My Take On… #217: Movies I’m Looking Forward To In 2017

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With 2016 nearly finishing up, it’s time for our annual look at the movies that I’m looking forward to in the new year of 2017 and the year definitely has a lot of interesting and potentially great movies to keep a close eye on. We’ve got 12 months to look at here so without further ado, let’s begin:

January

SLEEPLESS (January 13th) — A police detective with a connection to the criminal underground finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug lord, a move that puts his son’s life in danger.

I just watched the trailer for this one not too long ago and I have to say, I’m kind of interested, Jamie Foxx is always really good even in some of his bad movies and I’m curious to see if this will be any good. It’s a January movie so maybe I’m getting my hopes up a little bit.

THE FOUNDER (January 20th) — Michael Keaton starring as Ray Kroc, a biopic about the man who made McDonald’s a household name, this finally opens up nationwide in early January and hopefully, it’ll be really good.

February

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (February 10th) — The one movie I’m looking forward to the most in 2017 and if these new trailers are any indication, this will live up to all the expectations and hopefully will be as good as The Lego Movie.

JOHN WICK CHAPTER TWO (February 10th) — Was not the hugest fan of the first John Wick, I liked it but didn’t love it like everybody else did. I am curious to see what they will do with a sequel and I liked a lot of what I’m seeing in the trailers so far.

FIST FIGHT (February 17th) — Ice Cube & Charlie Day fighting each other in a comedy, the trailers for this look really funny, it looks like a solid fun movie and I’m really looking forward to that one.

March

LOGAN (March 3rd) — The last time we’ll see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in an R rated finale to the Wolverine trilogy that will hopefully end his role on a positive note. Another one of the biggest movies of 2017 I’m looking forward to.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND (March 10th) — Another one that looks great, the cast looks pretty solid, the action looks really good, the visuals look amazing, Kong looks badass, I’m very excited for this one. 

BEAUTY & THE BEAST (March 17th) — The trailers have done a good job keeping the spirit of the original Disney animated film and bringing it to the live-action forefront, the casting looks solid, the visuals look amazing, and it looks like another winner for Disney if done right.

CHiPs (March 24th) — Dax Shepard & Michael Pena starring in the adaptation of the 70s TV series, WB must be confident enough to put the film out as early as March. I’m interested to see if the trailers have anything good with it.

GHOST IN THE SHELL (March 31st) — The trailers look just the anime, visually impressive to look at, the direction looks really good, this could be a really solid adaptation.

April

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (April 7th) — Only here because finally, we’re getting a Smurfs movie that we actually want, a Smurfs animated movie and the CG looks really solid here. Now whether or not the film actually is good is still in question.

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (April 14th) — Here’s why we look forward to the Fast & Furious films more than Transformers, because Fast & Furious knows its’ stories are BS and just care about going as insane and crazy as you can get. Transformers has become way too serious for something so stupid and that’s why I’m looking forward to any Fast & Furious film that comes out, including this one.

May

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (May 5th) — Second biggest movie I’m looking forward to in 2017, the first film is still my second favorite MCU film behind The Avengers and this sequel looks just as fun and exciting as the first movie.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (May 12th) — Despite The Man From U.N.C.L.E. being a massive disappointment, I still have a lot of respect for Guy Ritchie and I’m actually looking forward to his King Arthur movie, it looks really solid.

SNATCHED (May 12th) — That first trailer that just came out for the new Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn comedy wasn’t too promising at first but director Jonathan Levine is one of my favorite comedy directors so I’m hoping the trailers prove me wrong.

ALIEN: COVENANT (May 19th) — Hopefully will be a lot better than Prometheus was.

BAYWATCH (May 26th) — Another one where the first trailer was not very good, still it’s Dwayne Johnson, the man really can’t do no wrong nowadays so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt on this.

June

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (June 2nd) — Used to love reading the Dav Pilkey books as a kid and I’m wondering how this will translate into an animated feature and by DreamWorks no less.

WONDER WOMAN (June 2nd) — Still hesitant to trust DC after the massive failure that was Batman V Superman BUT…this is the last chance for DC to really prove their worth and if they can actually be a competitor to Marvel.

CARS 3 (June 16th) — Yes, I know, I’m just as shocked as you are but that last teaser got me as it did everybody else, I actually want to know if they are really going to go for this dark turn that the trailers have been promising.

ROCK THAT BODY (June 16th) — A male stripper ends up dead at a Miami beach house during a bachelorette party weekend.

This has got a really solid cast involved, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs, Demi Moore, Ty Burrell, Colton Haynes and it’s directed by one of the creators of Broad City. Hopefully this will be really good, could end up being the sleeper comedy hit for the summer.

