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The Race Begins: 2017 Movie Update

The Race Begins: 2017 Movie Update

It's time for my updated list of awards potentials, art house gems, and personal prejudices.  

Back on March 12, we listed movies to look forward to in 2017.  Since then, dates have changed dates: some films moving to 2018, some jockeying for better dates, and some avoiding the looming Star Wars monster in December.  With summer movie season on the wane, and in the wake of the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals' initial selections, here we go.

Guy S. Malone, Researcher

7/28 Atomic Blonde -- Charlize Theron, James McAvoy
Charlize is a comic book super spy who goes into Cold War Berlin and kicks ass.  Did I mention Charlize Theron is in it?

8/4 Detroit – Will Poulter, John Krasinski, John Boyega, Anthony Mackie
Kathryn Bigelow directs the factual drama, set in 1967, in which a Detroit police raid ignites one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history.

8/4 The Dark Tower – Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey
The first chapter of Stephen King series about Roland Deschain, a gunslinger who travels an Old West-like alternate dimension seeking the Man in Black and a legendary Dark Tower.

8/4 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Documentary)
Al Gore brings us closer to an energy revolution.

8/4 (Limited) Wind River - Elizabeth Olson, Jeremy Renner, Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham
Director Taylor Sheridan (Sicario and Hell or High Water writer) teams a rookie FBI agent and a veteran tracker to solve the mysterious death of a Native American girl on a remote reservation.

8/11 The Glass Castle – Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson
A girl comes of age learning to survive in a dysfunctional and poverty-stricken family consisting of an alcoholic father and eccentric artist mother.

9/15 Mother! – Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris
Paramount moved up the release of Darren Aronofsky's secretive psychological thriller to accommodate Venice Film festival competition and Toronto International Film Festival.

9/22 Battle of the Sexes - Emma Stone, Steve Carell
Based-on-truth story of the events surrounding the 1973 tennis challenge match between Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs.  Another festival invitee.

9/22 Kingsmen: The Golden Circle – Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Mark Strong
The sequel to the James Bond/Monty Python mash-up wherein our British heroes join their US counterparts, the Statesmen to take down super-villain (Julianne Moore).

9/29 Victoria and Abdul - Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon
The true story about how Queen Victoria, against propriety and custom, strikes up a friendship with a clerk who has traveled from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Festival-bound.

10/6 Blade Runner: 2049 - Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Harrison Ford
Director Denis Villeneuve takes us 30 years after the original in which a young blade runner discovers a potential Earth-shattering secret that leads him to track down the original BR.

10/6 The Mountain Between Us - Kate Winslett, Idris Elba
Stranded on a snow-covered mountain after a plane crash, two passengers must work together to survive the bitter elements and find their way to safety. Festival invitee.

10/13 Marshall - Chadwick Boseman, Dan Stevens, Sophia Bush
(Previously unlisted) The early career of Thurgood Marshall, as he battles his way to become the first African American US Supreme Court Justice.

10/20 The Snowman – Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson. 
Detective Harry Hole tries to locate a missing woman, and his only clue is her pink scarf found tied around the neck of a snowman.

10/27 Suburbicon - Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin
Goerge Clooney directed, Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the comedy/crime mystery set in a suburban town where ordinary people turn to extraordinary stupidity and murder.  Venice and TIFF invitee.

11/? Wonderstruck – Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Cory Michael Smith          
Todd Haynes drama following the mysterious connection between a young Midwestern boy and a girl from fifty years earlier.

11/03  Thor: Ragnarok – Chris Hemsworth
Thor gets help from an A-list and bad-ass cast: Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Karl Urban

11/10 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson
Months after the murder of her daughter, a woman challenges the town's revered police chief to solve the mystery.  Martin McDonagh (In BrugesSeven Psychopaths) directs the dark comic drama.

11/10 Murder on the Orient Express – Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer
Dame Agatha Christie’s brilliant detective Hercule Poirot must solve the mystery of an American tycoon killed on the famous train.

11/17 Justice League - Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, J.K. Simmons
(Previously unlisted) Bruce Wayne (Batman) enlists the help of Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) to recruit Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash to face an attack of apocalyptic proportions.

11/22 (Limited) Darkest Hour - Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Lily James
In the late-1930s, Churchill versus Hitler.

12/8 (Limited) The Shape of Water – Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg
Guillermo del Toro fantasy-thriller, set in 1963, a cleaning woman falls for an aqua-man being captive in a testing laboratory.  Venice and TIFF invitee.

12/15 Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac
The continuing story of Rey’s epic quest to rake untolled sums of cash into Disney’s coffers.

12/20 Jumanji – Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Kids in school detention find an old video game console.  When they play it they get sucked in and have to win the game in order to get out again.

12/22 The Current War - Benedict Cumberbatch, Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon
Historical bio-drama about the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to market a sustainable electrical system.

12/22 Downsizing – Matt Damon Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz
Alexander Payne social satire in which a man concludes his life would improve if he would shrink himself.  Venice opener, also at TIFF

12/22 (Lim.) The Papers - Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Michael Stuhlbarg
Steven Spielberg's historical drama about the Pentagon Papers scandal which spanned four presidential administrations, ultimately pitting journalists against the US government.

12/25 The Greatest Showman - Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson
Biopic about P.T. Barnum, founder of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus.

12/25 (Lim.) Phantom Thread (formerly: Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project) – Daniel Day-Lewis, Leslie Manville.  Drama set in the 1950s, a perfectionist dressmaker serves royalty and the highest echelon of British society.

TBD  Annihilation – Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac
Alex Garland sci-fi thriller; an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor join a biologist in search of her husband who went missing in an environmental disaster zone.

TBD Hostiles – Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster
In late 19th Century, a cavalry officer reluctantly agrees to assist a Cheyenne chief and his family as they travel through hostile territory.

TBD Mudbound - Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund
Sundance favorite about racism in post-WWII Mississippi.


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