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Top 30 Best Movies Of 2017 – Preview Guide

24th – The Mummy
Starring: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Russell Crowe
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Out: June 9, 2017
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Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Boutella, ‘Kingsman’, ‘Star Trek Beyond’) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy will usher in a new world of gods and monsters… Tom Cruise (‘Top Gun’) is charged with taking her down. Annabelle Wallis (er, ‘Annabelle’) is an archaeologist. Jake Johnson (‘Lets Be Cops’) is a soldier this time. Unlike the Brandon Fraser trilogy, this will be set in present day (and not be as cheesy). Though ‘Dracula Untold’ teased it in its end credits, this is the first coordinated film in Universal’s shared monsters universe. Therefore Russell Crowe has a significant supporting role as Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. Future films are expected to include Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, also Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Van Helsing and Bride of Frankenstein. All will be action-adventure based rather than horror. Long-time blockbuster writer and producer Alex Kurtzman is overseeing the universe and making his blockbuster-directing debut here. Forget Cruise fighting a Mummy, I want to see Crowe going mental as Jekyll & Hyde right now…

23rd – Free Fire
Starring: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor
Director: Ben Wheatley
Out: March 17, 2017
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Boston, 1978. Justine (Larson, ‘Room’) has brokered a potential arms deal in a deserted warehouse between the gang of an Irishman (Murphy, ’28 Days Later’) and one led by a South African (Copley, ‘District 9’) and an American (Hammer, ‘Lone Ranger’). But when shots are fired during the handover, pandemonium ensues, thrusting everyone involved into a chaotic multi-directional shootout, standoff, and dry-witted game of survival… R-rated action-comedy-thriller from the director of Brit flicks ‘Kill List’, ‘Sightseers’ and the disappointingly stilted ‘High-Rise’. Given it’s entirely set in a warehouse with a cast of big-mouthed lowlife gangsters pointing guns at each other, it’s drawn many comparisons to ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Festival critics have said it’s full of fiery energy and dark comedy and it won the people’s choice award at Toronto. Make sure only to watch the first half of the trailer as it gives away too much.

22nd – The Fate Of The Furious (aka Fast & Furious 8)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese
Director: F. Gary Gray
Out: April 14, 2017
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Just as the crew have been exonerated and are enjoying the semblance of a normal life, Dom (Diesel) sides with cyber villain Cipher (Theron) and turns against his team, embarking on a crime spree for reasons unknown… In ‘Fast Five’ there was a deliberate push away from street racing towards becoming action/heist movies with cars. Here the focus will shift toward action/spy caper. Kurt Russell returns as the covert Mr.Nobody, introduced last time in a ‘mission-giving’ role that will span multiple films. New locations include Iceland, the recently reopened Cuba, but primarily, New York. Director F. Gary Gray (taking over from James Wan) comes off the back of the excellent ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and is no stranger to enjoyable OTT action having made the likes of ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ (he also previously directed Diesel in ‘A Man Apart’, Theron and Statham in ‘The Italian Job’ and Johnson in ‘Be Cool’). The loss of Paul Walker will be keenly felt, however with a starry cast as expansive as the series now has, as dominated by Diesel as it has become and with Walker’s character no longer a cop or free to romance, they were already struggling with giving him things to do. Scott Eastwood’s addition to the cast as a law enforcement agent could represent something of a character reset. The other major new addition is Helen Mirren, rumoured to be Jason Statham’s mother. Returning cast also include Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black and Ludacris. Johnson claims to have fallen out hard with Diesel during the film, posting “When you watch this movie and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right… Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t.” But this is largely thought to be a hoax for promotion. Expect another huge hit.

