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Top 25 Movies of 2017

on December 28, 2017, 12:00am
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20. The Meyerowitz Stories

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Who’s In It? Adam Sandler (just keep reading, trust me), Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

“This is my protest”

Hoffman says to spurn his kids

“Just like McEnroe”

You Gotta See This: For the first time since Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler offers a wonderful, give-a-shit performance in Noah Baumbach’s snappy, quick-witted, and intensely relatable ensemble dramedy. While its broadest strokes are far too familiar (shades of Royal Tenenbaums abound), Baumbach’s impeccable, overlapping dialogue is handled perfectly by Sandler and the rest of his ensemble.

Extra! Extra! Read Michael Roffman’s full review here.

–Clint Worthington

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19. Good Time

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Who’s In It? Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster, Jennifer Jason Leigh

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Robert Pattinson

You’re gonna have a good time

Are you feeling this?

You Gotta See This: After turning New York into a teenage dystopia with 2015’s Heaven Knows What, directors Ben and Josh Safdie return with a similar harrowing chapter in Good Time. Robert Pattinson mesmerizes as pre-imminent fuck-up Connie Nikas, grinning with the selfish confidence of a lovable loser you can’t help but root for, despite his astonishing inabilities as a mindful human being. Good times for all, indeed.

Extra! Extra! Read Dominick Suzanne-Mayer’s full review here.

–Michael Roffman

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18. Columbus

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Who’s In It? Haley Lu Richardson, John Cho, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Two lost, lonely souls

Architectural beauty

No easy answers

You Gotta See This: While story is almost always paramount in any, well, storytelling medium, certain films succeed by simply existing. Sure, there’s story in Kogonada’s debut feature, Columbus, but the emergence of stakes and pivotal decisions almost serve to distract from the film’s truest pleasure: Connection, and the simple joy of watching two likable, interesting people open their hearts. It’s like a platonic version of Before Sunrise, a film in which to luxuriate.

Extra! Extra! Read Dominick Suzanne-Mayer’s full review here.

–Randall Colburn

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17. The Lost City of Z

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Who’s In It? Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Percy Fawcett, ho!

Bolivian jungle time

Dangerous beauty

You Gotta See This: And now for the obligatory mention of a James Gray film in a critics’ Top 25 list, because, come on, we love that guy. Just teasing. This film was daring stuff. Gray saw his scope and scale evolve this year with his epic ode to jungle madness and man’s folly, The Lost City of Z. Blending Herzog, Conrad, and nature photography through prim yet obsessive eyes, Z captured something ethereal, striking, and hypnotic in the heart of it.

Extra! Extra! Read Dominick Suzanne-Mayer’s full review here.

–Blake Goble

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16. The Disaster Artist

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Who’s In It? James Franco, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and basically everyone else in the comedy industry

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Big Hollywood dreams

You’re tearing me apart, James!

Rhythm of the night

You Gotta See This: James Franco sheds his boyish looks for the vampirish complexion and weirdo wardrobes of Tommy Wiseau in this inventive adaptation of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction novel of the same name. Although it’s sold as a laugh-out-loud comedy, The Disaster Artist winds up being an affecting homage to all the bizarre dreamers of our world. Still, you’ll want to watch The Room beforehand.

Extra! Extra! Read Marten Carlson’s full review here.

–Michael Roffman

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15. The Shape of Water

shape of water Top 25 Movies of 2017

Who’s In It? Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, David Hewlett

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

During the Cold War

Two outsiders find true love

Yes, the fish man fuuuuuuucks

You Gotta See This: Guillermo del Toro’s latest phantasmagoria is arguably his best English-language work to date, a darkly funny and unexpectedly sweet love story set within the oppressive trappings of ‘50s Cold War America. With its brilliant ensemble of incredible character actors and a dark fairy tale tone turned up to 11, The Shape of Water is a beautiful tale of outsiders claiming a victory against orthodoxy.

Extra! Extra! Read Sarah Kurchak’s full review here.

–Clint Worthington

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14. Raw

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Who’s In It? Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas, Joana Preiss

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Two sisters are linked

By forbidden appetites

Oh shit, she did NOT

You Gotta See This: Julia Ducournau does not fuck around. In the writer-director’s debut feature, a budding superstar veterinary student (yes) undergoes a hazing ritual at her vet school (yes) in which she, a vegetarian, has to eat raw rabbit liver (yes). It unlocks certain cravings within her body, about which she’s alternately goaded and encouraged by her wilder older sister, also a veterinarian-in-training. Yes, this is the cannibalism addiction movie, but it’s also a thoughtful and disturbing piece of coming-of-age body horror, anchored by two stellar performances and positively steeped in gore.

Extra! Extra! Read Dominick Suzanne-Mayer’s full review here.

–Allison Shoemaker

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13. I, Tonya

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Who’s In It? Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Tonya Harding skates

With the very best of them

‘Til the Incident

You Gotta See This: I, Tonya doesn’t really attempt to answer the question of whether Tonya Harding actually knew about the plot to assault Nancy Kerrigan. Instead, Craig Gillespie’s freewheeling dark comedy serves to humanize Harding in a more honest way. She’s an occasional liar and a bit of a prick, but she was also the best figure skater in the world at one point in time and a figure wholly undeserving of the fate that ultimately befell her. Margot Robbie gives one of the year’s best turns, and Allison Janney another, as Tonya and her vicious mother LaVona, forming the kind of dysfunctional family that hurts each other the way actual dysfunctional families do.

Extra! Extra! Read Allison Shoemaker’s full review here.

–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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12. The Big Sick

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Who’s In It? Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Boy and girl meet-cute

Boy gets freaked out, girl gets sick

Boy and girl write script!

You Gotta See This: A future classic in a wrongly maligned genre, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s intimate and original romantic comedy takes its story from the complicated courtship of its writers. With that knowledge, viewers can appreciate how nimbly The Big Sick manages to have its cake and eat it, too: on the one hand, that lived experience is the likeliest source for the film’s awkward, honest charms; on the other, the pair (and director Michael Showalter) somehow dodge every single pitfall typical of based-on-a-true stories. Also, Nanjiani lands the punchline of the year with a 9/11 joke. See it.

Extra! Extra! Read Dominick Suzanne-Mayer’s full review here.

–Allison Shoemaker

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11. Jane

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Who’s In It? Jane Goodall, and a colorful cast of chimpanzees, monkeys, and apes-a-poppin’

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Chimpanzee lifestyle

She Jane, scholar of the apes!

See Jane bananas

You Gotta See This: Oh what a wonderful life, and Brett Morgen assembled the footage to prove it. National Geographic’s Jane goes beyond stock biography. From the lusciously saturated 16mm of a young Goodall slowly beginning to learn the way of the chimpanzees, to Phil Glass’ beautiful music of discovery, to Joe Beshenkovsky’s miraculous editing (after being handed essentially scraps from Nat Geo and told, “good luck”), Jane is a new high in documentary filmmaking. If only we all could run away with the monkeys.

Extra! Extra! Read Sarah Kurchak’s full review here.

–Blake Goble

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