Top Ten – The Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

Posted: July 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Its the middle of July, which is the middle of the year. Here are the Top 10 films (based on objective artistic quality and personal preference) of the first half of 2017.

10) Kong: Skull Island


While it falls short in some areas, its nice to get a solid monster movie these days without dropping into the abyss of blandness. The cast holds up, the story is nice and mysterious, and the visuals make up for the occasionally corny script. Excited to see him fight Godzilla.

9) The LEGO Batman Movie


Well, it wasn’t The LEGO Movie, but the LEGOverse is turning out to be a fun place to get away to for a few hours. Plenty of laughs, some great voice acting, and of course its nice to see Batman fight Voldemort.

8) Split


M. Night Shyamalan finally made another decent movie. James McAvoy is brilliant as the antagonist and his 23 different personalities. A horror film that feels uncomfortably real at times, it ends with a classic M. Night twist, but not in the way you think.

7) Gifted



A heart-warming tale that veers (mostly) clear of tired family feud tropes, the cast is fun to watch and its nice to see Chris Evans’ acting chops outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

6) The Big Sick


Usually rom-coms don’t find their way to this list, but this one stands out. Its more original, timely, and its better written than most.

5) Wonder Woman


The first great movie from DC Comics to not star Batman or Superman provides a story of timeless heroism, a great score, and some really fun battle sequences, and it packs an emotional jolt as well. Full review here.

4) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2


James Gunn and company give us a sequel that builds on the first film, and really examines what it is to be a family. In a time where strong father figures are hard to find, GOTG2 holds one up in a realistic and heart-wrenching way.

3) Baby Driver


Seems like Edgar Wright can do no wrong. Add Kevin Spacey, a couple of Jons (Hamm and Bernthal), and a lively newcomer (Ansel Elgort) and you’ve got another great film in Wright’s portfolio. 

2) Logan



This one has all the feels. Hugh Jackman finally gets a movie that gives us the real Wolverine: rough, savage, but ultimately heroic. Its just too bad it had to wait until his last film as the X-Man.

1) Get Out


A thrilling foray into racial tensions and modern horror leaves your heart in your throat and plenty to talk about, not the least of which is Jordan Peele’s spectacular directorial debut.



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