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.
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 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...