2016 is now behind us. While we have embraced the New Year with new hopes and resolutions, 2017 also promises a lot at the Hollywood front. Captain America : Civil War, Finding Dory, Zootopia, The Jungle Book and The Secrets Life of Pets currently occupy the top five spots as far as the worldwide box-office collections in 2016 for Hollywood is concerned. Marvel ruled, DC bombed and flicks from the world of animation dominated in 2016. With Wonder Woman, will 2017 turn tables for DC? Or will a horror flick in 2017 out do what Conjuring 2 had done in 2016? Here is the list of 40 Hollywood Movies To Watch In 2017 – Rest In Peace Wallet
40 Hollywood Movies To Watch In 2017 – Rest In Peace Wallet
Split – 20th January
Released already in some parts of the world, Split will get an official worldwide release on the 20th of January. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan Split stars James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead. The trailer of this psychological thriller was praised all over and this certainly looks like the director’s comeback movie. M. Night Shyamalan has given movies like Sixth Sense and then was panned for giving a strings of flops. Split will certainly get the talented director back to limelight.
The movie tells the story of Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who is kidnapped along with her friends and stuffed into a windowless room. The movie only gets interesting when the girls find out that their kidnapper suffers from split personality disorder. 23 personalities to be precise. Freaking Awesome.
XXX : Return Of Xander Cage – 20th January
Releasing along with Split is XXX : Return Of Xander Cage. While the cinema lovers from across the world do have their reasons to be excited for this one, we as Indians, cannot wait to watch Deepika Padukone as the baddie in the high octane action drama. Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen and many others, this is among the many sequels lined up for the year. The trailer of the movie has caught our attention and the action looks dope.
Rings – 3rd February
Another sequel on our list, Rings is one of the most popular horror flicks that there is. The previous movie from the ‘Rings’ series had released on 2005 and this new horror thriller takes the story with a jump of about 12 years. Trying to add a punch of realism here.
Julia, played by Matilda Anna Lutz decides to make a sacrifice by watching the death spelling video that her boyfriend had happened to watch. In order to avoid her boyfriend from dying within the given 7 days of watching the video, Julia finds herself solving mysteries surrounded by darkness and horror. Definitely watching this one.
Fifty Shades Darker – 10th February
Come this Valentines week and romantic erotica will have a new name. As we all already know it, Fifty Shade Darker is a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey but what is worth knowing is that the sequel will put aside all the complaints that the viewers had against the prequel. So yes, this one is definitely more romantic and much more erotic.
Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in lead, the movie will continue by Christian Grey making earnest efforts to get Anastasia back into his life. After Anastasia agrees to get back with Grey, this time under her own conditions, she finds herself being torn apart by Grey’s disturbing past. Let’s see how strictly do the makers stick to E. L. James novel this time.
John Wick : Chapter 2 – 10th February
I was not very fond of John Wick but the sequel certainly is having a good hype surrounding it. Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne among others, John Wick : Chapter 2 will be high on the action scale and could be even more bloody with Keanu Reeves all serious and playing the deadly assassin.
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick : Chapter 2 will see Keanu Reeves being forced back to business, this time with intentions of overcoming an assassin’s guild. Action-packed is their promise.
The Lego Batman Movie – 10th February
This 90 minutes of Lego Animation flick certainly looks fun. Among the top animated movies lined up for the year, we are definitely looking forward to this one. As the name suggests, this movie brings together DC Entertainment and Lego System A/S and is a hilarious take on the batman series. This action comedy will be directed by Chris McKay, who had directed the 2014’s blockbuster animation flick, ‘The Lego Movie’ that went on to garner a profit of $230 Million.
This batman spin-off will see Batman embarking on a journey of self-searching. The Dark Knight prepares to learn what team work is all about so that, in turn, Gotham can be safe.
The Great Wall – 17th February
The Great Wall is an Epic Fictional-Action-Drama directed by Zhang Yimou, who happens to be among the most popular filmmakers from China. The Great Wall stars Matt Damon playing the lead along with many major talents from the Chinese film industry. The movie depicts the legend behind ‘The Great Wall Of China’ and is infused with battle sequences and never seen before action.
