Films to Look Out for in 2017

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.

 

  1. 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.

3.  Split 

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.

6. Life

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. 

9. Dunkirk 

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!

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What I Thought of Bridget Jones’s Baby

Fifteen long years after the release of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Bridget Jones’s Baby is as hilariously fantastic as the previous films. From the array of cackles, hoots and guffaws I heard from the fully booked, estrogen filled cinema, I’d argue the majority of people agree with my high opinion of the film.  

The character, Bridget Jones, is known for representing every British women one way or another – which is why we love her. Whether it’s her on off relationship with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, her frequent social awkwardness or her lack of festival experience (wearing white jeans and kitten heels to a mud filled field is never a great idea), we can all relate in some way. I found my love of Bridget Jones doubled after watching Bridget Jones’s Baby and here’s why… 

Firstly, it’s f*cking hilarious (just “hilarious” doesn’t give it justice). From interrogating Jack Quant [Patrick Dempsey] about his love life live on telly, to attempting to pronounce an Indian chap’s rather long and unique name in front of Mark Darcy. My utter favorite line of the film was: “Glamping isn’t any better than camping just because you’ve added ‘gl’ in front of it, just like Gladolf Hitler would be no better.” Comedy genius.

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Secondly, it’s a ‘feel good’ film. Our beloved spinster finally gets a happy ending, and the journey there is really quite heart warming – silver fox Patrick Dempsey will definitely pull at your heartstrings. Jones goes from spending her 43rd birthday alone in her flat, to having two men fighting over her and a bun in the oven. Happy days!

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Lastly, the over all story line is great. Only Bridget Jones would get herself in the position of being knocked up and not know who the father is. Also it’s a different story line – Jones is going through a geriatric pregnancy, meaning pregnant women over 35 years old, that she is frequently reminded of (much to her dislike). It’s refreshing to watch a film about a middle aged women going through this process, as well as being [finally] successful in her career and possibly planning on being a single mother. Go Bridget.

This is what others thought of the film:  

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In celebration of the third Bridget Jones film, here’s some of the best quotes from the books and films to round off on:

  1. “Can I officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him.”
  2. [Daniel Cleaver] “I spent the night with a gorgeous Thai girl who turned out to be a gorgeous Thai boy!”
  3. “Alcohol units: 5. Drowning sorrows. Cigarettes: 23. Fumigating sorrows. Calories: 3,856. Smothering sorrows in a fat duvet.”
  4. “I keep telling you nobody wants legs like a stick insect. They want a bottom they can park a bike in and balance a pint of beer on.”
  5.  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”
  6. [Mark Darcy] “Bridget, will you stop? Stop staring at me while I’m asleep. Now, find something to do.”
  7. “What is it about mothers and the phone which, immediately you say you have to go, makes them think of nineteen completely irrelevant things they have to tell you that minute?”
  8. “Oh, God, I’m so lonely. An entire weekend stretching ahead with no one to love or have fun with. Anyway, I don’t care. I’ve got a lovely steamed ginger pudding from M&S to put in the microwave.”
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Sources: telegraph.co.uk, imbd.com, goodreads.com

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