If you like “Fast and Furious,” “Star Wars,” “Cars” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” 2017 will be a very good year for you at the movies. If you want more originality, stick to HBO and Netflix.
It’s a familiar story: Look once again for new installments to blockbuster franchises, big-screen adaptations of popular TV shows, updated reboots of classics and one super sexy sequel this year — with a precious few unique offerings. Here’s the Made in Hollywood 2017 movie preview:
XXX marks the spot once again for Vin Diesel in the action pic “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” … Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne find nothing homey about this house in “Amityville: The Awakening” … There’s something very strange under the hood in “Monster Trucks” … James McAvoy has multiple personalities — and none of them nice — in “Split” … Kate Beckinsale is back in black in “Underworld: Blood Wars” … Owen Wilson and Ed Helms search for a dad who’s not as dead as they thought in “Bastards”
Love still hurts, in a good way, for Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel “Fifty Shades Darker” … The caped crusader snaps into action in “The Lego Batman Movie” … Keanu Reeves returns in “John Wick: Chapter 2” … Matt Damon fights off ancient beasts in “The Great Wall”
“Beauty and the Beast” gets the live-action musical treatment with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens from “Downton Abbey” … Hugh Jackman bares his metal claws for what should be the last time in “Logan” … Those mighty heroes leap from TV to the big screen with shiny new costumes in “Power Rangers” … King Kong roars back in “Kong: Skull Island” with Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson … Scarlett Johansson is back in action in the Japanese manga tale “Ghost in the Shell” … Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson discover proof of life on Mars in “Life” … Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern are an estranged married couple in “Wilson” …. Anna Kendrick gets the worst seat in the house in “Table 19” … Jessica Chastain stars in the true Holocaust story “The Zookeeper’s Wife” … the 1996 cult favorite “Trainspotting” finally has a sequel in “T2: Trainspotting.”
Charlize Theron buckles up for the “Fast and Furious” franchise in “The Fate of the Furious”… Katherine Heigl is the ex-wife from hell in “Unforgettable” … Tom Hanks and Emma Watson star in the Dave Eggers’ thriller “The Circle” … Jacob Tremblay is a boy with a facial deformity trying to fit into a new school and Julia Roberts is his mom in “Wonder” … Charlie Hunnam goes missing during a 1920s expedition to the Amazon in “The Los City of Z” … Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson provide the voices for “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”
Dwayne Johnson runs in slow motion amid a bevy of red-swimsuited beauties in the big-screen version of TV’s “Baywatch” … Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana blast back into space in the sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” … Amy Schumer plays Goldie Hawn’s daughter in the action comedy “Snatched” … Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” … Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston encounter a dark and scary paradise in the third film in the “Alien” franchise, “Alien: Covenant”
“Batman v Superman” standout Gal Gadot wields her golden lariat in “Wonder Woman” … Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe unwrap the chills and thrills in “The Mummy” … Naomi Watts raises boy genius Jacob Tremblay in “The Book of Henry” … “Cars 3” keeps the franchise motoring with voices from Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy … Sofia Coppola remakes the offbeat Civil War story “The Beguiled” with Colin Farrell as the soldier who stumbles into a girls boarding school … A male stripper drops dead during a raucous bachelorette party in “Rock That Body” with Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon … Mark Wahlberg returns for “Transformers: The Last Knight” … Amy Poehler and Will Farrell bankroll their daughter’s college education with casino run out of their basement in “The House” … Kevin Hart voices the big screen adaptation of the popular children’s book series “Captain Underpants” … Sam Claflin has very mixed feelings about his cousin Rachel Weisz in “My Cousin Rachel.”
Tom Holland takes over the Spidey franchise in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” … Andy Serkis swings back with a score to settle in “War for the Planet of the Apes” … Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith hit the road for the Essence Festival in “Girl Trip” … “The Dark Tower” brings the Stephen King book series to the big screen with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey … Cara Delevingne and Ethan Hawke star in the comic book time-traveling adventure “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” … Tom Hardy joins the mission to save the Allied troops in the World War II epic “Dunkirk” … Patrick Schwarzenegger falls for Bella Thorne’s teen with a disease that forces her to stay indoors in “Midnight Sun”
T.J. Miller and James Corden try to put a smile on your face in “The Emoji Movie” … Charlize Theron sneaks around as a Cold War spy as the Berlin Wall is about to crumble in the thriller “The Coldest City”
Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise, the clown you don’t want to mess with, in Stephen King’s “It” … Miles Teller braves deadly flames in “Granite Mountain,” the true story of the Prescott, Arizona, wildfire that killed 19 firefighters … Jackie Chan, Olivia Munn and Dave Franco voice the awesome little plastic fighters in “The Lego Ninjago Movie” … Tom Cruise goes from drug smuggler to CIA informant in “American Made” … Judi Dench’s Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk in “Victoria and Abdul”
Jason just can’t stay dead in the new version of “Friday the 13th” … “Saw: Legacy” marks the eighth installment in the horror franchise … “Insidious Chapter 4” brings another round of frights in the fourth movie in the series … Ryan Gosling goes on a quest to find Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner 2049” … Taron Egerton welcomes Channing Tatum to the “Kingsman” club in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” which finds a way to include the supposedly dead Colin Firth.
Chris Hemsworth returns in “Thor: Ragnarok” … Spy thriller “Red Sparrow” reunites Jennifer Lawrence with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence … “Justice League” brings together Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) … “Paddington 2” returns the delightful British bear with voices from Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters … the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) inspires the Disney/Pixar movie “Coco” … Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” gets a new version from director Kenneth Branagh with stars Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley … Gary Oldman channels Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour.”
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega return for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” with a poignant appearance by the late Carrie Fisher … Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow sing again in “Pitch Perfect 3” … “Jumanji” gets a new version with Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas and Kevin Hart … Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in the social satire “Downsizing” from “Nebraska” director Alexander Payne … P.T. Barnum’s life story is told with music in “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams … Steven Spielberg reunites with “Bridge of Spies” star Mark Rylance for “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara”