Spring Movies Preview 2017

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Spring Movie Preview 2017: Films Representing SCA Alums We Can't Wait to See!


The Founder

Release Date: January 20, 2017

John Schwartzman, Cinematographer

The film tells the true story of an Illinois salesman named Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) who made McDonald’s one of the biggest fast-food restaurants in the world.

Patriots Day

Release Date: January 20, 2017

Daphne Lambrinou ’05, Associate Producer

Patriots Day tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath.


Release Date: January 27, 2017

Robert Elswit ’75, Cinematographer

An unlucky businessman (Matthew McConaughey) teams up with a geologist (Edgar Ramírez) to find gold in the Indonesian jungle.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

Release Date: January 20, 2017

Vince Filippone ’93, Editor

In this follow-up to the 2002 actioner, daredevil Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) returns to action to recover a sinister weapon called Pandora’s Box.

Fifty Shades Darker

Release Date: February 10, 2017

James Foley ’79, Director
John Schwartzman, Cinematographer

When Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) entices a hesitant Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she must confront the former women in his life.

Fist Fight

Release Date: February 17, 2017

Shawn Levy ’94, Executive Producer

Mild-mannered English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) crosses his much tougher colleague Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an afterschool fight.

The Great Wall

Release Date: February 17, 2017

Charles Roven, Producer
Doug Miro ’97, Writer

A group of mercenaries and an elite force join forces to defend the Great Wall against monsters that attack it every 60 years.

Rock Dog

Release Date: February 24, 2017

Kurt Voelker, Writer

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of the wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff named Bodi, he leaves home to explore the music world and become a musician.

John Wick: Chapter Two

Release Date: February 10, 2017

Chad Stahelski ’90, Director
Evan Schiff ’04, Cinematographer

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) gets a large bounty put on his head.

Kong: Skull Island

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Alex Garcia ’99, Producer

A team of explorers and soldiers trek to an island in the Pacific where they encounter King Kong.

Before I Fall

Release Date: March 3, 2017

Michael Fimognari ’01, Cinematographer

17-year-old Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is killed in a car accident and is stuck reliving her last day for over a week, in order to find out the truth about her death.

The Boss Baby

Release Date: March 31, 2017

James Ryan ’95, Editor

A suit-wearing baby (Alex Baldwin) teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the CEO of Puppy Co. (Steve Buscemi) from destabilizing the balance of love in the world.


Release Date: March 24, 2017

David Ellison, Producer

A six-member crew of the International Space Station find evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars.

The Wall

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Doug Liman, Director

Two American soldiers are trapped in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper with nothing but a wall separating them.

Step Sisters

Release Date: March 31, 2017

Christopher Baffa, Cinematographer

A black sorority girl (Megalyn Echikunwoke) agrees to teach the art of black Greek to party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked, in a bid to get admitted into Harvard.

The Fate of the Furious

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Neal H. Moritz ‘85, Producer

In this eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, the crew try to live a normal life until a mysterious woman seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) back into an escapable world of crime where he and his crew must face trials that will test them like never before.

The Circle

Release Date: April 28, 2017

Neal H. Moritz ’85, Producer

A young woman (Emma Watson) lands a job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, where she finds herself involved in issues of privacy, surveillance, and freedom.


Release Date: April 21, 2017

Caleb Deschanel ’69, Cinematographer

Divorced and mentally unstable, a woman (Katherine Heigl) sets out to make the life of her ex-husband’s new wife a living hell.


Release Date: April 7, 2017

Brett Marnell ’89, Producer

When a young street musician (Jacob Latimore) gets in too deep with illegal activities to keep a roof over his and his sister’s heads, his sister is taken and he must use magic to rescue her.

How to be a Latin Lover

Release Date: April 28, 2017

John Bailey, Cinematographer

A former lothario (Eugenio Derbez) whose made a career of seducing rich, older women, moves in with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) after being dumped after 25 years of marriage.