A Cure For Wellness – 17th February
Distributed by 20th Century Fox, ‘A Cure For Wellness’ is a biggie among the horror genre for the year. A collaboration between American and German production houses, the movie belongs more to the psychological thriller genre. The movie is directed by Gore Verbinski, who is known for his work in movies like, Rango, The Lone Ranger, and three of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. Verbinski is also the man behind the original Ring movie. So, the movie certainly looks like it is in fine hands.
A Cure For Wellness tells the story of a miraculous wellness center that falls under the suspicion of an executive in search for his Company’s CEO. The movie should live up to the horror factor that we are expecting.
Logan – 3rd March
The 10th installment from the X-Men series, Logan is Wolverine’s standalone story that speaks of his personal battles. Logan is the third and could be the final from the Wolverine solo flicks that Marvel has in its pipeline. More than a superhero-action flick, Logan, by the feel of the trailer, is looking like a superhero-drama with a girl named Laura entering into Logan’s life, just when his own powers are beginning to fail him.
Not immortal after all, Logan’s powers start to die but his mission of saving Laura, who shares the same powers as Wolverine, from the dark forces is what Logan is all about. The movie looks interesting but the trailer looked too dull and lacked the Marvel factor that all their other movies have in abundance. Could impress though.
Kong : Skull Island – 10th March
Kong : Skull Island is the Hollywood biggie releasing on March. The monster themed movie is a reboot to the King Kong franchise with a Godzilla kind of twist. The movie has been directed by Jordon Vogt-Roberts and stars an army of talented Hollywood actors including, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel. L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson among others.
The movie is based in the 1970s and revolves around a group of explorers sent to an unresearched island in Pacific, unaware that it is the land of the monsters and also happens to be where the legend of the King Kong meets reality. Visual treat.
Power Rangers – 24th March
When a group of High School kids discover an alien source of strange energy, they are infused with super human powers. The kids then harness their powers and unite together against the evil forces to save the world. Sounds interesting enough? Well, Power Rangers is on the celluloid while it still continues to be among the most watched kids series on television.
Directed by Dean Israelite of Project Almanac fame, Power Rangers has a young cast and is packed with terrific action sequences.
Life – 24th March
When a six member crew at a space station finally find proof of life on earth, they start conducting their own research. As the research proceeds forward, the crew face threats as the life form turns out to be more intelligent than all of the six minds, put together.
The movie looks very interesting and makes it to the list majorly due to its cast and storyline. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Life boasts of a cast that includes, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is bound to be spellbinding and will take you on a space tour. Awaited.
The Boss Baby – 31st March
We are definitely waiting for this one. The Boss Baby is an animation flick revolving around the story of Tim and his baby brother, who talks, holds briefcase and is on to a mission of his own. While the trailer has kind of worked its spell, the movie makes a lot of promise too.
The movie is directed by Tom McGrath, known for his work in the Madagascar series and Megamind. The Boss Baby has a voice cast starring Alec Baldwin and Tobey Maguire.
The Zookeeper’s Wife – 31st March
March has lot to offer from the Hollywood home-front and The Zookeeper’s Wife is the last one of them. The movie is a tear jerking tale based on the real lives of Jan and Antonina, a couple working at the Warsaw Zoo as the zookeepers. The movie will take us to the times of World War II and will depict how the couple had managed to save lives of humans and animals from the atrocities of the war.
The war drama is based on the book by the same name and stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenberg, Daniel Bruhl and Michael McElhattan. The movie has been directed by Niki Caro and looks impressive by the trailer.
Fast 8 – April 4
Adrenaline pumping action sequences, car chases and more high-octane drama. Come April and the wait for the next Fast and Furious flick will be put to an end. The 8th in the series the movie takes a serious route with the fate of the family being tested after Dom goes rogue, under the influence of a mysterious woman. The trailer of the movie has been out and is as promised, living up to the hype and the action factor of its prequels.
The movie pretty much repeats the earlier cast sans Paul Walker. Paul Walker had been a part of every of the Fast and Furious movie, apart from Tokyo Drift. Paul Walker’s absence is certain to be felt. The movie is directed by F. Gary Gray, who is known for his work in ‘The Italian Job’.
The Circle – April 28th
Based on the novel by the same name, The Circle spells of success. The movie is helmed by James Ponsoldt, who has also written the script for the flick. The movie co-stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Bill Paston, John Boyega among others. With such interesting star cast and even intriguing plot, The Circle will make for a perfect watch for the summers.
