2017 in Films

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  • 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.)
  • American MadeB+ (87%RT) – True story of how one man took a job from the CIA and turned it into the largest drug smuggling operation in American history.
  • Atomic BlondeC+ (76%RT) – While Charlize kicks ass and looks great the plot is very weak but somehow overly complicated. Also, a bad use of great music.
  • Baby DriverA- (94%RT) – Every scene is perfectly in sync with the music. Give the editor an Oscar.
  • Battle of the SexesB (86%RT) – Enjoyable light-comedy that sadly only touches on sexism and homophobia rather than delve into what it really meant for society.
  • Blade Runner 2049B+ (88%RT) – Beautiful and disturbing. This could be part 2 of a trilogy or simply another chapter. It’s a bit long but each arc is gorgeous to watch.
  • 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!
  • IT – A (85%RT) – 1-part Goonies. 2-parts Stand By Me. 8-parts terrifying. I freakin’ LOVED this film!
  • 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.
  • Logan LuckyB (93%RT) – “Ocean’s 7-11” as the movie jokes. Fun but the whole thing falls apart if you think about it too much. Also, Hilary Swank is really terrible in this.
  • Mother! D- (69% RT) – Marketed as a thriller this ego driven ‘think piece’ is a sophomoric allegory for how society devours art and fame. Or maybe an atheists view of God, Mother Earth, Original Sin and the downfall of humanity. Regardless,  it was the only time I ever wanted to BOOOOOOO a movie.
  • Pearl Jam: Let’s Play TwoA (71%RT) Cubs and Pearl Jam, what’s not to like?
  • Professor Marston & The Wonder WomenB- (87%RT) This is less about the origin of Wonder Woman as is it the problems with being in a poly-amorous relationship centered around bondage in the 1940s.
  • The Big SickA- (97%RT) – Uncomfortable, awkward, funny, depressing, and real.
  • The Florida ProjectA (96%RT) – Very funny but heartbreaking view into the life a little girl stuck in crappy Orlando.
  • The FounderB (83%RT) – Either Ray Kroc railroaded the McDonald’s brothers or they didn’t have a vision or a head for business. Take your pick.
  • 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).
  • War for the Planet of the Apes B (93%RT) – Decent end to the trilogy and better than the previous film (Rise…). I liked that the virus released in Rise is devolving the humans. A fourth film that explores that could be interesting.
  • Wind RiverA- (86%RT) – Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye team up to solve The Punisher’s murder…sort of. From the people that brought you Sicario and Hell or High Water.
  • 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