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 still plenty on the horizon in 2017, even with more than half of the year done. We've picked out 17 films that we're genuinely excited about for rest the year ahead, and it's a mix of big franchise heavy-hitters, indie darlings, and other under-the-radar fare.
Be sure to check back, too, as we'll keep this space updated... well, until we make our 2018 picks.
*Additional words: Khumail Thakur
AMERICAN MADE (25 AUGUST)
Tom Cruise as a cocky, drug-running pilot? Yeah, we're into that. American Made is based on a true story, and it's a wild one at that: pilot Barry Seal is recruited by the CIA to fly illicit goods into Central America, but then he gets mixed up with the Medellin cocaine cartel.
It's from Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity and Go, so it ought to have a real kinetic energy to it, and the trailer has a few good laughs within. Cruise's typical charisma should ensure a good time, as well.
MOTHER! (15 SEPTEMBER)
Well, this looks like utter madness. Darren Aronofsky is essentially the king of psychological thrillers, thanks to the likes of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, and now he's back with Mother! Just watch the trailer and try not to be a little freaked out.
Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who buy and renovate a country home, only to have a strange couple appear – and then things get super surreal. Hopefully it's another brilliant, unforgettable original from Aronofsky.
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 The Dark Tower should have an official trailer for us any time now…
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...
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (22 SEPTEMBER)
Lego's own mystical ninja-themed sub-brand takes the stage in this flick, yet another spinoff to The Lego Movie after this year's excellent Batman-centric entry – but thankfully, it doesn't seem like you need to know the characters or toys to appreciate The Lego Ninjago Movie.
Like the previous films, Ninjago looks like it was made from millions of real plastic bricks, is packed with frenetic action, and seems to be absolutely loaded with jokes. It has big shoes to fill given the last two Lego movies, but following that same blueprint looks like a sure bet so far.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 (6 OCTOBER)
The original Blade Runner is so utterly iconic and influential that we can't help but be afraid of a follow-up diminishing its legacy… but hey, if Star Wars can have an awesome sequel after all this time, then maybe Blade Runner can too. With Harrison Ford in both, of course.
Ford leads a cast augmented by the likes of Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, and picks up 30 years after the original – where Gosling is now the replicant hunter, and is seemingly in search of Deckard's help. The first teaser here doesn't show us much, but we should be assured of a very cool and distinctive aesthetic again. Also worth noting: it's directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has helmed two hugely acclaimed flicks in a row between Sicario and Arrival.
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.