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: 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), also known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US. 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 (less-than) 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: 18 August 2017
  • Director: Patrick Hughes
  • Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Salma Hayek

Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard who must look after Samuel L Jackson's hitman before he testifies in court - cue much hilarity and much swearing. This is the red band trailer, so also contains many an MF bomb, so be careful with playing it out loud. 

  • UK release date: 18 August 2017
  • Director: Nikolaj Arcel
  • Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick

Based on the Stephen King series of novels, Sony will hope that it has a major franchise on its hands with the first chapter. There are eight books in total, after all.

  • UK release date: 1 September 2017
  • Director: Scott Buck (created by)
  • Stars: Sonya Balmores, Isabelle Cornish, Eme Ikwuakor 

Although it is, strictly speaking, a superhero TV series from Marvel, due to be screened on ABC in the States, the first two episodes will be screened in IMAX cinemas globally. You'll have two weeks to go see them before the show officially starts on TV.

  • UK release date: 29 September 2017
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Stars: Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth

The sequel to one of the best comic book movie adaptations of recent times reunites Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Harry (Colin Firth) in an even more bombastic take on the James Bond spy genre. Superb stuff.

  • 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 - the trailer suggests it will.

  • UK release date: 27 October 2017
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston

As we race headlong towards the Infinity War and the mother of all star-studded crossovers, Thor finds himself stranded on a distant planet and up against former fellow Avenger The Hulk. Yes, Planet Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at last!

  • 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.

  • UK release date: 1 June 2018
  • Director: David Leitch
  • Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

Okay, so it's not coming out in 2017 and the above isn't technically a trailer - that sequence won't be in the final movie - but it's so funny we couldn't not include it. Roll on Deadpool 2. Oh yes!