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Films of 2017

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New year, new thread. Looking over some articles about what's on deck for this calendar year, I can't say that things look too exciting. A few noteworthy releases include:

 

Logan - Claiming to be Hugh Jackman's final outing in the role of Logan/Wolverine, this looks to be darker, grittier and more personal than most of the X-Men films. 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - The next adventure for the misfit band of outer space heroes from Marvel Studios. The first one was a big hit, and critically well-liked, so expectations are high for this.

 

Thor: Ragnarok - The third installment in the Thor series of Marvel superhero movies, this one sees the God of Thunder teaming up with the Hulk on an intergalactic adventure. Cate Blanchett plays the villain.

 

Wonder Woman - Gal Gadot stars as the Amazon warrior, continuing on from a brief turn in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is an origin story and a period piece, set mainly during WW1. The first trailer looked interesting, but some rumors of behind-the-scenes trouble have tempered expectations a bit. Warner Brothers is hoping for a big hit, since this leads into...

 

Justice League - Coming out at the end of the year, this is the DC comics answer to Marvel's The Avengers. This brings together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Will this match the quality of The Avengers, or be a muddled, overlong, overloaded mess?

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming - Marvel's hoping the third time's the charm, as they reboot this series yet again, recasting the characters and changing up the storyline. Young Tom Holland takes over the title role, and this time out he battles the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton.

 

Power Rangers - The silly Japanese TV import from the 1990's get a big-budget remake. 5 teens are granted great powers, colorful costumes, and giant robots to battle Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and her giant monster minions.

 

The LEGO Batman Movie - A spin-off of sorts from the hit Lego Movie from a few years back, this centers on the Caped Crusader and his usual gallery of supporting characters.

 

The Fate of the Furious - Yet another high-speed, physics-defying action fest starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, this time fighting new villain Charlize Theron. Lots of grunting and explosions, I'm sure.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - A fifth outing for Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), searching for Poseidon's Trident before new bad guy Javier Bardem can get it.

 

Baywatch and Chips - 2 more movies based on TV shows, both taking an ironic, comedic tone. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron topline the former, while the less-dynamic Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star in the latter.

 

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage - Because no one asked for it, Vin Diesel returns for this third entry in the spy/extreme sports/action franchise.

 

Speaking of unwanted returns, Underworld: Blood Wars and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter add more installments to their respective franchises. Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich must be getting tired of these.

 

There are more sequels to contend with: Rings, a third entry in the J-horror series; Fifty Shades Darker, for more cinema-friendly naughtiness;  John Wick 2, which most likely will fail to match the verve of the surprisingly good first film; War for the Planet of the Apes concludes the recent trilogy of well-done ape movies, this time pitting the apes against Woody Harrelson; Kingsman: The Golden Circle, more teen spy shenanigans

 

A Cure for Wellness - This looks promising, an unnerving psycho-thriller from director Gore Verbinski and starring Dane DeHaan.

 

The Great Wall - A big, expensive fantasy epic, featuring Matt Damon and Andy Lau, this is a Chinese co-production, and is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou.

 

Kong: Skull Island - Another expensive-looking fantasy adventure, featuring the giant gorilla, this time facing a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - A live-action retelling of the classic, featuring songs and all, starring Emma Watson as Belle.

 

Ghost in the Shell - Sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson came in for some bad press due to accusations of racism in the casting decision, since this is an adaptation of a beloved manga and anime from Japan.

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Guy Ritchie directs this umpteenth retelling of the King and his knights of the round table. 

 

Alien Covenant - Ridley Scott directs this continuation of the Alien and Prometheus storylines.

 

Blade Runner 2049 - I'm a huge fan of the original, so I can't help but think this is a bad idea. Harrison Ford returns, but Ryan Gosling is the star.

 

The Mummy - Tom Cruise stars in this remake, which looks more like an action epic than any kind of supernatural horror. This is the start of a hoped-for franchise.

 

Cars 3 - More talking cars. Honk honk.

 

Despicable Me 3 - Because kids like sequels, too.

 

The Emoji Movie: Express Yourself - They've officially run out of ideas.

 

Transformers: The Last Knight - This will be headache-inducing, no doubt.

 

Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan directs this WW2 tale.

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - French director Luc Besson directs this elaborate-looking space opera.

