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Top 30 Best Movies Of 2017 – Preview Guide

6th – Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Starring: Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Out: October 6, 2017
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Eggsy (Egerton), Merlin (Strong) and Roxy (Cookson) head to the U.S. to join forces with Statesman, their counterparts, after the Kingsman HQ is destroyed by Poppy (Moore), an evil American mastermind… Halle Berry and Channing Tatum (pictured above) play two Statesmen secret agents, while Jeff Bridges is the chief. Also joining the cast are two peas in a pod Elton John and Vinnie Jones. The same writer and director return, though without the map of a Mark Millar graphic novel as source material. (Spoilers for ‘Kingsman 1’ ahead:) ‘Golden Circle’ will have the ‘Kick-Ass 2’ problem of having killed off its best character for shock value the first time round. The dynamic with Firth made the first movie, things became less interesting when Egerton partnered with Strong. But wait, it’s been announced that Firth is, somehow, back in this one, in a way that “maintains integrity”. The cast have described ‘Golden Circle’ as a crazier movie, and an unconventional sequel, so it seems we’re talking about more than a flashback here. One thing’s for sure, the cast and crew are bristling with talent and the original was thoroughly entertaining, so expect a bold, brash, faintly controversial spy adventure.

5th – Logan
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
Director: James Mangold
Out: March 3, 2017
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In a future where mutants are all but extinct, Logan’s healing factor is starting to fail and Professor X is frail and losing mental capacity. Living reclusively in the desert, Logan is racked with guilt. Together they will protect a young girl, aka X-23, with similar powers to Logan, who is being targeted by the sinister Reavers, a team of cyborgs who hunt mutants… The third Wolverine solo film is R-rated and takes inspiration from the comic book series ‘Old Man Logan’ by Mark Millar. It also marks Jackman’s and Stewart’s final performance as the characters. Richard E. Grant is Zander Rice, the “mad scientist” head of project Transigen and the Reavers. Bryan Singer has said Mr Sinister aka Nathaniel Essex will appear on screen, but it’s unclear if he’s a main antagonist, or a post-credit appearance. Stephen Merchant plays Caliban, a mutant who can sense and track other mutants, and is helping Logan take care of Xavier. The director of ‘The Wolverine’, which did a great job, returns. ‘Logan’ looks like something different among superhero movies. There are no baseball stadiums being lifted in the air, just a western tone, Wolverine and his very human story. Jackman and Stewart have performed Wolverine and Professor X wonderfully over the last 17 years, and now that it’s coming to an end, and in a fairly sad storyline, it’ll be bittersweet. Hopefully it’s not too depressing for general audiences.

4th – Annihilation
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac
Director: Alex Garland
Out: TBC 2017
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When her husband suffers a horrible event, a tough, closed-off biologist (Portman) puts her name forward for the next exploratory expedition into the “Shimmer” environmental zone – a deadly area where the laws of nature no longer apply. Accompanying her is an all-female team of anthropologist, psychologist (Leigh) and surveyor. The previous eleven expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma… Imagine a terrifying and coherent “weird nature” version of ‘Lost’. Oscar Isaac plays the husband, reuniting with Alex Garland, the director of the excellent ‘Ex Machina’. With ’28 Days Later’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Dredd’ and ‘Ex Machina’ as his writing credits, Garland is probably the best sci-fi screenwriter working in cinema today, imbuing his work with originality, intellect and allegory (expect something about man and ecosystems here). Garland’s adapted the 2014 novel of the same name, which was presented in the style of the biologist’s journal, and while there are two loosely connected sequels, this is being treated as a standalone. In short, it’s shaping up as a great year for sci-fi.

