If you thought 2016 was a good year at the movies, wait till you get a load of this one.
It wasn’t just movie revenue that was bullish this year, with the North American box office raking in an estimated $11.36 billion in 2016 (up 2.1 percent from last year), but the quality was top-notch as well. It was a year that gave us a thrilling new Star Wars movie, reshoots be damned; a hilarious gang of way existential, way horny sausages; and a bona fide coming-of-age masterpiece in Moonlight. Heck, we were blessed with a throwback song-and-dance musical boasting the delightful pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Impressive films were in such abundance that a great many went overlooked. The cinema served as a refuge for many Americans—an escape from CNN’s bar-lowering shouting matches, neo-Nazis invading Twitter, and the frustrating reality that a former reality show host—and admitted sexual predator—somehow ascended to the highest office in the land. There is no doubt that 2017 will be a trying year as well, but here are a collection of anticipated movies that may help take your mind off things over the next 12 months.
SPLIT (Jan. 20)
Many are saying that this will (finally) mark the comeback of M. Night Shyamalan, the filmmaker who dazzled us with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable before subjecting the world to Mark Wahlberg talking to a plant. In this twisty thriller, James McAvoy plays Kevin, a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder—up to 23 personalities, as it were—who kidnaps a trio of teenage girls (including scream queen Anya Taylor-Joy, of The Witch fame). Kevin frightens and confounds the girls with his different personas, leaving them wondering why they were taken in the first place.
XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (Jan. 20)
It’s been 14 years since the first XXX, an outrageously over-the-top spy-adventure featuring Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, an extreme sports enthusiast turned NSA (?) spy, and 11 years since the lame Ice Cube-starring sequel, XXX: State of the Union. Here, the presumed-dead Xander returns to square off against the villainous Xiang (Donnie Yen) in a race for a powerful, world-ending weapon called the “Pandora’s Box.” Diesel is joined in the festivities by Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, and Samuel L. Jackson as his handler: NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER (Feb. 10)
Yes, the first Fifty Shades of Grey film was preposterous, unsexy, and un-risqué, its music-swelling denouement consisting of a few light lashes across the tush. The film franchise, based on the series of bestselling novels by E.L. James—and centering on a BDSM-loving young businessman and his naïve, wide-eyed love—is hoping to up the ante with this sequel, featuring a new director in James Foley (Fear), a new theme song by Zayn and Taylor Swift, and new cast members Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote, Tyler Hoechlin, and Hugh Dancy.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (Feb. 10)
One of the most surprising films of 2014 was John Wick, a kickass low-budget action extravaganza starring Keanu Reeves as a hitman seeking vengeance for the murder of his wife. In this high-octane sequel, Reeves’ dog-loving John Wick is forced out of retirement in order to help a friend seize control over a fraternity of assassins. He travels to Rome where he goes to battle against a group of professional killers, and Common, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane join in on the bullet-strewn fun.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Feb. 10)
Though the current Ben Affleck-as-Batman experiment has been a failure so far (see: the dreadful Batman v Superman), there’s this 3D-animated action-comedy to hold you over. Helmed by Chris McKay, who served as animation co-director on the original Lego Movie, it follows Batman (Will Arnett) who goes on a journey of self-discovery before taking on The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and saving Gotham City. The film also features the voice talents of Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, and Mariah Carey as Mayor McCaskill.
GET OUT (Feb. 17)
People were dazzled by the trailer to this psychological horror film, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) of all people. It centers on a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family at their country estate only to learn that many of the black residents there have mysteriously gone missing. The film also stars Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Erika Alexander, Keith Stanfield, and Caleb Landry Jones.
A CURE FOR WELLNESS (Feb. 17)
Directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring), this psychological thriller stars Dane DeHaan as an ambitious young businessman who takes on the task of retrieving the company CEO from a far-off “wellness center” in the Swiss Alps. But when he finds himself diagnosed with the same mysterious “illness” plaguing guests at the spa, he embarks on a journey to discover the true secrets of the facility.
THE GREAT WALL (Feb. 17)
Though plagued by mediocre reviews and accusations of whitewashing, this historical action epic is already a hit in its native China, where it’s grossed $150 million. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero), the film stars Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as a pair of European mercenaries who become caught up in a medieval battle set along the Great Wall of China between the military and shadowy monsters who attack the wall every sixty years.
