Best of 2017by j_max_kelly | created - 30 Jan 2017 | updated - 07 Aug 2018 | Public
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1. You Were Never Really Here (2017)
R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Votes: 75,967 | Gross: $2.52M
2. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
Votes: 391,052 | Gross: $92.05M
10/10 Where art meets blockbuster. The perfect sequel. It uses the setting of the original, it encapsulates the mood of what came before but ultimately tells a very new story that stands alone. It's a long moody piece with delicate synths to guide you through the fresh questions it has to offer. It's the cinematic dare of the decade. And yes it comes off.
3. Phantom Thread (2017)
R | 130 min | Drama, Romance
Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Votes: 89,080 | Gross: $21.02M
4. Logan (2017)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
Votes: 576,404 | Gross: $226.28M
10/10 More human than most superhero movies, to the point its more of a classic western, in the same way The Dark Knight was a crime saga. The pain feels real, visually Wolverine and professor X are showing their age. The end looms, which actually feels good as normally Hollywood bombards you with these films. Finally, a superhero film that is more thought out and time taken to gently think how best to go about providing something that will stick with you rather than making it for the sake of it/money reasons. This is the most accurate portrayal of wolverine on screen and i think the 15 rating has helped that. The violence is used effectively to truly explore the character and the fact they bring the little girl into it all is very troubling. For once the film keeps providing you with questions rather than settling for a messy cgi overload battle sequence in the third act. Its truly brilliant and heartfelt as you get the impression this was all to do the character justice rather than to make money. Truth be told i'm sad to see Wolverine and Professor X go but better to go out with a bang than bore you to death!
5. Mother! (2017)
R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Votes: 163,594 | Gross: $17.80M
10/10 Your head is well and truly coming off here. Its sure to divide many but i found the whole experience intoxicating in true Aronofsky style. I have missed this guy, he's one of the few directors that can rattle the cage when he goes to work on you. After the disappointing Noah, he's managed to keep religious themes but intertwine them with a home invasion thriller and in the process creating something truly unique. Its a slow burner to begin with but with each passing second it becomes even more white sending. It tests the limits of just how west it can possibly go. Starting with the natural, to slightly out of comfort zone but still a grip on reality to absolutely surreal horror. It's also very funny or is it? It will shock all viewers, especially when it descends into outright madness with literally hundreds of people invading the house and living there in anarchy like fight club. Its lars von trier standard of heavy, resembling the bizarre and scary Antichrist. This is an insane trip of a movie that won't be forgotten quickly. The second act was as wild as 2015's High Rise. You may be an experienced bible veteran nerd (not me) but you will not see the fate of that baby coming. Very brave and bold decisions Aronofsky you mischievous mad man.
6. Good Time (2017)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Votes: 55,370 | Gross: $2.03M
10/10 The Safdie's are back with a much more satisfying narrative. Its a lot tighter, energetic and arguably more emotional movie than their original. Mainly set over the course of 24 hours as a man tries to rescue his brother in chaotic style. Neon gloom, gritty tension, morally questionable action but Robert Pattinson keeps us rooting for him. He's a great actor, always has been just rarely picks the right films. This is not his breakout, he's proved it before for me with Maps to the Stars. However, this might be his best yet and the way they use the electronic score with his character is simply gripping, very reminiscent of Tangerine Dream. The return of Buddy Duress is very welcomed, diving face first out of cars, drugging people with acid and getting attacked by dogs. Pulsating, crazy fun
7. The Disaster Artist (2017)
R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Votes: 115,697 | Gross: $21.12M
8. Dunkirk (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Votes: 480,107 | Gross: $188.37M
10/10 Sometimes a film will just grab you and have hold of you from start to finish. It takes a brilliant director to achieve this difficult task. Nolan is certainly now a master of the blockbuster and this is his best film since Inception. The explosions and hans zimmer's soundtrack will have you on the edge of the seat. This is more than a simple generic war movie. The manner in which Nolan brings the narrative together is simply incredible. He manages to bring many different time frames and perspectives in to one coherent narrative. The cast of mainly unknowns do an exceptional job. Visually, this is beautiful taking great inspiration from silent films as there is actually little dialogue. Nolan chooses to have little in the way of character backstories. Instead, he intends to depict an experience of men unified in survival. Glad to see Nolan back to masterpiece form after Interstellar and Dark Knight Rises being quite disappointing.
