It's that time of the year where the seasons turn again, and not only does that mean getting out the jumpers and turning up the heating; it also means there's a whole new movie season to look forward to. Yes it's fall, and that means the end of summer blockbuster season, and a time that many film-lovers look forward to as it's not only littered with intriguing small releases, but also a number of huge ones taking advantage of the space in the calendar and the rainy days that drive us all to the cinema. So again, without further ado, here's a brief look at all of the wide-release movies gracing our screens from now through December 2017. Once you've had a read, let us know which you're most excited for in the comments below, and add your most anticipated to your FilmFed watchlist.
- Horror/adventure 'It (2017)' from Andy Muschietti. Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard.
- Romance 'Home Again (2017)' from Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky.
- Mystery 'The Limehouse Golem (2017)' from Juan Carlos Medina. Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays.
- Action 'American Assassin (2017)' from Michael Cuesta. Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch.
- Horror 'Mother! (2017)' from Darren Aronofsky. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer.
- Action 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)' from Matthew Vaughn. Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges.
- Animation 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017)' from Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan. Starring: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani.
- Drama 'Battle of the Sexes (2017)' from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming.
- Enter October - the month that this year marks the return of 'Blade Runner' after thirty-five years of absence from our screens. Indeed, Ridley Scott's cult classic is getting a sequel, and it's not just the return of Harrison Ford and the eerie dystopian future that's got everyone talking. No in fact the amount of new talent involved in the making of 'Blade Runner 2049 (2017)' is frankly exceptional as it's not only directed by Arrival's Denis Villenueve (who's also bringing his infamous cinematographer Roger Deakins along) but it also stars Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas and Jared Leto, and if the trailers are anything to go by, it looks very cool indeed.
- Drama 'The Mountain Between Us (2017)' from Hany Abu-Assad. Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet.
- Animation 'My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)' from Jayson Thiessen. Starring: Uzo Aduba, Ashleigh Ball, Emily Blunt.
- Drama '6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (2017)' from Scott Waugh. Starring: Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, Sarah Dumont.
- Action 'The Foreigner (2017)' from Martin Campbell. Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Michael McElhatton, Katie Leung, Charlie Murphy.
- Thriller 'Happy Death Day (2017)' from Christopher B. Landon. Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine.
- Drama 'Marshall (2017)' from Reginald Hudlin. Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens.
- Drama 'Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)' from Angela Robinson. Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, JJ Feild.
- Comedy 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)' from Tyler Perry. Starring: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely.
- Disaster-movie 'Geostorm (2017)' from Dean Devlin. Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Daniel Wu.
- Drama 'Only the Brave (2017)' from Joseph Kosinski. Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch.
- Drama 'Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)' from Michael Carney. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger.
- Thriller 'The Snowman (2017)' from Tomas Alfredson. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Jones, J. K. Simmons.
- Think Marvel and you might start to point your finger at summer, but last year's 'Doctor Strange' proved that they can pull a hit at any time of year. So enter 'Thor: Ragnarok (2017);' the third movie in their Thor series that looks as though it will very much up the stakes from his previous two films. Yes anyone disappointed with other Asgardian outings may well be excited to hear that this film not only plays a huge part in building towards 'Avengers: Infinity War,' but it's also directed by Taika Waititi - a guy best known for his comedic genius in the likes of 'The Hunt for the Wilderpeople' and 'What we do in the Shadows.' That may not sound like the ideal pick for an end-of-worlds blockbuster (after all, that is what "Ragnarok" means) but the trailers show how a blend of brilliant madness and Marvel magic has the potential for genuine brilliance. Also, the cast (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins) are probably Marvel's strongest yet, so I think it's fairly safe to say that we can watch this space in anticipation for Marvel to deliver another piece of cosmic sci-fi madness with an awful lot of great humour to match.
- Comedy 'A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)' from Scott Moore and Jon Lucas. Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn.
- Comedy 'Daddy's Home 2 (2017)' from Sean Anders. Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson.
- Mystery 'Murder on the Orient Express (2017)' from Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley.
- We'll have seen what Marvel have to offer by this stage, so now it's the turn of DC and Warner Bros who - hot on the success of the brilliant 'Wonder Woman,' - are bringing us their Avengers-style team-up 'Justice League (2017),' which will see Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) join forces with new heroes including The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to fight an unprecedented evil. Initially written and directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman) who later pulled out due to family trouble, the film has now been guided to its November finish line by none other than Avengers director Joss Whedon, so it will be interesting to see how the whole thing turns out. DC really need this to work, but hopefully for them Marvel's box office dominance won’t last too long and they'll be able to rake in the millions and deliver a well-realised film to truly keep their franchise on the map and ensure fans are hooked for their upcoming slate of solo follow-ups. Fingers crossed people, fingers crossed.
- Animation 'The Star (2017)' from Timothy Reckart. Starring: Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key.
- Drama 'Wonder (2017)' from Stephen Chbosky. Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.
- November really is the month for winter tentpoles, as Disney are bringing out their big family thanksgiving release just five days after 'Justice League,' and just three weeks after their own distribution 'Thor: Ragnarok.' Regardless though I'm sure Pixar's magic will again work its wonders as the film in question this time is 'Coco (2017)' which is based on the Mexican "Day of the Dead" festival and follows the story of a young boy who finds himself in the land of the dead proving his musical talent and unlocking the keys to his family history. If that reminds you of the premise behind 'The Book of Life,' then you're not alone, but hopefully director Lee Unkrich and the voice cast (who include Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt and Renée Victor) have worked enough Pixar magic to produce another great film to add to the studio's already impressive roster.
- Action 'Death Wish (2017)' from Eli Roth. Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue.
- Drama 'The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)' from Bharat Nalluri. Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce.
- Drama 'Molly's Game (2017)' from Aaron Sorkin. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner.
- Horror 'Polaroid (2017)' from Lars Klevberg. Starring: Madelaine Petsch, Javier Botet.
- Fantasy 'The Shape of Water (2017)' from Guillermo del Toro. Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones.
- Comedy 'The Disaster Artist (2017)' from James Franco. Starring: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie.
- Action 'Just Getting Started (2017)' from Ron Shelton. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Glenne Headly, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Joe Pantoliano.
- As has been the case for the last two years, rounding out this season will be the latest entry to the Star Wars universe, and this year of course it's Episode VIII - 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).' Yes it's time for the follow-up to The Force Awakens folks where we'll follow Rey and Finn and a whole bunch of these great characters on their journey against the First Order, where this time they'll be joined by Luke who we'll hopefully see reunited with Leia one last time. In that regard, it sure will be an emotional watch for fans after the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, but I can think of few people better to deliver a brilliant film for that than writer/director Rian Johnson (Looper) who seems to be building something truly spectacular that delves into the grey areas between the light and dark areas of the force. With cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis all returning, it looks set to be another great entry, and fans across the world will no doubt guide it to another box office success.
- Animation 'Ferdinand (2017)' from Carlos Saldanha. Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez.
- Adventure 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)' from Jake Kasdan. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan.
- Comedy 'Bastards (2017)' from Lawrence Sher. Starring: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close, J. K. Simmons.
- Drama 'Downsizing (2017)' from Alexander Payne. Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig.
- Comedy 'Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)' from Trish Sie. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld.
- Musical 'The Greatest Showman (2017)' from Michael Gracey. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya.
So there are the movies of fall 2017. Which are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below.