5. Dunkirk

Release Date: July 21st 2017
Director: Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception)
Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney
Rating: PG-13 for intense war experience and some language
Plot Summary: “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

4. mother!

Release Date: September 15th 2017
Director: Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, Black Swan, Reqiuem for a Dream) Screenwriter: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Brian Gleeson
Rating: R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpICoc65uh0
Plot Summary: This story is said to center on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

3. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Release Date: December 15th 2017
Director: Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper)
Screenwriter: Rian Johnson
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ
Plot Summary: Rey took her first steps into a larger world in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga.

2. Annihilation

Release Date: *DELAYED UNTIL 2018*
Director: Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac
Rating: R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaDurSCKOk
Plot Summary: Based on the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s upcoming science fiction trilogy (dubbed the “Southern Reach” trilogy), which is officially described as follows: Area X: mysterious, remote, and concealed by the government as an environmental disaster zone for more than 30 years. But strange forces are gathering in this pristine wilderness protected by an invisible, deadly border. The secret agency known as the Southern Reach has sent in eleven expeditions to discover the truth about Area X. Now, the twelfth will attempt to succeed where all others have failed… This is the story of that twelfth expedition, narrated by the biologist attached to the mission: a reticent, misanthropic woman who brings her secrets to Area X.

1. Blade Runner 2049

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners)
Screenwriters: Michael Green, Hampton Fancher
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto
Rating: R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language
Plot Summary: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Top 5 Most Anticipated New TV Shows
5. The Defenders (Netflix)
4. The Duece (HBO)
3. American Gods (Starz)
2. Taboo (FX)
1. Mindhunter (Netflix)

FINAL NOTES: I just wanted to briefly address the films that you all predicted I would have on here but did not. Underworld: Blood Wars, John Wick 2, The Dark Tower, Gardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and War of the Planet of the Apes I am all looking forward to but this was a tough year with lots to choose from so they just quite didn’t make the cut. I have started to get superhero fatigue and this may be the first year I don’t have a superhero film in my Top 10 (although I have Logan and Justice League in my Honorable Mentions). This is also the first time that my Top 3 films are all science fiction so I think it is going to be a super strong year for sci-fi. I know some of you will be #Triggered by Dunkirk at #5 and not #1. I am still super excited for it, as I am for every movie in my Top 10. I can already feel the hate coming in…Finally, which of these films are you most excited for? Have you heard of all of these movies? What are your Top 5 or Top 10 most anticipated films of 2017? Let me know, thanks for reading and all the feedback and go get on out there to the theater!

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