3rd – Dunkirk
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh
Director: Christopher Nolan
Out: July 19, 2017
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‘Dunkirk’ opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the French beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in… This is 1940, when the Germans were at their strongest, steamrolling through France as it surrendered. 330,000 soldiers risked being massacred at Dunkirk by the shelling and bombs if they weren’t evacuated. With many military vessels unable to get close due to the shallow shore, all boats in the area, from yachts to fishing vessels, were requested to run the gauntlet of mines, E. Boats, submarines, shore batteries, wrecks, and most lethally dive-bombers… Rather than a traditional war film this is a retreat, a suspense-thriller about survival. Christopher Nolan, who also wrote the screenplay, is being paid more than any other director in history (matching Peter Jackson for ‘King Kong’) – $20m upfront and 20% (!) of box office gross. The cast is led by 19 year old Fionn Whitehead, an unknown, playing a British Army private to convey “how young and inexperienced these soldiers were.” Behind him is a fine ensemble cast including Tom Hardy as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, Mark Rylance (‘Bridge of Spies’) as a civilian yachtsman, Kenneth Branagh as a Royal Navy officer, Cillian Murphy as a fleeing soldier and Harry Styles from One Direction in his first acting role, so expect much fangirl furore. For all of ‘Interstellar’s brilliance there was a fair bit clunky too (I’ve never needed to pause a movie so many times to explain to a room of friends what’s happening), and the seemingly-bloodless PG-13 rating for ‘Dunkirk’ may not cut it in the post-‘Saving Private Ryan’ era. However, Nolan is a huge Kubrick admirer and after following him into space he’s now tackling the war film, the result should be poetic, terrifying, epic and a genre landmark.

2nd – Blade Runner 2049
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Out: October 6, 2017
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Los Angeles, several decades after Deckard’s replicant hunt. The Earth’s climate has gone berserk, with the ocean, the rain, the snow all toxic. One man (Gosling) is searching for the legendary Blade Runner (Ford), about whom there is still ambiguity whether he was human or replicant… That’s all that’s been revealed so far plot-wise. Gosling is the new lead, with Ford a third-act appearance. Regarding the replicants’ built-in limited lifespace, producer Ridley Scott says “Deckard was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live”. Jared Leto’s role is undisclosed at this point. Sean Young does not return. There is dynamite behind the camera with director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins. Together they made the brilliant ‘Prisoners’, the extremely tense ‘Sicario’ and Villeneuve also helmed the best thriller of this year, ‘Arrival’. The ‘Blade Runner’ cyberpunk aesthetic, with their visuals and smarts (and $120 million) should be awe-inspiring. The iconic Vangelis isn’t returning to score, but the composer of ‘Sicario’ is a trustworthy compromise. The new castings feel spot on, Gosling in ‘Drive’-mode is perfect for this world, with Leto bringing his extravagant and aloof aura to, presumably, a replicant. With Ford saying it’s the best script he’s ever read, all the elements seem to be beautifully aligned. Let’s just hope they don’t pull a ‘Prometheus’.

1st – Star Wars: Episode VIII
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Benicio del Toro
Director: Rian Johnson
Out: December 15, 2017
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The plot is top secret but we know it picks up immediately after the last scene of ‘Force Awakens’, and continues to follow Rey’s journey. Benicia del Toro will play the villain. Laura Dern (‘Jurassic Park’) joins in an unspecified role. The entire surviving cast, including the likes of Captain Phasma, cgi tavern keeper Maz Kanata and desert scrap dealer Unkar Plutt (played by Simon Pegg), all return. It’s presumed we will learn more about Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s identity, and what exactly happened at Luke’s Jedi school. JJ Abrams is a master of the fan-service remix, but director Rian Johnson (‘Looper’), is an original. Expect him to bring something fresh, rather than slavishly following story beats and designs from the original trilogy (Adam Driver / Kylo Ren has said: “When I read the script, it was not what I expected, in the best of ways.”) 2018 sees the young Han Solo movie, before this trilogy concludes the following year. I’ve casually waited 30 years to see Luke Skywalker fight again, Disney Star Wars fatigue can set in after that.


ALSO OF NOTE
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother (too little info right now), Baywatch, Cars 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, Despicable Me 3, Flatliners (reboot), Friday the 13th (reboot), The Equalizer 2, The LEGO Batman Movie, Paddington 2, Super Troopers 2, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Power Rangers

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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
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  • helen hudson said

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

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