Every geek movie we're excited about in 2017

There are a lot of films for sci-fi, fantasy and action fans to get hyped for.

Richard Trenholm
Richard Trenholm was CNET's film and TV editor, covering the big screen, small screen and streaming. A member of the Film Critic's Circle, he's covered technology and culture from London's tech scene to Europe's refugee camps to the Sundance film festival.
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Blade Runner 2049
1 of 86 Stephen Vaughan

'Blade Runner 2049'

Denis Villeneuve directs Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in this belated sequel to the robotic sci-fi classic.

2 of 86 Jasin Boland/Marvel

'Thor: Ragnarok'

Marvel's Norse god puts the hammer down once again in the colourful "Thor: Ragnarok", directed by Taika WaititiTaika Waititi.

3 of 86 Warner Bros.

'Justice League'

DC brings together its finest superheroes, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and, er, some other ones. Zack Snyder directs.

4 of 86 Scott Garfield


Netflix's biggest action blockbuster to date stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in this tale of cops policing fantasy creatures.

5 of 86 20th Century Fox

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

Taron Egerton slips back into his tailored suit for this spy sequel. He's joined by Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum.

6 of 86 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema


Clowns had a big year in 2016, and they're back on the big screen with this adaptation of Stephen King's classic shocker.

7 of 86 James Dittiger/Netflix

'Death Note'

Lakeith Stanfield stars in Netflix's version of popular manga 'Death Note'.

8 of 86 Roland Neveu/Netflix

'First They Killed My Father'

Angelina Jolie directs this tragic true story of war and heartbreak in Cambodia.

9 of 86 Disney/Pixar


Pixar's latest animated adventure is inspired by the Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos.

10 of 86 Ingrid Goes West

'Ingrid Goes West'

Aubrey Plaza is an anti-social social media obsessive in this biting satire.

11 of 86 Jonathan Wenk

'Brad's Status'

Ben Stiller relives his youth in this comedy-drama on Amazon, also starring Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jemaine Clement.

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Alexander Skarsgård is a mute bartender in a teeming Berlin of the future in Duncan Jones' Netflix film.

13 of 86 Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)'

Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller appear in this heavyweight Netflix drama from writer/director Noah Baumbach.

14 of 86 How to Talk to Girls at Parties

'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

Nicole Kidman leads a gang of punks facing off with aliens in this Neil Gaiman adaptation.

15 of 86 Netflix


Frank Grillo makes his getaway in this action thriller from producer Joe Carnahan.

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"Independence Day" writer Dean Devlin makes his directorial debut as Gerard Butler (pictured) battles weather satellites.

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Kiefer Sutherland reprises his role from the 1990 film of the same name (pictured), in which medical students play with death.

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Honey, I shrunk Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in this comedy about a miniaturised couple. Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Sudeikis co-star.

19 of 86 Fox

'The Shape of Water'

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones star in the latest fantasia from visionary director Guillermo Del Toro, premiering in December.

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20 of 86 GWR/Star Max

'Wonder Wheel'

Woody Allen directs Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake in this 1950s-set drama.

Randy Quaid And Jack Nicholson In 'The Last Detail'
21 of 86 Getty Images

'The Last Flag Flying'

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne star in this belated sequel to the raucous 1973 film that starred Randy Quaid and Jack Nicholson (pictured).

22 of 86 A24

'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell appear in this surreal fever dream from Yorgos Lanthimos, director of "The Lobster".

23 of 86 Sony Pictures

'Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars'

It's a bug's life for Johnny Rico and his Starship Troopers in this animated spin-off from the 1997 sci-fi/war/satire movie.

24 of 86 DC Comics

'Professor Marston & the Wonder Women'

This fascinating documentary looks into the origins of Wonder Woman and the colourful life of her creator William Moulton Marston.

25 of 86 Open Road Films


Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon lend their dulcet tones to this animated sci-fi story about space monkeys.

26 of 86 Columbia


Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are sucked into a board game in this remake of the 1995 Robin Williams movie.

27 of 86 Universal

'American Made'

Tom Cruise joins "Bourne Identity" director Doug Liman to tell this true-life story of 1980s drug smuggling and CIA dirty dealings.

28 of 86 Disney

'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Director Rian Johnson takes us to a galaxy far, far away for the continuing adventures of Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and Luke and Leia. Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast from "Episode VII: The Force Awakens", while Tom Hardy has a secret cameo.

29 of 86 Universal

'Get Out'

Comic Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele fame) had a huge hit with this satirical horror story starring Daniel Kaluuya (pictured).

