The year 2017 is shaping up to be an extraordinary one for movies, with a load of great films already scheduled. In fact, so many different movies, movie sequels, prequels and prequels to sequels are coming out in such a short period of time that you might need to tap into your savings just to watch half of them.
Just looking at the schedule gives us anxiety and it has become extremely hard to pick a limited list of favourites in what’s shaping up to be another overcrowded year. Start saving your rupees kids, because 2017 is out for your wallets and your eyeballs.
January starts 2017 out with a bang. Fans of the xXx, Underworld and Resident Evil franchises can look forward to new instalments this month and for our friends in the U.K., there’s even the long-awaited Trainspotting sequel.
Amityville: The Awakening January 6
Underworld: Blood Wars January 6
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage January 20
Split January 20
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter January 27
T2: Trainspotting 2 January 27
The summer blockbuster schedule opens up in earnest come June, with the long-awaited Wonder Woman dropping two days into the month. Follow that action up with World War Z 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight and you’ll easily fill your monthly quota of explosions, battles, and chase scenes. Take the kids to see Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3 screenings in between as a palate cleanser and you should be all set.
Spider-Man: Homecoming July 7
War for the Planet of the Apes July 14
Dunkirk July 19
The Dark Tower July 28
Untitled Disney Live Action Fairy Tale July 28
The action heats up in February with the his-and-hers sequel combo of Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter Two both arriving on the 10th. You’ll definitely want to clear your schedule for The Lego Batman Movie—and comedy fans should also schedule a trip to the theatre for Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day.
Rings February 3
Fifty Shades Darker February 10
John Wick: Chapter Two February 10
The Lego Batman Movie February 10
Fist Fight February 17
In March, you can look forward to a busy month of awesome films, including a new entry in the Wolverine series as well as Kong: Skull Island, a live-action Beauty and the Beast, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Power Rangers and Ghost in the Shell.
Logan March 3
Before I Fall March 3
Kong: Skull Island March 10
Beauty and the Beast March 17
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword March 24
Power Rangers March 24
CHiPs March 24
Ghost in the Shell March 31
Smurfs: The Lost Village April 7
Gifted April 12
The Fate of the Furious April 14
Unforgettable April 21
Start out your May with a trip to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy sequel and set aside time for Alien: Covenant, then take the whole family out to watch Barbie, The Nut Job 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Perhaps not quite as family-friendly: Dwayne Johnson’s big-screen adaptation of the long-running beach jiggle series Baywatch.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 May 5
Barbie May 12
Alien: Covenant May 19
The Nut Job 2 May 19
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales May 26
Baywatch May 26
September marks the start of scary movie season and this year won’t disappoint with a highly-anticipated remake of Stephen King’s psychopathic clown story IT, which hits the big screen on September 8. Leave the kids at home for that one, but make it up to them a couple of weeks later when animated series Ninjago gets its own big-screen adventure.
IT September 8
Ninjago September 22
Granite Mountain September 22
Blazing Samurai August 25
Flatliners August 18
The Hitman’s Bodyguard August 18
October promises to be a month of horrifying and horrifically good movies, starting with a Blade Runner sequel and followed by Insidious: Chapter 4 and Saw: Legacy. If horror isn’t your thing, you can always get a dose of sunshine and happiness with My Little Pony: The Movie.
Blade Runner 2049 October 6
Kingsman: The Golden Circle October 6
My Little Pony: The Movie October 6
Friday the 13th October 13
The Snowman October 13
Insidious: Chapter 4 October 20
The War With Grandpa October 20
Saw: Legacy October 27
December’s schedule is already getting packed, and you can rest assured it’ll fill up further as we get closer to the holiday season. One thing we do know for sure: you better plan to take off from work on Friday, Dec. 15, so you can see the next instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy.
Star Wars: Episode VIII December 15
The Six Billion Dollar Man December 22
Jumanji December 22
Pitch Perfect 3 December 22
The Greatest Showman on Earth December 25
God Particle October 27. It may be getting cold outside, but theatres will heat up in November when Thor: Ragnarok arrives on November 3. Follow that up with Justice League and Murder on the Orient Express, and you should have an action-packed October.
Thor: Ragnarok November 3
Justice League November 17
Coco November 22
Let It Snow November 22
Murder on the Orient Express November 22
Paddington 2 November 24
Creed 2 November TBA