Upcoming 2017 movies


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Beauty and the Beast’s official theatrical release poster shows Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

One of the best distractions from any rough situation is a good movie. Whether you’re getting over a breakup, bad grade or maybe you’re just trying to move past the atrocity we’re calling 2016, movies always make things better. After a tough political campaign, the losses of numerous celebrities and widespread aggression, it’s clear that everyone needs a break, and thankfully 2017 is ready to give us just that.

After starting off the year with Hidden Figures, a popular film that shed a light on the black women working for NASA in the 1960s, we can safely assume that the rest of the line-up will follow in success. There are more than enough films following in suit this year that should keep us on our feet until next January. With genres ranging from horror to action to comedy, there will be a movie for any and every kind of viewer before the year is through.

The next big film you should plan on seeing is A United Kingdom, which is expected to be released on Feb. 2. This movie explains the struggles of a black man and his white wife as he takes on his role of King of Botswana. The story shows the difficulties faced by a man who is being forced to choose between his love for his wife and his love for his country. A United Kingdom contains strong themes of love and sacrifice and is sure to be a wonderful, eye-opening film this February.

On a much brighter note, we can expect the newest version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson on March 17. In addition to revisiting that childhood movie, we will also be seeing Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (to be released on May 26) and Pitch Perfect 3 (out on Dec. 22.) I don’t know about you, but I can only watch so many brand new films before I need to see something familiar.

Speaking of brand new, this year is bringing us four brand new superhero movies; Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Justice League along with Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Thor series. Wonder Woman, out on June 2 and presented by DC Comics, contains the story of an Amazonian superheroine who coincidentally is a member of the Justice League. Justice League is a group of superheros consisting of big names like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash and is facing a lot of pressure to exceed expectations from movie critics following the disappointment associated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from last March. The DC Universe is also facing competition from Marvel, as they work to put out an additional Thor this November and a second remake of Spiderman in July, this time starring Tom Holland. We will certainly have an expansive amount of action films to keep us busy this upcoming year.

In 2016, we saw a lot of space movies (Star Trek, Rogue One, Passengers, etc.) and we can expect a lot more of the same. Coming out in May, the sequel for Guardians of the Galaxy (Guardians of the Galaxy 2) will finally be released to the public. Following that, a new movie called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Rihanna and Dane DeHaan as they play special operatives in the 28th century, will be shown for the first time on July 21.  And lastly, the one we’ve all been waiting for since it’s revival in 2015, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Picking up where The Force Awakens leaves off, fans have been anxiously waiting to revisit Rey, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, and will get their chance on Dec. 15.

2017 is already packed with exciting films, old and new, that are sure to please many audiences. With such different varieties of movies coming out, you will never have the opportunity to be bored as the year progresses.