The 2017 hotlist: movies we most want to see this year

Christmas is over (boo-hiss). But rejoice fair cinema adventurers, for the news isn’t so bad for us. With a new year comes a whole new batch of movies for us to indulge in and it’s a list that’ll get those saliva glands flowing.

This isn’t the complete roster and we’re bound to disappoint, so if you’ve got something to add, let us know about it in the comments below. For now, here are some of 2017’s biggest films we’re really excited about.

T2: Trainspotting

Not to be mistaken with the second Terminator movie, T2 is the sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, set 21 years into the future. Or the present, as it’s now called. All the original cast are back, including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller. Let’s hope bringing the gang back together is justified.

Release date: January 27th

The Lego Batman Movie

Will Arnett returns as the Lego Batman, attempting to save Gotham from the evil and ever-scheming Joker, played by The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis. Arnett’s Batman was one of the absolute break-out performances in The Lego Movie, and we’re excited to see him being reunited (albeit through voice only) with fellow Arrested Development alumnus Michael Cera, who will play Dick Grayson AKA Robin.

Release date: February 10th

Logan

Ryan Reynolds thinks that Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine might bring home an Oscar. That seems like a fairly unrealistic piece of optimism but this third solo outing for the clawed X-Man certainly promises to be a more sophisticated tale, focusing on an older Wolverine that has gone into exile. We’re certainly encouraged by the more adult certificate rating and the R-rated trailer with Logan putting his claws through the skull of a mercenary. Let’s hope it’s a good final outing for Jackman who has been excellent in the role.

Release date: March 2nd

Beauty and the Beast

The next in Disney’s live-action animation movies, Beauty (or Belle) will be played by none other than Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, with Dan Stevens playing the role of the Beast. The creators of this reimagining suggest it will follow the same plot and stay true to the original story and music, but with some added tunes to boot. Let’s hope Luke Evan’s Gaston gets plenty of screen time.

Release date: March 17th

Life

Life will depict the efforts of a six-person crew of the International Space Station as they attempt to study samples from Mars that might prove the first signs of extraterrestrial life. That sounds like an accident waiting to happen! With all the signs in its synopsis of a typical throw away alien science fiction flick, you’ll be surprise to see this stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. The first trailer reveal was made a few months back and it looks promising.

Release date: March 3rd

Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johansson stars in this live-action reimagining of the original anime about a cyborg that helps to take down the criminal underworld. Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, the first trailer suggests this will have lots of big action sequences, with strong science fiction elements.

Release date: March 31st

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It’s without question that the original Guardians was one of the biggest surprises of 2014 and one of the most unique and hilarious movie experiences for several years. The next promises to replicate everything the first one did and then some, and that’s ok by us. Oh, did we mention that Kurt Russell is going to be Star Lord’s dad? Need we say more…

Release date: April 28th

Kong: Skull Island

It only seems like yesterday that Peter Jackson’s King Kong hit theatres, but Universal have decided it’s time for another outing for the big ape, the second set up movie to lead into the monster mash up between Godzilla and Kong. Tom Hiddleston has stepped in to provide the acting muscle, with Andy Serkis sadly not returning to perform the motion capture for the big beast. Ted Notary, a hugely decorated Hollywood Movement Coach and perform steps into the role.

Release date: March 10th

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

We’ve been here before. Excalibur – check. Brothers in arms in love with the same woman – check. Crazy lady in lake – check. It’s the same classic formulae but with a Guy Richie twist, who always manages to deliver his own quirky originality. Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur, with Jude Law and Eric Bana supporting.

Release date: May 12th

Alien: Covenant

Ridley Scott returns for a Prometheus sequel that seems to be taking the audience back to its source material (again). With promises that this will be the most tense Alien picture since the 1979 original and a stellar cast made up of a returning Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and newcomers Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, and James Franco (according to the rumour machine), Alien fans might finally get the scares that have sorely been lacking in recent outings.

Release date: May 19th

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman marks the full feature debut for one of the most beloved female superheroes of all time. Gal Gadot seemed a strange choice for Wonder Woman when it was first announced, but her turn as the Amazonian Princess warrior in Batman v Superman proved to be one of the better parts of the film. And as someone who actually served in the Israeli army for several years, she’s someone that can kick some butt in real life too.

Release date: June 2nd

Despicable Me 3

Cars 3 is out next year but we thought we’d save our animation slot for the return of the loveable super villain, Gru. Turning up to play the bad (bad) guy is South Park’s Trey Parker, who stars as Balthazar Brat, a former 80s pop-star who turns bad through one too many poor sales (we guess). And the best news…it’ll mark the return of the Minions!!

Release date: June 30th

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tom Holland impressed in Captain America: Civil War and we think he put in the kind of winning performance that could ensure this new Spiderman franchise succeeds. With the likes of Michael Keaton, Donald Glover and Marisa Tomei as a disturbingly hot Aunt May swinging in to add to a fantastic supporting line, hopes are high indeed.

