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2017 Pop Culture Preview

The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

From the return of classic animated favorites to superhero blockbusters, here are all the films that will rule this year

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'Split' (Jan. 20)

Listed by order of release date.

M. Night Shyamalan is known for having twists and turns in his movies. Although some of his past few projects have failed to impress, I’m hoping that Split fills in the blanks that Shyamalan’s previous films have left. I’m also looking forward to James McAvoy’s performance, as playing someone with multiple personalities (24 to be exact) is no easy feat. –Malikah A. Shabazz

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'John Wick: Chapter 2' (Feb. 10)

Less than three years after audiences fell for the deadly John Wick, he's back for another round. The upcoming sequel sees our favorite ex-hitman traveling to Rome to fight off the world's deadliest killers. –Jeff Benjamin

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'Logan' (March 3)

Moviegoers will get the chance to see Wolverine in a new light in the upcoming Logan film. Placed in the future when his healing powers aren't as strong, we'll get to see a potentially more vulnerable side of Jack Hughman's famous X-Men character this time. –Jeff Benjamin

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'Kong: Skull Island' (March 10)

Peter Jackson’s 2005 version of King Kong, if memory serves correctly, was not great. The franchise has never really been in need of a remake, period. But Kong: Skull Island does look like the type of summer popcorn movie capable of forcefully blowing our minds, thanks in no *small* part to the unprecedentedly humongous title character. “How big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god’?” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) promised over the summer. Also: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John mother-effin' Goodman–Zach Dionne

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'The Belko Experiment' (March 17)

There was only one way we could describe The Belko Experiment trailer when it dropped in December: completely fucked-up. The wicked thriller looks simple at first, with employees at a non-profit organization enjoying a regular work day. But things soon become very bloody when they realize they have no choice but to kill each other to survive. We can already hear the intense screams from the audience when this hits theaters! –Bianca Gracie

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'Beauty and the Beast' (March 17)

Live-action remakes to our favorite Disney movies is becoming the norm in Hollywood, but the reimagining of 1991's animated Beauty & the Beast actually looks promising. The graceful Emma Watson playing Belle is way too perfect of a casting, and it will be fun to hear her sing the classic tunes for the first time. –Bianca Gracie

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'Fate of the Furious' (April 14)

For the eighth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise (seriously, how did we get here?), Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto is doing something no one ever imagined: turning his back on his family. The domestic drama is escalated even further thanks to the film's epic fight scenes, the introduction of the villainous Charlize Theron and even a snowmobile race. –Bianca Gracie

Read Fuse's Complete Guide to The Fate of the Furious here.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' (May 5)

The unexpected Marvel smash sees the Guardians family back together again for another adventure. The franchise's biggest names—Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper—are all on board, which makes us think this sequel will definitely be worth it. –Jeff Benjamin

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'Baywatch' (May 26)

Your wet dreams are coming true: Baywatch is back! The classic '80s/'90s lifeguard drama is getting the Hollywood-movie reboot with today's sexiest stars running the beach. While we're totally here for the nostalgia and red swimsuits alone, we love how the new Baywatch incorporates a sexy and diverse cast including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Priyanka ChopraBelinda and more–Jeff Benjamin

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'Wonder Woman' (June 2)

Finally! It’s about time Wonder Woman got her own movie, and this one, directed by Patty Jenkins, looks like it’s going to kick some ass. Her outfit, while still a lot more revealing than your average (male) superhero, looks more like armor than a fashion statement. We also love the back-and-forth in the trailer between her fight scenes and her attempts to fit into a World War I–era society. Bonus: Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, a man unafraid—and in fact, proud—to take a back seat to Gal Gadot. –Laurie Ulster

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'Cars 3' (June 16)

Lightning McQueen’s tale is a familiar one: aged out by younger, sleeker racers, he feels as though he’s being forced to retire from the sport that made him a legend. It’s a classic story of an established legend vs. a promising rookie, and one we’re amped to see played out via Pixar’s ingenious animation skills. If the harrowing crash at the beginning of the trailer isn’t enough to make you want to go see it, maybe the addition of standup comedian Cristela Alonzo as a new young trainer will. –Brooke Bunce

