Our Ten’s List: Most Anticipated Movies 2017, Part 2.

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Our Ten’s List: Most Anticipated Movies 2017, Part 2.

We look at ten more movies that have us excited for the second half of 2017.

Our Ten's List: Most Anticipated Movies 2017, Part 2.In January, we like to look at the list of upcoming movies and pick our most and least anticipated films.  It’s fun to see a whole year of new titles and get excited for what films we want to watch and review.  The downside is that in January many films haven’t released trailers or promotional material, and some films haven’t even decided on a working title.  Heck, it’s July and Cloverfield 3 still hasn’t picked a name…and it is coming out in 3 months!

Some interesting movies obviously fall through the cracks, especially films that are slated for the second half of the year.  To right this cinematic wrong, we’ve decided to revisit the upcoming movies list and pick ten new films that have us excited.  Rather than rank them, this time out we’ll give you our ten in release order, so you know what to look forward to in the immediate future.

Most Anticipated Movies 2017, July – December.

10.  Atomic Blonde  (July 28)

Charlize Theron plays an undercover agent from MI6 who must infiltrate Cold War era Berlin in order to recover a list of double agents…and avenge the death of a colleague.

This film looks slick and stylish, with a bit of the brutal action sequences that made John Wick so much fun to watch.  That is probably no coincidence seeing as director John Leitch also worked on the first Wick movie, and is slated to add his talents to the Deadpool sequel.  The cast is rock solid with James McAvoy, John Goodman and Sofia Boutella providing supporting roles to Charlize Theron’s butt-kicking main protagonist.  The plot may be familiar, but the action and style make this worth a view.

9.  Detroit (August 4)

Set during the “Detroit Rebellion”, where African American residents protested police raids in the neighborhood, Detroit feels all too current.  The protests turned into a riot which caused the National Guard to be called in.  At the Algiers Hotel, several musicians and revelers were fired upon by the Guard, and a young security guard was caught up in the violence and set up to take the blame.

Director Kathryn Bigelow is no stranger to socially charged moments of violence.  She’s previously directed the Oscar winning The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.  Detroit is filled with a young but able cast, led by Star Wars’ John Boyega.  Steam has been steadily building for this project and I’m excited to see the end result when it comes to theaters next month.

8.  Logan Lucky  (August 18)

Two down-on-their-luck brothers decide to turn their fortunes around by robbing the Coca-Cola 600 auto race.  Being novices, they turn to a hardened ex-con who has issues of his own.

What a cast!  Channing Tatum and Adam Driver have great chemistry as the luckless brothers, and Daniel Craig looks ready to steal every scene he appears in as the corn-pone drawling ex-con.  The supporting cast is unbelievably deep as well:  Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Winston, Hillary Swank and even Dwight Yokum!  Director Steven Soderberg has worked on great crime films like The Limey and The Ocean’s Eleven franchise, and managed a few quirky comedies like A Scanner Darkly and Magic Mike.  I’ve been waiting for a comedy in 2017 to get me hyped, and Logan Lucky fits the bill.

7.  Death Note (August 25)

A brilliant but powerless young man who longs for justice has his wish granted when he finds a demon’s diary.  This diary, the Death Note, allows the user to enter the name of any person whose face the writer has seen, causing the person to die in the manner specified in the diary.  The young man goes on a crusade to rid the world of evil doers, but his grip on morality and sanity begins to slip as absolute power (and the constant whispers of the demon who wants his book back) begins to corrupt absolutely.

This Netflix original is the third adaptation of the popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba.  Death Note is rightly a major phenomenon:  the story is amazing, the plot is convoluted and filled with twists like only the best detective stories can deliver, and it is filled with memorable and twisted characters.  Netflix is going to have to do some violence to the story to fit it into a single movie, but they seem to have distilled the tone and characters just right.  It doesn’t hurt that they’ve gotten Willem Dafoe to play the death god demon.

6.  It  (September 8)

In the small town of Derry, Maine, disappearances plague the population.  A group of socially awkward children who have been touched by the tragedies band together to find out the cause.  When they discover that the missing kids are the victims of a supernatural entity as old as time, their struggle against evil will follow them throughout their entire lives.

