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September 30 2017

The Movies of 2017 – 4th Quarter

Welcome to the final part of an analysis of every major film release of 2017.

Following up on last year’s project, I’m back with a look at the films of 2017. And as usual, I will be breaking it down by quarters and then an overall review. The change this year, however, is they will not be all coming out in one week. I realized I was doing a disservice to the films later in the year, so this year will work as follows:

There are some clear, “What in the world were they thinking?” projects coming out this year, and there are some that I think will surprise all of us.

Hopefully you enjoy this as it is a huge undertaking each year, but one I enjoy doing.

Please note that titles and release dates can change at any time, none of these are written in stone.

October

Blade Runner 2049

Release Date: October 6, 2017

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Analysis: I still have a hard time deciding how this one will do. Tracking is predicting a $40M opening, but after that it will be word of mouth for sure.

The Mountain Between Us

Release Date: October 6, 2017

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible.

Analysis: Great cast with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, but what a generic story.

My Little Pony

Release Date: October 6, 2017

A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

Analysis: It will have a decent first weekend and then quickly disappear.

The Foreigner

Release Date: October 13, 2017

The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism.

In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Analysis: Does anyone still care about Jackie Chan in the U.S.? I guess we’re about to find out.

Happy Death Day

Release Date: October 13, 2017

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in HAPPY DEATH DAY, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Analysis: A Groundhog Day take on a horror film? Well, it’s Blumhouse. It will be profitable.

Marshall

Release Date: October 13, 2017

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, MARSHALL, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

Analysis: It’s a bio flixk about a Supreme Court Justice. The odd thing? There’s another one in the popeline.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

Release Date: October 13, 2017

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

Analysis: If Wonder Woman hadn’t done so well this wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar. But a sex fueled backstory on one of the biggest films of the year? People will check it out from curiosity.

Geostorm

Release Date: October 20, 2017

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”).

Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom.

Analysis: This is going to suck so hard. Enjoy everyone!

Only The Brave

Release Date: October 20, 2017

This October, it’s not about what’s standing in front of you. It’s about who’s standing beside you.

Analysis: Been a long time since there’s been a firefighter movie. It’ll probably do okay.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Release Date: October 20, 2017

SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is based on the inspiring true story of international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear), who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in hopes of saving his struggling marriage to Debbie (Renée Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Jon Voight plays Hall’s father, with whom he reconciles thanks to the revelations of his new life. Based on the New York Times bestseller.

Analysis: Here’s your seasonal religious film. It’ll be a moderate success.

The Snowman

Release Date: October 20, 2017

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Analysis: Thrillers do well this time of the year, so why not.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween/h4>

Release Date: October 20, 2017

Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel. Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

Analysis: Nothing I could write would make a difference…

All I See is You/h4>

Release Date: October 27, 2017

Gina (Blake Lively) and husband James (Jason Clarke) have an almost perfect marriage. After being blinded as a child in a nearly fatal car crash that claimed her parent’s lives, Gina depends on James to be her eyes—a dependence that appears to solidify their passionate relationship. She sees her world in her own vivid imagination with help from James’ descriptions. Despite her disability, the two enjoy a colorful existence in Bangkok, Thailand where James works in insurance and Gina explores life in a foreign country. It seems the only real hardship this loving couple faces is difficulty conceiving a child but when Gina is given the opportunity to have a corneal transplant and regains her vision, their life and relationship are upended. Gina now sees the world with a new sense of wonder and independence which James finds threatening. It is only when Gina suddenly begins to lose her sight again that she finally realizes the disturbing reality of their marriage and their lives.

Analysis: Considering a trailer didn’t arrive until Sept. 18, it seems like it’s getting zero support.

Jigsaw/h4>

Release Date: October 27, 2017

If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw..

Analysis: Never seen one of these movies, doubt that will change here.

Suburbicon

Release Date: October 27, 2017

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

Analysis: I really want to see this, but no clue how it will do in general.

Thank You for Your Service

Release Date: October 27, 2017

DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Analysis: It stars Miles Teller… that’s unfortunate.

November

A Bad Moms Christmas

Release Date: November 1, 2017

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Analysis: I enjoyed the first one, but this feels like such a retread. And why do so many family comedy sequels immediately leap to a Christmas setting?

Thor: Ragnarok

Release Date: November 3, 2017

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

Analysis: I AM THROWING MY MONEY AT THE SCREEN AND NOTHING IS HAPPENING!

Daddy’s Home 2

Release Date: November 3, 2017

Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho dad and Brad’s gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down.

Analysis: Another family comedy sequel. Another family comedy sequel set at Christmas… awesome.

Murder on the Orient Express

Release Date: November 10, 2017

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

Analysis: Everyone knows this story, and we probably didn’t need another version of it, but with this cast it’s super hard to say no to… and that mustache alone is worth watching. It’s hypnotic.

Justice League

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Analysis: I really don’t know how this is going to play out. Wonder Woman’s increased visability will help, but with two directors having had to work on it, you’re going to have mixed tones. I wish it the best, but just not sure how it will play out.

The Star

Release Date: November 17, 2017

This holiday season, you’re invited to discover the story of the first Christmas… from an entirely new perspective.

Analysis: Story, sure. Visually… this movie looks like a hot mess. It is just not a good looking movie.

Wonder

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Wonder – In theaters November 17. Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, and Izabela Vidovic. Based on the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio. Written for the screen by Stephen Chbosky and Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne. Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Analysis: Pass. Thanks. It’s for some people, just not up my alley.

Coco

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Analysis: Um… The Book of Life was an awesome movie. We’re already remaking it?

Death Wish

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving the lives of people on the verge of death. But when his wife is killed and his daughter rendered comatose after a brutal home invasion, Kersey uses his unique skills to become the vigilante killer nicknamed “The Grim Reaper.”

Analysis: Do you smell that? Yep, it’s the smell of hot garbage.

Molly’s Game

Release Date: November 17, 2017

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Analysis: Not sure I need to see this in a theater, but I will see it.

December

Polaroid

Release Date: December 1, 2017

High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

Analysis: It’s December, lets release a horror movie!

Just Getting Started

Release Date: December 8, 2017

Morgan Freeman stars as DUKE DIVER, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. DIVER may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer LEO (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived SUZIE (Rene Russo). When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.

Analysis: Formulaic comedy… whee.

Ferdinand

Release Date: December 15, 2017

“Ferdinand” tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

Analysis: Eh. I can skip it.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Release Date: December 15, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Arriving in your galaxy December 15.

Analysis: I always hope small indy films will do well.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Release Date: December 20, 2017

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

Analysis: I have no interest in this, but I know many others do.

Downsizing

Release Date: December 22, 2017

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Analysis: I’m intrigued, but it’s not going to do much at the box office.

Father Figures

Release Date: December 22, 2017

Analysis: Couldn’t find anything on it… eh.

Pitch Perfect 3

Release Date: December 22, 2017

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Analysis: Mock me, I don’t care. I love these movies.

The Greatest Showman

Release Date: December 25, 2017

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Analysis: It looks kinda awesome, but no clue how audiences will react to it.



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