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Some decent films to keep the eyes peeled for this year

Niall McCann


Niall McCann



Some decent films to keep the eyes peeled for this year

New year, new me…. Nope. New Year new films? Yes, loads of them, by this stage we know a lot of them will be a load of old rubbish but not all of them will be.

What follows is a sort of round up of some of the upcoming films worth getting excited about in 2017.

Next week - music to keep the ears peeled for.

Alien: Covenant

Ok Prometheus was a load of crap, but is there anyone apart from me who is still holding out that this one won’t be?

Ok it’s just me but it’s not like I’m often wrong…oh wait.

Lean On Pete

From Andrew Haigh, director of the brilliant 45 Years comes this adaptation of the wonderful Willy Vlautin novel. Regular readers of this column will know of Vlautin’s work through his (now defunct) band Richmond Fontaine.

Lean on Pete is a racehorse; he and a 15-year-old boy journey from Portland, Oregon, to distant relatives in Wyoming.

The film features turns from Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Zahn amongst others.

Blade Runner 2049

After a hell of a long time we will get to return to the universe of one of the greatest ever sci-fi films, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

This time it’s Sicario’s Denis Villeneuve’s turn at the helm. Could be amazing and should be.


From Derek Cianfrance director of Blue Valentine, a change of pace here, this time the filmmaker is going down the quasi-documentary route with the story of a heavy metal drummer who perforates his eardrums while playing and must learn to adapt to and cope in a world he can no longer hear.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Five years since the pretty dreadful Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges director Martin McDonagh returns with this tale about a woman who goes to war with the local police following the death of a family member.


Michel Hazanavicius’s who made the Oscar winning The Artist has finished a biopic of Jean-Luc Godard, one of my favourite filmmakers.

It focuses on Godards relationship and subsequent marriage to the then 17-year-old actor Anne Wiazemsky. Louis Garrel plays Jean Luc, Stacy Martin plays Wiazemsky.

T2 Trainspotting

Is there anyone who is not excited about this one? Over a decade after Trainspotting’s release, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle are back.

With the ever brilliant Danny Boyle behind the lens, if this is not the ultimate return to form I’ll buy a hat and then eat it.

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Day Lewis movie

From the two men that brought us the sublime There Will Be Blood, not much is known about their upcoming as yet untitled project but chances are it will be an absolute gem.

These boys don’t let you down. Much.


A new film from the once wonderful Terence Mallick, given his last two films – To the Wonder and Knight of Cups – were appalling I won’t be having many sleepless nights lying awake with excitement about this, but we’re still a tad optimistic about this Austin music scene film.

It features Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara and Benicio del Toro. Could be genius, could be dreadful. We will soon know.


The latest film from Todd Haynes, it splices the story of a girl in 1920s New York who grows up to be Julianne Moore with a partially deaf boy in the 1970s Midwest.

Based on the novel by Brian Selznick, whose earlier book was adapted by Martin Scorsese as Hugo, Michelle Williams, one of the best actors on the planet co-stars.

You Were Never Really Here

The brilliant Lynne Ramsay’s first film since We Need to Talk about Kevin.

Her new film is about a war veteran whose attempts to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring go horribly wrong.

Joaquin Phoenix stars.

Join me next week for a rummage through what to expect from the music scene in 2017. You lucky people