T2: TRAINSPOTTING (Mar. 3)
Based on the Irvine Welsh novel Porno, this long-in-development sequel to the 1996 cult classic sees its original cast—and director Danny Boyle—return. Set twenty years after the original Trainspotting, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to his home of Scotland to bury the hatchet with his pals Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), while reuniting with former flame Diane (Kelly Macdonald).
LOGAN (Mar. 3)
Hugh Jackman’s final go-around as Logan/Wolverine is set after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. With his healing powers in decline, and with Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in poor health, he is roped into protecting a gifted girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) from a shadowy organization called Transigen that is hell-bent on studying her. The film also stars Boyd Holbrook as Transigen’s head of security, Richard E. Grant as their head of surgery, and Stephen Merchant as the tracking mutant Caliban.
TABLE 19 (Mar. 3)
This film reunited director Jeffrey Blitz with Anna Kendrick, the breakout star of his 2007 debate comedy Rocket Science. Written by Jay and Mark Duplass, it follows Eloise McGarry (Kendrick) as she finds herself one of the guests at Table 19 of a wedding—that is, the table for those who were very reluctantly invited to the bash. The losers, of course, rebel. Table 19 also stars Craig Robinson, Amanda Crew, Wyatt Russell, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, and Tony Revolori.
WILSON (Mar. 3)
Filmmaker Craig Johnson’s anticipated follow-up to The Skeleton Twins is this comedy, adapted from a Daniel Clowes comic (by Clowes) about a neurotic, highly eccentric middle-aged loner named Wilson (Woody Harrelson) who emerges from the shadows to reunite with his former wife (Laura Dern) and their teenage daughter he’s never met (Isabelle Amara). The film is produced by Alexander Payne, and also stars Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, and Margo Martindale.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND (Mar. 10)
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whose only previous feature is the 2013 coming-of-age drama Kings of Summer, this King Kong franchise reboot is set in the 1970s, as a group of adventurers and soldiers travel to a mysterious island in the Indian Ocean where they come face-to-face with Kong. The film stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as a photojournalist, Tom Hiddleston as a former British SAS officer, Samuel L. Jackson as a U.S. Army colonel, and John Goodman as a government spook.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Mar. 17)
The latest entry in Disney’s live-action adaptation wave is movie-musical directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and starring Emma Watson as Belle, an enchanting young woman who’s taken prisoner by the Beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle in order to free her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline). As the two get closer, she begins to see past his rough exterior and falls for him. The film not only features music from original composer Alan Menken but also stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
LIFE (Mar. 24)
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), this sci-fi thriller follows a group of six astronauts aboard the International Space Station who, while studying a sample from Mars, believe they’ve discovered proof of alien life. But soon, the alien life force grows stronger than they could have ever imagined. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds.
POWER RANGERS (Mar. 24)
Based on the live-action TV series of the same name, this $150 million blockbuster sees five teen students stumble upon the Power Coins, granting them kickass powers. From there, they are trained by former Red Ranger Zordon (Bryan Cranston) in the ways of the Power Rangers, preparing them for battle with villainess Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). The film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, and Ludi Lin as the Rangers, and Bill Hader as Zordon’s robot assistant.
GHOST IN THE SHELL (Mar. 31)
Based on Masamune Shirow’s Japanese manga of the same name, this film has proven controversial for two reasons: first, it is directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, and second, it’s been accused of whitewashing. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major, a cyborg commander whose task force, Sector 9, hunts down cyber criminals. It also features Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, and Michael Pitt.
GIFTED (April 12)
Directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), this film is perhaps most notable for forming the real-life off-screen couple of Chris Evans and Jenny Slate. It stars Evans as Frank Adler, a man raising the daughter of his late sister who happens to be a 7-year-old math prodigy. He soon enters into a custody battle with his mother (Lindsay Duncan) over the talented youngster’s future. The film also features Jenny Slate as the girl’s teacher and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (April 14)
Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), the eighth entry in this high-octane action film franchise is the first without the late Paul Walker. It sees Vin Diesel return as Dominic Toretto, who’s enjoying his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) when he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime after a criminal hacker (Charlize Theron) turns him against his crew. This prompts Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to recruit former foe Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to help him take down Dom and his puppet master. The film also stars Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, and Helen Mirren.
