Every year seems bigger in terms of movie releases, with more and more films crowding Cineplexes, home video services, streaming services, and every other distribution channel available.
However, 2017 will actually be a really big year for movies, with one of the finest lineups of highly-anticipated films we've seen in awhile. From superheroes (Justice League, Thor, Wonder Woman) to sci-fi (Ghost in the Shell), to new chapters of beloved franchises (Star Wars, Underworld, John Wick, ) and those inevitable reboots (Kong, Power Rangers, Blade Runner) - there's reason for any and every movie fan to get excited.
Here are Our Most Anticipated Movies of 2017.
Underworld: Blood Wars (Jan. 6th)
While we're not anticipating anything revolutionary from Underworld: Blood Wars, it will have Kate Beckinsale back in black leather and kicking ass. That always gets our blood flowing.prevnext
Live By Night (Jan. 13th Wide)
Ben Affleck has our attention for playing Batman, but his latest directorial effort may just be the next American gangster movie classic. We'll be checking it out.prevnext
Split (Jan. 20th)
If half of what we heard about M. Night Shymalan's latest mystery/thriller is true, movie fans could be in for their first big surprise of 2017.prevnext
xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage (Jan. 20th)
Look, we all have guilty pleasures, and seeing Vin Diesel kick ass is one of ours. We'll three helpings of it this year, starting with this longtime coming sequel nobody really begged for.prevnext
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Feb. 10th)
The first one was such a dark horse breakout hit, that we can't wait to see what kind of crazy action experience Keanu Reeves and Co. deliver with the sequel.prevnext
LEGO Batman (Feb. 10th)
The LEGO Movie was everything that is awesome, and Will Arnett's Batman was one of the most awesome things about it. Taking LEGO Movie and mashing it together with a Batman movie should only yield more awesome results.prevnext
Logan (March 3rd)
Wolverine 3 has gained a big early buzz thanks to trailers and teasers that set it way apart from other films in the X-Men movie franchise. As Hugh Jackman's final solo movie appearance as Wolverine, and the introduction of fan-fave X-23, this one is a milestone.prevnext
Kong: Skull Island (March 10th)
No one was begging for a King Kong reboot, but man! That first trailer sold us on a classic movie monster thriller/adventure.
If Skull Island delivers, we're totally onboard for that King Kong vs. Godzilla movie that's coming.prevnext
Beauty And The Beast (March 17th)
Disney has killed it with fantastic live-action reboots of its popular animated films of the past. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and an all-star supporting cast are poised to bring that Beauty and the Beast magic to a whole new generation.prevnext
Ghost in the Shell (March 31st)
Anime fans have been in an uproar about this Americanized version of the manga/anime classic, but director Rupert Sanders has created visually intriuging adaptation that we can't wait to see more of.prevnext
The Fate of the Furious (April 14th)
If it's spring time and there's another Fast and the Furious movie in theaters, you can bet we will be there - and a lot of other people will, too.prevnext
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (May 5th)
Do we really need to sell you on seeing one of Marvel's most anticipated sequels of all time?
Fine, in four words: Laughing Drax. Baby Groot.prevnext
Alien: Covenant (May 19th)
The first trailer was a return to classic Ridley Scott sci-fi/horror, making us very excited to check this one out.prevnext
Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th)
Pirates of the Caribbean delivers those fun summer blockbuster adventures.
This fifth chapter will bring back some originals (Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley), giving it a definite boost.prevnext
Wonder Woman (June 2nd)
This is a big pivotal release for DC Films, as the studio tries to at once:
- Launch the first big female supehero movie franchise in these DC/Marvel cinematic universes.
- Turn around the negative stereotypes of DCEU movies being dark and somber bores.
So far, things have looked good, so here's hoping Wonder Woman gets her just due after a 75-year wait to get on the big screen.prevnext
The Mummy (June 9th)
Tom Cruise makes entertaining blockbuster movies, and with him signing on to launch Universal's monster movie universe, we're more excited than ever to see this Mummy reboot.prevnext
Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23rd)
Yep, it's another Michael Bay Transformers movie.The first trailer was admittedly pretty cool - but that doesn't mean the actual movie will be any better than Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Basically, you know what you're getting at this point.prevnext
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th)
Tom Holland's Spider-Man was a breakout hit of Captain America: Civil War, and his first solo film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks just as awesome!prevnext
War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14th)
The Planet of the Apes franchise has been one of the more impressive (and surprising) reboots of the deacde. After the acclaim of Rise was topped by the acclaim of Dawn, War has the higest expectations yet to clear.
With Ceaser actor Andy Serkis and Dawn director Matt Reeves back (plus Woody Harrelson joining!) we expect great things.prevnext
Dunkirk (July 21st)
An epic wartime/psychological thriller with the name "Christopher Nolan" stamped on top.
...Uh yeah, we'll definitely be there to see this.prevnext
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21st)
We saw some of Luc Besson's adaptation of this famous French comic book series while at New York Comic-Con. It may be Besson's best film since The Fifth Element, and could be a big welcome surprise for summer moviegoers looking for something truly original.prevnext
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Oct. 6th)
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a refreshing departure from Bourne/Bond spy movies of our day - and word is The Golden Circle will be crazier, more violent, and funnier than the first one.
Count us in!prevnext
Blade Runner 2049 (Oct. 6th)
Director Denis Villeneuve has made nothing but cerebral and cinematic genre thrillers so far (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival) and after that first trailer, it looks like his impressive skills will be right at home in the Blade Runner franchise.
Plus: Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling!prevnext
Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3rd)
Thor hasn't been the strongest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie franchise so far, but Thor 3 will have Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston joined by Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, to take on Cate Blanchett's Hela and Karl Urban's Skurge.
If you can't tell, we're psyched for a much-improved Thor movie experience.prevnext
Justice League (Nov. 17th)
This is it. The 'make or break' moment for the DC Extendd Universe.
If Justice League flops, then sure, Ben Affleck's Batman may still have a cinematic future; Wonder Woman will already be out and Aquaman is in production. But beyond those projects, the future of DC films rests on Justice League.prevnext