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The Movie Waffler's A-Z Of 2017 Movies

Our exhaustive look at the movies currently scheduled to hit cinemas in 2017.

2017 looks like another massive year for movies. Here's our guide to everything from 20th Century Women to The Zookeeper's Wife.

All UK release dates may be subject to change.

20th Century Women
Release date: February 10th

Writer-director Mike Mills mines his own childhood experiences for this 1970s set ensemble drama. An Oscar-tipped Annette Bening plays a boarding house landlord who coerces her tenants (Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning) into acting as role models for her teenage son.

The Age of Shadows
Release date: March 10th

Cult Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil)'s latest is a period thriller set during the Japanese occupation of his country. Song Kang-ho plays a cop who becomes a double agent for the Korean resistance.

Alien: Covenant
Release date: May 19th

Ridley Scott returns to a franchise that has seen him at his best (Alien) and worst (Prometheus) for this second prequel movie in the sci-fi horror series. Michael Fassbender returns as David the android, who is discovered by the crew of the titular colony ship, which includes Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup.

Alone in Berlin
Release date: March 10th

Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson play Otto and Anna Quangel, a fictionalised version of real-life married German couple Otto and Elise Hampel, who protested the Nazi regime with a campaign of postcards aimed at stirring up resistance.

American Made
Release date: August 25th

Tom Cruise reteams with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for the true story of Barry Seal, an airline pilot who turned to drug smuggling in the 1980s. Let's hope it attracts a larger audience than the duo's underseen previous outing.

Annabelle 2
Release date: May 26th

Lights Out director David Sandberg helms this sequel/prequel to the Conjuring spinoff. The first movie squandered what should have been a fun premise, with the titular doll remaining inanimate throughout, so hopefully we'll get some Chucky style action this time out.

Release date: March 24th

Kleber Mendonça Filho's critically acclaimed drama is headlined by Sonia Braga as a tenant refusing to sell her apartment to the construction company that has purchased the rest of the building. Read our review

Assassin's Creed
Release date: January 1st

Starring such respected thesps as Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who reunite with their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel, Assassin's Creed was tipped as the first great video game adaptation, but it's so bad it makes the efforts of Uwe Boll and Paul WS Anderson look like masterpieces of the genre. Read our review

Baby Driver
Release date: August 11th

Edgar Wright's first feature since his doomed Ant-Man assignment is loosely based on his 2003 music video for Mint Royale's Blue Song, which featured a music obsessed getaway driver, played here by Ansel Elgort. Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey also star.

Release date: May 12th

The '90s TV phenomenon gets a Starsky & Hutch style satirical big screen reboot with Dwayne Johnson in the role of Mitch Buchanan, the lifeguard made famous by human meme David HassellhoffAlexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Priyanka Chopra don the iconic red swimsuits, and no doubt run in slow motion, with Zac Efron adding something for the ladies.

Beauty and the Beast
Release date: March 17th

When Disney announced plans to remake their roster of beloved animation classics in live-action form we were all pretty cynical. But aside from the awful Alice in Wonderland movies, they've proven us wrong with quality fare like Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Pete's Dragon. Next up is Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens; we'll let you figure out who plays who.

Berlin Syndrome
Release date: May 12th

Aussie backpacker Teresa Palmer finds herself trapped in the Berlin apartment of the man she had a one night stand with. After 2012's WWII drama Lore, director Cate Shortland continues to explore the dark side of the German psyche.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Release date: February 10th

Director Ang Lee shot his latest at an unprecedented frame rate of 120fps. The intention was to create an ultra-realistic and immersive visual experience, but the experiment appears to have backfired, with US critics roundly claiming it a distraction at best. The movie is set during a halftime show at a football game, where the titular Iraq veteran is celebrated as a hero while reliving his wartime experience. Newcomer Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund star.

Blade Runner 2049
Release date: October 6th

The idea of a Blade Runner sequel seemed initially terrible, but with director Denis Villeneuve at the helm and the great Roger Deakins creating noirish images, this has to be one of the most exciting prospects of 2017. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard, which once again raises the question of whether the character is human or robot, while Ryan Gosling headlines.

