2017: The Last Movies of the Year

By: Carter Caldwell

As 2017 ends, a handful of films still are set to make their way into theaters.  Among these latecomers are The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water, and Wonder Wheel, all of which were released on 1 December.

Those coming up are I, Tonya and Just Getting Started are set to hit theaters on 8 December.  Neon Studio’s I, Tonya is the story of figure skater Tonya Harding, who infamously hired a man to break the leg of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, at the 1994 National Figure Skating Championship.  Meanwhile, Just Getting Started tells the story of Morgan Freeman’s Duke Diver, an ex-lawyer who goes up against a local mafia.

A week after that, on 15 December, Lucasfilm and Disney will release their much-anticipated film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Blue Sky Studios will risk sharing a date with (possibly) 2017’s biggest film by releasing Ferdinand on the same date.  Ferdinand is a modern take on Leaf and Lawson’s 1936 book The Story of Ferdinand.

20 December will see the release of Columbia’s Jumanji sequel, which boasts an all-star cast of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan.  Additionally, Hugh Jackman’s take on P. T. Barnum will make an appearance in the form of The Greatest Showman.   Jackman will be joined on-screen by former Disney Channel darlings Zac Efron and Zendaya.

Just two days later, a slew of studios will be releasing films.  All the Money in the World, Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3, Father Figures, The Post, Bright, Crooked House, and Hostiles are all scheduled to come out on 22 December.  All of the films for that day are headlined by big name celebrities, including Matt Damon, Will Smith, Glenn Close, Tom Hanks, and Anna Kendrick.

Finally, Christmas day will see out two dramas, Molly’s Game and Phantom Thread.  In Molly’s Game, Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, a real-life underground poker ringleader who was targeted by the FBI.  Its competition, Phantom Thread, is a period film set in 1950’s London.  Phantom Thread is reportedly the last film for actor Daniel Day-Lewis.


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