Release date: July 7th

War for the Planet of the Apes

Apes 2 was a feast of computer generated animation and featured a break out role for Jason Clarke, who has proven to be a real gem of an actor. War for the Planet of the Apes looks to conclude humanity’s demise (we assume) and complete Caesar’s transformation into supreme planetary overlord. We look forward to seeing the gory drama unfold.

Release date: July 14th

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson returns to the world of science fiction with a comic book adaptation of Valerian and Laureline from Pierre Christin and illustrator Jean-Claude Mezieres. The Fifth Element, Besson’s previous space science fiction drama, remains a cult classic and was one of the most original films of its time. Let’s hope Valerian pushes similar boundaries.

Release date: July 21st

Dunkirk

Dunkirk represents a real genre shift for Christopher Nolan, who has been tasked with telling the true story of the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of allied troops in 1940. With Nolan rarely failing to hit the mark and helped by a steller line up, including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance (oh and Harry Styles…) we’re reasonably confident it will be a true epic.

Release date: July 21st

The Dark Tower

Stephen King’s epic seven book series has finally been adapted for the screen and Idris Elba stars as the gunslinger. Whatever happens, the movie will no doubt be heavily scrutinised by long time fans of the novel. For everyone else, it should be a fantastic introduction to one of the best fantasy fiction franchises ever put on the page.

Release date: July 28th

Kingsman 2: Golden Circle

We’ve been fans of Kingsman 2 ever since Channing Tatum took to Twitter to reveal he was “about to get all up in that Golden Circle”. Classy guy. Matthew Vaughn’s original Kingsman was another triumph in 2014 and one of the most original spy-action comedies ever to grace the screens. It also marked the first major appearance of one of Britain’s break-out young stars, Taron Egerton. This time the gang are heading over to the States to help their American cousins take down a nefarious criminal mastermind. Expect laughs and crazy plot twists aplenty.

Release date: September 29th

Thor: Ragnorak

Thor Ragnorak remains one of 2017’s more mysterious entries into the marvel cinematic universe. However, we do know that the Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange and Thor (obvs) will all play major roles in the movie, not to mention Tom Hiddleston who returns as the cunning trickster Loki. Playing the adversaries this time round will be Karl Urban as bald headed Skurge and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. If Ragnorak manages to recapture the magic of the first film, Thor II aside, then this should be a good one.

Release date: October 27th

Justice League

It hasn’t had quite the same build up as the Avengers series and given the fairly poor reception that Batman v Superman received, we should probably be skeptical about this one. But we have faith that DC will be able to pull it off and if they don’t, at least we’ll be getting a full feature debut from none other than Aquaman himself. We would have chosen Vincent Chase ourselves, but all the same, it’s pretty cool.

Release date: November 16th

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Is anyone else feeling a little impatient to see Luke Skywalker back in action? Well we hear you. But as impatient as we are, spare a thought for Carrie Fisher who we will see for the very last time on our screens, in a new movie at least. We’re sure it’ll be a fitting tribute to a woman that played one of the strongest and sexiest Princesses of all time, second to Princess Jasmine, of course.

Release date: December 15th

The Not List: what we’re kind of dreading in 2017…

Power Rangers

What’s the one thing all children’s tv show turn movie adaptations have in common? They all suck. Period. We expect the same from this Power Rangers reboot.

Release date: March 24th

Fast & Furious 8 AKA The Fate of the Furious

The trailer admittedly looks awesome but Dom is a bad guy now? I can’t even begin to imagine a reality where this self-proclaimed family man would ever turn on his bothers in arms. Mind you, the prospect of The Rock having a bare knuckle fight with Jason Statham in the middle of a prison riot is quite appealing.

Release date: April 14th

Baywatch

The premise of Baywatch the movie is that a criminal plot threatens the future of the Bay. Need we say more? The Rock and Zach Efron star, so at least we’ll get to look admiringly at their fantastic abs. The above picture says it all.

Release date: May 19th

The Mummy

The Mummy is the first in a number of films in Universal’s effort to re-popularise some of its most famous monsters. Tom Cruise is starring so that probably means he is also financing. That also means this is likely to get a sequel regardless of whether anyone went to see it. Oh joy!

Release date: June 9th

Transformers: The Last Knight

Michael Bay is really scraping the barrel with this beleaguered franchise no one was ever sure they wanted turned into a live action movie. Let’s hope it’s amazing. Logic dictates that if it is, they won’t make another one.

Release date: June 23rd

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

We’ve got nothing against Blackbeard’s left leg. The trouble is, neither has he. This is probably about as much enjoyment as you’ll have reading about Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. Of course, we could be wrong…

Release date: July 24th

Blade Runner 2049

This might bring a lot of criticism and I’m open to being wrong on this, but do we honestly need a sequel to the absolute flawless classic that was Blade Runner? Given that the only thing that ruined Blade Runner was Ridley Scott’s endless edited versions of his original film, the prospect of this being a let down seems great. Can Ryan Gosling save it?

Release date: October 6th

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