eyebrows. There is one January movie, however, that has an actual budget and franchise title stamped to it, and that movie is xXx: Return of Xander Cage. With its trailer being shoved into late-night cable offerings everywhere, the sketchy director at the helm, and the hilarious financial failure of its predecessor, this sequel is a head-scratcher for the ages. Nobody wants this movie. Why is it being released? Regardless, I’m looking forward to it because it’s going to be an over-the-top adventure full of bad acting and awkward directorial decisions, and I’m excited to revel in all its terrible, terrible glory.

February has a few interesting releases, including that of The Lego Batman Movie. Hot off the heels of the critical and commercial success of The Lego Movie, this sequel will obviously focus on Will Arnett’s Batman character, who was a brief part of this movie’s predecessor. It’s difficult to gauge where this movie will be held from a quality standpoint, as neither the director nor the writer have much credentials behind them. The directors of the original, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are only producing this time around to focus on other projects. The director has primarily focused on Adult Swim-oriented entertainment, mainly that of Robot Chicken, and the writer is the author of both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so expect a lot of zany nonsense that harkens back to the original film. Another exciting addition to the month is that of John Wick: Chapter 2, which will hopefully expand to the universe the incredible first John Wick set up. I love Keanu Reeves, and I loved John Wick, and since the original directors are returning to the helm, I hope to see more over-the-top violence and surprisingly powerful storytelling from these two masterful sculptors of action entertainment.

Oh, right, and the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel is coming out. Woohoo.


March has quite the bunch of exciting releases, including that of Kong: Skull Island and the live-action Power Rangers reboot. Kong: Skull Island unfortunately appears to be more of the same generic action, and instead of Peter Jackson’s eye for spectacle at the helm, the director has previously directed a single indie film, so there isn’t much promise here. The trailer for the Power Rangers reboot is nothing short of embarrassing, featuring lots of bad acting and hints at a silly, overwrought story. Also, it looks like a trailer for a bad sequel to Chronicle, and is being helmed by the director of feature-length Xbox 360 advertisement Project Almanac, so let’s not get our hopes up too high for this one, eh? Another interesting addition to the month is that of the live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation, with a very not-Japanese Scarlett Johansson in the lead role and directed by the guy who brought us Snow White and the Huntsman, so expect a lot of style of substance nonsense here.

By far the headliner of the month is Logan, the third standalone Wolverine film that actually shows a lot of promise. With a reported “R” rating and some actual prestige behind the camera, this one might truly be the gritty, bloody, realistic Wolverine film a lot of people have been clamoring for, and not the previous two live-action Saturday morning cartoons we have received. Logan is certainly aiming for a more dramatic angle and not an action-oriented one, and hopefully director James Mangold (who directed the better of the two previous adaptations, The Wolverine) will be able to pull a gripping story out of this material which has been begging for such an adaptation for some time now.

Almost nothing is happening in April except the eighth, yes, the eighth Fast and Furious film, this one hilariously stylized as The F8 of the Furious. Not since Tak3n has such lunacy been taken so seriously by a production company. Directed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, there is a chance the franchise will continue its upward streak after the disastrous fourth film in the franchise. There isn’t exactly much more wiggle room for this franchise and it’s, admittedly, stretched very thin already, so who knows how they will find another way to clumsily shoehorn a story into watching cars launch out of hotels next. There isn’t exactly much more to look forward to in April, unless the third Smurfs film is your movie event of the year, or you’re looking forward to Paramount’s Untitled Horror Film.


May has two exciting movies coming: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 appears to be aiming for the more comedic chops of its predecessor while primarily abandoning the more action-heavy elements found there. While there will obviously still be action elements present, this film appears to be going in a more satirical direction (much like James Gunn’s Super) rather than a vanilla comic book film adaptation with very obvious comedy, like its predecessor. All of the same faces are returning, and while I didn’t appreciate the original Guardians very much, fans of the film will definitely latch onto this one as well. Alien: Covenant focuses more on the Prometheus elements of the Alien franchise, so it appears that the more isolated and gritty days of Alien and Aliens are gone and we are now going with the very bad idea of focusing more on what Prometheus brought to the table. Ridley Scott is coming back to direct (then again, he directed Prometheus as well) and is being written by a three-time Academy Award nominee, so there’s no real way to gauge how well this is going to do. Ridley Scott has been falling off the wagon as of late, so don’t expect a real masterpiece here.

