What To Watch In 2017: Jan-Jun

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It’s shaping up to be a bumper year for film in 2017, with some huge new releases. Here is an insight into the most notable movies coming out in the first six months of the coming new year.

There may be some weary heads on 1st January, but the New Year also kicks off with some huge movies to cure any hangovers. From video game to the big screen, Assassin’s Creed sees Michael Fassbender play Callum Lynch, exploring the memories of his ancestor. Martin Scorcese’s latest project based in the seventeeth century, Silence, is also released on New Year’s Day, starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. A Monster Calls wraps up the New Years Day releases in which a boy seeks the help of a tree monster to help cope with the news of his single mother’s terminal illness.

13th January, we see Damien Chazelle’s La La Land released, teaming up Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for this musical number being tipped for major success during awards season. Ben Affleck directs and stars in gangster flick, Live By Night, while Ben’s younger brother Casey stars in award bound, Manchester By The Sea.

Moving heavily into awards season, we see the release of Garth Davis’, Lion, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman with young Sunny Pawar being lauded for his role. James McAvoy stars in the psychotic thriller, Split, directed by M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Signs).

27th January is set to be a bumper weekend for new releases with Mel Gibson’s war flick, Hacksaw Ridge, musical animation from Sing, and the much anticipated release of Danny Boyle’s sequel, T2 Trainspotting, reuniting all of the characters from the 1996 original.

Once January has wetted the appetite, February kickstarts with Gold on the 3rd, starring Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard. A week later will see many men dragged to the cinema by their other halves to see Fifty Shades Darker, the second in the Fifty Shades series.

Will Arnett returns as Bruce Wayne in The Lego Batman Movie on the the 10th February. The 17th February sees Denzel Washington direct and star in the powerful stage to screen adaptation of Fences. Michael Keaton gets his fast food on in The Founder, while Matt Damon gears up in The Great Wall, and Keanu Reeves returns as the ruthless hitman in John Wick: Chapter 2.

February ends on the 24th with the heavily praised self discovery flick, Moonlight, while the winning combination of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg team up again for Patriots Day, based on the true events of the Boston Marathon bombings.

March opens on the 3rd with comedy Fist Fight, which sees Ice Cube and Charlie Day go head to head. It could be the last time we see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan, while another comedy in Table 19, starring Anna Kendrick, is also released.

The 10th see the release of Kong: Skull Island, the latest adaptation of the ape tale, starring Tom Hiddlestone and Brie Larson and a week later sees a different kind of beast in the latest Disney live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Guy Richie’s latest project sees the feature film version of the classic King Arthur story in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. 90’s kids will rejoice at the release of Power Rangers, while Shia LeBeouf produces a powerful performance in Man Down, set to be released a week later.

The 7th April sees Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Room sensation; Jacob Tremblay star in Wonder, while a week later will see the latest edition of the series with Fast & Furious 8.

April wraps up on the 28th with the hugely anticipated release of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, following the major success of the first Marvel movie.

May 5th sees Orlando Bloom star in CIA thriller, Unlocked, while Jessica Chastain stars in the Nazi Germany drama, The Zookeeper’s Wife. A week later, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron show off their bods in the film adaptation of the 80s TV show, Baywatch.

Michael Fassbender stars in the much antipiated return to the Alien series with Alien: Convenant, released on the 19th May, while a week later sees the release of horror sequel Annabelle 2, the film adaptation of the children’s book, Captain Underpants, and finally the latest in Disney’s Pirates series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.

June opens on the 2nd with the latest DC release of Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. A week later sees the reprise of The Mummy, featuring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, while World War Z 2 is also set for release.

The 16th sees Chris Evans star in Marc Webb’s drama, Gifted, while Scarlett Johansson and Kat McKinnon feature in comedy drama, Rock That Body.

Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg team up again for the latest in the robot series, Transformers: The Last Knight, released on the 23rd, while a week later, prepare for some laughs with Despicable Me 3 and The House, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.

Already 2017 is shaping up to be a stupendous year for film and that’s before we’ve even explored some of the huge movies released in the second half of the year. Pick the ones you’re most looking forward to and let me know.

Please note, all release dates are UK based

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