5. The Dark Tower – Friday, July 28
Stephen King might be best known for his horror stories but its his other types of story that have fared better on the big screen with Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile ranking amongst the best films of all time.
As well as the upcoming remake of I.T., 2017 brings us another Stephen King adaption – only this time rather than a single novel The Dark Tower is based Kings The Dark Tower series as a whole rather than a direct adaptation of the first book.
The film tells the story of a young 11-boy who encounters a lone frontiersman knight – played by Idris Elba – who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” where he hopes he can save the world from extinction. Matthew McConaughey also stars as an evil sorcerer and the antagonist of the film.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Friday, July 7
In 2015 the unthinkable happened, Sony and Marvel announced a partnership that would see them share the cinematic rights to Spiderman which would not only give us another reboot of the franchise but it would also allow the Spiderman character to appear in the MCU and that he did, making his triumphant debut in Captain America: Civil War.
Although Tom Holland’s performance in Civil War gave us a taste of what to expect with this third re-imagining in 20 years, we will now get the chance to see how the young actor from England fares when carrying the film on his own. To be fair though he does have some excellent supporting actors to help him through, especially in the form of Michael Keaton – a veteran of the superhero genre – who plays the Vulture, the villain of the movie.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Friday, May 5
It might be a bit of a stretch to call Guardians Of The Galaxy a surprise hit – seeing how the majority of the MCU feature films have been an overwhelming success – but no-one would have expected the space opera to become the classic it did – especially when you consider the fact that three of the main characters are a talking racoon, a tree and ex-WWE wrestler: Batista.
The upcoming sequel not only sees the original cast reprise their roles of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot but also adds new team members: Yondu, Nebula and Mantis. We are also set to be introduced to Peter Quill’s long lost Father – played by Kurt Russell. Anticipation for this film could not be higher and it still remains to be seen how this series is going to fit into the larger MCU.
2. Alien: Covenant – Friday, May 19
There is no doubt that the Alien movies declined after the first sequel. While Alien 3 is an enjoyable romp in its own right, it never lives up to the bar set so high by Alien – A master-class is horror and suspense – and Aliens, a film with testosterone levels that rival Predator but with a strong female character as well.
The only thing worth remembering about Alien: Resurrection is the fact Sigourney Weaver actually made that backward three-throw shot in reality (look it up on youtube) and Prometheus well that was just Meh wasn’t it.
Alien Covenant sees Ridley Scott return to the core Alien Franchise for the first time since the original 1979 film and stars Michael Fassbender who – as well as playing a new android character – reprises his role as David, the android from the Prometheus movie. The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride – the latter of which is of most interest, as it is yet to seen how well the Eastbound and Down star can adapt to a more serious role.
1. Dunkirk – Friday, July 21
Christopher Nolan seemingly has the Midas touch – Although best known for his Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan boasts an impressive back catalogue of titles, including Memento, The Prestige and Inception amongst others.
This time out Christopher Nolan attempts to direct a war film for the very first time – Telling the infamous story of the Dunkirk evacuation where Allied soldiers were surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk and evacuated during the early stages of the Second World War.
The film boasts an all-star cast that including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and James D’Arcy. The film also marks the acting debut for One Direction member Harry Styles – the reaction to his performance will be interesting to say the least, as one would expect he will be out to prove he is more than just a member of a shit boy band.
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