June is an absolute cinematic nightmare. With upcoming titles like Wonder Woman, the acutely unnecessary Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise, the fifth Transformers film, the third Despicable Me movie (God help us all) and, most important of all, the shockingly gritty and harrowing Cars 3. There is going to be real no surprises with Transformers or Despicable Me. Transformers will continue being incoherent collections of sensory deprivation and Despicable Me will continue being a shameless cashgrab sans a story or good script. If The Mummy is anything like its hilarious trailer, then expect it to solely consist of Tom Cruise heavily breathing and a lot of visuals of varying quality. Wonder Woman is simply not an interesting character, and if it’s anything like Man of Steel or BvS (since it’s produced by Zack Snyder, it unfortunately will be) this will just be another soulless and depressing outing at the movies. I’m really only interested in Cars 3 since it appears to be more of a gritty drama, instead of the zany and incoherent nonsense the previous two films were. I’m honestly baffled that this movie exists and that Disney/Pixar shuffled out hundreds of millions in cash to produce a gritty, realistic drama about Lightning McQueen. Just think about that for a second. What is even happening anymore?


Just look at this! What is going on?!

The July and August lineups don’t have much going on. Spider-Man: Homecoming is releasing the first weekend of July, and is officially going to be the third interpretation of Spider-Man this century. In the span of a decade and a half, there have been three different version of Spider-Man. Think about that. This version is directed by a smaller director who will inevitably be bullied into doing what the studio wants, much like Marc Webb with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and look at what happened with those two ghastly movies. Although I did not think Tom Holland was a good Spider-Man in Civil War, a lot of people disagree with me, so his performance alone might make the film good for some. August contains such nightmares as Annabelle 2, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and the film of the year, The Emoji Movie. Do I even need to elaborate on these things? Because I’m not going to. What an awful month August will be.

September, October, and November contain very little to be excited over. September contains the release of The Lego Ninjago Movie, which until I just looked I had no idea existed. Much like The Lego Batman Movie, the original directorial duo is only producing, and since this one seems a lot more like a forced stretch than the Batman film (seriously, Ninjago? What is going on, Hollywood?) I don’t have very high hopes here. October contains the cinematic warcrimes Insidious: Chapter 4, the My Little Pony movie, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The only film I’m really looking forward to is Blade Runner 2049, as it is a reboot of one of my favorite movies and is directed by one of my favorite directors, who brought Prisoners, Sicario, and the best film of 2016 Arrival to the big screen. If studio interference is kept to a minimum, this is surely going to be one of the best reboots to date.


November also contains Thor: Ragnarok, the third wholly unnecessary Thor film that will surely bore audiences everywhere. Thor: The Dark World is one of the only movie experiences that made me fall asleep in the crowded theater, which is quite the achievement. This is also the third Thor film directed by a smaller director, so it’s inevitable that Marvel will bully this director, too. Also in November is the Justice League movie, directed by Hollywood herpes cold sore Zack Snyder. Set your expectations low for this one, friends. Get ready for a joyless, mirthless action film that is 75% CGI and 25% grey filter. Boo.

December sees one major film release, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Directed by talentless hack Rian Johnson, who brought us Looper, this film is sure to be absolutely no different than The Force Awakens. I’ve just about had it with Star Wars fever, but Disney will keep making these movies as long as they keep making money, which they always will. I’m not a giant fan of the first three movies, but they are masterpieces compared to the troglodytes we’ve been getting this century. People will like it or they’ll hate it, there’s not much to discuss here. Just not something I’m excited for. Perhaps even bigger than Star Wars will be the release of Untitled Warner Bros. Comedy.


What movies are you looking forward to in 2017? Any movies I missed? Any opinions you vehemently disagree with? Let us know in the comments below!

Full list of 2017 films here.
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C
Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
I do apologize that my opinions do not match yours. Perhaps you would feel better if you wrote your own article?
 
