Fate of The Furious
Has there been a movie franchise in the history of cinema that has defied expectations quite like that of the Fast and Furious? What started out as essentially a remake of Point Break disguised as a movie about street racing and robbery has turned into one of the greatest, most ridiculous action franchises of all-time. As if that wasn’t enough, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is the man in the director’s chair, which is super encouraging. Buckle up, because Fast 8 is set for release on April 14, 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5
It has only been a couple of years since James Gunn first unleashed the Guardians of the Galaxy on us, but it is hard to imagine a time when all of us didn’t love a talking raccoon named Rocket, and a big, talking tree named Groot. The movie was initially considered a massive risk for Marvel Studios, but Guardians wound up crushing it at the box office, and that being the case, a Franchise is on the way. James Gunn has returned to direct, and the entire central cast is back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. They are also going to be joined by Kurt Russell, who is playing Ego the Living Planet, who is also Star lord’s dad. Not only that, but we are all pretty excited about the idea of Baby Groot. Guardians of the Galaxy was not only one of the most pleasantly surprising superhero movies in recent memory, but it is easily one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is no question many of us are very excited about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is set for release on May 5, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – May 26
In 2003, Disney managed to deliver one of the most completely refreshing adventure movies of the 2000’s with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Not only did we get one of the Johnny Depp’s best performances, but it also helped establish Keira Knightly as a bona fide movie star. In the 13 years since, we have been treated, or maybe subjected to, three sequels, none of which have managed to live up to the original. Also, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has brought on Javier Bardem as the bad guy, and he is very, very good at playing the bad guy. This is definitely one that we should be able to feel cautiously excited about this franchise. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out on May 26, 2017.
Annabelle 2 – May 19
The Conjuring was no doubt one of best horror movies to come about in a very long time, so the prospect of a spinoff movie featuring the creepy doll from that movie was exciting. The premise also sounds great, centring on a doll-maker and his wife who are dealing with the death of their daughter. They then decided to invite a nun and several girls from an orphanage to stay with them, and then the doll-makers creation Annabelle starts to terrorize them. Anyone who has seen The Conjuring 2 might find that bit about the nun particularly interesting. Horror fans have a lot of reason to be excited about Annabelle 2, which is due out in theatres on May 19, 2017.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle – June 16
There were an awful lot of people where were surprised when director Matthew Vaughn stepped away from X-Men: Days of Future Past to direct Kingsman: The Secret Service instead. As it turned out, that worked out really well for pretty much everyone. Bryan Singer did a fine job with Days of Future Past, but Vaughn was able to give us something totally unique and out of left field with Kingsman, and it was easily one of the best movies of 2014. Luckily the movie did well at the box office as well, because a sequel, titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is coming this year. Kingsman: The Golden Circle the second in the franchise is set for release on June 16, 2017.
War for the Planet of the Apes – July 14
In 2011, director Rupert Wyatt gave us one of the most unlikely amazing reboots and a start to an amazing franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It completely washed the bad taste of Tim Burton’s remake out of mouths, and then Matt Reeves came in and really stepped things up with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. Many feel that Serkis’ work as the character is award worthy. Not just in terms of technical achievement, but his acting chops and performance are staggering and are what make these movies so great. Get ready to watch apes and humans do battle in a big way on July 14,2017.
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