THE LOST CITY OF Z (April 21)
Directed by James Gray (Two Lovers) and based on the 2009 book by David Grann, this adventure epic sees a group of explorers embark on a journey in search of a British colonel who went missing in the City of Z, a Brazilian lost city deep in the Amazon, in 1925. The film stars Charlie Hunnam as the leader of the pack, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland, aka the new Spider-Man.
THE CIRCLE (April 28)
The latest from gifted filmmaker James Ponsoldt, the man behind The Spectacular Now and The End of the Tour, and based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name, stars Emma Watson as a young woman who lands a job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, run by a power-hungry mogul (Tom Hanks). Before long, however, she learns that the company’s goal of total transparency has sinister implications. The film also stars John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Paxton.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (May 5)
This highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy sees the whole gang (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker) return for more interplanetary shenanigans—this time in search of Peter Quill’s real parents. The film, which also sees Karen Gillan and Glenn Close back, features new additions Kurt Russell (as Quill’s father), Elizabeth Debicki, and Sylvester Stallone as a member of the Nova Corps.
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (May 12)
Filmmaker Guy Ritchie’s long-delayed blockbuster is a take on the King Arthur story that sees a young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) draw the sword Excalibur from the stone, team up with the fetching Guinevere (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), and do battle with the evil villain Vortigern (Jude Law), who killed his parents. The film, released in IMAX, also stars Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Annabelle Wallis, and Aidan Gillen.
SNATCHED (May 12)
Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) and co-written by Katie Dippold (The Heat) and sisters Amy Schumer and Kim Caramele, this adventure-comedy stars Schumer as a thirty-something woman who, after she gets dumped, convinces her overbearing mother (Goldie Hawn) to go on a trip to Ecuador. There, they get kidnapped, forcing mother and daughter to grow closer in order to free themselves. The film also stars Christopher Meloni, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, and Joan Cusack.
ALIEN: COVENANT (May 19)
Directed by sci-fi master Ridley Scott, this sequel to 2012’s Prometheus sees the crew of the colony ship Covenant searching the universe for an uncharted mystery planet. Instead, they discover a dangerous world where the android David (Michael Fassbender) is the only remaining survivor and aliens reign. The film stars Katherine Waterston as Daniels, aka the new Ripley, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, and Carmen Ejogo.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (May 26)
The fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series—which people are apparently still interested in—is directed by the Norwegian duo of Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) and stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, who this time around is in search of the Trident of Poseidon. Also on the hunt for the sea-controlling artifact is Sparrow’s former nemesis Capitan Salazar (Javier Bardem). The film also stars Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and… a cameo by Sir Paul McCartney.
BAYWATCH (May 26)
Directed by Seth Gordon, this blockbuster film adaptation of one of the most popular TV series of all-time sees veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and a disgraced former Olympian turned lifeguard recruit (Zac Efron) join forces to take down a criminal enterprise led by Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra) that’s endangering their California beachfront community. The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Hannibal Buress, and Charlotte McKinney.
WONDER WOMAN (June 2)
The lone bright spot of DC Comics’ superhero blockbuster catastrophe Batman v Superman was Gal Gadot’s kickass Wonder Woman, and here, we get the first standalone female-led superhero movie in years. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), it tells the story of the Amazon princess Diana Prince (Gadot) who comes across a pilot (Chris Pine) who washes up on the shores of her island Themyscira. When he informs her of World War I, she travels with him to Europe to try and put a stop to the war. The film, which may contain some fun DC Extended Universe cameos, also stars Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, and Lucy Davis.
THE MUMMY (June 9)
This reboot of The Mummy franchise, which began in 1999—and featured the unlikely duo of Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz—is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who helped reboot the Star Trek series with J.J. Abrams. It stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a man who dies in a freak accident but is then revived, occupying a space between the living and the dead. With his new lease on life, he tries to put a stop to Princess Ahmamet (Sofia Boutella), a vengeful Egyptian princess who was overthrown, mummified, and revived in modern times. The film also stars Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe.
CARS 3 (June 16)
Directed by Brian Fee, a former storyboard animator on Cars and Cars 2, the third installment in the 3D-animated Pixar franchise—which is also perhaps the worst Pixar franchise, if we’re being totally honest here—tells the story of veteran racing car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), who tries to revive his dying career with the help of Cruz Ramirez, his new engineer. The film also features the voice talents of Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, and more.
ROCK THAT BODY (June 16)
Marking the feature directorial debut of Lucia Aniello, a chief writer and producer on Comedy Central’s Broad City, this hilarious-sounding comedy sounds like a cross between Bridesmaids and Very Bad Things, involving a male stripper who winds up dead during a rowdy bachelorette party weekend in Miami. The film’s talented female-centric ensemble includes Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Demi Moore, and Ty Burrell.
THE BEGUILED (June 23)
A remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood western, which followed a Union soldier who’s taken in by an all-girls boarding school in rural Mississippi to shield him from the Confederacy during the Civil War—sparking conflict between the sexually-repressed women at the school—is written and directed by Sofia Coppola, and stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell (presumably in the Eastwood role), and Kirsten Dunst. It marks Coppola’s first feature film since 2013’s The Bling Ring, and a project she chose to pursue instead of Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid, which she left over “creative differences.”
THE HOUSE (June 30)
Directed by Andrew J. Cohen, co-writer of the 2014 comedy hit Neighbors, this studio comedy concerns a pair of negligent parents (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) who decide to start an illegal underground casino operation in the basement of their suburban home after they accidentally run through their daughter’s college savings fund. The film also stars Ryan Simpkins, Andy Buckley, Andrea Savage, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins, and features a cameo by Mariah Carey.
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (July 7)
Yes, it’s the second Spider-Man franchise reboot in five years, but if you caught the excellent British actor Tom Holland’s (The Impossible) chatty, youthful take on the webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, well, it looks like the best version of the superhero yet. Directed by Jon Watts, this standalone welcomes Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man navigates the treacherous hallways of high school, and—with the help of mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)—does battle with the Vulture (Michael Keaton). The film, which will be released in IMAX 3D, also stars Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, and Marisa Tomei.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (July 14)
The third installment in the surprisingly good rebooted Planet of the Apes film franchise sees filmmaker Matt Reeves return as helmer. It follows the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with Caesar (Andy Serkis) leading his army of apes against the humans, led by a vicious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) who wants to wipe them off the face of the earth. The film also stars Steve Zahn and Judy Greer as fellow apes joining Serkis’s Caesar.
DUNKIRK (July 21)
Written and directed by the great Christopher Nolan, and shot on IMAX 65 mm, this war epic dramatizes the battle of Dunkirk, where Allied Forces from Britain, France, Belgium, and Canada fought against the Germans on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, before being evacuated. The film stars frequent Nolan collaborators Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, as well as Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, and One Direction’s Harry Styles in his film debut.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (July 21)
It’s about time that French filmmaker Luc Besson helms another grand, sci-fi space opera. After all, it’s been twenty years since The Fifth Element. Based on the French comic book series Valerian and Laureline, the film centers on Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevigne), two space-and-time-traveling agents who are tasked with investigating a mysterious planet in another galaxy. The film also stars Clive Owen as their commander, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, and the pop diva Rihanna as Bubble, a shapeshifting performer.
THE DARK TOWER (July 28)
Based on the legendary Stephen King’s fantasy-horror-western series of books and directed by Nicolaj Arcel, who helmed the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, this $60 million film adaptation follows the ending of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. It’s the story of Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), an 11-year-old boy who’s whisked off to the fantastical land of Mid-World where a revolver-sporting frontiersman knight, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), must reach the Dark Tower and help save the Mid-World before Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey), an evil sorcerer who’s right behind him. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.
BABY DRIVER (Aug. 11)
After exiting Marvel’s Ant-Man film in dramatic fashion, the nerdverse has been eagerly awaiting what filmmaker Edgar Wright would do next. Well, here you have it. The film is reportedly inspired by a music video Wright directed for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song” about a music-obsessed getaway driver for a crew of bank robbers. Here, the driver is played by Ansel Elgort, who gets in deep with the robbery gang when one of their jobs goes south. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Lily James as his girlfriend, Kevin Spacey as the villainous crime boss, and Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm as the robbers on his trail.