30 of 86 Warner Bros.

'Wonder Woman'

Gal Gadot is the Amazon princess Wonder Woman turned amazing superhero in DC's World War I-era adventure. Chris Pine co-stars in this wondrous hit.

31 of 86 Warner Bros.


Christopher Nolan goes to war in "Dunkirk", a critically-acclaimed story of the British army's escape from Europe before the onslaught of Hitler's troops early in World War II. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and pop star Harry Styles don tin hats.

32 of 86 TriStar

'Baby Driver'

After dropping out of "Ant-Man" at the eleventh hour, director Edgar Wright (pictured) finally returned to movie theatres with music-driven getaway adventure "Baby Driver", starring Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey.

33 of 86 20th Century Fox

'Hidden Figures'

The true story of the women who helped send NASA into space proved to be huge commercial and critical hit.

34 of 86 Jason Robinette

'Marjorie Prime'

Jon Hamm appeared as a holgram -- or holo-hamm -- in "Marjorie Prime".

35 of 86 20th Century Fox

'War for the Planet of the Apes'

Andy Serkis once again dons the motion capture suit for more monkey business in the excellent "War for the Planet of the Apes".

36 of 86 20th Century Fox


Hugh Jackman is Wolverine and Patrick Stewart is Professor X once again in a critically-acclaimed story inspired by the post-apocalyptic comic "Old Man Logan".

37 of 86 Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures

'Kong: Skull Island'

Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson go ape in this 1970s-set 3D blockbuster. Based on the 1933 film "King Kong", it's intended to start a crossover series pitting Kong against Godzilla.

38 of 86 Warner Bros.

'John Wick: Chapter 2'

Keanu Reeves is back in gun-toting action for heavy-hitting hitman sequel "John Wick 2".

39 of 86 Disney

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Javier Bardem joins the crew of the pirate series with Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush for more piratical skulduggery.

40 of 86 Warner Bros.

'The Girl With All the Gifts'

Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine star in "The Girl With All the Gifts", a zombie movie with brains and bite.

The Girl With All the Gifts

41 of 86 Sony

'The Dark Tower'

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey headline this critically-panned adaptation of Stephen King's series of novels.

42 of 86 EuropaCorp

'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'

Twenty years after "The Fifth Element", Luc Besson returns for more eye-popping sci-fi action in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets". Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna bring their space suits, but critics and audiences were less than impressed.

43 of 86 Universal


M Night Shyamalan directs James McAvoy, James McAvoy and James McAvoy as a psychopath with multiple personalities in this entertaining thriller.

44 of 86 Columbia


Astronauts Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds get into trouble on a space station.

45 of 86 Paramount

'Ghost in the Shell'

Scarlett Johansson headlines this visually lavish (and controversial) live-action adaptation of the legendary manga by Masamune Shirow. Japanese superstar Takeshi Kitano co-stars.

46 of 86 Disney

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

Groot and the gang return in Marvel's smash hit sci-fi sequel.

47 of 86 Disney

'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

After a cameo in "Civil War", Tom Holland makes his first full outing as Marvel's friendly neighbourhood wallcrawler.

48 of 86 EuropaCorp

'The Circle'

Tom Hanks and Emma Watson headline this adaptation of Dave Eggers' cautionary novel about the world of technology companies, surveillance and Silicon Valley. Sadly it proved to be a dud.

49 of 86 Disney

'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney's latest live-action remake sees Emma Watson looking past Dan Stevens' looks. Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson lend their voices to the crockery in the year's biggest hit.

50 of 86 Pixar

'Cars 3'

Lightning McQueen gets back on track in Pixar's speedy sequel.

51 of 86 Studio Canal

'Free Fire'

Ben Wheatley directs Cillian Murphy in this retro gunfest.

52 of 86 Scott Garfield

'Why Him?'

Bryan Cranston goes from "Breaking Bad" to grumpy dad, taking on James Franco's obnoxious tech millionaire.

53 of 86 Warner Bros.

'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'

After sexing up Sherlock Holmes, director Guy Ritchie recruits "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam to pull the sword from the stone in this gritty action re-imagining. Jude Law, Eric Bana and David Beckham co-star.

54 of 86 Claire Folger

'Manchester by the Sea'

Casey Affleck stars in this heavyweight drama, which took home and a hatful of Oscars and comes to Amazon Video after its theatrical run.

55 of 86 Paramount

'Transformers: The Last Knight'

Michael Bay directs Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and an army of giant robots.

