In just one short week, director Rian Johnson has taken his new Star Wars film from one of the most highly anticipated films in the saga to one of the most divisive. In so doing, he has created a bold and original take on the franchise, one that sees a return to the original film’s roots in some important thematic ways.
2016 was a crazy year, with some of the most anticipated films being the most disappointing (Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse), while other unexpected films, such as Arrival and Kubo and the Two Strings came out to steal the light. So what will the winners be for 2017? Here are some picks to keep an eye on.