We're finally into big movie season, with Easter now passed. That means the big blockbuster season is in full swing and there are plenty of major motion pictures in cinemas now and coming up over the next eight months.

There are returns for some much-loved comic book characters, some long-awaited sequels and a few movie debuts. Oh, and then there's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, of course.

So here's our pick of the big screen delights either about to hit cinemas or awaiting us later in 2017, all listed in release date order. We'll also update this round-up as new trailers emerge.

  • UK release date: 28 April 2017
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

The first Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the best film to have come from the Marvel stable so far - and that's including the excellent Avengers and Captain America flicks. The sequel, therefore, is highly anticipated and we can't wait to see if Baby Groot pushes the button.

  • UK release date: 19 May 2017
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco

Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise with this sequel to Prometheus and, therefore, prequel to Alien. It seems to have a similar pace to his 1979 original and could, therefore, be the best sci-fi horror film of the year.

  • UK release date: 26 May 2017
  • Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
  • Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem

The Pirates franchise returns with a fifth outing for Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp). Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg made their names directing on the Marco Polo TV series (currently on Netflix), so it'll look good at the very least.

  • UK release date: 2 June 2017
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

After stealing the limelight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and ahead of Justice League, Gal Gadot once again dons the star-spangled pants of Wonder Woman in an origin story that could well be better than most DC Comics-based movies of the last few years.

  • UK release date: 2 June
  • Director: Seth Gordon
  • Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario

Baywatch is back, albeit as a tongue-in-cheek, self-referential comedy. Seth Gordon directed the great Horrible Bosses (not the weaker sequel) so there's hope for some excellent comedy timing and set-pieces. And with The Rock and Zac Efron on board, what can go wrong?

  • UK release date: 9 June 2017
  • Director: Alex Kurtzman
  • Stars: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis

Universal reboots its monster series again, this time with Tom Cruise starring. Kurtzman hasn't got a long directorial history, but his writing CV includes Star Trek and Mission Impossible movies so it should at least be tightly packed with humour and action in equal measure.

  • UK release date: 23 June 2017
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Isabela Moner

Another Transformers movie - the fifth - and this time there's no Optimus Prime. Or is there? A massive cast is headed by Mark Wahlberg once again, with Humans' Gemma Chan joining the fun.

  • UK release date: 30 June 2017
  • Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon
  • Stars: Steve Carell, Kirstin Wiig, Trey Parker

The Minions was good, but this is what we want - another full on Despicable Me sequel. Gru discovers he has a twin brother, Dru and chaos ensues. Of course.

  • UK release date: 7 July 2017
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jnr

Spider-Man finally gets his own film as part of the Marvel cinematic universe. Loosely based on the Ultimate Spider-Man stories and fitting in with the current Marvel movie continuity, the new film (and trailer) looks like dispelling bad memories of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

  • UK release date: 14 July 2017
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer

The recent Planet of the Apes films have been excellent so far, so this third in the series welcome around these parts. Matt Reeves directs again after the respectable Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He's also attached to the future Batman solo film: The Batman.

  • UK release date: 14 July 2017
  • Director: Brian Fee
  • Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy

Pixar brings back Cars yet again, which will excite younger ones as they clamour over the toys once more. Perhaps with a knowing wink, the plot focuses on the replacement of Lightning McQueen as the best racer on the circuit, and his subsequent quest to get back on top.

  • UK release date: 21 July 2017
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Stars: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Brannagh

We fully expect Saving Private Ryan style realism and shocks in this telling of one of World War II's biggest and most infamous battles. It also stars Harry Stiles from One Direction, don't you know?

  • UK release date: 4 August 2017
  • Director: Tony Leondis
  • Stars: Steven Wright, TJ Miller, James Cordon

Sir Patrick Stewart plays the Poop emoji. 'Nuff said.

  • UK release date: 11 August 2017
  • Director: David Leitch
  • Stars: Charlize Theron, Sofia Boutella, James McAvoy

Based on The Coldest City, a graphic novel authored by the writer of the Dead Space games, Antony Johnston, Atomic Blonde is a hard hitting, adult spy movie based in the cold war period. The red band trailer is especially revealing.

  • UK release date: 6 October 2017
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Stars: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto

Blade Runner returns after many years with Ryan Gosling taking on the role of an investigator out to find Harrison Ford's Deckard 30 years after the events of the first film. After directing Sicario and the superb Arrival, we have high hopes that Villeneuve's style will live up to the original.

  • UK release date: 17 November 2017
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill

Please don't be rubbish. Please don't be rubbish. Please don't be...

  • UK release date: 15 December 2017
  • Director: Rian Johnson
  • Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

After the brief prequel excursion of Rogue One - out now on Blu-ray - we get the next chapter in the latest trilogy. And we cannot wait.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, otherwise known as Episode VIII, will start with Rey's meeting with Luke Skywalker and presumably chart her path to becoming a Jedi. Or perhaps not, if rumours are to be believed.

Sections Apps TV