We’ve already filled you in on the films we’ve loved so far in 2017, and below, we’ve highlighted just a few that you should start to get excited about for the back half of the year.
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Obviously we’re not going to make a “most anticipated” list without getting some Star Wars in there. While last year’s Rogue One took a detour into the past, The Last Jedi promises to pick up right where The Force Awakens left off, bringing back our new favorite characters and adding some new ones besides, all under the stylish direction of Looper and Breaking Bad‘s Rian Johnson. Not for nothing, The Last Jedi will also be Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Leia. Bring tissues.
2. Call Me By Your Name
Okay, this one’s cheating a bit, as much of Team Mashable has already seen and loved Call Me By Your Name. But I’m telling you, guys: believe the hype. Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age romance is nothing short of exquisite, pulsing with life and heady with desire. Featuring career-making performances by Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name will leave you smiling through your tears.
3. Logan Lucky
Boy, Steven Soderbergh’s retirement from movies sure turned out to be a short one. Not that we’re complaining – to the contrary, Logan Lucky looks like an irresistible reminder of what we’ve missed in his absence. Imagine one of his Ocean’s movies, but set in the fast-paced world of NASCAR and populated by Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and scene-stealing Daniel Craig rocking a peroxide blond crewcut and a thick Southern accent. Need we say more?
4. The Disaster Artist
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is not a good movie. But if the hype out of SXSW can be trusted, James Franco’s movie about The Room is apparently a pretty good one. Franco, who’s spent so much of his career straining to be weird, seems like the perfect choice to direct and star in a movie about Wiseau, a strange and complicated man who gave the world a movie so singularly terrible, it’s gone on to become something of an icon in its own right.
5. Thor: Ragnarok
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has already had two home runs this year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Can Thor: Ragnarok continue that winning streak? Only Odin knows – but with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, and Tessa Thomspon in the cast, we aren’t about to bet against this one. Plus, if anyone can turn Chris Hemsworth into the comedy star he’s clearly meant to be, it’s gotta be What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi.