30 must see movies in 2017

2017 is here and with it comes some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters to date. We’ve shared the upcoming sequels and horror movies not to miss, so here’s a roundup of those films you’ll definitely want to make a note of in your diary.

2016 was a huge year for film. Star Wars: Rogue One blasted its way to the top of the UK box office on New Year’s Eve, pushing the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into second place. Disney had another hugely successful year with a total of four films in the top ten, including, Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book.

This coming year looks to be jam-packed with a diverse mix of both action & adventure and family focused flicks. Set for premiere in March 2017 is the re-make of the enchanting Disney classic Beauty and The Beast with world renowned British actress; Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Ben Whishaw returns as the voice of Paddington in Paddington 2 in November, and the mischievous minions are back to cause mayhem in Despicable Me 3 in June.

As if that wasn’t enough for one year, 2017 continues with the release of the re-imagination of the 90’s classic adventure fantasy film Jumanji – a tribute to the late Robin Williams; starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the humour elites Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Rounding off this fantastic year of film will be a new release from Pixar; an original, music-packed film called Coco. Inspired by the Mexican tradition of The Day of the Dead, it follows 12-year-old Miguel in a chain of mysterious events unravelling the story behind his family’s history.

Empire Cinemas is giving movie lovers the scoop on the top 30, most anticipated movies of the year ahead; and it looks like film fanatics won’t be disappointed.

Top 30 films for 2017

Star Wars: Episode VIII

As you can imagine the plot for this is being kept well under wraps, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited about its release, it doesn’t come out until the end of the year as well.

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Beauty and the Beast

The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast finally hits cinemas in March, with Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Despicable Me 3

We really can’t hide our excitement at the third film with Gru, this film has a theme of sibling rivalry, and this will come about thanks to the sudden emergence of Drew, the long-lost identical twin of Gru.

Steve Carell will be voicing both of the brothers in the sequel, and they really do look exactly the same – with the exceptions being that Drew has a full head of blond hair, and dresses all in white instead of shades of grey.

In cinemas June 30

Paddington 2

Paul King is returning to direct Paddington 2, with Ben Whishaw back on voicing duties as the bear himself. Also back are Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Doctor Who, Madeleine Harris, Imelda Staunton and Samuel Joslin.

New faces? Well, they come in the form of Hugh Grant, playing a vain local acting celebrity whose star has fallen. And then there’s Brendan Gleeson as notorious local criminal ‘Knuckles’ McGinty.

In cinemas November 10

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the standout movies of 2014, and we’re hoping for the same thing with the sequel. It follows the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos and uncover the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true parentage.

In cinemas April 18

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Justice League

DC’s answer to the Avengers will be The Justice League series (already confirmed to be at least two films long). Set in the same universe as the other DC movies on this list, it will star Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher as the Justice League of America. Interestingly, this film will be released before the Cyborg and Green Lantern solo outings, introducing both characters.

Lego Batman

The LEGO Movie allowed Will Arnett’s portrayal of Batman to steal the show, and now he’s getting his own film. While the storyline is still mostly under wraps, there’s still been some crumbs promising hilarity as well as a tribute to every portrayal of Batman thus far. Lord and Miller passed the directing gig to Chris McKay, but even just their producer’s muscles should ensure this one will be enjoyable for all of the LEGO Movie fans they made last year.

The Fate of the Furious

The eighth Fast and Furious film, The Fate of the Furious, will be set in New York, and it looks as outlandish as ever as the first trailer was recently revealed.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains of the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.

In cinemas April 14

Fifty Shades Darker

The Fifty Shades franchise certainly has a target audience, and no doubt they can’t wait for the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey this year. We have to admit, it certainly looks like there’s more to the story this time around.

In cinemas February 10

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

The great news? Orlando Bloom is back as Will Turner.

In cinemas May 26

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Spider-man: Homecoming

Another Spider-Man reboot and we can’t help but wait and see what they have in store with this one either. Tom Holland will star as the web-slinger in a standalone film while doing double duty as a supporting player in a number of Marvel movies (starting with this year’s Captain America: Civil War). The studios are keeping the details of Spidey’s next adventure as hush-hush as possible.

War For the Planet of the Apes

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson).  After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.  As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

In cinemas July

Transformers: The Last Knight

Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are back for the fifth Transformers film, and Michael Bay is once again directing. On screen, they’re joined by Anthony Hopkins and John Goodman.

