You went to heaven with Hell or High Water. Due to the vagaries of the movie business, at least one of these films will probably end up not coming out in , but, oh well, no shame in getting excited for them anyway.
Shyamalan looks to continue his rise with Split, a thriller that features James McAvoy as a man with split personalities who is capable of mutating his whole body by force of will.
Chapter 2 February 10 Three cheers for the surprisingly delightful third act of Keanu Reeves. The first John Wick movie gave the actor his most iconic role since The Matrix, and if the reluctant hit man decides to keep postponing retirement, this gun-fu train seems like it might have a few more thrilling stops left in it. The monster movie — which was beleaguered by dangerous set conditions — is also a trial run for Chinese—American collaborations. Produced by the Legendary Entertainment offshoot Legendary East, the movie will test if Hollywood can help China make a blockbuster with global appeal.
A woman is burglarized, then decides to take the investigation into her own hands. Even better, the woman is played by Melanie Lynskey, an actor capable of plumbing any sort of pathos you ask her to. Trainspotting March 3 Choose life. Choose … a sequel that reunites director Danny Boyle with the original cast twenty years later? Song to Song March 17 Formerly known as Weightless , Song to Song marks the fourth feature since for Terrence Malick, who made just five movies in the three decades between and Wilson March 24 Comic-book movies litter the cineplex these days, but none of them look like Wilson.
It follows the travails of a chatty asshole named Wilson as he goes on a rocky and obsessive journey to revisit his past, reuniting with his former wife Laura Dern as they undertake an ill-fated quest to retrieve their daughter newcomer Isabella Amara, also in the Spider-Man reboot. Fox Searchlight seems pretty confident about Wilson though, opting to premiere it at Sundance. What is Scarlett Johansson doing in this story about a Japanese manga character? Good news for us.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. We need Baby Groot. Covenant May 19 The poster for Covenant is amazing. It features the face of a xenomorph and just one word: If this movie fulfills the promise of its poster, Alien: Covenant could get back to the roots of the seminal franchise. Can the Rock and Zac Efron flip a problematic premise around and somehow turn Baywatch into a feminist action film? In an excitingly unconventional choice, the film is set during World War I, and the initial trailers have been somewhat brighter and funnier than those of Batman v Superman.
If this sucker tanks, expect bloodletting at Warner as the studio scrambles to turn around its troubled flagship franchise. If this new Mummy follows in the footsteps of Edge of Tomorrow or M: I 5, it could be a great showcase for them both. Broad City standout Lucia Aniello, who co-scripted. War for the Planet of the Apes July 14 The rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise has been one of the most welcome surprises in recent Hollywood history; the previous two Apes flicks have been smart, taut thrillers with stunningly believable CGI and a dearth of campy winks.
Dunkirk July 21 Wars are not won by evacuations, but the summer box office might be. For his latest film, Christopher Nolan turns his attention to the Battle of Dunkirk, which saw thousands of British troops rescued from certain death in the early days of World War II.
With its cavalcade of stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles and stiff-upper-lip attitude, Dunkirk seems like one of the few films on this list that could have conceivably come out in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets July 21 Luc Besson had his heart set on adapting this French sci-fi comic for decades, and VFX technology is finally in a place where he can realize his vision.
No matter what happens, you have to applaud the studio for trying a new approach to the increasingly stale art of franchise development.
Baby Driver August 11 No director of his generation choreographs an action sequence with the precision, clarity, and delight of Edgar Wright. This upcoming music-driven film starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver is almost certain to have the best car chases of the year, delivered with verve and fun. It September 8 Is this Stranger Things season 1.
Because actor Finn Wolfhard little Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series leading a group of children who are all being pursued by a malevolent force that takes the shape of a heinous clown sounds … like a very strange kind of thing. Which is to say, this is the perfect time — and the perfect kid — to bring It back.
Blade Runner October 6 On films like Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, Denis Villeneuve has proven himself a master of stylish mid-budget genre pictures. The more the merrier. It looks just silly enough to shake the cobwebs out. God Particle October 27 This is the latest mystery project from the J. Ragnorak November 3 Those of us who love the Thor movies more than any of the other Marvel tributary franchises are precious few. Francis, the director, and Jennifer, the actress. For the first time since , J.
Law is free of any X-Men and Hunger Games entanglements, and this movie will hopefully be a better start for her post-franchise era than Passengers was. In , Warner Bros. Abrams hand over directing duties for the sequel to Rian Johnson, the heady filmmaker behind Brick and Looper.
If the precedent from the original Star Wars trilogy holds, this may end up being the best one. Bring on the mash-ups. One of the virtues of the novel is how much terror it inspires with a near-total dearth of bombast, which suggests that the film could become a taut sci-fi—horror mash-up in the vein of Alien and The Thing.
Another reason for confidence? If nothing else, Annihilation will make sure that at least one genre movie passes the Bechdel Test in Netflix wants to be the year it becomes a movie powerhouse, and The Discovery could play a part in that. Much ink has been spilled about the Bryan Fuller—helmed TV adaptation of his novel American Gods, but comparatively little has been said about the film translation of his delightful short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
John Cameron Mitchell, the auteur behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus, is directing this story about two ordinary teenage boys who go to a party and gradually have their eyes opened to the wonder and terror of the cosmos. The cast — Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and the stage-honed Alex Sharp — is solid, though the big question here is how the hell you expand a short story whose charm lies largely in its tightness into a sprawling feature.
Luckily, Mitchell is not one to shrink from a challenge. What begins as a lesson in social media self-esteem escalates into a dark tale of stalking.