For over a decade, I’ve been saying that the year ahead is going to be amazing for films, and this year is no exception. By my count, we have four Marvel movies, the ends of two huge female-led action franchises, and more entries into a number of other series (8th movie of Star Wars and Fast & the Furious; 5th movie of Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Resident Evil, and Underworld; 3rd movie of Wolverine, xXx, Cars, Despicable Me, Planet of the Apes, Thor, and Pitch Perfect; sequels to John Wick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Prometheus, Kingsmen, Blade Runner, and Jumanji). Let’s see what’s in store:
January 6 – Underworld: Blood Wars – The final chapter of the vampire vs. werewolf series. These are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I’ll be there with 3D glasses on!
January 6 – A Monster Calls – Originally slated for last year, this adaptation of the acclaimed Patrick Ness novel looks amazing!
January 13 – Hidden Figures – Historical drama about the African-American women who worked for NASA during the space race.
January 13 – Live by Night – Ben Affleck’s latest directorial effort focuses on gangsters in the Prohibition era.
January 20 – xXx: Return of Xander Cage – After missing the last installment of the series, Vin Diesel is back to wisecrack his way through international terrorists.
January 20 – The Founder – Biopic about the founder/thief of McDonald’s, Ray Croc. Michael Keaton looks fantastic!
January 27 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – As the title suggests, this fifth installment of the franchise is supposed to cap off the storyline of the worldwide zombie infestation.
February 3 – The Space Between Us – Pushed back from last summer, this story about a boy born on Mars and girl from Earth looks pretty good!
February 10 – The LEGO Batman Movie – C’mon, this one’s a no-brainer. LEGO + Batman = awesome!
February 10 – John Wick: Chapter 2 – The first one was amazing, and the trailer makes it look like this one will be just as good.
February 17 – The Great Wall – This looks dumb, but in a fun way.
February 24 – Bitter Harvest – Historical drama about the Holodomor, Stalin’s attempt to starve the resistance out of the Ukrainian people between the world wars.
March 3 – Leap – Cute animated film about two kids living their dreams in Paris in the 1880s.
March 3 – Logan – The final movie in the Wolverine trilogy finds Logan in a post-mutant future, caring for a young clone of himself.
March 3 – Table 19 – Romantic comedy set at a wedding? It looks funny, so I’m willing to give it a shot.
March 10 – Kong: Skull Island – A King Kong movie set in the Vietnam era makes for an interesting aesthetic. Kong looks huge!
March 17 – Beauty and the Beast – Disney’s success remaking their classic animated movies as live-action looks to continue with this gorgeous-looking film.
March 17 – Free Fire – This looks ridiculous, like Shoot ‘Em Up-level ridiculous. Yay!
March 24 – Power Rangers – The Breakfast Club with super powers? I’m in!
March 24 – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Pushed back from last year, this Guy Ritchie is packed with crazy action. Should be good!
March 31 – Ghost in the Shell – Despite the casting controversy, this live-action remake of the classic anime looks great!
April 7 – Sleight – Magic in movies seems to be taking off, and this film looks to take advantage of it. Looks like it could be fun.
April 14 – Fate of the Furious – F8? Geddit? The F&F series is always a good time, and this one ups the ridiculous to unprecedented levels. Can’t wait!
April 14 – Gifted – An interesting looking film that will give Chris Evans a chance to stretch his acting chops.
April 28 – The Circle – “What if Apple was evil?” seems to be the basis for this movie. Great cast, too.
May 5 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – And the summer movie season officially starts! Hopefully this one keeps the quirky charm of the first one.
May 19 – Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott looks to be returning to the horror roots of the Alien franchise.
May 19 – Baywatch – Normally, I’d give this a pass, but having Dwayne Johnson in it makes me optimistic.
May 26 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – I have no idea what this one is about, but these movies are entertaining if nothing else.
June 2 – Wonder Woman – Both of the trailers for this film have looked amazing, so I’m cautiously optimistic. Warner Bros/DC movies have been let downs before.
June 9 – The Mummy – Universal reboots its Mummy franchise with Tom Cruise in the lead role.
June 16 – Cars 3 – Many thought that Cars 2 was a rare Pixar misstep, so we’ll see if this marks a return to popularity.
June 16 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle – I loved the first one, and the graphic novel on which it’s based, so I’ll be watching this one!
June 23 – Transformers: The Last Knight – How can a trailer simultaneously promise more answers and yet look more muddled than any of the previous entries in the series? Bay somehow convinced Anthony Hopkins to appear in this one, so I’m willing to give it a shot.
June 30 – Despicable Me 3 – Despite the misstep of the Minions movie, this one looks like a return to form for the series.
July 7 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – This team-up between Marvel and Sony shows a team-up between Peter Parker and Tony Stark. Looks great!
July 14 – War for the Planet of the Apes – This third movie will presumably cap off the story-line and leave us where the original Planet of the Apes movie started.
July 21 – Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan takes on a defining moment in WWII history.
July 21 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – This is apparently the movie that Luc Besson has been waiting his entire career to make. The graphic novel on which it’s based influenced The Fifth Element, perhaps his best movie to date, so I have high hopes for this one.
July 28 – The Dark Tower – The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy series has some big names attached.
August 18 – The Hitman’s Bodyguard – An action-comedy with Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman? I’m there!
September 22 – The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Could be fun.
October 6 – Blade Runner 2049 – A sequel set thirty years after the original. The visuals in the trailer look amazing, and Villeneuve is fresh off The Arrival, which was fantastic.
October 20 – Geostorm – The premise sounds bonkers, but it might be fun.
November 3 – Thor: Ragnarok – Hulk and Thor team up to prevent the end of days.
November 17 – Justice League – DC’s next foray into its cinematic universe, by the same people who brought us Man of Steel and BvS. I hope it’s good, but I won’t be surprised if it isn’t.
November 22 – Coco – Pixar’s second film of the year about music and death.
November 22 – Murder on the Orient Express – Branagh takes on Christie. Should be good!
December 15 – Star Wars: Episode VIII – Oh yeah! Opening day on the biggest screen I can find!
December 22 – Jumanji – Remake of the 1995 film, but this time, the kids go into the game.
December 22 – Pitch Perfect 3 – Presumably this will cap off the story. Not sure where they go after winning the world championship – face off with acappella aliens?
All in all, looks like a pretty decent year for my type of movies!