La La Land (12th January)
From Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, La La Land is the much talked about award-storming musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a jazz pianist and actress in Hollywood. Will it live up to the hype? I hope so.
Jackie (20th January)
Set after the assassination of JFK, the film explores the grief, trauma and experience of Jackie Kennedy. The trailer for this film is beautiful and Natalie Portman seems incredible. I look forward to seeing it!
Moonlight (17th February)
Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight tells the tale of the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood tackling themes such as sexuality, race and class. Another festival/awards favourite that I look forward to seeing.
Hidden Figures (17th February)
Based on a true story, Hidden Figures Set during the months leading up to astronaut John Glenn’s 1962 orbit of Earth, the film tells the story of three key but unsung black female mathematicians that made the flight possible. It’s frustrating to have only heard about these women now that the film is out but I’m glad their finally getting some recognition.
Free Fire (31st March)
Directed by Ben Wheatley and starring the brilliant Brie Larson Free Fire is set in Boston, 1978 in which a meeting between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. I am seeing a preview screening of this film later in January with a director Q&A, very excited!
Wonder Woman (2nd June)
I have my reservations about this one, I have wanted a great female-fronted superhero film for a really long time (TV Shows such as Jessica Jones, Agent Carter and Supergirl have been fantastic) However, do I trust that this will be the one? No. Sadly I don’t. But I will keep my fingers crossed.
Star Wars Episode VIII (15th December)
After Carrie Fisher’s tragic death at the end of 2016, I know that this will be a bittersweet watch. I look forward to seeing the saga continue as well as being intrigued by what they will do with her character but I know there will be a sense of sadness to it as well.
Often, my favourite films of the year are often the ones I least expect. Most of the ones of listed are either already out in the USA or are highly publicised. I look forward to seeing a variety of films this year and I can’t wait to be surprised by what I see!
What are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?