2016 had some whopping films over the course if it’s 12 months; from the long awaited Batman Vs. Superman to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The question is, will 2017 consist of movies remembered for years to come? Here are the films everyone’s talking about for 2017.
- Manchester by the Sea
After the death of his brother, Lee Chandler [played by the outstanding Casey Affleck] finds out he’s been put down to be the guardian of his nephew Patrick Chandler [played by film newcomer Lucas Hedges]. Lee struggles to come to terms with having to be his nephew’s guardian after living a quiet and reserved life in Quincy, Massachusetts. Many reviewers have described this film as a ‘masterpiece’ so expect big things for actors Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Lee Hedges. In cinemas 13th January.
2. Live by Night
This film was not only written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck but also stars him as the lead role. The crime drama film has an all star cast with actors such as Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning. Set in the 1920’s/1930’s, the film follows Joe Coughlin [Ben Affleck] who is the youngest son of a Boston police captain. Joe moves to Florida to become a bootlegger, followed by a rum-runner, to then end up becoming a notorious gangster. This riveting film is action packed and will leave you on the edge of your seat whilst you follow Joe’s progress up the organised crime ladder. In cinemas 13th January.
This psychological horror film entails the kidnapping of three teenage girls in broad daylight by Kevin [played by James McAvoy]. Kevin locks the three girls in a windowless room and goes on to baffle and scare them by acting and dressing in different ways. Later on the girls come to realise Kevin has dissociative identity disorder with several main characters, each of which has dangerous thoughts towards his captives. It’s up to the girls to work out which personality they can persuade to let them free. In cinemas 20th January.
4. Fifty Shades Darker
After the Fifty Shades of Grey film made a massive $571, 006, 128, there’s a lot riding on it’s sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. The sequel follows Anastasia’s attempt at moving on from Christian Grey, but Christian manages to persuade to her to come back under her new rules. During their reconciliation Christian’s past comes back to haunt them putting their new “vanilla” relationship to the test. In cinemas 10th February.
5. Beauty and the Beast
A long awaited Disney live-action remake of the 1991 animation starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as ‘the Beast’, and Luke Evans as Gaston. The new film sticks to the original story line of Belle taking her Father’s place as prisoner in the Beast’s castle and ends up befriending the enchanted staff during her stay. In addition to this, the Beast and Belle end up growing fond of each other when Belle learns to look past his harsh exterior. This is much to Gaston’s dislike who wants Belle all to himself, despite her frequent dismissals. If you haven’t already seen the original, go watch how this unlikely love turns out. In cinemas 17th March.
The International Space Station sends out a six man crew [including actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson] to study possible proof of life on Mars. The sample they find contains a certain organism proving there is life beyond earth but the new found life form turns out to be a lot more intelligent than they expected… In cinemas 24th March.
7. The Boss Baby
This amusing DreamWorks animation is about 7-year-old Tim who is jealous of his suited and booted, briefcase-carrying, coffee drinking baby brother. ‘Boss Baby’ has been sent by Baby Corp. to investigate Puppy Co. as they believe parents are giving more affection to puppies than babies and that there’s an imbalance of love distribution worldwide. ‘Boss Baby’ is hilariously voiced by Alec Baldwin. In cinemas 31st March.
8. Despicable Me 3
The third instalment to the Despicable Me franchise is about Gru’s new rival Balthazar Bratt, a former child star from the 80’s who still wears shoulder pads and flexes a mullet haircut. Bratt aims to achieve world domination to get back at everyone who mocked him during his teen years after his career plummeted. Also, Gru [voiced by Steve Carell] meets his “likeable” identical twin brother, Drew [voiced by Steve Carell as well]. In cinemas 30th June.
This film is based on the Second World War when British, Canadian, French and Belgian troops were surrounded by the German army on Dunkirk’s beaches. Dunkirk follows the evacuation process of the troops after the massacre took place killing approximately 20,000. The film stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and One Direction‘s Harry Styles. In cinemas 21st July.
10. Justice League
Wonder Woman and Batman met in the film Batman Vs. Superman and have thought up the ultimate team of ‘metahumans’ inspired by Superman sacrificing his life for humankind. The team includes Batman and Wonder Woman themselves, ‘The Flash’, Aquaman, Cyborg and the newly resurrected Superman – their aim is to fight off Steppenwolf and his army of ‘parademons’. The cast includes: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller. In cinemas 17th November.
Other films to keep an eye out for is King Arthur:Legend of the Sword, (starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law), Wonder Woman, the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean and World War Z 2. Watch this space!