Thanks to streaming services, we have a treasure trove of movies on hand whenever we want and wherever we want them… but there's still nothing like the thrill of seeing a huge, buzzed-about new flick on the big screen.
And there's plenty on the horizon. We're halfway into 2017, yet we've still picked out 17 films that we're genuinely excited about for rest the year ahead. There are a lot of heavy-hitters in here, too, ranging from the usual Marvel and DC fare to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and a few other very different flicks.
We'll also be updating this list throughout the year to bring in more indies, under-the-radar fare, and freshly-announced flicks. Be sure to check back!
Atomic Blonde (28 July)
Now that is a trailer. If Atomic Blonde looks remarkably like a female-led John Wick, that's really no accident: it's helmed by Wick co-director David Leitch, based off of a graphic novel by Antony Johnson.
Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, the badass blonde in question and a spy for MI6, who is sent to Berlin in 1989 before the Wall falls to team with a local bureau chief (James McAvoy) to recover stolen intelligence. The fight sequences are easily on par with Wick for their unflinching intensity, while the cinematography here looks ravishing. Nice touch with "Killer Queen" there too.
Detroit (4 August)
Coming off of the widely acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow pivots to a very different kind of historical conflict: the 1967 riots in Detroit, Michigan. And Detroit looks every bit as disturbing and intensely riveting as those other films.
Detroit features Star Wars: The Force Awakens' John Boyega as a security guard tangled up in an incident of extreme police brutality, which adds racially-motivated fuel to the ongoing riots and threatens to tear the city apart. It's sure to be a tough watch, albeit likely one that is brilliantly directed and acted and utterly captivating.
The Dark Tower (4 August)
After a full decade of agonizing development hell and a seemingly interminable wait for an official trailer, The Dark Tower is finally almost upon us. It's based on Stephen King's vast book series, of course, but actually serves as as a partial adaptation and partial sequel to them.
Idris Elba looks appropriately badass as The Gunslinger while Matthew McConaughey brings his own intensity as The Man in Black in this world-spanning sci-fi western odyssey. It's hard to believe anything can live up to the building hype amongst fans, but the source material is beloved – hopefully the film at least comes close.
Dave Made a Maze (18 August)
Dave is a struggling artist, but there must be a bit of genius in there somewhere. Why? Because he just made a fort in his flat that looks about the size of a couch, but within is a seemingly endless labyrinth. Oh, and now he's stuck in there somewhere.
Maybe "genius" was too much to describe him, but the film itself looks hilarious. Dave's girlfriend, Annie, leads an expedition into the startlingly massive maze to rescue him, and it's all presented with papercraft and practical effects. It has something of a Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) look, albeit with a very different kind of vibe.
Logan Lucky (18 August)
Steven Soderbergh directed a couple of excellent heist flicks with Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Thirteen (let's ignore the middle one), and now he's back with something entirely different. Just kidding: it's another heist flick with a giant ensemble cast.
With Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as hard-luck Southern American brothers, Logan Lucky finds them leading a crew – which includes a crazed Daniel Craig – intent on stealing a whole load of cash during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. The trailer is a bit too over-the-top in tone, but if the better Ocean's films are any indication, then we'll hopefully be in for another treat here.
It (8 September)
Well, this looks horrifying. Stephen King's classic novel about a shape-shifting clown monster gets an updated adaptation this year from Andrés Muschietti, director of Mama.
The monster changes form to become whatever each person fears the most, and you're sure to find something to scare you senseless in this adaptation, which pairs the original story with quite a bit of modern genre flair. And it's not the only King story getting a big-screen flick this year, as you might have noticed with the earlier The Dark Tower listing.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (22 September)
The original Kingsman: The Secret Service was a sensational surprise: sort of James Bond with a superhero spirit, complete with insane fight sequences and characters along with wonderfully cheeky humour. And now it's back for more with The Golden Circle.
Like the first flick, this comic adaptation hails from Matthew Vaughn, who has handled a couple of the best (including Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class), and it brings Taron Egerton's "Eggsy" back for battles against a cavalcade of oddball foes. And look, someone else is back despite being shot point blank in the face in the last film...