56 of 86 Lions Gate/Saban

'Power Rangers'

Go go Power Rangers! Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks join the high-kicking reboot of the colour-coded '90s martial arts franchise.

57 of 86 Universal

'The Fate of the Furious'

The fast and furious franchise heads for New York and Havana, with Jason Statham and Charlize Theron taking on Vin Diesel's car-jacking crew.

58 of 86 Universal/Legendary

'The Great Wall'

Matt Damon chases dragons in historical China in this US-Chinese co-production.

59 of 86 Warner Bros.

'The Lego Batman Movie'

Will Arnett once again voices the caped crusader in this brick-built animated comedy.

60 of 86 Screen Gems

'Underworld: Blood Wars'

Kate Beckinsale vamps it up once again in the fifth in the blood-sucking action series, directed by cinematographer Anna Foerster.

61 of 86 Mark Mann/CNET

'The Emoji Movie'

T. J. Miller, Ilana Glazer and James Corden voice this animated adventure. Heart-eyes emoji.

62 of 86 Lego

'The Lego Ninjago Movie'

Kicks and bricks abound in this animated adventure based on the popular toy.

63 of 86 Universal

'The Mummy'

Tom Cruise wants his mummy in the first of a planned series reviving Universal's stable of famous monsters. Russell Crowe co-stars as Dr Jekyll.

64 of 86 20th Century Fox

'Alien: Covenant'

Ridley Scott bridges the gap between "Prometheus" and the "Alien" movies with the help of Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Carmen Ejogo.

65 of 86 Paramount

'Friday the 13th'

Yes, another one.

66 of 86 20th Century Fox

'A Cure for Wellness'

Gore Verbinski directs this atmospheric drama.

67 of 86 FilmMagic

'God Particle'

An international cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pictured), Daniel Brühl, Chris O'Dowd, Zhang Ziyi and David Oyelowo face horror on a space station. JJ Abrams produces.

68 of 86 Kimberley French

'Monster Trucks'

Monsters meet trucks in this live-action kids' caper starring Lucas Till.

69 of 86 Amazon

'The Lost City of Z'

Charlie Hunnam and Tom Holland appear in Amazon's tale of real-life 1920s explorers.

70 of 86 ABC photo archives

'The Six Billion Dollar Man'

Inflation kicks in for Mark Wahlberg as he takes on the starring role from the classic 1970s TV show "The Six Million Dollar Man", which starred Lee Majors as the pricey cyborg (pictured).

71 of 86 Paramount

'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

Vin Diesel gets xxxtreme in this bonkers action sequel.

72 of 86 Orion

'The Belko Experiment'

Low-budget office-based horror written by "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn.

73 of 86 STX

'The Space Between Us'

Two teens find themselves in a star-crossed romance (literally) that spans Earth and Mars.

74 of 86 Screen Gems

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter'

Milla Jovovich kicks ass in the sixth (and final?) movie based on the video game franchise.

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The White King

Based on the acclaimed novel by György Dragomán, this tale of life in a futuristic totalitarian regime stars Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn.

76 of 86 Open Road Films

'Blazing Samurai'

An all-star cast including Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Yeoh, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, George Takei and Mel B lend their voices to this animated martial arts adventure.

77 of 86 Hasbro

'My Little Pony: The Movie'

Pop star Sia saddles up for this animated equestrian adventure based on the TV show "Friendship Is Magic".

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'Red Sparrow'

Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton are steamy spies in this adaptation of the novel by former CIA officer Jason Matthews.

79 of 86 David James

'The Wall'

Amazon produced this Doug Liman thriller in which John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson fight a battle of wits with a sniper.

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Sam Neill and Tom Payne from "The Walking Dead" hack the human brain in this indie sci-fi actioner.

81 of 86 Open Road Films


Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones hit the road in this action movie about a getaway driver.

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'Atomic Blonde'

Charlize Theron and James McAvoy are spies playing a deadly game of cat and mouse in Berlin.

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Dax Shepard and Michael Peña get on their bikes in this remake of the classic motorcycle cop show (pictured).

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'Patient Zero'

Former "Doctor Who" and "Game of Thrones" stars Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer go viral in a zombie movie with a twist.

85 of 86 ​Netflix


Bong-Joon-ho follows up the underrated "Snowpiercer" with this new flick for Netflix starring Lily Collins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, "Walking Dead" star Steven Yeun and Giancarlo Esposito from "Breaking Bad".

86 of 86 Turbo Films

'Zashchitniki' ('Guardians')

It may not actually come to English-speaking countries, but keep an eye out for this Russian superhero movie anyway. It looks nuts, in the best possible way.

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