I was on the fence about this remake…mostly because I couldn’t see anyone else filling the deadly clown-shoes of Tim Curry.  The trailers to this film have made me a believer.  Bill Skarsgard plays a very frightening Pennywise, one who uses physical intimidation instead of creepy dialogue like Curry did.  The visuals are great, proving that relative unknown Andres Muschietti’s praise for the horror film, Mama, is well deserved.  Between this and The Dark Tower, Stephen King is looking to have a good year on the big screen.

5.  American Made  (September 29)

A hot-shot small-time pilot is recruited by an organization within the CIA that wants him to fly recon over Central America…and make a few “deliveries” off the books.  Based on a true story.

Yes, I’m recommending a Tom Cruise movie.  No, I’m not losing my sanity.  Director Doug Liman has a pretty solid track record with films like Swingers, Go, and The Bourne Identity.  The last time he paired up with Tom Cruise was in 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, which I wound up loving.  He seems to know how to handle the upsides and downsides of casting T.C. and how to make him shine.  Add in Domhnall Gleason and a tight plot and I’m game.

4.  The Foreigner  (October  13)

An Asian businessman is in Ireland with his daughter when a terrorist bomb takes her life.  The bomb reawakens the relentless instincts in the former black ops soldier who uses his skills to hunt the people responsible for the attack.  When it becomes apparent that members in the government agency investigating the bombing are shielding the perpetrators because of personal sympathies, the businessman stalks the head of the agency looking for justice.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Jackie Chan film look this dark and gripping.  He’s had some grittier movies like the recent Police Story: Lockdown, but this film is in a whole ‘nother category.  With Pierce Brosnan playing the IRA loyalist standing between Jackie and vengeance, this film is packed with dynamite.  Director Martin Campbell, known for 007 flicks such as Goldeneye and Casino Royale, is in his element here.  As a bonus, this film is out on my birthday.  Jackie Chan always gets me the best presents!

3.  Thor: Ragnarok  (November  3)

When the goddess Hela attacks Asgard and exiles Thor to a prison planet, he must team up with the Incredible Hulk in order to escape the deadly gladiatorial games of the penal colony and retake his home world.

Marvel fatigue has started to set in for me, but Chris Hemsworth is doing his best to charm me back into the theater.  While the Thor movies have been the weakest link in the MCU so far, it seems that Hemsworth has embraced the character and talked Marvel into allowing him to put his own spin on the thunder god.  Ghostbusters showed that he has a fantastic comedic timing and his viral marketing campaign, a la Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, shows that he’s bringing that sense of fun to the third Thor film.  Maybe the dowdy Norse deity can finally shine on his own.

2.  The Killing of a Sacred Deer (November 3)

Our Ten's List: Most Anticipated Movies 2017, Part 2.A boy with trouble relating to others attempts to set his widowed mother up with a doctor who is treating him.  Things seem to go well, but the boy forms an attachment to the man that becomes increasingly troubling and violent.

I’m intrigued by director Yorgos Lanthimos.  The parts of The Lobster that were good I adored, and having reviewed his other films such as Dog Tooth and Alps, his atonal and emotionless style is growing on me.  While many aspects of his earlier films were disturbing, the films were more social satire than horror.  Here he re-teams with Collin Farrell, alongside Nicole Kidman, in a film that is being tagged as a proper psychological horror.  The Killing of a Sacred Deer took plenty of awards at festivals like Cannes, and I’m eager to see it when it gets a wide release in November.

1.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  (December 15)

Our Ten's List: Most Anticipated Movies 2017, Part 2.
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Now that Rey has helped the rebellion to push back the sinister New Order, she journeys to a remote planet to study under Luke Skywalker, the last remaining Jedi Knight.  Bloodied but not destroyed, the New Order and dark force user Kylo Ren regroup in order to get revenge on the fledgling republic and the heroes who defend it.

The Force Awakens didn’t do much for me.  It was a visual treat with some great characters, but it repeated so much of the story from earlier films that it felt like a retread.  This film promises to go in some new directions and expand on the relationships between all of the characters introduced in the last film.  Being Carrie Fisher‘s last portrayal as the iconic Princess Leia was the extra bit of motivation I needed to commit to seeing this film.

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