The Bye Bye Man
Release date: January 13th

In this horror flick, the titular supernatural entity takes possession of people and causes them to commit acts of violence. The only way to avoid it is by refusing to say or even think his name. Now where have we heard that before? Faye Dunaway, Carrie Ann Moss and a bunch of youngsters star.

Cars 3
Release date: July 14th

Lightning McQueen faces off against a rookie car in the Florida 500. Cars 2 is widely considered the nadir of Pixar's otherwise mostly solid output, so this second sequel will need to be something special to win back fans of the original.

Certain Women
Release date: March 3rd

Kelly Reichardt's latest follows the intersecting stories of a group of women. Said women are played by some impressive names - Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern - but it's newcomer Lily Gladstone who has received most of the plaudits from US critics.

Release date: August 11th

Baywatch isn't the only cheesy TV show set for a big screen spoof in 2017. Dax Shepard writes, directs and stars as California HIghway Patrolman Jon Baker in this comedy based on the popular '70s action show, with Michael Pena co-starring as Ponch. Vincent D'Onofrio is the villain.

Release date: January 27th

The story of news reporter Christine Chubbock, whose on-air suicide inspired the '70s classic Network. Rebecca Hall has won much acclaim for her portrayal of the troubled journalist. Simon Killer director Antonio Campos helms.

City of Tiny Lights
Release date: April 7th

Dredd director Pete Travis directs rising star Riz Ahmed in this London set crime drama. Ahmed plays a private eye drawn into the world of religious fanaticism while investigating a missing persons case.

Release date: April 21st

Set during the Egyptian uprising of 2013, Mohamed Diab's Clash confines its action to the back of a police van where members of opposing factions have been bundled together. Festival reviews have widely declared this a must-see piece of political filmmaking.

Release date: December 8th

Following Moana, Disney animation continues to explore non-American cultures with this Mexico set adventure. The title character is a 12-year-old boy who embarks on a quest to solve a centuries old mystery involving his family.

The Coldest City
Release date: August 11th

We'll be seeing a lot of Berlin on screen throughout 2017. It provides the setting for this spy thriller set at the time of the Berlin wall's collapse. Charlize Theron is an MI6 spy assigned to take down an organisation responsible for assassinating agents. James McAvoy, John Goodman and Sofia Boutella co-star.

The Commuter
Release date: October 20th

Jaume Collett-Serra and Liam Neeson unite for a fourth time for this thriller in which the latter plays an insurance salesman whose daily commute is disrupted when he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens the lives of his fellow passengers. So, Non-Stop on a train then?

A Cure for Wellness
Release date: March 24th

Dane DeHaan always looks like he's got the flu, so it's about time he sought a cure. We're pretty sure he won't find one in Gore Verbinski's movie however, as it's a thriller which sees him confined at a mysterious Swiss spa, from which no patient can apparently leave. Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth co-star.

The Dark Tower
Release date: July 28th

Stephen King's Dark Tower novels have had a troubled history of attempts at screen adaptations, but we're finally set to see one realised. However, this Dark Tower is a sequel to the novel series rather than a straight adaptation. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star.

Release date: January 27th

Dramatisation of the libel case brought by historian and Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) against Jewish scholar Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz). While Spall and Weisz are both impressive as always, it's Tom Wilkinson who steals the show as a reserved lawyer. Read our review

Despicable Me 3
Release date: June 30th

Steve Carell returns as the voice of Gru, joined this time out by his long lost twin to take on a former child star. But let's face it, all you care about are those Minions, right?

The Divergent Series: Ascendant
Release date: June 9th

The latest installment of this most tedious of Young Adult franchises has an official UK release date of June 9th, yet production details are nowhere to be found. In the US, the sequel will debut as a TV movie, so it's unclear as to whether it will grace cinema screens on this side of the Atlantic. One thing is for certain - Shailene Woodley and Theo James will not be returning.

Don't Knock Twice
Release date: March 31st

This UK horror stars Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff as a mother forced to battle a witch over the daughter she abandoned. The Machine's Caradog James directs.

