30) The House
I’m pretty much rooting for this one sight unseen, because I’m a fan of Will Ferrell, and an even bigger fan of Amy Poehler. Will Ferrell starts a casino in his basement after he and his wife accidentally spend their daughters college fund. Could be funny.
Amy Schumer’s second big film, this time after Trainwreck. She’s teaming up with Goldie Hawn, with Ike Barinholtz, Chris Meloni, and Wanda Sykes in the supporting cast. Director Jonathan Levine has had a couple solid films too, like 50/50, The Night Before, and Warm Bodies, so she’s in good hands.
28) The Mummy
I have some mixed feelings. Did we need to reboot The Mummy? No. However, if we’re going to reboot The Mummy, I’m kind of excited its in a very different way, and doesn’t resemble the Brendan Fraser series at all. Tom Cruise will lend his talents along side rapidly rising Sofia Boutella, as well as Jake Johnson (I’m a fan) and Russell Crowe. Alex Kurtzman directs, and while he hasn’t been a great director before (People Like Us was a disappointment), he’s had his hand in everything from the new Star Trek films, Scorpion, Fringe, and Alias. Hopefully he improves as a director.
27) Bad Moms Christmas
I’m excited. Bad Moms was a pleasant surprise. I just hope this isn’t a bullshit rushed sequel (Hello Horrible Bosses 2).
I’m concerned that the studio moved it out of the summer and into the spring. It signals a lack of faith in what looks to be Alien for a new generation. A talented lead cast with Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson, and a so-so director, Daniel Espinosa (Child 44 and Safe House).
25) The LEGO Batman Movie
The previews are making me think that I’m seeing all the best parts, but I’m hoping that’s not true. My interest has dropped a bit due to the oversaturation of the previews, but I’m still excited.
24) The Circle
The trailer for this got it on my list. Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, and Karen Gillan star. That’s an awesome cast. James Pondsolt has quietly directed some really good films, like The Spectacular Now and The End Of The Tour. It should be good.
23) Cloverfield 3
Had 10 Cloverfield Lane not been as good as it was, I likely wouldn’t be as excited for another Cloverfield film. However, another take on Cloverfield could be really good. There’s potential here.
22) King Arthur
I love Guy Ritchie as a director, and I’m a big fan of Charlie Hunnam. Yes, this story has been told a dozen times, but not by these two. With a supporting cast that features Jude Law, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Djimon Hounsou, and Annabelle Wallis, it could be really good.
I loved the first Jumanji. I don’t really need a reboot. But the the cast got me. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan? I’m so down. And sometimes Jake Kasdan does a good job. He just hasn’t in a while.
I thought the trailer was pretty funny. I realize I’m putting a lot of 2017 on Dwayne Johnson’s shoulders, but hey. He’s fairly consistent. Here he teams up with Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Charlotte McKinney, and original cast members Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.
19) Power Rangers
A gritty reboot. It also kinda looks like Max Steel, which isn’t a good thing, but I’m willing to see what we’ve got here.
18) The Dark Tower
A long awaited adaptation. It’d be higher, except I think the studio was only planning one movie, which is cramming a lot into one. That’s the only reason its so low on my list. The casting of Idris Elba is amazing though.
17) Pitch Perfect 3
Yeah, I like this series. I’m not sure we need three, but if a trilogy is what we’re getting, I’ll be there for the third film. Please, no more than three. This is not Step Up.
16) Justice League
You’re probably wondering, why is this so low? Well, I didn’t love Batman Vs Superman or Man Of Steel. Until Zach Snyder lets someone else take creative reigns of the DC Universe, I can only be just so excited for anything he touches. I used to like him as a director, now he annoys the shit out of me.
15) Blade Runner 2049
The world doesn’t need a Blade Runner sequel. However, we do need more films directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is one of the best working directors. Seriously, like top 10 living directors. I truly believe that. I could also be excited for Ryan Gosling’s participation, but honestly, this film is on my list just because of Villeneuve alone. He’s earned my trust.
14) Wonder Woman
I’m a little more excited for Wonder Woman than Justice League, only because it’s not directly directed by Snyder. So he has some influence, but not 100%. Hopefully it’ll be the best DC film we’ve gotten so far. I think it has that kind of potential.
13) XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage
OK. This is my guilty pleasure. Don’t judge me. I liked the first XXX, and I thought we were gonna get a new franchise with Diesel as a hardcore spy, then he left the franchise, and it didn’t work with Ice Cube, so it died. But now Diesel is back, and I’m getting the sequel I’ve always wanted.
12) The Fate Of The Furious
The trailers confuse me. Plus, it’s the 8th entry, and the first without Walker. I’m still excited, but those are the reasons it’s not in my top 10.
11) Thor: Ragnarok
I didn’t like Thor 2. That’s why this isn’t going higher. Even though I’ve pretty much liked every other Marvel movie, I just didn’t care for Thor 2, and this is a sequel to that. Stlll, I gotta admit seeing Hulk in this will be pretty cool.
10) Kingsman 2
Yes. And what a weird cast. Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, and Pedro Pascal rejoin the cast.
Any Pixar movie will always make my list (except Cars films). I’d honestly be more excited for The Good Dinosaur 2 than another Cars film at this point. Or Up 2, even though that film clearly doesn’t need a sequel.
Christopher Nolan directs. That’s all I need to know.
7) Kong: Skull Island
The trailers look good and the cast is pretty amazing. Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, and John C Reilly. This could be good.
6) War For The Planet Of The Apes
This is one of my favorite franchises right now. I’m constantly amazed how it continues to exceed my expectations.
5) Beauty and the Beast
I’m excited that there’s singing in this. I was already excited, I’m even more excited now. And if this is an adaptation of the stage musical, instead of just the cartoon, well then, this would be at #1. True story.
4) Star Wars Episode VIII
This is where Star Wars ended up on my list. I’m more of a comic book nerd than a Star Wars fan, and there are some big comic book movies. Episode VII was really good, and I’m excited to see the continuation of that story.
3) Spiderman Homecoming
We didn’t need another Spider-Man film, but this looks really good, and Marvel now has the reigns, so I expect a high quality movie. This might end up the best Spider-Man yet.
2) Guardians Of The Galaxy vol 2
The first one was just so good. I really hope they can keep up that momentum.
Hugh Jackman says goodbye to the character he’s been playing for 17 years. That’s a long time. And the graphic novel this is based off of is really good, plus they’re getting an R rating for once. It’ll be an emotional goodbye for me, but I’m glad he’s getting sent off in the best possible circumstance.
Films that almost made my list: Get Out, The Belko Experiment, Ghost In The Shell, The Boss Baby, Alien Covenant, World War Z 2, Rock That Body, Despicable Me 3, Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets, Granite Mountain, American Made, Geostorm, Murder On The Orient Express, and Downsizing.