The Best Movies I Saw in 2017 (and the Rest)

I saw 134 movies in 2017, across a variety of media – on planes, in cinemas around the world, and in snatches on my phone. (They did not all come out in 2017.) Movies are listed alphabetically within category, although Ixcanul really was my favorite film of the year.

Here are my absolute favorites:

Ixcanul A young woman rebels against the dreary life ahead of her and inequalities of all sorts manifest. Starts out seeming predictible but then is anything but. (My full review.)
Lady Bird Wonderful coming of age story. Funny and real.
Maudie Sally Hawkins is wonderful as a woman in a small town with few opportunities who makes beautiful art.
Okja Korean girl and Superpig on the run. Awesome.
Queen of Katwe A young school dropout in Uganda is inspired by chess. Inspiring and engaging. (My blog post.)
Sunset Boulevard The cruelty of Hollywood in 1950s noir.
The Big Sick Sweet, funny, surprising romantic comedy.
Thor: Ragnarok I love a film that is surprising and hilarious. This is that film.

Here are a bunch more that I loved, just not quite as much.

Baby Driver
Battle of the Sexes
Captain Fantastic
Get Out
Guardians of the Galaxy — Volume 2
Ha’khata’im [Past Life]
Hidden Figures
Human Flow
I Am Not Your Negro
I, Daniel Blake
Ingrid Goes West
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Le tout nouveau testament [The Brand New Testament]
Little Men
Logan Lucky
Midnight in Paris
Mr. Holmes
Mulholland Drive
Que Horas Ela Volta? [The Second Mother]
Song of the Sea
Still Mine
The Founder
The Incredible Jessica James
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Other Side of Hope [Toivon Tuolla Puolen]
The Red Turtle
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wedding Crashers

Here are a bunch that I really liked.

Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont [The African Doctor]
Blade Runner [Final Cut]
Blade Runner 2049
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Despicable Me 3
Don’t Think Twice
Dr. Strange
Force Majeure
Guardians of the Galaxy — Volume 2
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Mr. Mom
On Golden Pond
Ruby Sparks
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Dressmaker
The Fly
The Little Hours
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
The Squid and the Whale
The Town
Tropic Thunder
Uma História de Amor e Fúria [Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury]
Upstream Color
Wonder Woman

And here are a bunch that I liked reasonably well.

Bridget Jones’s Baby
Café Society
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Frances Ha
Friends with Benefits
La dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil [The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun]
Lady MacBeth
Lost in London Live
Marjorie Prime
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates [airplane edited]
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Nocturnal Animals
Ocho apellidos vascos [Spanish Affair]
Saneamento Básico: O Filme [Basic Sanitation: The Movie]
Sky High
Sleeping with Other People
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Star Trek Beyond
The Last Man on Earth
The Lego Batman Movie
The Spy Next Door
The Tempest
Their Finest
To Catch a Thief
Tô Rica! [I’m rich!]
Trading Places
Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément [Blind Date]
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Here are a bunch that I thought were so-so. I don’t regret watching them, but I wouldn’t recommend them.

Bad Santa
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Daddy Day Care
Dr. No
Fast & Furious 6
Home Again
Mes Trésors [Family Heist]
Ocho apellidos catalanes [Spanish Affair 2]
Terminator Genisys
The Fast and the Furious
The Fate of the Furious
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Viy or Spirit of Evil
A Seed of Memories
Around the World in 80 Days
Boss Baby
Justice League
Nancy Drew
O Homen do futuro [The Man from the Future]
Suicide Squad

Here are four that I thought were pretty bad (especially Runner Runner)…but I still watched them through to the end. Make better life choices than me; avoid these films.

Des vents contraires [Headwinds]
Ghost in the Shell
Why Him?
Runner Runner

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