Release date: July 21st

Christopher Nolan trains his IMAX cameras on the beaches of Dunkirk, France for this presumably epic drama set during the 1940 wartime mass evacuation of Allied troops. With Nolan in charge it should be a spectacle, but will his self-penned script give us characters we care for? An all-star British and Irish cast is led by Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Release date: March 10th

Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven has never shied away from controversy, and his latest, which follows the actions of Isabelle Huppert following a rape, has divided opinion on whether it's a feminist masterpiece or a piece of misogynist trash. All are agreed that Huppert is outstanding in the title role. Read our review

The Eyes of My Mother
Release date: March 24th

The team known as Borderline Films (Antonio Campos, Josh Mond and Sean Durkin), responsible for such recent gems as Martha Marcy May Marlene, Simon Killer and James White welcome a fourth filmmaker into their fold in Nicolas Pesce. His directorial debut is a black and white and decidedly dark slice of American Gothic. Read our review

Fast and Furious 8
Release date: April 14th

At this point a new Fast and Furious movie every other year is as inevitable as an 8am traffic jam. Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren (yes, Helen Mirren!!!) join the cast this time out. Somehow, the previous installment became one of the highest grossing movies of all time, so we suspect Vin Diesel and co. are preying this franchise keeps on trucking indefinitely.

Release date: February 17th

Before his death in 2005, playwright August Wilson completed a screenplay adaptation of his stage play Fences, insisting any resulting movie should be brought to the screen by an African-American director. Denzel Washington has stepped up to the job, having starred in the play on Broadway back in 2010. The movie has been praised for its performances, particularly that of Viola Davis, but Washington's direction has been criticised for a lack of visual invention.

Fifty Shades Darker
Release date: February 10th

You could be forgiven for forgetting this franchise existed, as it feels like the 50 Shades phenomenon has long passed, but a second installment hits us early in 2017. You people know the internet is full of free porn, right?

The Fits
Release date: February 24th

The premise of Anna Rose Holmer's film has much in common with Carol Morley's 2014 The Falling - schoolgirls stricken by a mystery condition that induces seizures - but this one is set in the milieu of a dance troupe of young African-American girls. The wonderfully named young star Royalty Hightower is said to be highly impressive in her breakout role.

Release date: September 29th

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev helms what was originally thought to be a remake of the 1990 film, but is actually a sequel, with Kiefer Sutherland reprising his role. He's joined this time by young stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev and Kiersey Clemons.

The Founder
Release date: February 17th

Michael Keaton is Ray Kroc, the controversial figure behind the McDonald's fast food empire in director John Lee Hancock's biopic. Keaton was tipped early on for an Oscar run, but the film seems to have disappeared from awards talk, though it has received positive reviews Stateside.

Release date: May 12th

A loose remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 melodrama Broken Lullaby, Francois Ozon's latest sees the French filmmaker work in the German language here. Actress Paula Beer is said to be stunning in the role of a WWI widow who falls for the Frenchman who visits her husband's grave.

Free Fire
Release date: March 31st

When a meeting between terrorists and arms dealers goes awry, it results in a bloody standoff in a warehouse. Cult British director Ben Wheatley assembles an impressive ensemble (including Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer) for this '70s set spam in a can action romp. Read our review

Friday the 13th
Release date: October 13th

A reboot of the slasher franchise has been in production hell for several years now, so don't hold your breath for this one. However, with October 13th falling on a Friday in 2017, this seems like too good a marketing opportunity to miss. The Last Witch Hunter's Breck Eisner is officially attached as director, but a cast has yet to be announced.

From the Land of the Moon
Release date: June 23rd

Following Allied, Marion Cotillard can be found in yet another WWII romance in Nicole Garcia's adaptation of Milena Agus's novel. She plays an unhappy wife who falls for a war veteran while recovering at a spa.

Release date: October 20th

Roland Emmerich's longtime writer/producer Dean Devlin makes his directorial debut for this environmental actioner. Gerard Butler stars as a man attempting to stop an environmental catastrophe set in motion by climate controlling satellites. Abbie Cornish, Jim Sturgess and Ed Harris co-star.

Get Out
Release date: March 17th

Comedian Jordan Peele writes and directs this horror comedy in which a young black man (Sicario's Daniel Kaluuya) finds himself in a perilous situation while visiting his white girlfriend's family estate. Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are the in-laws from hell.

