The Biggest Movies Set to Release in 2017

2016 was a pretty good year for movie fans. They got two Marvel films, a “Star Wars” movie, and a ton of other original, critically-acclaimed flicks. This year looks to be no different, with plenty of well-loved franchises returning, along with at least a few new stories. While there will definitely be a film for everyone, these are going to be the sure winners of 2017.  

Spider-Man: Homecoming

It’s the third–yes, third–iteration of superhero Spider-Man in 15 years, but this time may be the charm as its the first time the character will officially take part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means other well-known Marvel characters, such as Iron Man, will be making appearances in the film. Besides the movie’s connection to the Marvel universe, it may stand well enough on its own, with tons of acclaimed actors taking part in the film. Not enough Marvel for you? 2017 will also see the releases of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Despicable Me 3

Let’s face it: you’re not going to watch “Despicable Me” for its deft filmmaking, but that’s OK. The franchise is good fun for the entire family, and this third outing seems to keep the sweet, colorful tone of the previous two films. Along with returning stars Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, “Despicable Me 3” will also star Trey Parker, best known as one of the duo behind “South Park,” and, of course, the Minions. They’re never going away!

Dunkirk

If you’re not sure what you want to see at the cinema, a Christopher Nolan movie is always a safe bet. The mastermind behind mindbenders such as “Inception,” “Interstellar,” and the “Dark Knight” trilogy, Nolan returns with a seemingly straightforward World War II picture. “Dunkirk” tells the story of Allied soldiers forced to evacuate Dunkirk, France in 1940, near the beginning of the war. As with all Nolan movies, the cast is stunning, with Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and curiously, One Direction member Harry Styles all set to appear.

Blade Runner 2049

Among this year’s many remakes, reboots, and sequels, “Blade Runner 2049” is a little bit different. For one, it’s a straight-up sequel that comes 35 years after the original, which caused concern among fans of the original film. However, those fears were set aside when they learned rising-star director Denis Villeneuve would direct, bringing along cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Johann Johannsson, both of whom collaborated with him on 2016’s sci-fi hit, “Arrival.” Add in returning star Harrison Ford and current Hollywood golden boy Ryan Gosling, and it’s looking like this is going to be a winner.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

It’s “Star Wars.” Does anything more need to be said? Right now, the movie’s being kept under tight, tight wraps – not even the film’s subtitle is known at the moment. All we know right now is that much of the cast introduced in 2015’s “The Force Awakens” will return, with director Rian Johnson at the helm. Johnson, while not a household name, has been the one behind critically-acclaimed films “Brick” and “Looper,” so critics are confident that the new installment is in good hands. It’s safe to say that audiences around the world will be feeling the Force with this one come the end of the year.

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