2017 in Films

  • 20th Century WomenA  (89%RT) – A brilliant and beautiful performance by Annette Bening elevates this touching and funny film. It’s the companion film to Mike Mills’ Beginners (that was about his dad; this his mom.)
  • Baby DriverA- (94%RT) – Every scene is perfectly in sync with the music. Give the editor an Oscar.
  • Beauty and the BeastB- (70%RT) – Entertaining but nothing better than the original. The 4 new s%ongs are forgettable but the chemistry between Belle and Beast is good. Gaston and LeFou steal the show.
  • Claire in MotionB  (62%RT) – After her husband goes missing Claire (Betsy Brandt) realizes that her marriage and husband both had issues that she had been ignoring. Great performances all around.
  • DunkirkA (92%RT) – Nearly perfect in every way. Gorgeous, harrowing, and troubling. My only quibble was that the dialogue get’s lost in the action and score.
  • Get Out B+ (99%RT) – Disturbing satire about liberal white-guilt and the evil that is buried beneath it.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2B (81%RT) – Daddy issues!
  • Hidden FiguresA  (92%RT) – One of the best movies of any time. Such a lovely and important film; great for the entire family!
  • Kedi (The Cats of Istanbul) – B (96%RT) – Documentary about the hundreds of thousands of cats the roam the streets of Istanbul.
  • Kong: Skull IslandB+ (79%RT)  – This fun non-stop action-packed adventure subverts the monster genre slightly. The post credits scene is a game-changer.
  • Lego BatmanB+ (91%RT) – A lot of fun and the only good DC movie in years. Although it gets a little crazy at the end it’s still entertaining with a good message.
  • Life C (67%RT) – Somehow this action-packed film is really dull. Completely un-original. I was rooting for the alien.
  • LionA-  (88%RT) – The first half of this heartwarming film could be told with no words and it would still be heartbreaking and gorgeous. The second half made me wish I had a head of hair like Dev Patel.
  • Logan A- (92%RT) – Depressing and gruesome but a perfect ending for this current franchise. NOT for kids.
  • The Big SickA- (97%RT) – Uncomfortable, awkward, funny, depressing, and real.
  • The Lost City of Z C+ (88%RT) – Everything that I loved about the book was watered down to make a plodding relationship drama that never finds it’s central purpose.
  • Spider-Man: HomecomingA- (93%RT) – Finally a great Spidey movie! Tom Holland is fantastic as the teenage webslinger trying to navigate high school, girls, Aunt May, and bad guys. It’s like if John Hughes made a superhero film.
  • SplitB- (74%RT) – James McAvoy is amazing in this otherwise by-the-book slow burning thriller. Not as suspenseful as it should have been nor as original. It’s watchable but it’s just a complete setup for that last reveal (per usual).
  • Wonder WomanB (92%RT) – The best (read: only good) DC movie they’ve had in years. Diana kicks ass and despite some slight 3rd act problems the movie as a whole is inspiring, exciting, and necessary