Michael Bay says this is the last Transformers film he will direct, but that’s not to say this is the end for the franchise (because why would they put a wrap on something that financially valuable?). No, a 6th Transformers film has already been slated for 2019 and a Bumblebee spin-off has also been scheduled for 2018. No word yet on who will direct those.

In cinemas June 23


Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson are among the many stars lending their vocal cords to Sing, an animated musical from the people who brought us Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets.

Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

In cinemas January 27


Christopher Nolan’s film is the first since 1958 to focus on the “miracle of the little ships”, the evacuation whereby over 300,000 Allied soldiers were rescued from Dunkirk’s harbour and beaches in 1940, after they had been cut off by the rapid German invasion of northern France. Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy star, and it’s Harry Styles’ first foray into film.

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Alien: Covenant

A sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant sees a colony ship come across what they believe is an uncharted paradise. It’s not, it’s actually a dangerous world inhabited by the sole survivor of the Prometheus expedition (Michael Fassbender).

In cinemas August 4

Lego Ninjago

Ninjas, samurais, and sensei fight side-by-side against dragons, armies of snake men, and a once-banished warlord who is now seeking to return to power.
In cinemas November

Thor: Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth returns for this third standalone film in the Marvel franchise, with Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins all appearing too.

Mark Ruffalo will also be showing up as Bruce Banner and his big green alter ego the Hulk.

In cinemas October 27

Wonder Woman

Although Wonder Woman is one of the key characters in Batman vs Superman, very little has been released concerning the role the character will play in the film. Described by director Zack Snyder as a “gateway drug” to the rest of the Justice League, this Amazonian Princess looks ferocious in the first promotional shots she has been seen in. Despite many screenplays, pitches and even signed deals over her history, the character has yet to make it to the silver screen, but with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine set to star in her solo adventure, it’s hard to imagine this adaptation going the same way as the countless failed Wonder Woman adaptations of the past.


Pixar’s latest original film is Coco, inspired by the Mexican tradition of The Day of the Dead, it follows 12-year-old Miguel in a chain of mysterious events unravelling the story behind his family’s history.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn is back in the director’s chair and he’s bringing his core cast back with him. Taron Egerton is returning as Eggsy, alongside Mark Strong’s Merlin, Sophie Cookson’s Roxy and Colin Firth’s Harry Hart.

This time around we have Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal as members of another spy organisation, the Statesmen.

Julianne Moore is also on board as the movie’s villain, Poppy, with Vinnie Jones as her lieutenant, and Edward Holcroft is also back as Eggsy’s nemesis Charlie.

And to top it off, The Golden Circle is also reported to feature a cameo from Elton John.

In cinemas June 16

Kong: Skull Island

25 year after King Kong’s death in New York, Carl Denham’s son runs an expedition to Skull Island and tries to solve the decade-long mystery. Michael Keaton, J.K Simmons, and Tom Hiddleston are all in the film.

The Mummy

The Mummy has been given a refresh for 2017, with Tom Cruise starring in the action-packed film. The mummy is Ahmanet, a long-dead princess who is disturbed from her resting place and casts a curse over the modern world.

In cinemas June 

Blade Runner 2049

A sequel to the 1982 Harrison Ford movie, Blade Runner finally makes its way onto the screen in 2017. This time Ryan Gosling will star, and there’s plenty of suggestion that Ford’s  character Rick Deckard won’t get as much screen time as expected. The new movie is being directed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve, with Michael Green and Hampton Fancher on scripting duties.

In cinemas October 6


Luc Besson is back in 2017 with what looks set to be a sci-fi blockbuster. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

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T2 – Trainspotting 2

Danny Boyle is bringing back Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Tommy for T2, 20 years after the original. All of the original, central cast members are coming back, and it will be loosely adapting the follow-up novel Porno. This should definitely be one to look forward to. Hopefully, it’ll live up to the original which is widely considered one of the best novel-to-screen adaptations of all time.

In cinemas January 27


20th Century Fox’s outing will mark his ninth (and possibly final) turn as Marvel’s angriest mutant.  Logan is set in a distant future, long after the happy ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past, where Wolverine and a dying Professor X meet a young girl named ‘Laura’. There’s also mutant murdering cyborgs and government plans to turn children in weapons because apparently, that happy ending was too happy.

In cinemas March 2

Boss Baby

The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby‘s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin.


Billed as a sequel to the 1995 original, Jumanji makes its return to the big screen this year, with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black all starring. There’s going to be a tribute to Robin Williams in the film too.

Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh is directing the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express, with stars like Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer, Branagh himself is also starring as Poirot.

In cinemas November

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