Ghost in the Shell
Release date: March 31st

The cult Japanese anime gets a live-action US remake. Scarlett Johansson is a cyborg battling hackers in what sounds like the most '90s premise ever. Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders directs.

God Particle
Release date: February 24th

Now confirmed as another installment of JJ Abrams' Cloverfield franchise, God Particle deals with the aftermath of the disappearance of Earth as witnessed by astronauts on a space station. Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris O'Dowd star.

Release date: February 3rd

Michael Mann and Spike Lee were previously attached to this old school adventure before Syriana director Stephen Gaghan stepped in. An uglied up Matthew McConaughey plays a schlubby businessman who sets off to the Indonesian jungle in search of the titular treasure.

Release date: March 17th

Romanian filmmaker Christian Mungiu follows up the acclaimed Beyond the Hills with another drama of women controlled by men in which a middle class father and daughter react to an assault on the latter in differing ways. Critics at Cannes, including our own John Bennett, considered it one of the festival's highlights. Read our review

Granite Mountain
Release date: September 22nd

In 2013, 19 firefighters died while battling a raging forest fire in Arizona. Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly star in this dramatisation of their heroic efforts. Tron: Legacy's Joseph Kosinski directs.

The Great Wall
Release date: February 17th

Legendary Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou directs this US/China co-production. In ancient China, the famous landmark comes under attack by Kaiju-like monsters. Matt Damon, Jing Tian and Andy Lau star in a movie whose box office performance could have a significant impact on the future of global blockbusters.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Release date: April 28th

The Guardians return for a sequel to the Marvel smash hit and are joined this time by Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki. The plot for this one revolves around Chris Pratt's Star-Lord's search for the truth behind his parentage.

Hacksaw Ridge
Release date: January 27th

Hollywood persona non grata appears to have endeared himself somewhat once again with the filmmaking community thanks to his direction of this true story of a Quaker soldier (Andrew Garfield) who refused to bear arms in WWII yet managed to save dozens of lives on the frontline of combat.

The Handmaiden
Release date: April 14th

After a stint in English language filmmaking with Stoker and Snowpiercer (the latter still awaiting a UK release), director Park Chan-Wook returns to his native Korea for this period tale of con artists, based on Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith. Read our review

Release date: May 5th

The winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes 2016, Koji Fukada's film stars Tadanobu Asano as a convicted murderer taken in by an old friend following his release from prison, only to betray his kindness in the cruellest of fashion.

Hidden Figures
Release date: February 17th

The true story of the role of a group of female African-American mathematicians in America's Apollo space missions. US critics have been divided, with some decrying it as bland awards bait while others have hailed it as a worthy tribute to some unsung heroes. Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae star.

I Am Not Madame Bovary
Release date: May 26th

Director Feng Xiaogang experiments with aspect ratios in this period fable, employing a combination of perfect square and circular frames. Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing stars as a woman who, along with her lover, plans to kill her husband.

Insidious: Chapter 4
Release date: November 3rd

With so many impressive and innovative horror movies emerging over the past couple of years, these 'Waniverse' sequels and spinoffs are really felling like old hat at this point. Will Insidious: Chapter 4 offer us something more than the series' stock quiet-quiet-bang format? We're not getting our hopes up.

Release date: September 8th

Despite an iconic Tim Curry performance responsible for a generation's clown-based nightmares, 1990's It TV mini-series was a mediocre adaptation of Stephen King's horror tome. Now Mama director Andrés Muschietti brings it to the big screen with hopes of inspiring a new rash of coulrophobia.

It's Only the End of the World
Release date: February 24th

After receiving widespread acclaim for his domestic drama Mommy (our film of 2015), Xavier Dolan found himself taken down a peg or three by critics when his latest debuted at Cannes to audible boos. Surprisingly, the film went on to take home the Grand Prix at the same fest. Some of French language cinema's biggest stars (including Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassell) are onboard for this tale of a dying man's attempt to break the news of his condition to his family. Read our review

Release date: January 20th

Arguably South America's most exciting working filmmaker, Pablo Larrain makes his North American debut with a distinctive study of Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the days following her husband's assassination. Read our review

John Wick: Chapter Two
Release date: February 17th

Keanu Reeves returns to the role that gave his career a much needed jolt. This sequel sees Wick head to Rome where he faces off against the world's most dangerous assassins.

