The most anticipated movies of 2017

Fist Fight    

Rated R
Release date: Feb. 17
Director: Richie Keen
Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani
Official synopsis: On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school.
Why you should see it: We all know the comedies that Ice Cube has acted in. If you’ve seen “Friday,” “Ride Along,” “Ride Along 2” or any other movie he has been in, then you should consider seeing this movie, too.

 

Logan

Rated R
Release Date: March 3
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Dafne Keen
Official synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X at a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Why you should see it: If you like action (and Wolverine), then you might want to consider this movie. Sure, many superhero-based movies aren’t so good, but there looks to be potential in this one.

 

Beauty and the Beast     

Rated PG
Director:  Bill Condon
Release date:  March 17
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci.
Offical synopsis: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside
Why you should see it: Come on now, it’s a Disney original … in live action!

 

All Nighter

Not yet rated
Director: Gavin Wiesen
Release Date:  March 24
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Analeigh Tipton, Shannon Woodward, Emile Hirsch, Kristen Schaal , Taran Killam, Hunter Parrish
Official synopsis: A workaholic father who attempts to visit his daughter during a layover in LA, only to discover that she’s disappeared, is forced to team up with her awkward ex-boyfriend to find her over the course of one transformative night.
Why you should see it: If you like to laugh at people struggle with life, then you’re welcome  (:

 

Cars 3               

Not yet rated
Director: Brian Fee
Release Date: June 16
Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Paul Dooley and Michael Wallis.
Official synopsis: Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) enlists his new friend as a technician to help him compete against a new generation of racers.
Why you should see it: Is that even a question? This is the long-awaited “Cars 3!” Everybody loves these movies.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming   

Not yet rated
Directors: Jon Watts & Enrique Segoviano
Release Date: July 7
Cast: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Bokeem Woodbine, Kenneth Choi, Martin Starr, Jacob Batalon, Hannibal Buress, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Barbieri, Michael Chernus, Tyne Daly, Michael Mando.
Official synopsis: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Why you should see it: If you’ve seen the latest “Avenger”s movie, then trust me — you’ll want to see this. Just look at the cast!