2017 has proved to be a formidable year in terms of dynamic, entertaining, and action-packed cinema, yet there are still so many movie releases to look forward to in the approaching fall semester. As classes commence once again, students will flock to the theaters for a much-needed rest from the note taking and studying, but the question is: What movies will be worth the time and effort? Whether it’s the long-awaited release of another installment in the Star Wars franchise, the anticipated horror films of October, or the upcoming lineup of epic films during the holiday season, we have prepared a list of films for you to watch out for.
It (September 8)
It is the 2017 remake of the popular 1990 Stephen King adaptation, which has already attracted much attention from audiences and horror movie fans. It promises to be an updated take on the already successfully adapted story of the killer clown who targets children of a small town in Maine. Out of all the horror films to be released in the Fall, It is the one you should be sure to watch if you want to relive the reason you are so afraid of clowns.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (September 22)
After the popularity and positive reviews of the first Kingsman film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle looks to be packed with the same hilarious and action-filled enthusiasm as its predecessor. With a lineup of stars such as: Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Pedro Pascal, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is pulling out all the stops to get people to the theaters.
Blade Runner 2049 (October 6)
Set 30 years after the original 1982 film, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner and sees the return of the former blade runner, played by Harrison Ford, to the franchise. The trailer boasts stunning shots and cinematography which appeal to the eye and will leave you intrigued to see more.
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
With the Marvel films continually taking over the box office with every new release, it will be no surprise to see another Marvel movie succeed. Thor: Ragnarok reunites Hulk with Thor and serves as one of the final building blocks leading up to Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel films have become must-see and worthwhile entertainment.
Murder on the Orient Express (November 10)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express is the perfect movie for fans of murder mysteries. The trailer lightly introduces the characters and the “whodunit” premise, but it piques enough of my curiosity to need to know: who really committed the crime?
Justice League (November 17)
All the DC Comics movies have been leading to this moment. Justice League will bring together Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg into one film. Seeing Gal Gadot as the inspiring Wonder Woman again should be worth the price of admission on its own, but if that’s not enough, Jason Momoa as Aquaman should be.
Darkest Hour (November 22)
Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour already looks to be a performance worthy of viewing. Oldman seems to be shooting for next year’s Oscar with his portrayal of the British Prime Minister during World War II, spending over 200 hours in the makeup chair to get the look just right. Will this be the performance to win them all?
The Shape of Water (December 8)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, with an art direction inspired by the popular video-game BioShock, The Shape of Water is the merman fantasy romance film you never knew you needed. The music by Alexandre Desplat is the perfect accompaniment as the trailer sets up the fairy tale of a mute woman who seems to be falling in love with a mysterious sea creature.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 15)
Finally, what better way to round out the year than with Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Who isn’t excited to continue the saga that is Star Wars and to hopefully discover Rey’s true parentage in this upcoming installment? We’re all excited to see more of Kylo Ren and the much-anticipated return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Although this film is not directed by JJ Abrams himself, it nonetheless continues to build just as much hype and anticipation as The Force Awakens.
Kimberly Morles is a Senior at FIU majoring in English. She is pursuing a certificate in Exile and Film Studies.