2017 in Movies

I didn’t see a lot of new movies in theatres in 2017, for various reasons. Mostly it was because I saw the fewest movies I’ve seen at TIFF since I started going.

 

1. The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci (9/10)

A deft and kind of brilliant balance of black comedy and tragedy, creating a unique and bold film about an important moment in world history. Read the review.

 

2. One of Us, directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady (8/10)

The best Ewing-Grady documentary to date, in my opinion. Read the review.

 

3. The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter (8/10)

Way more affecting and entertaining than I was expecting. Read the review.

 

4. Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan (7/10)

Perhaps I was a victim of the hype, as I had been told by just about the entire world that this was Nolan’s best film. Read the review.

 

5. Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi (7/10)

It was entertaining! Read the review of Ragnarok.

 

6. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, directed by Barry Avrich (7/10)

Informative and entertaining but ADD. Read the review of Blurred Lines.

 

7. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, directed by Matt Trynaur (7/10)

A fascinating and provocative film that your enjoyment of may depend upon how much you believe the central figure. Read the review.

 

8. Crooked House, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (6/10)

Enjoyable. Read the review.

 

9. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins (6/10)

This new take on the comic book movie is a little too familiar for me. Read the review.

 

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn (6/10)

More of the same. Read the review.

 

11. Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott (5/10)

More aliens! Read the review of Covenant.

 

12. The Racer and the Jailbird, directed by Michael R. Roskam (5/10)

An entertaining film ruined by an insane left-turn into crazy. Read the review.

 

13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson (5/10)

Someone get this man an editor. Read the review of The Last Jedi.

 

14. King Arthur, directed by Guy Ritchie (5/10)

Whatever this is, it’s not King Arthur. Read the review.

 

15. Gifted, directed by Marc Webb (4/10)

Hollywood still does not know how to do a realistic portrayal of a child who is smarter than everyone else. Read the review.

 

16. Omerta, directed by Hansal Mehta (4/10)

An absolute mess. Read the review.

 

17. The Fate of the Furious, directed by F. Gary Gray (3/10)

I hate all of you and how you perpetuate this inane film series. Read the review.

 

18. xXx: Return of Xander Cage, directed by D.J. Caruso (2/10)

This film makes The Fate of the Furious look pretty goodRead the review.