2017 Movie Preview! 20 Films You Need to See Next Year

New Year, new movies! With 2017 right around the corner, here a list of upcoming films to keep on your must-watch list.

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Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker

After a dramatic breakup, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) fights to win back Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in this highly anticipated sequel. But just as the two begin to build trust and find happiness as a couple again, mysterious figures from Christian's past begin to emerge — and start causing trouble.

Release date: Feb. 10.

02 of 20

The Great Wall


Directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, this fantasy film stars Matt Damon as a warrior battling mystical creatures during the Northern Song Dynasty (959 – 1126) and chronicles the mysteries surrounding the country’s famous Great Wall.

Release date: Feb. 17.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Get ready to be transported back in time with this live-action re-imagining of the beloved Disney tale. From the classic songs to the memorable characters, the film brings to life all the iconic moments from the 1991 animated film. Emma Watson stars as Belle while Dan Stevens takes on the role of Beast.

Release date: March 17.

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Power Rangers

Power Rangers
Kimberley French

It’s morphin’ time! The big-screen revival of the Saturday-morning TV staple introduces a new version of the classic lineup of five alien-blasting teens. The Blue, Yellow, Black, Pink and Red Rangers, fight to take down Repulsa, the evil humanoid alien witch trying to conquer earth.

Release date: March 24.

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Dale Robinette C Lionsgate

Starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, this drama (based on the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio) tells the story of a boy with facial differences who strives to be treated the same as his peers as he begins the year at a new school.

Release date: April 7.

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Fast 8

Fast 8

The plot of the latest film is being kept under wraps, however, we do know that it takes place in New York City. Helen Mirren also joins the cast. This is the first full film of the franchise shot without Paul Walker, who died in 2013.

Release date: April 14.

07 of 20

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel Studios

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista reprise their roles as oddballs trolling the cosmos — this time, though, they’re searching for Pratt’s character’s mysterious father (played by Kurt Russell).

Release date: May 5.

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Frank Masi/Paramount Pictures

The famous 1990s TV series is getting the big-screen treatment. Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and his team of slow-motion running recruits (Zac Efron) uncover a criminal plot that threatens the beach.

Release date: May 19.

09 of 20

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant
20th Century Fox

The crew of the ship Covenant find what they think is undiscovered paradise — only to learn it's a dark, dangerous world with only one deadly inhabitant. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston.

Release date: May 19.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jack Sparrow is a wanted man.
Jerry Bruckheimer

Jack Sparrow is a wanted man in the latest installment of the franchise. Johnny Depp reprises his famous role as Capt. Jack Sparrow, who finds himself on the run after his nemesis escapes from the Devil's Triangle with the mission to kill every pirate at sea.

Release date: May 26.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
DC Entertainment

Discover the origins of one of the most badass female superheroes out there. After leaving her home of Paradise Island, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) begins to realize the full potential of her powers while fighting alongside soldiers in WWI.

Release date: June 2.

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Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight
Paramount Pictures

Little is known about the plot of the latest installment of the franchise, though fans have speculated that it will feature a battle to save Earth from the evil Decepticon Unicron. Michael Bay returns to direct.

Release date: June 23.

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Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3
Universal Pictures

BANANA! Balthazar Bratt, a former child star, grows up to become obsessed with his former character — and world domination. Meanwhile, Gru's long-lost twin Dru emerges, and naturally, sibling rivalry and chaos ensue. (Expect a lot of cuteness.)

Release date: June 30.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Steven Ferdman/REX/Shutterstock

After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War and finding a new mentor in Tony Stark, a young Peter Park returns home to live with his Aunt May and tries to navigate his newfound powers. But just as he begins to settle back into his daily life, a new villain emerges that threatens everything Peter cares about the most.

Release date: July 7.

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Set in 1940, the film, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, chronicles the real-life operation to rescue British troops from the French city in the middle of World War II. Harry Styles makes his big-screen debut, while Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy also star.

Release date: July 21.

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower
Columbia Pictures

After a series of traumatic events, a grieving teen named Jake manages to escape to another world. Once there, he teams up with gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) who is hell-bent on locating the titular tower in hopes of saving his dying world. This adaptation of Stephen King's popular novel of the same name also stars Matthew McConaughey.

Release date: July 28.

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Justice League

Justice League
Justice League. DC Comics

It's a superhero mega-reunion. Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) come together to try and defeat an evil force that threatens humanity.

Release date: Nov. 17.

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Murder on the Orient Express

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Johnny Depp stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a wealthy woman while riding on the most famous train in the world, the Orient Express.

Release date: Nov. 22.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII

Star Wars: Episode 8
2015 Lucasfilm LTD.

While little is known about the plot of Episode VIII, the film will pick up where The Force Awakens left off (with Rey coming face-to-face with Luke Skywalker). Star Wars newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega reprise their roles as Rey and Finn, respectively. Look out for the first trailer to drop sometime next year!

Release date: Dec. 15, 2017.

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Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3
Richard Cartwright/Brownston/REX/Shutterstock

Yes, Pitches, the fan-favorite a capella film franchise will continue on. Both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have confirmed that they are reprising their roles in the highly anticipated film.

Release date: Dec. 22, 2017.

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