Release date: December 29th

The publicity still may look like it's promoting a porn parody, but we promise you this is a legitimate sequel to the 1995 adventure fantasy. Four teens are sucked into the world of the titular board game, where they play as characters portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black

Justice League
Release date: November 17th

After the joint 2016 disasters of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, the DC cinematic universe really needs to get its act together in 2017. Justice League unites such comic book icons as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. If this one ends with a giant beam of light...

Keep Watching
Release date: May 5th

In a premise that mines similar ground to 2016's sleeper hit Don't Breathe, Keep Watching sees a pair of serial killers bite off more than they can chew when they pull off their latest home invasion in a house littered with surveillance cameras. Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffudd and The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs star.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Release date: March 24th

The first installment of a planned six movie franchise based on Arthurian lore (yeah, that's gonna happen) gives us the origin story of the legendary king, as played by Charlie Hunnam. Guy Ritchie directs these medieval geezers.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Release date: September 29th

One of the most divisive mainstream movies of recent years gets a sequel with added star power courtesy of Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges. This one sees the introduction of the Kingsmen's US branch, the Statesmen. 

Kong: Skull Island
Release date: March 10th

The eighth wonder of the world returns in this reboot that also serves as a prequel to a planned King Kong / Godzilla crossover movie. In the '70s, Tom Hiddleston's ex SAS man leads an expedition to the eponymous isle. John Goodman lost a ton of weight for this movie, presumably to make Kong look bigger.

La La Land
Release date: January 13th

The winner of 2017's Best Picture Oscar is a candy coloured tribute to the Hollywood musical from writer-director Damien Chazelle, reuniting Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as a pair of lovers whose respective careers threaten their relationship. Read our review

The LEGO Batman Movie
Release date: August 18th

2014's The LEGO Movie took cynics by surprise with its visual innovation, humour and charm. One of that film's highlights was Will Arnett's bricky Batman, who now gets his own spinoff. We all know this is going to be 2017's best superhero movie, don't we?

Release date: March 24th

The crew of a space station study a sample taken from Mars that may prove the existence of life on the red planet. Said life turns out not so friendly. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds steam up their space helmets.

Release date: January 20th

The true story of Saroo Brierley - an Indian adopted by an Australian couple - and his search for his long lost family. Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman star in a drama that's been tipped for Oscar noms.

Live by Night
Release date: January 13th

For his fourth directorial outing, Ben Affleck adapts Dennis Lehane's 2012 novel, and stars as a prohibition era bootlegger. Reviews suggest it's his weakest work behind the camera to date. Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller also feature.

Read our review

Release date: March 3rd

A salt and pepper bearded Logan (Hugh Jackman), aka Wolverine, goes on the run with Professor X (Patrick Stewart) to protect a child with supernatural abilities. So, Midnight Special in spandex?

The Love Witch
Release date: March 10th

Cult filmmaker Anna Biller (Viva) pays homage to the technicolor cinema of the '60s with a rare modern indie shot on 35mm. The striking Samantha Robinson plays the titular wiccan, who uses her sorcery to lure infatuated men to their doom.

Release date: February 3rd

The story of the Lovings (yes, that's their real name), an inter-racial couple who quietly fought to have their relationship recognised in segregation era America. Jeff Nichols' drama avoids the sort of showy cliches you might expect from a story of social injustice, and Ruth Negga steals the show with a subtle performance. Read our review

A Man Called Ove
Release date: June 30th

An aging world weary man gets a new lease of life when a family moves into the house across his street. The adaptation of Fredrik Backman's novel has made the Oscar's foreign language shortlist.

Man Down
Release date: March 31st

Returning from a tour of Afghanistan, marine Shia LaBeouf searches for his missing wife and child. Kate Mara, Gary Oldman and Jai Courtney co-star. This one took a mauling from critics on its recent US release.

Manchester by the Sea
Release date: January 13th

Kenneth Lonergan makes it a hat-trick of outstanding dramas with his third film as writer-director. Casey Affleck delivers a career defining performance as the loner forced to return to his hometown when he becomes the guardian of his nephew following his brother's death. Unmissable. Read our review

Miss Sloane
Release date: February 24th

The topical subject of gun control legislation is tackled in this political drama from director John Madden. Jessica Chastain's performance as the eponymous lobbyist has been praised as one of her best to date, with most critics lukewarm on the film's overall merits.

