The 12 movies we're most excited about in 2017

UPDATED: Still plenty of massive flicks to see before 2018

It's nearly the end of 2017, but while the summer blockbuster season is nearly through, many studios have saved their best movies for last.

We've got Star Wars: The Last Jedi to look forward to, of course, but that's not all: our calendars are also marked for flicks like Thor: RagnarokCoco, and The Disaster Artist, and there are sure to be some big awards contenders sneaking out in the last weeks of the year as well.

If you're wondering what'll compel you to the cinemas before 2018 rolls around, look no further: here's a list of all the big movies still releasing by year's end, and be sure to check back as we'll probably give this one another update before next year's picks roll out.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (27 OCTOBER)

Ever watch a movie trailer and still have absolutely no ideawhat it's all about? That's what happened to us with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from the director of The Lobster. And watching a second time didn't really help.

From what we can gather, this psychological thriller spotlights a surgeon whose home life starts to fall apart once he befriends a seemingly twisted teen at the hospital, and, well… some strange things happen. And that Ellie Goulding cover sets a haunting stage for this preview.

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND HIS WONDER WOMEN (27 OCTOBER)

Another Wonder Woman movie? Already? Well, not exactly. While DC scored a big hit with its big-screen adaptation earlier this summer, Professor Marston actually tells the story of how the character was created.

And it's a wild story. As the trailer suggests, Marston used a pseudonym to help keep quiet his own polyamory and interest in sadomasochism, much like Wonder Woman kept her own secret identity under wraps. It's not your typical superhero origin story, but it looks fascinating all the same.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (3 NOVEMBER)

Agatha Christie's legendary murder mystery novel gets the movie treatment yet again, with Kenneth Branagh both directing and taking the iconic role of detective Hercule Poirot.

Murder on the Orient Express' main selling point is quite obviously its massive ensemble cast, which spans everyone from Johnny Depp to Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Hopefully their considerable combined acting chops help make Murder more than a glossy-but-serviceable retread.

SUBURBICON (27 OCTOBER)

Here's a compelling collaboration: Suburbicon is written by Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men), but directed by George Clooney, who's helmed a handful of flicks, including the great Good Night, and Good Luck. And it stars Matt Damon, a frequent Clooney big-screen pal.

As you might expect, it looks like a lot of fun. Damon stars as father and husband in a seemingly idyllic suburb, but he owes money to the mob – and then his wife is killed. When they come for his son, he snaps and vows to take out his pursuers. It looks really dark, but also really funny. Given the parties involved, that blend should work rather well. 

THOR: RAGNAROK (3 NOVEMBER)

Thor: The Dark World was arguably the biggest snoozer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we have high hopes that Thor: Ragnarok can find a livelier tone and be a more essential viewing. Why? Well, it's been described as a "buddy road movie" between Thor and Hulk.

Sold! Also, it's being directed by Taika Waititi of What We Do in the Shadows, and the logo has a strongly '80s action movie look that we can't help but love. Doctor Strange gave us a clue as to what to expect from the storyline, and since both Thor and Hulk sat out Captain America: Civil War, we're eager to see what they've been up to since Avengers: Age of Ultron.

JUSTICE LEAGUE (17 NOVEMBER)

After both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, we were about ready to swear off DC's movie universe for good – but Wonder Woman looks very promising, and the Avengers-esque Justice League looks… even better?

We're shocked too, but the very early Justice League teaser footage shows a strong course correction from the grimdark aesthetic of BvS: it's lively, it's funny, and most of all it looks downright inviting. On the other hand, it's still Zack Snyder steering this ship… so we're optimistic, but trying not to get our hopes up too much.

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