10 Movies still to look forward to in 2017

3. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (November 3) – Easily one of the year’s best films from last year was writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER. The film’s wild creativity, originality, and complexity has me extremely excited for his next film. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER is a dark, twisted and oddly humorous psychological horror starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, and Barry Keoghan in a breakout performance.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI  (November 10) – After the local authorities fail to catch the culprit, a mother personally challenges their efforts publicly. This dark, comedic drama has a Coen Brothers vibe with the makings to be one of the years best. Starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and written and directed by Martin McDonagh who previously created the brilliantly funny IN BRUGES and SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS.

Star Wars The Last Jedi

1. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI  (December 15) – While the new Star Wars film isn’t my only hope, it’s definitely my number one hope for a great film still to see in 2017.  EPISODE VIII STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI might be an obvious answer but it’s the truth. And as long as Disney keeps pumping these out year to year at a high level, they will probably always be my number one for anticipation.

Don’t Care: JUSTICE LEAGUE  (November 17) – I thought it would be important to answer the question before I’m asked, “What about JUSTICE LEAGUE?” I have zero interest in seeing this dumpster fire that is the DC universe.  Sure, WONDER WOMAN was decent and Joss Whedon took over directing duties from Zach Snyder so there is a glimmer of promise.  I’m rooting for it.  It might even be a good movie, but the DCU just doesn’t have a strong enough track record to make believe it will be great.

Other notable dates: LADY BIRD (11/10), WONDER (11/17), ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (11/22), CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (11/24), WONDER WHEEL (11/30), ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (12/8), BRIGHT (12/22), THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (12/25), MOLLY’S GAME (12/25)

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