A Monster Calls
Release date: January 1st

Have tissues at the ready for JA Bayona's heart-breaking children's fantasy, which boasts plenty for adults to chew on. Newcomer Lewis MacDougall is a revelation as a young boy whose imagination conjures up a monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) as a way of coping with his mother's (Felicity Jones) impending death. Read our review

Release date: February 24th

Were it not for La La Land, Barry Jenkins' Moonlight would be the favourite to nab Best Picture at February's Oscars. The story of a young African-American struggling with his sexual identity in a tough Miami ghetto has been loudly applauded by US critics. Read our review

The Mountain Between Us
Release date: October 20th

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba must survive an isolated wilderness as the only survivors of a plane crash in this adaptation of Charles Martin's novel from Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad.

The Mummy
Release date: June 9th

Dracula Untold was set to launch a new franchise based on the classic Universal monsters, but its poor reception saw it swept under the carpet, with this reboot of The Mummy now kicking off the cinematic universe. Universal have gone for star power with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe headlining what appears to be an action romp in the vein of the Brendan Fraser series rather than a monster movie like the original '30s/'40s renditions.

Murder on the Orient Express
Release date: November 24th

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in this latest version of Agatha Christie's much filmed mystery. An all-star cast sees the likes of Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Michael Pena and Michelle Pfeiffer climb aboard.

My Cousin Rachel
Release date: June 9th

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 novel was previously filmed a year after its publication with Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland in the leads. This time it's Sam Claflin who suspects his cousin was murdered by his new wife, played here by Rachel Weisz.

My Life as a Courgette
Release date: May 5th

This French-Swiss stop-motion animation set in a children's foster care centre charmed the pants off all who saw it at Cannes, and currently finds itself on Oscar's Foreign Language shortlist. Contributing to the script is Girlhood director Celine Sciamma.

Release date: April 7th

Along with Jackie, Pablo Larrain gives us another biopic in 2017 with the story of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's persecution at the hands of his country's fascist government. Larrain reunites with his No stars Luis Gnecco and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Release date: October 13th

Batman isn't the only LEGO movie hitting screens in 2017. Ninjago focusses on a group of teenage ninjas battling monsters and struggling with the trials of high school. Dave Franco, Michael Pena and Jackie Chan lend their vocal talents.

The Other Side of Hope
Release date: April 28th

Following his French set drama Le Havre, Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki deals with Europe's refugee crisis once again, this time on his home turf. Kaurismaki regular Sakari Kuosmanen is a poker-playing restaurant owner who befriends a group of newly arrived refugees.

Release date: May 5th

Scott Eastwood is a master car thief who finds himself facing off against Gallic gangsters in the South of France. Ana de Armas and Gaia Weiss co-star.

Paddington 2
Release date: November 10th

Everyone's favourite Peruvian bear returns for another adventure. This time he's after a stolen rare pop-up book. Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the cast with Ben Whishaw once agin voicing the titular furball.

Patriots Day
Release date: February 24th

More flag-waving true life drama from director Peter Berg. Mark Wahlberg plays a Boston cop involved in the investigation of the city's 2013 marathon bombing. John Goodman, JK Simmons and Kevin Bacon also break out their best 'Baahhston' accents.

Personal Shopper
Release date: March 17th

Kristen Stewart reunites with her Clouds of Sils Maria director, Olivier Assayas, for a ghost story set in the Paris fashion world. Stewart plays a grieving woman attempting to connect with the spirit of her dead brother.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
Release date: May 26th

Kiera Knightley sits out this latest installment of the franchise that puts the arrr in arrrgh, with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom returning. Javier Bardem plays a ghost pirate who we suspect may be seeking revenge for something or other.

Pitch Perfect 3
Release date: December 22nd

The Bellas are back for a second sequel to the surprise 2012 hit, with cast regulars Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks and Rebel Wilson joined by Hailee Steinfeld, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

Power Rangers
Release Date: March 24th

The '90s phenomenon gets a shiny new reboot from Project Almanac director Dean Israelite. Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Bill Hader star opposite a central cast of fresh-faced tykes.