9. Atomic Blonde (2017)
R | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Votes: 155,388 | Gross: $51.57M
10/10 The thrills of classic Guy Ritchie with 80s pop tunes. Everyone is out to con each other, no-one can be trusted. The narrative turns and twists unexpectedly work when one is only expecting some summer fun. Charlize Theron is so cool, put her in any action film and watch her do better than her outperform male action stars. The fight scenes stand up to John Wick and is even more fun. I loved getting lost in the music and the culture of the time. One fight scene even takes place in a cinema screening of Stalker (1979). Tune to tune. Twist to twist. He loves it all.
10. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
Votes: 311,693 | Gross: $92.03M
9/10 Johnny's back. This is everything a sequel should be -the same thrills as the original but bigger, better and something new to stand alone. It was a tough task but the director managed to live up to the challenge. He claims he was watching Aliens a lot to understand the challenge had before himself. John Wick. The cult Phenomenon. The unexpected brilliance. The revival of the action movie, brought back to life with truly great fight scenes inspired by martial arts films like the raid. John Wick is now a franchise and i'm so behind it all. The scene where he takes everyone out whilst that Japanese gig is on is definitely one of my favourites of the year. Action has never been so cinematically beautiful with breath taking fight scenes that are so well choreographed they feel like dances. The ending of this film is so tense, you can't just leave it there. Someone bring me John Wick 3, immediately!
11. Creep 2 (2017)
Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Thriller
A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.
12. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 419,432 | Gross: $176.04M
13. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Votes: 358,800 | Gross: $54.51M
14. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.
9/10 You will come out of this one feeling like you've been in a real fight. Its hideously violent. Jaws and legs are all getting snapped today. One could say, Breaking bad gone wrong. It harkens back to the 70s exploitation film. A simple plot, focusing on one thing and seeing the full potential of its premise. Its raw, Vince Vaughn is fired up. I'm not going 12 rounds with that man. Its full on Grindhouse Style.
15. Raw (2016)
R | 99 min | Drama, Horror
An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.
Votes: 51,385 | Gross: $0.51M
This was a fascinating journey. Weird in all the right ways. Words could not do this justice, you simply have to let the director guide you around their vision. Its dark, violent and seductive. It reminded me of the tribe with so many bizarre but memorable sequences. The ending is certainly shocking and unexpected. Ultimately, what i'll remember most about this film is the merging of the music, the atmosphere and the sexy actress. Scenes of her dancing in front of mirrors and the slow motion as the camera zooms in on her sitting in the corner of a party are cinematically stunning. All of these small but well thought out moments really succeed in drawing you right in to the big picture.
16. The Devil's Candy (2015)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.
9/10 A love letter to metal. Sunn 0))) and Metallica will blow your head off here. Its short and effective, delivering all the goods. I think i like it even more than the directors last effort, which is amazing because i loved that one too. There's one unforgettable moment involving a slow mo sequence, a brick, a man and a young boys head. It's brutal.
17. Hounds of Love (2016)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
This moved me in such an unexpected way. The loving couple constantly arguing and taking their pain out on each other and the people around them with their sexual mind games and violence. The trapped girl wanting to escape. The mother wanting her daughter back. These characters were so well developed and acted i was somehow rooting for all of them.
18. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.
Votes: 502,763 | Gross: $389.81M
19. Logan Lucky (2017)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
Votes: 109,383 | Gross: $27.78M
9/10 A bunch of guys come together and plot something very difficult. The perfect heist. You soon realise these are a bunch of idiots. Anything could happen. It reminds me of Killer Joe or Fargo. Its a brave decision to make your characters this dumb but when it comes off its hilarious. The whole cast has done a brilliant job here. Daniel Craig's a right charming bastard putting on mad accents and blowing up things with jelly babies. Adam Driver's face will never fail to amuse, he looks an utter mong of a character. Channing plays a more distant character with his attention on being a good father to his daughter. This allows the film to be both funny and emotional. Director Soderbergh is and always has been a master of his craft. He understands perfectly how to make a taught thriller. He will not subject you to one scene more than you have to but instead trims the film perfectly so it flows stunningly and there is always plot development and character development in equal measure so it is impossible to ever be bored. Unfortunately, there is just a slight thing missing to carry it over the edge to perfect 10.