The movie tells the story of a tech worker, who takes up a job at an internet corporation. Her work raises the rank of the company but soon she realizes that her actions will be responsible for the fate of mankind. We told you, the plot is intriguing.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5
Only a teaser and the Guardians have more than impressed us all. Marvel certainly was overwhelmed with the kind of response the first part of the series had grabbed and with the teaser of the sequel hitting the bull’s eye, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 promises to be kickass in every sense.
The superhero flick already boasts of an ensemble cast and with mighty Groot now back as baby Groot, things look a lot more pleasing. James Gunn will helm the ship as the Guardians Of The Galaxy will travel the cosmos completing missions and keeping in mind their one common objective of holding the family together.
King Arthur : Legend Of The Sword – 12th May
When the movie was announced, we were like ‘Legend Of The Sword? Not Again..’. But now with the trailer out, the movie definitely makes it to the must watch list of 2017. Directed by Guy Ritchie – the man behind Sherlock Holmes and many others, King Arthur : Legend Of The Sword gets an all new angle.
Charlie Hunnman will be playing King Arthur and will be seen leading his crew, oblivion to his royal lineage until he removes the legendary Excalibur from the mighty rocks. The movie is peppered with some massive war sequences. Certainly going for this one.
Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales – 26th May
Excitement alert! Johnny Depp seems to have gone off the limelight. What with his guest appearance in Fantastic Beasts….. we kind of got to see a little of him at least. But then came the trailer of one of the most awaited Hollywood movies for 2017. Dead Men Tell No Tales is the 5th in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series and the trailer looks impressive.
Salazar, who has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle, is hell bent on killing every Pirate that there is and that also includes Jack Sparrow. Meanwhile, Sparrow seeks the ‘Trident Of Poseidon’ as it will give him complete control over the sea and the only chance to defeat Salazar and his ghost army. Damn! This is interesting. And Orlando Bloom is all set to return guys.
Wonder Woman – 2rd June
This is DC’s move after a rather unexpectedly disappointing 2016. When a production house bombs in spite of releasing movies like Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad, it certainly needs to mend its ways. Moving a little astray from its world of darkness, DC’s Wonder Woman could be the respite the DC fans are currently hungry for.
The movie is Directed by Patty Jenkins and stars an impressive cast led by Gal Gadot in the title role and Chris Pine joining her. Wonder Woman will see the DC character making an attempt to stop World Was I at an early stage. Now that is something. Let’s see if Wonder Woman can bring an early rest to DC’s faulty moves until now.
The Mummy – 16th June
Tom Cruise kind of disappointed us in 2016 with a movie like Jack Reacher not meeting any kind of expectations whatsoever. But damn the past, we are already excited for The Mummy reboot and with Tom Cruise in it, we are all the more eager for the movie’s release. The movie is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who has been popular as a producer. Of Course, the director also is the producer for this one.
Along with Tom Cruise, the movie also stars Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. An ancient princess Mummified, thousands of years ago, is awakened thousands of years later, induced with grudge, that cannot save the world from her wrath. Looks interesting. But who cares? The movie has Tom Cruise in it.
The Book Of Henry – 16th June
The Book Of Henry is a feel good American drama directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Naomi Watts with Jacob Tremblay. Director Colin Trevorrow is responsible for movies like Jurassic World and has also been signed for the Jurassic World Sequel and also the 9th movie in the Star Wars franchise. Child actor Jacob Tremblay is known for his role of Jack Newsome in the 2015 critically acclaimed movie, Room.
The book of Henry tells the story of a boy, being raised by a single mother, who falls in love with a neighbor and finally plots a murder to rescue his love from the tortures inflicted upon her by her Police Commissioner father. Terrific.
Transformers : The Last Knight – 23rd June
The war of the machines is on. The science fiction action movie is back with its 5th installment. Transformers : The Last Knight will see two worlds colliding after Optimum Prime returns. The movie again stars Mark Wahlberg and has Michael Bay donning the Director’s hat. The movie was sincerely awaited by the fans and once the trailer did release, it garnered a record breaking viewership from all over. A Bumblebee dedicated movie and Transformers 6 are the next two movies in the Transformers series.
