Movies that Should be on Your Radar

With all the amazing books coming out in the next few months, it’s hard to remember that as teen services specialists we need to be aware of the amazing (and mediocre) movies that are coming to theaters as well. Not only do our teens expect us to have a passing knowledge of what’s coming out and what’s on their radar, but also having that knowledge can help us build better programming and displays that will catch their interests and bring in those who might not have thought about the library before. Some of my best programs have been based around movies, such as physics and car building and racing with reference to The Fast and the Furious series, tied in with showing the newest in the series on DVD, for example.

Here is just a sampling of the movies that should be on your radar.

There is no shortage of books being made into movies in 2017. Already we’ve seen Hidden Figures and A Dog’s Purpose. 

  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver comes out March 6
  • Beauty and the Beast based on the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont comes out March 17
  • RJ Palacio’s Wonder comes out April 7
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul comes out May 19
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is set for May 19.
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey comes out June 2.  
  • Let It Snow, by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle hits theaters in November.
  • House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanani is set for a fall 2017 release.



These are the ones that are based on graphic novels, anime, and manga which have teens and young adults talking like crazy. Mine are going nuts about them, waiting for midnight shows for some, but they could pass on others. Nevertheless, these should be on your radar because you’re going to be asked questions about storylines, where they fit in within various universes, and plot angles.

  • Logan- March 3
  • Power Rangers- March 24
  • Ghost in the Shell- March 31
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2- May 5 (Free Comic Book Day Movie)
  • Wonder Woman- June 2 (and all eyes will be on this one and Justice League for DC to earn its keep against Marvel)
  • Spiderman: Homecoming- July 7
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets- July 21
  • Justice League-November 22


This is where to put the ones that you never know how teens are going to take.  Some of mine are really into them right now, some are over them because there are a bazillion that have been done. Some are completely past the buzz, and some are getting pulled in. These could be contenders or flops. These also include a few graphic novels that may have played out their welcome.

  • Kong: Skull Island- March 10
  • Fate of the Furious (Fast and the Furious 8)- April 14
  • Alien: Covenant- May 19
  • The Mummy- June 9
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle- October 6
  • Thor: Ranganok- November 3


Depending on the age range, maturity, and interests of your teens, these movies can skew younger or older. I know some of mine have followed Gru and his minions and are anxiously awaiting the next installment while others have read everything Stephen King has put out since they found him on the shelf, and have been debating casting of all of his movies. Your mileage with your teens may vary.

  • The LEGO Batman Movie- February 10
  • Cars 3- June 16
  • Despicable Me 3- June 30
  • War for the Planet of the Apes- July 14
  • Stephen King’s The Dark Tower- July 28
  • Stephen King’s IT- September 8
  • LEGO Ninjago Movie- September 22

What’s your favorite programming to do around movies? Share with us in the comments!

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