17 Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

So, we are into August and the big question is how does the report card of Hollywood look like? Well, not very good! In fact, if you remove last month out of the equation, things look even more dire. Hollywood seriously needs to do something about the consistently bad quality of movies that release in the first half of the year. It is a shame that the biggest movie industry in the world — in terms of money — feels so dearth of good ideas in the first few months of any given year.

Anyway, we can only hope that things start changing and we get to see more quality movies throughout the year — and not just last few months. I liked all the films on this list — some more than others — and loved at least one (You can guess which one). Without further adieu, here are the 17 best movies of 2017 (so far):


17. Alien: Covenant

‘Alien – Covenant’ is a return to the original essence of the franchise, and even if it may not surpass the original films, it certainly offers a great deal of entertainment, especially when watched on the big screen. Driven by Micahel Fassbender’s terrific performance as a humanoid and director Ridley Scott’s innovative ways to keep the stories interesting, ‘Alien: Covenant’ isn’t path-breaking but it certainly is good one-time watch.


16. Raw

Director Julia Ducournau’s ‘Raw’ gained a reputation on the Fall festival circuit, when it was presented to the queasy audiences of the Toronto Film Festival. Reports indicated Ducournau’s film prompted walk outs and fainting spells. But truth be told, Ducouranu isn’t interested in making a gory film but rather she is after something much bigger: a film that’s is filled with symbolism and social commentary. She mostly succeeds!


15. Split

If there’s anything that M.Night Shyamalan has a grasp on as a director it’s how to build tension, especially tension to a climatic moment. In ‘Split’, he is no different. He builds the movie for a explosive climax and comes out with mixed results. In any case, ‘Split’ is worth a watch for the incredible James McAvoy performance alone. Rest everything is a bonus.


14. The Lovers

How refreshing to see an actress over sixty find a great role, one in which she is permitted to be a real sexual being. We saw it take place in Sarah Polley’s elegiac and haunting Away from Her (2007) but it is not a common theme on film these days. What makes it even more extraordinary is that three-time Oscar nominee Debra Winger is back in the role that could bring the gifted actress an overdue Academy Award. ‘The Lovers’ sensitively portrays older people showing that they can have interesting stories as well.


13. Logan

‘Logan’ is the first X-Men film to get an R Rating (aside from ‘Deadpool’) and it earns it. The film is bloody enough to explore the hazardous life Logan lives honestly and contains plenty of profanity without celebrating it. Its themes are also adult in nature. It is one of the best films in X-Men series, if not the best, but it surely is head and shoulders the best WOLVERINE film. Hugh Jackman couldn’t have had a better send-off.


12. Wonder Woman

‘Wonder Woman’ is an origin story and it stands head and shoulders above similar films of its kind because it doesn’t weigh itself down in expository mumbo jumbo, which often suffocate these kind of movies. Jenkins keeps things moving with such assurance, it feels like she has been making tentpole films for years. A great deal of the film’s success within Gado Gadot, who is as charming and self-assured as any actor who has played a superhero in the past.


11. Spider-Man: Homecoming

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ rocks! It is everything fans of the web slinging super hero hoped it would be, and superior to all the previous Spider-Man films, with the exception of Spider-Man 2 (2004) long considered one of the elite super hero films.  The picture has some have to be seen to be believed action sequences that like Spider-Man 2 (2004) are truly epic, and of course is action driven. But the actors excel in their roles giving the film a beating heart and a soul.

Holland might be the best Peter Parker yet, the best Spider Man yet, not sure about that, I just know he was great, fun to watch and entirely believable. Keaton continues his career renaissance with yet another great performance that is a wonderful display of economic acting. This guy knows how dangerous he is, and anyone he speaks with sees it in his eyes, so a threat from him is indeed something to take very seriously. It all works, much to my surprise.

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