 

The Dark Tower - Stephen King adaptation featuring Idris Elba and Matthew McConnaughey.

 

It - Another Stephen King adaptation, this time trying to cram everything in the massive book into a 2-hour running time. Oh, and they've updated the setting, so all of the fun growing-up-in-the-60's references will be gone.

 

These are just a few of the higher-profile releases for the year, and most of the more interesting films won't come out until late in the year, most likely. 

 

Everyone please feel free to add any titles you've seen or want to see, or that you think look especially terrible.

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Looks like scrapping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel to me; the usual action sequels and recycled mediocre tv shows, but I'm not part of the desired audience.  Hopefully the more interesting and adult flicks will come out later in the year.  I love Idris Elba so maybe THE DARK TOWER might be worthwhile.  Thanks for the listing, LawrenceA.

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Baywatch and Chips - 2 more movies based on TV shows, both taking an ironic, comedic tone. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron topline the former, while the less-dynamic Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star in the latter.

 

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Speaking of unwanted returns, Underworld: Blood Wars and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter add more installments to their respective franchises. Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich must be getting tired of these.

 

 

Anna Foerster's UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS is the very first official release of 2017. It opens in North America on Friday January 6th.  

 

Also slated for release during the first week of 2017-- Steven C. Miller's ARSENAL and Emily Hagins' COIN HEIST.

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‘Monster Trucks’ Lost Paramount $115 Million—And The Film Isn’t Even Out-

 

 

"Monster Trucks, the live-action/cg-hybrid debut of Ice Age director Chris Wedge, doesn’t open in theaters until next week, but Paramount has already written off the movie as one big disaster. A $115 million disaster to be exact, which to put into perspective, is almost 80% of the budget that the United States government spends annually on ALL artists in this country of 325 million people...

 

http://www.cartoonbr...ven-147292.html

 

Gotta admit trailer DOES look pretty lame...

 

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Six new films were released in North America this weekend-- Stacy Title's THE BYE BYE MAN; Baran Odar's SLEEPLESS; Chris Wedge's MONSTER TRUCKS; Jim O'Hanlon's 100 STREETS; and Bill Purple's THE BOOK OF LOVE; and Alistair Legrand's CLINICAL (on Netflix).

 

From wiki:

 

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Rolling Stone has an online preview titled "25 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Sundance 2017." The annual film festival, held in Park City, Utah as a showcase for independent films and rising filmmakers, kicks off on Thursday.

 

Among the anticipated films is the teaming of two erstwhile Avengers -- Jeremy Renner (who plays Hawkeye) and Elizabeth Olsen (a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch). In "Wind River,"  the actors play law enforcement authorities investigating a murder at a Native American reservation. The film marks the directorial debut of the award-winning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario," "Hell or High Water").

 

 

 

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/25-movies-we-cant-wait-to-see-at-sundance-2017-w457521/wilson-w458338

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Seven new films opened this weekend in North America-- M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT; D.J. Caruso's XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE; Dallas Jenkins' THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE; Adam Smith's TRESPASS AGAINST US; Woody Harrelson's LOST IN LONDON; Christopher Smith's DETOUR; and Michael de Wit's THE RED TURTLE.

 

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Looks like scrapping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel to me; the usual action sequels and recycled mediocre tv shows, but I'm not part of the desired audience.

Agreed. More special effects, fantasy, comic book stuff, etc.

Saw the trailer for Dunkirk. Might be worth a look because I like history, but doubt if audiences will flock to see it.

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What? No Meryl Streep movie forward to which I may be looking?

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Sorry Yoda.  Not so far yet is one.

 

The only movie I'm interested in that just came around is THE FOUNDER. The story(supposedly) of the rise of the MacDONALD'S empire.  It's a fascinating story if you ever read anything over the years about the company.  But, IMHO....

 

After seeing the profile of Col. HARLAN SANDERS some years back when A&E still had their BIOGRAPHY program,  it looked to me to be a pretty fascinating story for a "biopic" .  How he started and how FAR he went with it is pretty fantastic.

 

 

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I wonder if that'll cause a huge collective sigh of relief?

 

I once toyed with a "mock" movie title----

 

"Coming this summer.  Geroge Burns reprises his role as the Almighty with Albert Brooks and the delightful Goldie Hawn in the hilarious romp, "Oh, GOD!  Not AGAIN!?!"

