It’s going to be a huge year for movies; we’ve got another main-series Star Wars film coming later in the year, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and many, many more. 

There’s a lot to see here, is my point, and things are kicking off early. This month alone will have some pretty big releases, including…


Hugh Jackman’s last time in the role he’s been playing for 17 years (for real this time) comes out on Friday, March 3, and it looks good. Evidently, the critics like it, too, because as of this writing it’s sitting at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Oh, and Patrick Stewart (Professor X) loved it so much that he’s also decided that it’s the perfect end for his character and his role in the series and won’t be returning.

Planning on bringing the kids? You might want to reconsider; this movie is rated R and early reviews indicate that it’s definitely earned the rating by featuring a whole lot of maiming.

Kong: Skull Island

Kong’s back! Granted, it hasn’t been very long since he left, but this iteration looks like a lot of fun, so I think we can let it slide.

First things first: this Kong is massive. The last one wasn’t exactly a little fella, but this one is comparable to Godzilla, which is probably a good thing because they’re getting their own crossover movie in a couple of years. Tonally, the trailers make it seem like a bit of a throwback—a big, fun action movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s a good thing.

Finally, the cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, and John C. Reilly, which is a pretty great cast for any movie but an incredible one for a giant monster movie.

Beauty and the Beast

Along with Aladdin and The Lion King (which is also getting the live action treatment), Beauty and the Beast was very likely one of the most-watched movies in the 90s. There was a period where you couldn’t walk into a store without seeing Belle, Beast, or Mrs. Potts merchandise.

‘Course, that was before Elsa, Rapunzel, and the newer Disney princesses took over. Thing is, Disney knows a thing or two about making money, and they figured there was a pretty good chance that fans young and old would be all over a live action remake of their animated hit. That’s a safe bet.

The movie would very likely be a big hit regardless of who they cast, but with seemingly universally beloved Emma Watson as Belle, they’ve pretty much guaranteed it. Plus, even if the movie doesn’t make a billion dollars at the box office, Disney gets to put out an entirely new line of Beauty and the Beast merchandise, and we get to feel like it’s the early 90s all over again.