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Top 25 Movies of 2017

on December 28, 2017, 12:00am
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10. Logan

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Who’s In It? Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Wolverine got old

Professor X is fading

Shit is depressing

You Gotta See This: James Mangold’s film may essentially boil down to a revisionist Western about a pair of X-Men in their winter years, but Logan is that superhero movie that people who don’t like superhero movies have been clamoring for since Iron Man brought a pop sensibility to comic adaptations. It’s violent in a way no other Marvel adaptation has been, and it’s the rare comic story that allows for a genuinely deeper understanding of its characters. It’s difficult to fathom a better or more fitting send-off for Jackman and Stewart, who embodied their respective heroes as well as any actor ever could have.

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

–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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09. Phantom Thread

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Who’s In It? Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Richard Graham

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Do it carefully

Farewell, Daniel Day-Lewis!

Every piece of me

You Gotta See This: Paul Thomas Anderson finds his own Barry Lyndon with this twisted period drama about a renowned dressmaker named Reynolds Woodcock, played rather subtly by Day-Lewis in what may be his final role. This is Krieps’ movie, though, and the young star matches the film’s icy narrative with a robust performance that’s both charming and haunting. For a film so centered around the morbid symbiosis of an unorthodox relationship, you couldn’t ask for more perfect leads.

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

–Michael Roffman

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08. Baby Driver

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Who’s In It? Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Lily Adams, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González, and Kevin Spacey

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Musical heist film

Let Baby have his music

Bang bang bang bang bang

You Gotta See This: It was only a matter of time until English genre maestro Edgar Wright made a musical, a feature-length version of that “Don’t Stop Me Now” zombie battle from Shaun of the Dead. And that’s exactly what we got from Baby Driver, a heist film that syncs a killer soundtrack with the rhythms of well-directed action without sacrificing its gut-punch of a story. Great villains, cool cars, and a new, too-cool-for-school hero in Elgort’s Baby that doubles as the easiest Halloween costume ever.

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

–Randall Colburn

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07. Get Out

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Who’s In It? Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Lil Rel Howery

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Racially charged scares

Call it a “social thriller”

Don’t trust white people

You Gotta See This: A fresh, original horror dramedy that not only draws upon everything great about the zeitgeist-defining horror of the ‘70s — patience, depth of character, plenty of gore — but also conveys a scathing, timely critique on race relations without ever undercutting the horror. Its biggest strength might be its balance; first-time writer/director Jordan Peele effortlessly blends laugh-out-loud comedy with moments of horror both dreadful and shocking.

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

–Randall Colburn

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06. A Ghost Story

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Who’s In It? Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Wil Oldham

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Casey Affleck’s dead

Cover him with a white sheet

Let’s go eat some pie

You Gotta See This: David Lowery made Disney’s stellar remake of Pete’s Dragon to fund this transcendent indie drama, resulting in one of those rare one-for-me, one-for-you showbiz exchanges where both films turn out brilliantly. The sheer conceptual daring of its presentation, from its rounded 4:3 frame to the refusal (apart from one scene that is the film’s rare misstep) to hold the audience’s hand, makes A Ghost Story, and Lowery, worthy of celebration.

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

–Clint Worthington

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05. Lady Bird

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Who’s In It? Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, and two undersung giants of the character actor world in Stephen Henderson and Lois Smith

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

“Crash Into Me” sobs

Feel so fucking good, you know?

You don’t get it, Mom

You Gotta See This: Greta Gerwig’s remarkable solo, debut feature captures exactly what it’s like to love things — friends, boys, dresses, towns, Dave Matthews Band — when you’re 17 years old, but much of what makes Lady Bird brilliant is the compassion it extends to wounded souls of any age. It’s gorgeous and funny and messy and weird, just like you were in high school and probably still are, deep down.

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

–Allison Shoemaker

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04. Call Me By Your Name

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Who’s In It? Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and, what the hell, Northern Italy, 1983

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Sexy peaches, eh?

Hot fun in the summer time

Psychedelic furs?

You Gotta See This: At the risk of coming off abrasively, this film’s HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! Sorry. It’s the kind of film that makes you jealous, yearning for a romance this intense and pure. It also makes you wanna chill in Italy and smoke cigarettes even after you’ve quit, but, uh, wow, what a many-splendored thing, Call Me by Your Name. Luca Guadagnino bottles the pure quintessence of young men falling madly in love with each other in a way that most films wouldn’t dare broach. Sexy. Alluring. Stunningly gorgeous. And in possession of some the best, bad dancing you’ll ever see.

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

–Blake Goble

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03. Dunkirk

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Who’s In It? Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

The tide is turning

The bodies are coming back

You don’t speak English

You Gotta See This: Dunkirk is a tour de force in every sense of the term, thriving from Christopher Nolan’s marked blend of tension and drama that knows how to burn the edges of your seat until all that’s holding you is a breathless anxiety attack. But this isn’t a comfortable story, and Nolan didn’t make a comfortable film. Instead, he scraped away the traditions of a modern war film and opted to revel in the smoldering chaos. That might not sit right with some people, but neither should war. Dunkirk is a statement, but its loudest sentiment is that Nolan also belongs in the history books.

Extra! Extra! Read Blake Goble’s full review here.

–Michael Roffman

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02. The Florida Project

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Who’s In It? Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

Life is hell and yet…

The color of hope and dreams

It’s the color mauve

You Gotta See This: Sean Baker’s bright ode to childhood dreams, crushing realities, and the bittersweet American myth of Disney World is an ambient tragedy. Americana maligned. Gerry Winnogrand photography made kaleidoscopic. A Truffaut for 2017. It’s a lot, and it works miracles, really. Simultaneously giddy and grim, it’s a work of vérité that capitalizes on Baker’s strengths as an honest witness to everyday life, filled with Big Ideas, that makes a touching statement about growing-up-and-other-stuff. It’s magic.

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

–Blake Goble

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01. Blade Runner 2049

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Who’s In It? Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Jared Leto

“Garth, that was a haiku!”

2049

Technology is our god

No joy left but Joi

You Gotta See This: Denis Villeneuve’s neon-soaked hellscape of a future is one of modern sci-fi’s most stunning visualizations of what our world of convenience could one day yield, but 2049 only starts there. In keeping with the spirit of Ridley Scott’s original film, this is a film with the patience to move beyond action and into the realm of existential wandering, a three-hour treatise on what makes a human, well, human when alternate intelligences live as slaves and humans have renounced everything that once defined them. It’s a film that shouldn’t exist by any conventional logic, which makes it all the more miraculous, and for our money, it’s the very finest film of an exceptional year for the medium.

Extra! Extra! Read Clint Worthington’s full review here.

–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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