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2017 Films Ranked
Updated 11-20-17.

A



A-

Get Me Roger Stone (Bank, DiMauro and Pehme)


B+

The Beguiled (Coppola) [* Female-recentered re-think of the Siegel/Eastwood movie is moody and disturbing (don't mess with the emotions of the ladies or they'll team up to destroy you). The entire cast is absolutely superb.]


B

Nocturama (Bonello)
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Baumbach) [* Sandler's getting a lot of love from the critics, but Hoffman carries this - when he goes into a coma (spoiler!), it loses a lot of its charm. What's with the quick fade-outs?]
The Death of Louis XIV (Serra) [* Kind of an enigma - I'm not completely sure why Serra made it - but it's hypnotic and a little distressing, marking the end of a notable era in the history of France.]


B-

Graduation (Mungiu)
The Lego Batman Movie (McKay)
Icarus (Fogel)
Rocco (Demaizière and Teurlai)
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (Knappenberger)
Wheelman (Rush) [* It's not a cerebral heavyweight but I'll be damned if I didn't have a fun time watching the magnetic Grillo get himself out of the mess he ends up in - definite cult movie material.]


C+

Beach Rats (Hittman) [* Good to see a female director take on a male coming-of-age story, and Dickinson is superb (anyone that says he's "too remote" or "difficult" has most likely never worked with troubled teens that frequently shut down or act out or dabble in drugs).]
Baby Driver (Wright)
Ghost in the Shell (Sanders)
Gaga: Five Foot Two (Moukarbel)
Gerald's Game (Flanagan) [* King back in Misery mode while an outstanding Carla Gugino has to argue with herself and the spirit of her dead, creepy husband. Ending is a let-down, but this shouldn't surprise anyone.]
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (James)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Soren) [* Decent as kids-only-fluff, with some great voice acting by Nick Kroll.]


C

Get Out (Peele)
Dunkirk (Nolan)
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Dunne) [* A little too much adulation going on here - Joan did/does have her critics (who make very valid points) - so it probably should have been made by, I dunno, someone who wasn't a relative.]
Becoming Warren Buffett (Kunhardt and Oakes)
Logan (Mangold)
The Discovery (McDowell)
Wind River (Sheridan)
The Ornithologist (Rodrigues)
American Made (Liman)
Our Souls at Night (Batra) [* The "actual" drama is taking place elsewhere in the movie - with the Schoenaerts and Greer characters. Redford and Fonda can't be fazed by nothin'.]


C-

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Stahelski)
Wonder Woman (Jenkins)
It (Muschietti)
What Happened to Monday (Wirkola)
Split (Shyamalan)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Gunn)
Logan Lucky (Soderbergh) [* So is retirement basically "I'm going to do Ocean's Eleven but set in the South?" You could drive tractor-trailers through the plotholes.]
1922 (Hilditch) [* This one's on King: it probably doesn't take 100+ pages to say "Don't murder your wife or your life might be ruined." Oh, and don't drop a cow on her corpse either.]
Betting on Zero (Braun)


D+

T2 Trainspotting (Boyle)
Raw (Ducournau)
It Comes at Night (Shults)
Win It All (Swanberg)
Atomic Blonde (Leitch) [* Too much plot ... and using Tarkovsky as a backdrop (!?) for some asinine fight sequence is homage-gone-wrong.]
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Besson) [* "Sometimes when you go for broke you go broke." Cara tries, while Dane keeps thinking he's supposed to be Han Solo.]
Alien: Covenant (Scott)
Take Me (Healy)
A Cure for Wellness (Verbinski)
The Big Sick (Showalter)
The Babysitter (McG)
To the Bone (Noxon)
Queen of the Desert (Herzog) [* Shirley Temple from Wee Willie Winkie gets transformed into Nicole Kidman to assist the warring factions from the Middle East ... that's a hard pass from me.]
Casting JonBenét (Green)


D

Personal Shopper (Assayas)
It's Only the End of the World (Dolan)
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Blair)
Good Time (The Safdies) [* A rush to nowhere (is everyone in this a ding-a-ling or what?), and Dan Lopatin's "score" is unpleasantly obtrusive.]
Tulip Fever (Chadwick) [* No number of rewrites or reshoots or re-edits was going to make this passable ... but the Weinstein Company has more ... porcine issues to deal with, now doesn't it?]
The Bad Batch (Amirpour)
Beauty and the Beast (Condon)
War Machine (Michôd)
Song to Song (Malick)
War on Everything (McDonagh)
Kong: Skull Island (Vogt-Roberts)
Death Note (Wingard)
The Mummy (Kurtzman)
Okja (Bong)
Little Evil (Craig)
Catfight (Tukel)
Transformers: The Last Knight (Bay) [* Does Sir Tony owe back-taxes to the IRS?? Do we need to start a GoFundMe? Somebody check on the man!]
Manifesto (Rosefeldt)


D-

Slack Bay (Dumont)
iBoy (Randall)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (The Herngrens)
XX (Benjamin, Clark, Kusama and Vuckovic)
The Layover (Macy) [* It's possible to do a fun girls-gone-bad movie without making them utter fools.]
Fifty Shades Darker (Foley)
The Boss Baby (McGrath)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (Caruso)


F

The Incredible Jessica James (Strouse)
Baywatch (Gordon)
Sandy Wexler (Brill)


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