Despicable Me 3 – 30th June
Awww… the Minions are the cutest creation ever and they are back, this time with their evil turned cool master Gru. After two Despicable Me movies, Minions did get a movie of their own but it was the last minute appearance of kid Gru that had has excited. So, the pact is back with new adventures and a lot more reasons to get you laughing like crazy.
Despicable Me 3 will see Gru on a rivalry with his twin brother Dru. But the team’s fight against the super-villain Balthazar Brat will be worth the watch. Eagerly waiting for this one. Bannaannaa….
Spiderman : Homecoming – 7th July
Spidey will be back webbing across skyscrapers and flying high with more sense of humour and in an even younger avatar. This time Spidey will be joined by Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man and the movie promises a lot more action than before. Marvel’s extravaganza will be helmed by Jon Watts and Tom Holland will be seen playing young Spider Man.
Spiderman has always fancied Marvel fans and Homecoming will be the second reboot the franchise will be witnessing. Produced by Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures, Spiderman : Homecoming is an ambitious project and looks promising as far as the trailer is concerned. The supervillain this time is the Vulture played by Michael Keaton and he looks deadly.
War of the planet of the Apes – 14th July
War of the planet of the apes is the 3rd in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ series. The movie will see the apes on a war with humans. Ceaser will discover his dark side and even lead the war against men, for the sake of his kind. Directed by Matt Reeves, the man behind Dawn of the planet of the Apes and Cloverfield, this movie boasts of powerful CGI and could blow up the box-office.
Dunkirk – 21st July
2017 will see a Christopher Nolan movie releasing and the movie is bound to be special. Dunkirk is a war themed movie revolving around World War II. Dunkirk evacuation code-named Operation Dynamo or Miracle Of Dunkirk tells the painful tale of the evacuation of allied soldiers from France, Britain and Belgium. The soldiers had been surrounded at the beach of Dunkirk by the German Army and the rescue operation was referred to as ‘Miracle Of Deliverance’.
The movie is Written and also Co-Produced by Christopher Nolan. The trailer of the movie looks simply amazing and the scale of the film is massive. The movie is bound to be very emotional along with being packed with intense war sequences. Definitely watching this one.
Valerian And The City Of Thousand Planets – 21st July
Valerian and Laureline, played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delivingne, maintain law and order in the Universe. The duo are sent to Alpha, a world where the technologies from the different worlds come together, unaware that their journey will bring them in midst of a war for the survival of mankind.
The movie is a Science Fiction French drama and will be getting a vast release due to its partnership with the Hollywood production house. The movie stars Dane DeHaan of Chronicle fame, Cara Delivingne, who had played Enchantress in the Suicide Squad movie and Clive Owen in pivotal role.
Anabelle 2 – August 2nd
A doll-maker and his wife, prepare to welcome a Nun and several orphans from an orphanage that is now shut. Anabelle, a creation of the doll-maker, now possessed by their dead daughter, eyes these girls and haunts the home of the orphans.
The movie is directed by David. F. Sandberg and promises more chills compared to the first part of the Anabelle series. The movie is produced by James Wan and it looks like Wan has been giving Sandberg several inputs to creep the hell out of us.
Baby Driver – 18th August
Looking forward to this Crime Drama simply because it has Jamie Foxx in it. Accompanying the American actor will be Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm. With such a cast, the movie is bound to make for one hell of an action thriller. The movie speaks the story of a young driver, who works for bank robbers and gets into deep trouble after a robbery goes wrong.
The movie is directed by Edgar Wright, who has directed quite a few flicks, Shaun Of The Dead being one of them. Baby Driver has definitely opted for our attention here.
IT : 8th September
Stephen King’s horror novel ‘IT’ finally will see a movie adaptation. The horror movie is about seven kids haunted by a being that feeds on fears and phobias. It, who initially appears as a clown, changes his form, suiting the phobia of his prey. The movie has been directed by Andrés Muschietti, who is best known for his movie ‘Mama’, which was scary enough to get a wide release around the globe. IT is touted to be among the scariest of horror flicks at least for 2017. We are waiting.
American Made – 29th September
American Made is the biography of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who soon resorted to drug smuggling. He was later recruited by Central Intelligence and his involvement with the Medellin cartel during this time turned into an international scandal.
The movie, that has been made on a whooping budget of $80 Million, stars Tom Cruise in the title role and is directed by Doug Liman, who is also directing ‘The Wall’ releasing early this year. Doug Liman is the man behind movies like Mr and Mrs Smith, Jumper, Bourne Identity and The Edge Of Tomorrow. Interested Now?
Kingsman : The Golden Circle – 6th October
Kingsman was an impressive movie and now with a sequel all set to release this year, the movie is certain to up its scale. The movie is lined by a very impressive cast that includes, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Taron Egerton, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Julian Moore. The movie will, once again, be directed by Matthew Vaughn, the man behind Kingsman : The Secret Service.
The sequel will see the Kingsman gaining strength to overpower criminals deadlier than before. Bound to be interesting.
Blade Runner 2049 – 6th October
Blade Runner, LAPD officer K discovers a long buried secret that has the ability to create chaos in the current society. In his endeavor to find a solution, K has to find the former Blade Runner, who has been missing since last 30 years. The premise is pretty damn good and with the movie based on the future era, loads of CGA and VFX are bound to be put in place.
The movie boasts of a cast that includes, Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Robin Wright and Ana De Armas. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, as if now, the movie looks good.
Insidious : Chapter 4 – 20th October
This one should have released a long ago. Not that we are complaining, but the shooting of the movie had commenced in the middle of 2016. More than an year later, the movie will be seeing an elaborate release. Insidious is among the major horror franchises of Hollywood. Directed by Adam Robitel, the plot of Insidious remains mystery. At least for the moment.
Saw : Legacy – 27th October
Striding away from James Wan’s master act, Saw : Legacy is the 8th installment in the Saw franchise. In spite of Saw VI and Saw 3D disappointing the fans and bringing a terrible name to the entire franchise, Saw : Legacy was announced in 2016. The movie is supposedly a fresh take on James Wan’s Saw and the movie could step away from the usual plot.
The movie will be directed by The Spierig Brothers and they seem confident about recreating the chilling experience that part one had brought. We lack all confidence in this one but then, it is the Saw series.
Thor Ragnarok : 3rd November
Possibly the last offering by Marvel for the year, the entertainment industry is bound to leave us spell bound. The God will return on earth, on a mission of his own and joining him will be Hulk and Doctor Strange. Ragnarok is the 3rd in the Thor series and the superhero flick is among the most awaited movies of 2017.
Thor will be seen fighting against Hulk and at the same time, will battle against the super-powerful Hela, who is very close to destroying Thor’s home planet, Asgard. The cast is impressive and is loaded with the best of talent from Hollywood. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleton, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba. The movie will have certain guest appearances of more super beings. It’s just a guess. This one will definitely hammer the box-office records.
Justice League : 17th November
DC is desperate to impress and it shows. Why else would an ambitious project such as Justice League be getting such attention, making it a work of haste? Justice League will be releasing way before its announced date. DC’s Superhero team will be up against the baddies and this is no secret. But with Batman, Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg teaming up, one cannot help but wonder how powerful the supervillains need to be.
So we have Steppenwolf and Parademon on the scene. The battle is going to be epic and the movie has been handed over to DC’s fav director, Zack Snyder. Well hope this one works for DC.
Star Wars : Episode VIII – 15th December
Rian Johnson, the director of Rogue One : A Star Wars Story will be helming the project. After ‘The Force Awakens’, Star War’s VIIIth installment was officially announced to the fans. The movie will be produced by Walt Disney Motion Pictures and like the trend has been, Star Wars will, once again, be the final and still the grand release of the year.
Jumanji – December 22nd
For the Christmas holidays, Dwayne Rock Johnson will recreate the Jumanji adventures with an all new journey of fantasies. The movie stars Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas among others and the movie is bound to be fun along with being high on VFX. The movie will get a 3D and an IMAX 3D release across the globe. We are waiting to be a part of the Jumanji game.
The movie is directed by Jake Kasdan, who has given us a couple of rom-coms including, Friends With Kids, Bad Teacher and Sex Tape. The movie will be high on comedy along with being an adventurous ride of craziness.
World War Z – Date Not Announced
The movie is releasing on 2017 and we are pretty much sure about that. But as far as the story or the release date is concerned, we are as clueless as everybody else. With World War Z impressing us at so many levels, this Zombie epic thriller is among the most waited movies of the year.
With so much to watch, Hollywood seems to be doing its job very well. So what movies are you watching from the above list? If we did miss out on something, comment below.
Until then.. Stay Filmy