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Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
I agree.. Why so Negative. It just looks like your trying to hard to be like a proper film critic.
Also, criticizing films before their even out yet?? what's that all about. I'll reserve judgment on films until I've actually seen them.
 
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Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
I make assumptions based on what I already know. I don't hold much positivity about these kinds of movies because they are almost never good. Go back and look at 2016's film roster. Deadpool, BvS, Suicide Squad, Civil War, The Angry Birds Movie, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Jason Bourne, Rogue One... all movies I would have included if I made this article last year at this time, and, coincidentally, none of the movies I just mentioned are good, but that's just an opinion.
I did not judge the movies. I made assumptions based on who was making the film. Since I've seen all of the movies Zack Snyder has made, I feel like I can make a pretty good assumption that Justice League won't be good. Star Wars, under Disney, is simply not very good. I'm sorry, but the TFA and Rogue One are both painfully boring slogs, and are both under directors with respectable credits, much like Rian Johnson. There's no reason to believe this one won't be any different.
Again, I am not judging the movies. I am making assumptions on how I think they will turn out based on past credits of the filmmakers. You can be offended all you want (and make a personal attack that I'm "trying too hard to be a proper film critic") but these are my opinions, and as someone who has seen thousands of movies, I think I know what I'm talking about.
But, as I stressed earlier, your opinion is not my opinion. Do not let what I say affect you. You should be secure enough with your own opinions to not let what others say bother you.
 
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Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
No offense taken. I just don't see they point of making an article based on assuming something will be bad. It just seems pointless. It's like, for example, someone writing an article on the new battlefield 2018 ( if it comes out ) game and assuming it's just going to be good, even though we obviously don't know anything about it. It just doesn't make sense. I'd prefer more constructive articles on here, something that would actually benefit the se7ensins community. Assumptions on films we haven't seen just doesn't work. There's too many copy and paste jobs going around, we don't need pointless articles on top of that....
 
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Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
Writing is dead on this site, its the reason we have to get articles from other sites
 
C
Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
The article was meant to be a comprehensible list of major films coming out, with just assumptions to add to them. The difference between your analogy and this article is Battlefield 2018 is an idea for now, and you're right, it would be silly to write on it. The things I listed here, however, are well-documented projects with enough substance behind them to project a preemptive opinion into. These movies are happening, most of them have been finished, quite a few of them have teaser trailers (not all of them, however) and since these movies will be happening in the coming year, what is the harm in pointing the existence of these movies out?
Furthermore, I do not understand the logic behind complaining about how "writing is dead" and how there aren't any constructive articles on the site anymore when the people behind those complaints have, in total, contributed zero articles to the site. If you see such fault with how the Homepage is now, perhaps it would be a good idea to make an effort towards what you want to see, rather than sit back and wait for someone else to do the work and then get the misguided idea that it's our fault that we don't achieve your vision when you don't even make an effort past one-dimensional criticisms that aren't constructive in the least.
Go write a thoughtful, insightful article that gets published to the Homepage, then come back and maybe, MAYBE your point will be valid. If you come back telling me that it's not your job to write, well, I'm retired. It's not my job, either, but I did it anyway.
 
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Such a negative nancy, the first article I see actually get written by someone on the site and it's so negative
I agree. Homepage articles are getting worse and worse at the moment. You can defend them as much as you like ( you obviously would ) but it's the truth. A lot of posts these days are just copy and paste. Having articles like this don't help either. They just seem like people are trying too hard to come up with something and just post it for the sake of it..... Members of the forum have a right to say on matters like this. Feedback is vital to improving and maintaining this site. Telling members "Why don't you try and do better" is completely unprofessional and quite frankly childish. This forum has writers, and they are called writers for a reason. People don't have to be professional writers themselves just to complain about lack of quality. Members who use this forum, and pay for premium have the right to complain..... And your correct, it's not your job, neither is it mine to write articles. It's my job to visit this website and help keep it going like every other member. It's the writers job to give, GOOD, content otherwise people will leave for other forums. I don't understand how you can't understand this fact to be honest.
 
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