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Michael Johnson

2016 proved just how dominant women can be in Hollywood. We had movies like 20th Century Women, Love & Friendship, Jackie and The Arrival forcing fans and studios to take notice. Women owned the silver screen, from Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad to Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane. We had Mary Elizabeth Winstead proving she could hang with McGuyver in 10 Cloverfield Lane and Blake Lively making Jaws look like Nemo in The Shallows.

Movies like , and Hidden Figures are loaded with female talent. Disney got in on the action with , owning the box office, and it continued with Felicity Jones in a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And the immediate future looks even brighter.

Here are some big-time movies starring women to look forward to next year and into 2018.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (January 27, 2017)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

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Before I Fall (March 3, 2017)

February 12th is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing. Before I Fall brings the triple threat — starring a woman (Zoey Deutch), written by a woman (Maria Maggenti) and of course directed by a woman (Ry Russo-Young)

Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017)

Emma Watson will star as the elegant Bella in this much anticipated live-action adaption of the 1991 Disney classic of the same name.

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Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)

Patty Jones is the woman behind the lens directing the historical big-budget female movie starring Israeli beauty Gal Gadot as the Queen of the Amazon. Gadot did her thing as in , and hopefully she'll be even more entertaining and bring forth some good reviews for the .

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Ghost In The Shell (September 21, 2017)

Scarlett Johansson will star in an adaptation of this 1995 anime classic as a cyborg policewoman (Motoko Kusanagi) looking to take down the world's greatest hacker (Puppet Master). Though the film has been met with some heavy controversy, the Lucy star hardly ever disappoints. All the buzz around the film and the idea that it could end up being spectacular or an absolute bomb is enough to get me hyped.

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Flatliners (September 29, 2017)

Though this film may not have the same buzz as some of the others, it stars some of Hollywood's best up-and-coming actresses: Ellen Paige, Kiersey Clemons, Nina Dobrev and Charlotte McKinney. In this sequel to the 1990 film of the same name, medical students experiment on near-death experiences that involve past tragedies — until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22, 2017)

The Barden Bellas will return in this third installment with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson reprising their roles. will be once again directed by Trish Sie who'll be bringing Kay Cannon's story to life. No doubt these women will once again put on a great performance in the "Merry Pitchmas" musical.

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Ocean's Eight (June 8, 2018)

In a spinoff from the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna are set to pull off a heist of their own.

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Captain Marvel (2019)

Fans really got behind the Brie Larson casting and the excitement of finally getting her long overdue intro into the .

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Tomb Raider (2018)

Ex-Machina star Alicia Vikander will look to make Lara Craft into her own. The details behind the upcoming remake of are still coming out, but the excitement is palpable. The story will follow a young archeologist looking to finish her father's research in what is sure to be an action-packed film.

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Gotham City Sirens (TBD)

Margot Robbie's solo film has the internet abuzz and it hasn't even started casting yet. Still, fans cannot wait to see Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy together in the .

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