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Let’s face it – life can be hectic these days. From work to school to taking the kids to soccer practice, it seems like we are constantly in motion from the time we wake up to the time when we go to bed.

When was the last time you took a moment to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life? While there are many things you can do to relax, spending a couple of hours watching an engrossing film is one of our favorite activities we engage in when the weight of everyday responsibilities becomes too much to bear.

Larry Polhill is a big fan of movies – as a busy equities trader, sitting in a darkened theater and plunging into an alternate universe is one of the chief ways he copes with occupational stress.

If you love film as much as he does, then the second half of 2017 contains many releases you may want to check out.

Below, we’ll profile the best of them.

1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

This June sees the continuation of one of the most successful live-action Disney film franchises of all time, as Dead Men Tell No Tales brings Captain Jack Sparrow and his friends back for another sail through the mysterious waters of the Caribbean.

In this installment, Captain Jack is on the hunt of the Trident of Poseidon, which he believes will help break the curse Will Turner has been trapped by since At World’s End. With plenty of big budget effects, this movie is a sure bet for families with mature children.

2) Wonder Woman

Making her live action debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it was only a matter of time before Wonder Woman got her own movie, as many said it was her character stole the show in what was otherwise a mediocre movie.

This summer, she will take to the big screen in the first movie focusing on this heroine’s origin story; those taking a trip to the theater with a guarded attitude will emerge surprised by this film’s quality, as most critics have been raving about it since it came out in limited release.

With Gal Gadot reprising her role as this unrepresented super-heroine, it tracks her story back to the time when she was the offspring of demi-gods on Paradise Island in Greece, and goes on to detail her exploits in helping to turn the tide in World War I.

Expertly directed and with inspired acting, this film may turn out to be the blockbuster of the summer.

3) Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Bursting onto the film scene as an action-packed film that made use of liberal amounts of British humor during its inaugural film several years ago, 2017 will see the release of the first sequel of the Kingsman franchise.

Due to come out in September, The Golden Circle tells the story of how the Kingsman strike back after having their headquarters blown up by a crime boss known as Poppy.

Running a shadowy organization known as The Golden Circle, what he thinks is a death blow against his enemies turns out to be just the beginning of an extended war with both the Kingsman and the Statesman, the latter of which is an allied spy group based in the United States.

Given the unique cinematography, razor sharp wit, and the drama of the original, we can’t wait until opening night arrives in a few months from now.

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