Release date: February 10th

Comic star Alice Lowe makes her writing/directing debut with a blackly comic tale of a pregnant woman who believes her unborn child is telling her to commit murder. Festival reviews suggest Lowe's film is both hilarious and disturbing.

A Quiet Passion
Release date: March 31st

Filmmaker Terence Davies loves a good costume drama. His latest is a biopic of every teenage girl's favourite poet, Emily Dickinson, played here by Cynthia Nixon. The film also stars Jennifer Ehle and the all too underused Keith Carradine.

Red Sparrow
Release date: November 10th

Jennifer Lawrence reteams with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence for an adaptation of Jason Matthews' novel. Lawrence is a Russian spy trained in the art of seduction who teams up with Joel Edgerton's CIA agent.

The Red Turtle
Release date: May 26th

Studio Ghibli team up with Wild Bunch for this Japanese-European animated tale of a shipwrecked man and the friendship he develops with the titular reptile. With a complete absence of dialogue, think an animated All Is Lost.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Release date: February 3rd

Following a five year absence, the Resident Evil series returns to screens with original director Paul WS Anderson directing his missus Milla Jovovich once again. The title promises us the franchise will conclude here, but we all remember Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

Release date: February 3rd

Another dormant horror franchise is set to be resurrected with this latest chapter in the Ring series. At this point poor old Samara must be struggling to find victims; who owns a VHS player in 2017?

Rock That Body
Release date: June 16th

Very Bad Things gets an unofficial gender reversal when the members of a bachelorette party are forced to deal with the death of a male stripper. Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz and Kate McKinnon will be waving the pink rubber dildos.

Rules Don't Apply
Release date: March 10th

A 79-year-old Warren Beatty plays a fifty-something Howard Hughes in his first stint as writer-director since 1998's Bulworth. Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich play an actress and driver in Hughes' employ who embark on a romantic relationship, much to his chagrin.

The Salesman
Release date: March 31st

Asghar Farhadi returns to his native Iran for this story of the repercussions of an assault on a young actress. Critics have said it doesn't quite reach the heights of Farhadi's best work, but stands on its own regardless. Read our review

Saw: Legacy
Release date: October 20th

2017 seems to be the year for resurrecting horror franchises. The Saw series receives an eighth installment. Tobin Bell returns to the role of the franchise's villain with Australia's Spierig brothers directing.

Release date: January 1st

Three decades after The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese delivers another exploration of religion. While the 1988 film drew the ire of Christians, this one is very much aimed at a religious audience, a tale of two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who search 17th century Japan for their disappeared mentor (Liam Neeson). Read our review

The Snowman
Release date: October 13th

A pink scarf wrapped around a snowman is the only clue to a woman's disappearance in this adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel. Michael Fassbender is the detective on the case. Let the Right One In's Tomas Alfredson directs, with Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg co-starring.

The Solutrean
Release date: September 15th

Kodi Smith-McPhee is a young neanderthal struggling to return home in director Albert Hughes's BC survival thriller. Think One Million Years BC meets The Revenant.

The Space Between Us
Release date: February 10th

A teenage boy raised on Mars goes on the run on planet earth in an effort to find his father, accompanied by a young girl. Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson are the star-crossed couple, with Gary Oldman on their tail. The release date for this one has been pushed back several times; make of that what you will.

Release date: March 12th

Alex Taylor's directorial debut boasts one of 2017's more intriguing premises. When a teenager fakes an alien abduction, her father searches for her in what the official press release describes as "a surreal world of black holes and unicorns where everyone is looking for a way out."

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Release date: July 7th

Spidey gets his first movie under the Disney Marvel banner as Tom Holland pulls on the spandex. Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man features, along with Michael Keaton as villain The Vulture and Marisa Tomei as Peter Parker's Aunt May.

