The 30 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2017

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Passing the halfway point of the year, we leave behind surprise hits at the movies like “Get Out,” record-breakers like “Wonder Woman,” but also a lot of bombs, like “The Mummy” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

The next six months brings with it blockbusters and the start of award season hype for other upcoming films.

From “Dunkirk” to “Thor: Ragnarok” (and we can’t forget “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), here are 30 movies you should be excited to go see by the end of the year:

(*Released dates are according to the US schedule)

'War For the Planet of the Apes' - July 14


The latest movie in the acclaimed reboot of the 'Planet of the Apes' franchise is its most audacious yet. Showcasing incredible battle sequences and top-of-the-line motion-capture graphics, if you're seeking a more mature summer movie, this is it.

'Dunkirk' - July 21

Warner Bros.

Christopher Nolan's lush look at the Battle of Dunkirk in World War II promises to be as unique as anything the famed director has done. It will also feature the talents of Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Kenneth Branagh.

'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' - July 21

STX Entertainment

It's the movie Luc Besson ('The Fifth Element') has been dreaming of making his entire life. Based on the famed French comic book, Dane DeHaan ('A Cure for Wellness') and Cara Delevingne ('Suicide Squad') play special agents assigned to saving the universe. Expect Besson's fun character play and lots of strange creatures.

'Atomic Blonde' - July 28

Focus Features

Charlize Theron teams with the director of 'Deadpool 2,' David Leitch (who is also one of the co-directors on 'John Wick'), to create this Cold War spy movie. Theron once more shows she can play the badass leading lady.

'The Dark Tower' - August 4


Stephen King's epic book series finally comes to the big screen. With Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as Man in Black, there's a lot of hype for this one -- which also means a lot to live up to.

'Ingrid Goes West' - August 11

Sundance Film Institute

A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, director Matt Spicer captures FOMO to horrific heights. Aubrey Plaza plays Ingrid, who is completely addicted to her Instagram account, especially Insta-famous Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). This leads Ingrid to move to where Taylor lives in California, trying to befriend her in real life and leading to hilarious (but terrifying) results.

'Logan Lucky' - August 18

Bleecker Street

Steven Soderbergh ends his self-imposed retirement from directing movies (finally) to helm this redneck comedy. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver play brothers who try to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race. The movie also stars Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, and Hilary Swank.

'It' - September 8

New Line Cinema

We aren't done with the Stephen King material. One of his most horrific characters ever, Pennywise, will be brought back to life with this most recent retelling of 'It.'

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' - September 22

20th Century Fox

The sequel to the surprise 2014 hit original follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) teaming with an elite US spy team to take on a new threat.

'The Lego Ninjago Movie' - September 22

Warner Bros.

The latest Lego property to get the big screen treatment, the action and laughs will be constant. Talent lending their voices include: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, and Justin Theroux.

'Battle of the Sexes' - September 22

Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight may be starting the award season buzz early with this one. Emma Stone and Steve Carell play tennis legends Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in this look at their epic tennis match in 1973.

'American Made' - September 29


Tom Cruise sheds his superhero persona to play a drug runner in his upcoming movie. Barry Seal became notorious in the 1980s for his dramatic flights for the Medellín Cartel. Director Doug Liman ('Edge of Tomorrow') teams again with Cruise to retell one of America's most infamous characters.

'Blade Runner 2049' - October 6

20th Century Fox

30 years after the events of Ridley Scott's landmark original, director Denis Villeneuve ('Arrival') looks at a futuristic Los Angeles with a new blade runner, played by Ryan Gosling. But to get answers he must search for a legend in the field, Rick Deckard (played once again by Harrison Ford).

'Mother!' - October 13

Paramount Pictures

Darren Aronofsky's latest movie looks to be another of his complex thrillers (I mean, just look at the poster!). And he has a great cast to tell it: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Domhnall Gleeson.

Untitled 'Cloverfield' Movie - October 27

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Elizabeth Debicki.

The latest movie in the 'Cloverfield' franchise looks to be as shrouded in mystery as its previous ones. But if you want to believe reports, it will be set in space and star Elizabeth Debicki ('Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2') and Gugu Mbatha-Raw ('Beauty and the Beast').

'Jigsaw' - October 27


Lionsgate is back at it with the 'Saw' movies. This time, though, they are continuing the story with its creepy villain, Jigsaw.

'A Bad Mums Christmas' - November 3

STX Entertainment

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn return to show that sometimes mums just have to get out the crazy. But this sequel is set over the ever-stressful holidays and features their mothers.

'Thor: Ragnarok' - November 3


If you've been missed seeing Thor in the last few Marvel movies, prepare to get your fill. Chris Hemsworth returns for the latest movie focused on this Avenger, in which he sets out to save his homeland. Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki and even the Hulk will be showing up.

'Murder on the Orient Express' - November 10

20th Century Fox; YouTube
Johnny Depp in 'Murder on the Orient Express.'

The latest retelling of Agatha Christie's famous who-done-it novel will include some of the biggest stars working today: Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe and Penélope Cruz.

'Justice League' - November 17

Warner Bros.

Following the success of 'Wonder Woman,' DC Films is hoping audiences will be as receptive to the uniting of all the DC Comics legends. Along with Gal Gadot returning as Wonder Woman, there's Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Moma as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

'Call My by Your Name' - November 24

Sundance Institute

Considered an early contender for Oscars when it had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, this drama set in Northern Italy follows an American student (Armie Hammer) who begins a romance with the son (Timothée Chalamet) of the family he's staying with.

'Mary Magdalene' - November 24

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Rooney Mara.

From Garth Davis, the director behind last year's acclaimed 'Lion,' Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix star in this retelling of one of Jesus' most famous followers.

'Coco' - November 22


Pixar's latest movie follows a boy as he experiences a unique family reunion through the Day of the Dead.

'Molly's Game' - November 22

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Aaron Sorkin.

Aaron Sorkin's feature-length directing debut stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a former Olympic hopeful skier who finds success (and infamy) when she starts a high-stakes international poker game that catches the attention of the FBI.

'The Disaster Artist' - December 1

Warner Bros

James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, the man behind one of the worst movies ever made, 'The Room.' Also directing the movie, Franco reenacts the making of the movie. Also starring is Dave Franco, Zac Efron, and Seth Rogen.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' - December 15


You've likely heard about this one. Rian Johnson ('Looper') is at the helm of the latest episode in the saga. Expect to hear quite a bit more from Luke Skywalker this time around.

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' - December 20

Columbia Pictures

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Kevin Hart reteam after their successful comedy 'Central Intelligence' for this reboot of 'Jumanji.' This time they are video game avatars, along with Jack Black and Karen Gillan, who can only get out of the game by beating it.

'Pitch Perfect 3' - December 22

Universal Pictures

The Bellas return for one last time to prove they still got it. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld all return.

'The Greatest Showman' - December 27

20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman plays P.T. Barnum in this look at the creation of show business, and the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Movie - December 27

Getty Images
Daniel Day-Lewis.

Reported to be Daniel Day-Lewis' final acting performance, Anderson's latest movie is set in the 1950s fashion world of London where Day-Lewis' character is a dressmaker for the royal family.

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