THE COLDEST CITY (Aug. 11)
Directed by David Leitch, who co-directed the acclaimed action pic John Wick, this graphic novel adaptation takes place in Berlin towards the end of the Cold War. It centers on Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a spy for MI6 who teams up with Berlin’s station chief (James McAvoy) to uncover a spy ring that’s picking off friendly agents. The spy-thriller also stars Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Toby Jones, and Eddie Marsan.
IT (Sept. 8)
Directed by Andres Muschietti (Mama)—who replaced Cary Fukunaga following his departure after six years of development—this new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It sees a group of small town kids in 1989 investigating the murder of their friend in a storm drain a year earlier. They are haunted by a shapeshifting evil entity who primarily assumes the guise of Pennywise The Dancing Clown, here played by Bill Skarsgard (brother of Alexander Skarsgard, son of Stellan). The film also stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, the leader of the Losers’ Club searching for It.
VICTORIA AND ABDUL (Sept. 22)
There’s been a renewed interest in the life of Queen Victoria of late, with the ITV miniseries Victoria in the UK and now this, a film about the unlikely friendship struck between a latter-day Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), an Indian clerk. The film is directed by Stephen Frears, who knows a thing or two about royal costume dramas, having helmed Dangerous Liaisons and The Queen.
AMERICAN MADE (Sept. 29)
This blockbuster thriller sees Tom Cruise join forces with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for a based-on-a-true-story flick about Barry Seal (Cruise), a pilot who, after being fired by TWA, began transporting cocaine by air for the Medellín Cartel. After he was busted by the DEA, Seal was turned and began serving as a CIA informant. The film also stars Sarah Wright, Domnhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, and Connor Trinneer as George W. Bush.
BLADE RUNNER: 2049 (Oct. 6)
This sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic is directed by Denis Villeneuve, the French Canadian filmmaker behind Prisoners, Sicario, and the Oscar bait flick Arrival. It follows a new Blade Runner and LAPD Officer (Ryan Gosling) who uncovers a dark secret that leads him to hunt for Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who’s been missing for the past thirty years. The film, shot by celebrated lensman Roger Deakins, also stars Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (Oct. 6)
In 2014, the comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service proved to be perhaps the most surprising action film of the year. Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn and stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth have returned for this high-octane sequel, that sees Eggsy (Egerton) and his fellow Kingsman agents join forces with the American version, Statesman, to take down a notorious international criminal (Julianne Moore). The film also stars Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges as the head of Statesman. It also boasts a cameo by music icon Elton John.
THE SNOWMAN (Oct. 13)
No, this is not an adaptation of the celebrated children’s book but rather a British crime drama by Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson, the gifted director of Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Michael Fassbender plays Det. Harry Hole, a cop investigating the mysterious disappearance of a woman whose scarf was found wrapped around the neck of a snowman. The film’s talented cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, and Val Kilmer.
LOGAN LUCKY (Oct. 13)
Back in 2013, Steven Soderbergh made headlines when he announced he’d retired from film directing after helming the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, saying “movies don’t matter anymore.” Well, four years later he’s back with Logan Lucky, a comedy-heist flick about two dimwitted brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who plan a big-time robbery during a NASCAR event. The film also stars Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Katherine Waterston, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, and Sebastian Stan.
GOD PARTICLE (Oct. 27)
Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by relative newcomer Julius Onah, this third installment in the Cloverfield series (following Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane) follows a group of astronauts aboard a space station who struggle to survive after a scientific experiment causes the earth to literally disappear. The film, shrouded in secrecy like all Abrams projects, stars Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, and Zhang Ziyi.
THOR: RAGNAROK (Nov. 3)
Directed by acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), this marks the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor trilogy and the last one for Loki’s Tom Hiddleston, who may receive a spectacular exit. In this star-studded superhero flick, the Norse God Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) join forces to take down the goddess Hela (Cate Blanchett), the first female supervillain in the MCU. The film also sees Idris Elba return as the Asgardian sentry Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Jeff Goldblum as the hedonistic Grandmaster.
RED SPARROW (Nov. 10)
Not much is known about this spy-thriller—and it’s still in pre-production, so may not make its scheduled release date—but it’s slated to reunite director Francis Lawrence and his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) as a seductive Russian spy who falls head over heels for a CIA operative (Joel Edgerton) and considers being turned into a double agent. The film is also set to star Jeremy Irons and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Source: The Daily Beast
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