Release date: January 20th

Following a return to form with his pared down found footage thriller The Visit, M Night Shyamalan disappoints again with a mean-spirited and messy tale of a man with multiple split personalities (James McAvoy) who abducts three teenage girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson). Read our review

Star Wars: Episode VIII
Release date: December 15th

Undoubtedly set for the biggest box office haul of 2017, the latest episodic installment of the Star Wars series will sadly mark the final screen appearance of Carrie Fisher in her signature role, barring any future ethically dodgy digital resurrections. Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker is set to play a major role this time out, with The Force Awakens' cast of new and old faces joined by Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Tom Hardy hidden inside a stormtrooper outfit.

The Student
Release date: February 28th

This Russian drama charts a young man's journey into religious fanaticism. Director Kirill Serebrennikov's film took home the Francois Chalais Prize at Cannes.

T2 Trainspotting
Release date: January 27th

Danny Boyle returns to the world of his breakout hit with Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald and Robert Carlyle among the returning cast. The plot, which sees McGregor's Renton returning to Edinburgh, is loosely based on Irvine Welsh's 2002 novel Porno.

Thor: Ragnarok
Release date: October 27th

Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Taika Waititi directs this latest chapter of the never-ending Marvel saga. This one is billed as a Midnight Run style buddy comedy with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) hitting the road together.

Transformers: The Last Knight
Release date: June 23rd

Speaking of never-ending sagas, we're getting another Michael Bay directed Transformers movie this year. Mark Wahlberg is joined by Anthony Hopkins, but the big question is whether we'll finally get to see Transformers transforming this time? Unlikely.

Toni Erdmann
Release date: February 3rd

A father assumes the titular alter ego to reconnect with his career obsessed daughter in this acclaimed comic German drama. Most critics who caught Marin Ade's film on the 2016 festival circuit had this one at the top of their end of year lists. Read our review

The Transfiguration
Release date: April 21st

A bullied teenager commits multiple murders to sate his thirst for human blood in this modern vampire fable. Michael O'Shea's film uses the vampire trope as an allegory for disease and decay.

Trespass Against Us
Release date: March 3rd

Following a doomed heist, an Irish gypsy (Michael Fassbender) attempts to escape the clutches of his domineering mobster father (Brendan Gleeson). Reviews have been lukewarm.

The White King
Release date: January 27th

Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn and young newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch star in this UK thriller set in a dystopian near future ruled by a totalitarian state. Based on the novel by Gyorgy Dragoman.

Underworld: Blood Wars
Release date: January 13th

Yet another horror franchise returns as Kate Beckinsale dons the leather and fangs once more. This time her Selene attempts to end the war between vampires and werewolves, aided by Theo James and Charles Dance.

Release date: May 5th

Noomi Rapace is a CIA interrogator attempting to prevent a biological weapons attack on London in this Michael Apted directed thriller. Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette co-star.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Release date: August 4th

Luc Besson brings the French comic series Valerian and Laureline to the big screen with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in the respective roles. Both are time travelling agents assigned to investigate a galactic empire. Ethan Hawke, John Goodman and Rihanna also star.

Viceroy's House
Release date: March 3rd

Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville star in Gurinder Chadha’s period drama set in the final days of British colonial India. Chadha draws inspiration from her own family, who were caught up in the turmoil of the end of the Raj.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Release date: July 14th

Matt Reeves returns as director for this third installment of the rebooted Apes saga. With apes and humans engaged in an all out war, Caesar (a mo-capped Andy Serkis) faces off against a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Wonder Woman
Release date: June 2nd

Before Justice League arrives, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman gets her origin story. When an American pilot (Chris Pine) washes up on her remote island during World War I, the wondrous one sets off for the battlefields herself.

World War Z 2
Release date: June 9th

Despite its many production issues, World War Z was a considerable hit, so a sequel was inevitable. Paramount haven't changed their release date of June 9th, but considering not a second of footage has been shot yet, this may well arrive as late as 2018. Rumours of David Fincher signing on to direct have yet to be confirmed.

XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage
Release date: January 19th

A box-office draw once more thanks to the resurgence of the Fast and Furious series, Vin Diesel returns to the role of the extreme sports competitor turned secret agent. Samuel L Jackson is back as his recruiter, with Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen and Nina Dobrev getting in on the action.

The Zookeeper's Wife
Release date: May 5th

More WWII drama in the true story of Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), who gave shelter to 300 Jews in their Warsaw zoo. Whale Rider's Niki Caro directs.