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Most anticipated films of the 2nd half of 2017…

Posted on August 14th, 2017
Posted on August 14th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

1. “It” (Sept. 8) – Based off of the notoriously frightening Stephen King novel, a group of teenage friends are targeted by a monster disguised as a sinister clown (Bill Skarsgard) who is responsible for making local children disappear. This is the first film in a two-part series which will focus on the characters as children in this installment, then as adults returning home to put an end to the evil in the second film. “It” was previously adapted into a TV miniseries in 1990.

2. “Mother!” (Sept. 15) – Not much is known about the plot to “Mother!” written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, but it involves a couple played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem whose quiet life is invaded by two uninvited guests played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. Known for creating dense and dark dramas such as “Black Swan”, “The Fountain” and “Requiem for a Dream”, Aronofsky is a filmmaker with a huge cult following.

3. “Blade Runner 2049” (Oct. 6) – The unexpected sequel to the influential 1982 sci-fi classic continues the film noir-inspired story of futuristic police units that hunt down rogue androids. Ryan Gosling stars as a young Blade Runner who uncovers a secret that compels him to track down his predecessor, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been in hiding for the last thirty years. No one is sure what to expect from this sequel but the exciting trailer hints that it might be something special.

4. “The Florida Project” (Oct. 6) – This coming of age dramedy stars Willem Dafoe as the manager of a dumpy tourist trap motel in Florida. As he deals with the hard luck, long-term residents in the motel, a precocious six year-old tenant and her misfit friends play games and run amok on the grounds, unwittingly forcing him into a father-figure role. Writer/director Sean Baker won raves and awards for his indie hit “Tangerine”in 2015, but “The Florida Project” looks like a deserving step up for him.

5. “Suburbicon” (Oct. 27) – Written by the Coen Brothers and directed by George Clooney, this story set in the 1950’s follows Matt Damon as a white collar suburban father who must go to extreme lengths to protect himself, his preteen son and his sister-in-law (Julianne Moore) from mobsters trying to collect a debt. While the trailer Highlights the many comedic moments in the film, Clooney insists the film is much darker than the trailer suggests.

6. “Thor: Ragnarok” (Nov. 3) – This comedically-toned Marvel franchise sequel teams Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to defeat Hela (Cate Blanchett) the Norse goddess of the underworld who threatens to unleash ‘Ragnarok’ – the Asgardian armageddon. Fans seem most excited by this installment because it borrows much of its plot from the “Planet Hulk” comic book storyline which is highly revered by comic book aficionados as one of Marvel’s best.

7. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (November 10) – Frances McDormand plays a foul-mouthed, blue collar mother who puts up three inflammatory billboard messages shaming the local police chief (Woody Harrelson) after his small town department fails to capture her daughter’s killer. While the subject matter sounds serious, the film has a darkly comedic tone with an all-star cast and McDormand giving a potential career-defining performance. I dare you to watch the uncensored trailer and not to laugh out loud.

8. “Justice League” (Nov. 17) – With the death of Superman leaving the world defenseless to super-powered threats, Batman (Ben Affleck) assembles a team of ‘meta-humans’ to battle the extraterrestrial threat known as Steppenwolf. After many failed attempts, this is the first time the Justice League has appeared in a live-action feature film. Despite this landmark, the film and its prequels have suffered production problems and negative criticism, leaving many comic book fans nervous to see if it will be a triumph or disaster.

9. “The Disaster Artist” (Dec. 8) – Speaking of disasters, this true story chronicles the creation of “The Room” (2003) a film so terribly made, it became a midnight cult classic in the vein of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. James Franco stars as the megalomaniacal writer/director/actor Tommy Wiseau whose inept attempt at making a serious Hollywood drama results in one of the most hilarious unintentional comedies ever made. Made in the spirit of “Ed Wood”, “The Disaster Artist” has already gained rave reviews from its early film festival screenings.

10. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Dec. 15) – With Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) finally returning to the franchise, the story continues directly after the events of “The Force Awakens”. This franchise sequel marks the sad end of Carrie Fisher’s career and many are wondering – based on the title – if this will be Mark Hamill’s last “Star Wars” appearance as well.

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