20. Baby Driver (2017)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Votes: 379,946 | Gross: $107.83M
10/10 The poppy fun version of Michael Mann's Heat. Romance and car chases, it has all you need. Similar to Drive but extremely different in tone without the shocking violence. Equally as formulaic as Drive in fact but once again an identity of its own. It's the music that makes this stand out. Chase scenes are so beautifully timed with the music. It's hard not to enjoy. Clear Tarantino has had his dirty fingers in all this. Another great film from Edgar Wright. The monsters inc references were unique and brilliant, just a shame Kevin Spacey's a nonce.
21. Detroit (2017)
R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History
Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
Votes: 41,785 | Gross: $16.79M
10/10 1st act: Begins quite chaotically with montages of the riots breaking out. Then the film weirdly begins to slow down and focus on the characters trying to get by in this environment. Its more relaxed but still has that feeling that danger could always be round the corner even when the characters are listening to and discussing the work of John Coltrane. 2nd act: this is one of greatest things to happen all year. It is extremely gripping and the talents of the actors begin to emerge in a deadly mind game that comes all to real. I loved Bigelow's shaky camera movements refusing to miss a single facial expression, making it feel all the more real. 3rd act: this seemed odd at first. The pacing slowed down again and there were many cuts. I felt lack of justice and let down. I had strong desires for that dude from Star Wars to be that characters who's a bit of a *beep* all the way through but comes through and is sound in the end. However, i was disappointed when i realised he was always just a *beep* and did not develop. I was tempted to drop a point for this and then i remember this is a true story. Full marks to Bigelow for that second act.
22. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Votes: 206,748 | Gross: $146.88M
9/10 The third and final movie in this trilogy. Its actually been brilliant and totally underrated. Each time character development has met dramatic action in equal measure to provide an extremely satisfying viewing experience lacking from most blockbusters. For example, this one never chooses to get lost in a big silly final battle between humans and apes but instead keeps the brain working with challenging questions right until the last frame. All of the three films did this superbly just when we expected them to bottle in the third act each time. The special effects with the apes is incredible. Golem is at it again. Truly the best at what he does. So now we have 3 great ape films. There could be more of them. I hope there's more. At this point i hope we can now say goodbye to Charlton Heston and Tim Burton's films.
26. It Comes at Night (2017)
R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Votes: 71,109 | Gross: $13.99M
A stunning exercise in minimalism. Mainly set in one building. A building that begins by representing safety. The outside land absolute danger anywhere and everywhere. Suddenly, two families put together in the safe building and a whole load of paranoia. These are reasonable people caught in desperate times and acting stupidly out of fear. What I love about this is that it isn't just you're usual dumb characters to enhance a horror plot. These are actually intelligent people unable to see reason and sense out of fear. When paranoia takes hold anything can happen. The situation suddenly becomes too much and cannot be solved in a rational manner. Communication is key but when this cannot prevail only danger will ensue. The 'it' is never revealed, obeying the main rule of horror, in that it is best when not seen. I think the 'it' in this movie is more mental rather than physical. We associate the night with fear and when this takes over us mentally, we have already lost.
27. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela (Cate Blanchett).
Votes: 507,976 | Gross: $315.06M
28. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.
Votes: 475,032 | Gross: $620.18M
29. Okja (2017)
TV-MA | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating beast named Okja.
30. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Votes: 95,065 | Gross: $2.29M
31. Paddington 2 (2017)
PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
Votes: 48,561 | Gross: $40.44M
33. It (I) (2017)
R | 135 min | Horror
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Votes: 387,942 | Gross: $327.48M
34. Thelma (II) (2017)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.
Votes: 21,713 | Gross: $0.15M
36. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Votes: 451,418 | Gross: $334.20M
37. Gerald's Game (2017)
TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
38. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
R | 111 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.
40. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.
Votes: 119,357 | Gross: $175.75M
42. Alien: Covenant (2017)
R | 122 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
Votes: 231,984 | Gross: $74.26M
43. The Beguiled (2017)
R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.
Votes: 44,589 | Gross: $10.58M
44. Happy Death Day (2017)
PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.
Votes: 93,287 | Gross: $55.68M
45. Prevenge (2016)
Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.
47. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Votes: 180,750 | Gross: $40.56M
48. Life (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller