Remember when 2016 was billed as one of the most potentially exciting movie slates of all time? It was supposed to be the year that the window of quality releases was extended to kill the early months' graveyard and the expansion of the blockbuster season to basically a full 12 months. How could it possibly fail with DC and Marvel competing at the very top of the ladder, Disney churning out multiple movies and some incredibly sweet looking remakes and sequels to drive popcorn sales into the stratosphere?
Well, it failed because far, far too many of those massive movies turned out to be utter garbage. Sure, they made a lot of money (obscenely in some cases), but it was hardly a red-letter year for big tentpole releases outside of about ten truly great blockbusters. As ever there were smaller delights and surprises, but at the final evaluation, 2016 might well be the most disappointing movie year in a long time.
But fear not, cinefans, because 2017 is DEFINITELY not going to be the same story, I promise. Yes, we've been here before (the same was said at the start of last year), but Hollywood is its own tonic, and there's nothing fixes a bad film like seeing a better one. And there's no way the year of Spider-Man, Star Wars Episode VIII and Christopher Nolan's next film could possibly disappoint anywhere near as much as the past twelve months. Right? RIGHT?!
So, which releases should you already be adding to your plans? What should you go out of your way to get to the cinema to see?
Here are 2017's must-see movies, ranked in order of anticipation. Get your calendars ready.