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'Despicable Me 3' (June 30)

Gru meets his match in Despicable Me 3, but he's more of a Michael Jackson wannabe than a true villain. His name? Balthazar Brat, the '80s-obsessed character voiced by South Park co-creator Trey Parker. If that's not enough to drawn you in, those cute-as-hell Minions will do the trick. –Bianca Gracie

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (July 7)

Summer wouldn’t be summer without some sort of Marvel content. Spider-Man’s inclusion in Captain America: Civil War was a long-awaited treat. So to see the franchise not only reboot itself but be included in the current MCU and have an actor actually looks like a teenager is the a breath of fresh air. Not to mention all the Easter eggs that Marvel is sure to leave as they always do. –Malikah A. Shabazz

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'War for the Planet of the Apes' (July 14)

2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a quantum leap over 2011's Rise, and War—from returning director Matt Reeves—is all set up to be an explosively excellent threequel. Come for the industry-leading motion-capture performances, stay for bald Woody Harrelson realizing humanity has run its course. –Zach Dionne

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'Dunkirk' (July 21)

You’ve probably seen WWII movies before, but nothing that looks as intricate and visually stunning as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Depicting the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940, one of the fiercest battles of the war, we’re excited to see One Direction’s Harry Styles in his acting debut alongside Tom Hardy, Kenneth Brannagh and Cillian Murphy. Like most Nolan projects, it’s shrouded in secrecy, but based on what actually occurred in history, we know this is going to be an epic film. –Brooke Bunce

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'The Dark Tower' (July 28)

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An immensely tall order, to introduce moviegoers to this eight-novel saga that rapidly hops genres and unspools its deep, inter-dimensional narrative at its own pace. But Idris Elba is a reinvented Roland Deschain, the last remnant of a regal order of Gunslingers, and Matthew McConaughey is playing the über-villain to Stephen King's entire universe, The Man in Black. We're cautiously optimistic. –Zach Dionne

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'It' (Sept. 8)

via Andrés Muschietti (@andy_muschietti on Instagram)

It—a proposed two-parter that hasn't officially confirmed its second part—won't be easy to pull off. The 1990 three-hour TV miniseries was divisive—except for Tim Curry as Pennywise, a portrayal that Hemlock Grove's Bill Skarsgård will steer away from. The good news is that young Finn Wolfhard is here to lend Mama director Andrés Muschietti some '80s-appropriate Stranger Things magic, and that Stephen King's novel is such a career-definer that its legacy cannot be meddled with. –Zach Dionne

Read Fuse's Complete Guide to the It Remake here.

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'Justice League' (Nov. 17)

Justice League is DC Comics' fourth entry into the DCEU following Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman. DC has endured endless scrutiny for its movies as it competes with the superhero king, also known as Marvel. While it looks to be cast well (Jason Momoa as Aquaman? Yes please), whether or not the story is actually good still stands to be determined. Of course us nerds will give it a chance, but DC has a lot to prove. –Malikah A. Shabazz

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'Star Wars: Episode VIII’ (Dec. 15)

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The still-unsubtitled VIII is even more hotly anticipated than 2015’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens—the first Star Wars film in 11 years, the start of a new trilogy, the entrypoint into a post–George Lucas galaxy far, far away. We now know and love our new heroes, we're dying to find out what's up with them, to meet Old Luke. We know the significance The Empire Strikes Back placed on the second movie in a respectable Star Wars trilogy. And we know J.J. Abrams handed the podracer reigns to writer/director Rian Johnson, whose unique brilliance and enthusiasm was cemented with geeks by the time of 2012’s Looper–Zach Dionne 

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'Jumanji' (Dec. 22)

via Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real on Instagram)

'90s kids, rejoice once again! The beloved safari-fantasy game comes back to life with this upcoming reboot starting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Now 22 years after the original was released, we're excited too see how much CGI has improved, similar to how the new Jurassic World was that much more realistic than Park–Jeff Benjamin

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