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Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors. And looking at the upcoming season's release schedule, there’s no reason to think that 2017 won’t deliver wonders for our eyes and ears. From old favorites (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious”) to shiny new confections (Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” the CW’s “Riverdale”), the year to come does what all new years do: dangle promise before us, daring us to reach for it.

Here are the movies and television shows that the L.A. Times’ Calendar staff are most excited to see in 2017. We don’t know if any of them will be any good, but we can’t wait to find out.

(Reminder: Release and premiere dates subject to change.)

Movies

Movie preview: Films opening through April 21

"A Dog's Purpose," from left; "Logan"; "Unforgettable"; and "The Lego Batman Movie." (Joe Lederer / Universal Pictures | Ben Rothstein / Twentieth Century Fox | Karen Ballard / Warner | Warner Bros. Pictures)
"A Dog's Purpose," from left; "Logan"; "Unforgettable"; and "The Lego Batman Movie." (Joe Lederer / Universal Pictures | Ben Rothstein / Twentieth Century Fox | Karen Ballard / Warner | Warner Bros. Pictures)

Below are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change. Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” (Jan. 13) and “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” (2017 TBA) fall outside of this window

Jan. 20

Alone in Berlin

After their son is killed in World War II, a middle-aged German couple become activists spreading an anti-Nazi message across the city via postcards. With Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl. Written and directed by Vincent Perez, based on the novel "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada. IFC Films

Antarctica: Ice and Sky

French glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose work provided evidence of man-made global climate change, is profiled in this documentary. Directed by Luc Jacquet. Music Box Films

Detour

A overly trusting law student allows a violent couple to play on his suspicions that his stepfather arranged the car crash that left his mother in a coma. With Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley. Written and directed by Christopher Smith. Magnet Releasing

The Founder

Michael Keaton stars as McDonald's impresario Ray Kroc, who turned a Southern California burger joint into a billion-dollar business. With Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini. Written by Robert D. Siegel. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Weinstein Co.

The Red Turtle

Stranded on an island with turtles, crabs and birds, a man experiences the milestones of being human in this silent animated film. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. Sony Pictures Classics

Split

A man with 23 distinct personalties struggles with an emerging 24th that threatens to dominate the others. With James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Universal Pictures

Staying Vertical

A carefree filmmaker becomes a single father after he is seduced by a bohemian shepherdess. With Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphäel Thiéry. Written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. Strand Releasing

Trespass Against Us

The patriarch of a British crime family stops at nothing to keep his son in line when he begins thinking of another way of life for his own family. With Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshall, Killian Scott, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris. Written by Alastair Siddons. Directed by Adam Smith. A24

Worlds Apart

Three foreigners each find love with a Greek in this triptych set against the socio-economic turmoil of contemporary Greece. With J. K. Simmons, Christopher Papakaliatis (as Christoforos Papakaliatis), Andrea Osvárt. Written and Directed by Christopher Papakaliatis. Cinema Libre Studio

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

Vin Diesel returns for his third outing as a former extreme sports star turned government agent embroiled in a global conspiracy. With Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson. Written by F. Scott Frazier, based on characters created by Rich Wilkes. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Paramount Pictures

Also: The Axe Murders of Villisca Horror. IFC Midnight … Bakery in Brooklyn Comedy. Gravitas Ventures Doobious Sources Comedy. Gravitas Ventures … My Father, Die Thriller. FilmRise Sailor Moon the Movie R Animated. Eleven Arts Saving Banksy Documentary. Parade Deck Films

Jan. 27

A Dog's Purpose

The meaning of life is explored through one pooch and his humans. With Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad. Written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky; based on the novel by Cameron. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Universal Pictures

Fall

Michael Murphy portrays an elderly Roman Catholic priest whose life is shaken by a disturbing visit from the past. With Suzanne Clement. Written and directed by Terrance Odette. Breaking Glass Pictures

Gold

Matthew McConaughey plays a prospector who teams with a geologist to hunt for treasure in the untamed jungles of Indonesia. With Bryce Dallas Howard. Written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. TWC - Dimension

I Am Michael

James Franco stars in this story of the gay rights activist Michael Glatze, who had a religious awakening, renounced his former life and became a Christian pastor. With Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts. Written and directed by Justin Kelly, based on a New York Times article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. Brainstorm Media

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

The sixth and culminating episode in the action-horror franchise once again stars Milla Jovovich as the zombie-slaying Alice, returning to the Hive, where it all began. With Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts. Written and Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Screen Gems

The Salesman

Forced to change apartments, a young Iranian couple in Tehran find their lives upended by violence linked to a previous tenant. With Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. Amazon Studios / Cohen Media Group

Strike a Pose

A documentary look at seven male dancers, six gay, one straight, who were part of Madonna's 1990 "Truth or Dare" tour. Featuring Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes III, Salim "Slam" Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea, Sue Trupin, Carlton Wilborn. Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. Bond/360

Also: Get the Girl Comedy. Vertical Entertainment Kung Fu Yoga Action comedy with Jackie Chan. Well Go USA Lost in Florence Romantic drama. Orion Pictures Midsummer in Newtown Documentary. Participant Media / Vulcan Productions Paris 05:59 Romantic drama. Wolfe Releasing Sophie and the Rising Sun Drama with Julianne Nicholson and Margo Martindale. Monterey Media The Sunshine Makers Documentary. FilmRise They Call Us Monsters Documentary. Matson Films

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