 

 

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These new films were released in North America this week-- Maggie Greenwald's SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN (opened on Wednesday); Lasse Halstrom's A DOG'S PURPOSE; Paul Anderson's RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER; Evan Oppenheimer's LOST IN FLORENCE; Justin Kelly's I AM MICHAEL; and Adam Randall's iBOY (on Netflix).


 


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My spouse and I both enjoyed The Founder, and I was actually surprised when it was over, because the movie had gone by so fast. Who knew a film about McDonald's would be this interesting? Of course Michael Keaton has no problem diving into the character of wheeler dealer Ray Kroc. His perfect foil is Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald, deadpan, a solid rock of a man with strong ideas about integrity. John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald, Dick's brother, a taller but more accommodating man, is also outstanding. Linda Cardinelli as Joan Smith, eventually to be Joan Kroc, is quite lovely and looks good in the period costumes. At the end of the film Kroc offers what are now, I believe, called "alternative facts" about the founding of McDonald's.  The film is very much about two different visions of America as reflected in two different approaches to business.

 

For car buffs, this film is a must, with many fine 1950s vehicles on display.

 

If the subject interests you, you'll probably like the movie.

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Four new films opened over the weekend in North America-- F. Javier Gutierrez's RINGS; Peter Chelsom's THE SPACE BETWEEN US; Joel David Moore's YOUTH IN OREGON; and John Michael McDonagh's WAR ON EVERYONE.


 


From wiki (Chinese films are ruling the box office):


 


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Three new films opened over the weekend in North America-- Chris McKay's THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE; James Foley's FIFTY SHADES DARKER; and Chad Stahelski's JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2.


 


From wiki (Chinese films are STILL ruling the box office):


 


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Five new films opened over the past weekend in North America-- Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL; Gore Verbinski's A CURE FOR WELLNESS; Richie Keen's FIGHT FIGHT; Amma Asante's A UNITED KINGDOM; and Anne Hamilton's AMERICAN FABLE.


 


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The newest Disney "Star Wars" spinoff began production in London on Tuesday, The film -- a look back at some early Han Solo adventures -- features Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

 

The film, which is untitled for now, is expected to be released in 2018.
 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/02/21/han-solo-star-wars-movie-first-set-photo-alden-ehrenreich-donald-glover/98200284/

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Four new films opened over the past weekend in North America-- Eran Creevy's COLLIDE; Jordan Peele's GET OUT; Ash Brannon's ROCK DOG; and Colm McCarthy's THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.


 


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Jakeem, you left out a few  "Going In Style" remake from the wonderful 1979 version)-(April)

 

"War: Kong something?" (summer)

 

& 1 I am really into   "Dunkirk"

 

Anyway word of long delayed "Beetlejuice II" (Winona & Keaton?)

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RollingStone.com lists "10 Best Movies to See in March." One of them is Danny Boyle's sequel to his 1996 hit "Trainspotting," which boosted the director's career as well as those of actors Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. All of them are back for the new film, which is titled "T2 Trainspotting."

 

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Bremner, McGregor, Miller and Carlyle are back for Danny Boyle's sequel to "Trainspotting" 

 

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/10-best-movies-to-see-in-march-logan-kong-t2-w469418?utm_source=huffpo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=mar2017#^eyJocmVmIjoiaHR0cDovL3d3dy5odWZmaW5ndG9ucG9zdC5jb20vIiwiYWRVbml0Ijp7InNlcnZlciI6Im12ZGlyZWN0IiwiaWQiOiJwcm9tb2ZlZWRfYjIwMGJkYThhYjE1NDZkZmIzOTFjZDZjNWZjNjMzM2YifSwicHJvcGVydHlJZCI6Ik5BLUhVRkZQT1NUVVMtMTEyMzg0MzQiLCJsYWJlbCI6InBmLSBEZXNrdG9wIGZyb250IHBhZ2VzIC0gbWlkIHJhaWwiLCJzZWxlY3RvciI6IiNtdi1uYXRpdmUtYWQiLCJjcmVhdGl2ZSI6IjUzNjBkZTUxMjIzYjQ0NWM5N2EwNDhmNjMwYmJmOTc2IiwiZXhwZXJpZW5jZVR5cGUiOiJpbmJvdW5kIn0%3D

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