21st – Trainspotting 2
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner
Director: Danny Boyle
Out: March 3, 2017
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First there was an opportunity…then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Renton (McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Bremner), Sick Boy (Miller), and Begbie (Carlyle). Also waiting: sorrow, joy, vengeance, friendship, longing, regret, diamorphine and mortal danger… Black-comedy crime-drama sequel to the ’96 original which followed a group of heroin addicts in a late ’80s economically depressed area of Edinburgh. Ranked 10th by the BFI in its “Top 100 British Films Of All Time”, it was also publicly voted the best Scottish film of all time. Screenwriter John Hodge, who was Oscar-nominated then, returns with an original script rather than a strict adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel ‘Porno’. Powerhouse Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (‘Trainspotting’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) has been passionate about getting this made for years but had to heal over a feud with McGregor stretching back to ‘The Beach’. Carlyle has said that ‘Trainspotting 2’ “is going to be quite emotional for people. Because the film sort of tells you to think about yourself. You are going to be thinking: ‘F**k. What have I done with my life?'” The trailer’s rant about modern living doesn’t have anything like the same impact as the first time round. ‘Trainspotting 2’ likely won’t speak to a new generation, but work as a thoughtful throwback for the 30 and 40-somethings.

20th – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou
Director: Guy Ritchie
Out: March 24, 2017
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The young Arthur (Hunnam) runs the back passages of 6th century Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. Joining up with the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere (Bergès-Frisbey), he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern (Law), who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king… Directed by Guy Ritchie, who dabbled in famous invented historical figures with ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and did an impressive job with ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’. 1981’s ‘Excalibur’ remains the gold standard for the Arthurian myth. 2004’s ‘King Arthur’ removed the magical elements for a more grounded approach but ended up being dreary and generic. This version will dive head first into the fantasy elements, most notably with the use of giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a “monstrous viking-like creature” called The Nemesis. Eric Bana is on board as the father of King Arthur, while David Beckham has a small role as Sir Cumfrence (geddit) who’s rumoured to be trying but failing to get Excalibur from the stone. Overall the cast isn’t particularly must-see, but it’s about what Ritchie brings to it – ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ showed he is brimming with confidence and style. A lot will be decided by what tone he goes for. It’s about time someone got this epic adventure right.

19th – It
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Out: September 8, 2017
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In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a shapeshifting fear-fed kid-killing monster whose favourite form is a clown… R-rated adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel, which was turned into an excellent TV miniseries in 1990. Pennywise, the role made famous by a 44 year old Tim Curry, will here be played by 27 year old Bill Skarsgård (Netflix’s ‘Hemlock Grove’ and son of Stellan Skarsgård), who’s basically a 6ft 4″ handsome Steve Buscemi. The new clown costume (above) is less baggy and more distinctly from the distant past. After being stuck in development hell for 7 years, the director of ‘Mama’ was brought in late to get the project off the ground. The lack of an adult cast confirms this will be a two parter, with a second film due some vague time in the future. Contrary to the novel, in which the kids’ conflict begins in 1958, this is set in 1989, with the second movie and second clash in the mid-2010’s. The director has promised more horror and the gore absent from the miniseries. “It’s” more cheesy forms from past versions, such as the werewolf, mummy and giant spider, will be replaced with new ones. Much had to be cut from the 90s version for time and for disturbing content (this is about child murder after all). Putting that back should spark a new generation of nightmares. The risk of making it a two-parter (very unusual in horror) is that if this one underperforms we may never see the story concluded.

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  • gd smith said

    I think the inappropriately grinning extra in Dunkirk is supposed to be just a confused kid. Soldiers were young 18-22 years old on average. When he looks up he might momentarily be thinking it’s a British plane. I think it’s there to make the clip more arresting. It’s good that they’ve sunk a lot of money and effort into a WWII film with no G.Is.

    I would have put Split in the main list. The trailer is really good and James Mcavoy looks like he’s having a blast with the multiple roles.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      ‘Split’ almost made it in, it was pick number 31. ‘The Visit’ was solid but Shyamalan made so many awful films prior and the trailer feels…campy to me. I didn’t enjoy McAvoy’s hammy performance in ‘Victor Frankenstein’ at all, and this looks along similar lines. Having said that there are enough positive early reviews to suggest Shyamalan is indeed back on form. We’ll see!

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  • Michele said

    What about, “Ready Player One”? Isn’t it supposed to be coming out this year?

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  • jim said

    hi
    just thought to thank you for ur site as its good to know whats coming up in the movies as its hard when mobility hinders ur movement
    once again thankyou
    jim

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  • helen hudson said

    wii the movie “it” be able to buy soon?

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