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17 Through ’17: Passengers

Here’s our list of 17 not to be missed movies to see starting next month and through the end to 2017.  Each day we will bring you the next on the list.  These are in chronological order of release date, not any specific ranking of hype or expectations.  We leave that up to the reader!

Let’s get started . . .

Note: All release dates are subject to change.

Passengers Poster


Opens:  December 21, 2016
Rated:  PG-13
Director:  Morten Tyldum
Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

Passengers, based on a hot script written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is a bit of an enigma.  The script appeared on Hollywood’s “Black List,” which is a survey of the “most liked” (not necessarily the “best”) screenplays in Hollywood. But is it a “romance in space” movie, or an adventure/survival in space with romance driving the characters? Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers on-board the starship Avalon transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination.  Passengers follow on the heels of Rogue One by only five days.  This could be its undoing . . .

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Hype: Jennifer and Chris, two of the most popular actors currently working in Hollywood.  Her for Hunger Games, him for (mostly) Guardians of the Galaxy.  Is it enough to carry the movie?  See The Caution . . .

The Caution:  Jennifer and Chris.  The common fear is that weak scripts are often hidden by big stars.  Passengers is no exception to this rule.  Very little is known about the story other than it was a “hot script” in Hollywood.  Every time I watch the trailer I get the feeling I’m watching Wall*E without the robots, and for the most part generational ship stories are not proven outside of science fiction literature.  Lastly, as noted above, its release follows Rogue One by only five days!  The possibility of cinematic suicide is very high.

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