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The 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

08 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists | by Caio Coletti

5. Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)

Alien Covenant (Ridley Scott)

Prometheus might be a divisive movie, but make no mistake: it’s also the return of the unifying and unique vision of Ridley Scott to the Alien franchise. That’s why when he announced he’d be directing Alien: Covenant, designed to bridge the gap between Prometheus and the first movie, I got excited – while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Ridley Scott’s Alien is always a more cohesive, interesting story than anyone else’s.

This one also has quite a cast: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Callie Hernandez, Carmen Ejogo, Guy Pearce, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Amy Seimetz and Jussie Smollett. It’s also supposedly creepier and bloodier than Prometheus, so that’s something to look forward to.

Look for Alien: Covenant to hit theaters on May 19.

 

4. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)

While his films are always divisive, Christopher Nolan might be the only filmmaker delivering big event movies that are also considered for big awards in this past decade – Dunkirk should bring more of that energy, while applying Nolan’s almost obsessive craft to a war story ripe with danger, acts of courage, and pure despair. If the trailers are any indication, you’ll be biting your nails for the whole movie.

Previous collaborators Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy are in this, and so are Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles (yes, the guy from One Direction, apparently), James D’Arcy and Aneurin Barnard. The lead is played by newcomer Fionn Whitehead, as Nolan wished for a fresh face for the audience to connect with.

Dunkirk arrives on July 21.

 

3. Happy End (Michael Haneke)

Happy End (Michael Haneke)

German master Michael Haneke has been very quiet since his film Amour made a big splash in the awards season back in 2012, but he’ll be back in 2017 with a film that is poised to be another brilliant and daring drama touching on important issues. This time, it’s the European refugee crisis and how it affects a family living in Calais.

Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz are set as the main cast, so we’ll no doubt have plenty of great performances to feast on when the film comes along. Haneke’s unmistakable, unforgiving style should fit nicely with the theme and all the political and humanitarian resonances it might have.

Happy End doesn’t have a release date set.

 

2. Untitled Fashion Project (Paul Thomas Anderson)

This one is the biggest mystery of them all. Paul Thomas Anderson has remained quiet ever since his crime comedy Inherent Vice, back in 2012, and he’s apparently back with a tentatively mysterious project alongside his There Will Be Blood pal, Daniel Day-Lewis. Mr. Day-Lewis, in turn, hasn’t appeared in front of the camera since 2012’s Lincoln, so that’s two very welcome returns.

All we know about this is that it will take place in the London fashion scene of the 1950s, which frankly is enough to get us excited. Be sure this film will be a big Oscar contender in 2018, and expect it to be in theaters toward the end of the year.

 

1. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve)

Another (very) belated sequel, Blade Runner 2049 is a trickier bet. Sure, the original had very little to do with the Philip K. Dick book it was adapted from, but this new one comes with absolutely no literary basis. And sure, Hampton Fancher came out of retirement to work on the script, but his screenwriting partner is Michael Green, the guy who wrote Green Lantern.

Denis Villeneuve is a mighty fine choice to replace Ridley Scott as the director, though, and Harrison Ford is back as an older version of Rick Deckard while an international cast surrounds him, including Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri and Hiam Abbass.

Blade Runner 2049 arrives in theaters on October 6.

 

 

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  • Wait, where’s Song to Song by Terrence Malick, Thor: Ragnorok, Spider-Man: Homecomeing, and new films from Xavier Dolan and other art-house directors?

    • HLLH

      Thankfully not on this list.

      • Oh, and you prefer fucking Transformers?

        • HLLH

          Ah, the Transformers card. Yes, I LOVE Transformers, that’s why I browse tasteofcinema.

          • What about those Friedberg/Seltzer parodies?

          • HLLH

            I had to google those names. Nah, not quite my style, but I bet you’d love them, they’re right up there with Terrence Malick.

          • Well, we have a troll here. Why would I waste my time watching those parodies? They’re not movies or film. They’re not even bad movies. At least a bad movie is made w/ some effort no matter how bad it is. These guys don’t deserve to be called filmmakers. Porno filmmakers have more talent than these morons.

  • Nodar

    Alexander Payne with new movie also

  • Abhishek

    I hope Scott breaks the jinx of continous flop movies and make it a big one. I am sure Blade Runner is going to be the best movie of the year but it will be nice to see if both of them are awesome.

  • Yeah. The new Spider-Man looks more fun and it has Iron Man. Thor is directed by Taika Waititi and features the Hulk.

    • Prabhakar Kadam

      I am more excited for Thor due to the director on board

      • Agreed. I’m pretty sure that he won’t get final cut but I hope he does at least have enough input to make the film be absolutely fun. Plus, I heard it’s kind of a mis-matched buddy road movie like Midnight Run between Thor and Hulk.

        • X Y

          I literally have come across absolutely no information about this new Thor release.

  • Ali Moghtaderi

    Inherent Vice was released
    in 2014 not 2012.

  • sadburbia

    “So, it’s basically a musical, but don’t tell that to your straight best friend.”

    What a line.

  • Melih Sancak

    happy end ttitle seems like sarcastic as funny games:D

  • Frankie

    I don’t like sequels, prequels or something like that and 2017 are plenty of it:
    XXX, Alien, Blade Runner, Cars, Spider Man, Resident Evil, Rings, Fifthy Shades, John Wick, Logan, Trainspotting, Smurfs, Fast and Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy, Annabelle… and so on, so on.

    Lack of inspiration or only secking for dollars?

  • Umm.. what about ‘Silence’ by Scorsese and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ the live-action remake?

  • Dick Jerk Algorithm

    Also, Okja by Bong Joon-ho.

  • Mitique

    Another 2017 movies that could be good movies too:
    -The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (directed by Steven Spielberg)
    -Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    -Ghost in the Shell
    -Kong: Skull Island
    -Life (this looks amazing)
    -War for the Planet of the Apes
    -Kingsman: The Golden Circle
    -King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Guy Ritchie doesn’t use to disapoint)
    -Coco (Pixar movie)
    -Okja
    -Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    -The Circle
    -Stronger

  • HLLH

    Villeneuve is building up a great filmography.

    • Steven Hall

      So far he has a perfect record. Who will slip up first? Villeneuve or Derek Cianfrance?

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  • Mortimer

    Song to Song definitely should be on this list. Great omission !