DESPICABLE ME 3 (June 30th) — Not the biggest fan of the Despicable Me films, it says something when Minions is my favorite movie in the series but the idea of Trey Parker playing the bad guy in this has me so excited for this.

THE HOUSE (June 30th) — The latest Will Ferrell comedy with co-star Amy Poheler. Scott (Ferrell) and his wife (Poehler) team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement to earn money, after they destroy their daughter’s college fund.

July

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (July 7th) — That first trailer has already done enough to boost my interest in this one.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (July 14th) — Another threequel with the potential to be one of the definitive trilogies in movie history, if that first trailer is any indication, this will surpass the already great first two movies.

DUNKIRK (July 21st) — Christopher Nolan tackling a World War II feature, the trailers look amazing and something out of Nolan’s x-factor so it’ll be interesting to see what he’ll bring to this.

GIRL TRIP (July 21st) — The film tells the story of four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled and wild sides are rediscovered.

Really like the cast in this, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish and director Malcolm Lee has been on a roll the last few years with The Best Man Holiday & Barbershop: The Next Cut, really been loving this guy’s movies.

August

BABY DRIVER (August 11th) — A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different bank robbers gets in trouble when a robbery goes wrong. This is Edgar Wright’s latest feature and he always delivers.

September

IT (September 8th) — Delayed for a while now, it’ll be interesting to see how a big screen version of It with more free range than the TV movie will play to the story’s advantage.

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (September 22nd) — Not a big fan of the Ninjago franchise but if this ends up being as funny as The Lego Movie, it’ll be all worth it in the end.

AMERICAN MADE (September 29th) — American Made tells the story of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a TWA pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal’s role in this major CIA covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin cartel, which ultimately embarrassed the Reagan White House after the Iran-Contra scandal became public.

The last time Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman got together, they made the excellent Edge Of Tomorrow so I’m excited for this second collaboration.

October

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (October 6th)   The long overdue sequel to Blade Runner with the director of Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, Denis Villenueve helming it and Ryan Gosling & Harrison Ford starring, what more do you need?

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (October 6th) — Really did not need a sequel by any means but if Matthew Vaughn is returning to direct and many of the cast is back too, let’s hope this turns out to be really good.

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (October 6th) — Once again, who would’ve guessed that I’d be excited for a My Little Pony movie of all things but yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what this feature film adaptation of the Friendship Is Magic TV series will bring to the table with the bigger animation budget and hopefully a bigger story.

THE SNOWMAN (October 13th) — Based off of Jo Nesbo’s bestselling book, Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Hopefully, this turns out to be an interesting thriller and much better than that terrible Girl On The Train movie from this year.

CLOVERFIELD 2017 (October 27th) — Or God Particle….let’s be honest, this is more than likely God Particle but Paramount is advertising it as ‘Cloverfield 2017’, it was suppose to come out in February but got pushed back to October for no real reason. Either way, still looking forward to it.

November

THOR: RAGNAROK (November 3rd) — Hopefully, this will help boost the Thor films back to prominence because to me, those first two Thor films are still the weakest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so hopefully, they can bring this back and so far, things have been looking promising from the casting to the story to the inclusion of the Hulk in this.

PADDINGTON 2 (November 10th in the UK) — Yeah, I know this doesn’t have an official release date in the US yet and more than likely, it won’t be in theaters in the US until January 2018 but I’ll place it here regardless. I really loved that first Paddington film and a lot of the same people and director Paul King are coming back so I want to see more adventures with Paddington Bear.

COCO (November 22nd) — Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion. Pixar’s first original animated feature since Inside Out and hopefully, it’ll be a good movie and not another Good Dinosaur.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (November 22nd) — Kenneth Branagh’s star studded remake of Agatha Chrstie’s train murder mystery with Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Lucy Boynton, Tom Bateman, Penélope Cruz, Michael Peña.

December

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII (December 15th) — Need I say anything else…

JUMANJI (December 22nd) — Thanks to Central Intelligence, I’m actually excited for this because it’s Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart working off each other again. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy it more than the original film.

PITCH PERFECT 3 (December 22nd) — Pitch Perfect 2 suffered a bit from sequelitis but I still enjoyed it. I do want to see what they could do with a third film in the series. And seeing how Pitch Perfect 2 was pretty much D2: The Mighty Ducks in a way. Maybe this third film should be like D3 where they brought in the new head coach to replace the old head coach, just make Pitch Perfect 3 like D3.

THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN (December 22nd) — The adaptation of the TV series with Mark Wahlberg as Steve Austin, always like Wahlberg so I’ll definitely check this one out for him in it.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH (December 25th) — A passion project for Hugh Jackman, who stars alongside Zac Efron and Zendaya, that’s also a musical and as far as I know, an original project so I’m more curious to see.

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