9 Upcoming Movies in 2017 That We Are Excited About

There is no point re-emphasizing on how bad the first half of 2017 has been for Hollywood. It’s been a bloodbath at the box-office with every summer movie — expect ‘Dunkirk’, ‘War For the Planet of the Apes’, and ‘Wonder Women’ — getting slaughtered both by audiences. For a moment, even if we forget box-office there have been very few films that we can call good cinema (you can find the full list here). As we enter the next half of the year, our hope is that this is going to change.

The below list of upcoming movies in 2017 that give us at least some consolation that not all is lost.

 

9. The Shape Of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

Synopsis: An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.

Why Anticipate: Guillermo del Toro is truly a force to reckon with. But off-late, he hasn’t had the success that he was having in 2000s. But we know he is a genius and I won’t be surprised if he makes a dashing comeback with this small-ish (by his standards) film.

 

8. Murder on the Orient Express

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp.

Synopsis: Hercule Poirot is one of the most beloved detectives and no chance must be wasted to see him on screen. Based on Agatha Christie’s popular novel of the same name, the story revolves around a murder investigation on board the Orient Express.

Why Anticipate: Kenneth Branagh is known for his Shakespearean adaptations in cinema. Imagining him as the suave detective himself is interesting enough. With Penelope Cruz and the Johnny Depp to back him up, things can only get better. Beware Box Office, you will get smashed next November.

 

7. The Papers

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep

Synopsis: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events

Why Anticipate: Who better than Spielberg to make this political drama. We contend that Spielberg has been far from his best in recent years, but if ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ are any indication, he might still have a few tricks up his sleeve.

 

6. Suburbicon

Director: George Clooney

Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac

Synopsis: A crime mystery set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon during the 1950s, where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.

Why Anticipate: It is written by the Coen Brothers – Need we say more! One of the greatest auteurs in the history of cinema, the Coens have proved their writing chops in movies they haven’t directed (‘Unbroken’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’, to name a few), and looking at the synopsis, this looks right up their alley. Not to mention the talented cast, all of which glosses off Clooney’s not-so-successful directorial career so far.

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