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2017 in Movies: The First Six Months

Updated on July 8, 2017
The best of (the 1st half of) 2017
The best of (the 1st half of) 2017

THE TOP 5
1. Hidden Figures (review)
"It’s a story that few people outside of NASA may have ever heard, but it’s a truly amazing and goosebump-inducing one, and Hidden Figures does a brilliant job sharing it. It’s a movie full of heart and feeling and inspiration, as important as it is entertaining."

2. Baby Driver (review)
"Wright presents this all in his own inimitable, superbly-choreographed style, keeping the pace flying along while simultaneously developing characters and furthering the plot. Baby Driver isn’t just fun to watch, it’s a great story, and in Wright’s capable hands, it becomes something just short of a masterpiece."

3. Jackie (review)
"While the narrative in the brilliant screenplay by Noah Oppenheim is continuously jumping around, the story (and the film) as a whole works, not only due to Portman’s powerful, anchoring performance but also because of Larrain’s perfect execution and the noteworthy work of editor Sebastián Sepúlveda."

4. The Beguiled (review)
"The Beguiled is a haunting, even frightening film that will burrow into your brain and leave you shaken. It’s also one of the more subtly stunning achievements to hit theaters this year, a true beauty that never lets you stop guessing what lies beneath."

5. Get Out (review)
"Peele, who also wrote the script, mixes elements of standard horror fare (jump scares and the like) with a subtle yet scathing commentary on race in America to give us both a deftly crafted masterwork and a pulpy matinee thriller in one."

THE REST

6. A United Kingdom
7. Patriots Day
8. Wonder Woman
9. Alien: Covenant
10. Kong: Skull Island
11. Split
12. The Founder
13. The Zookeeper's Wife
14. Colossal
15. Logan
16. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
17. Life
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
19. John Wick 2
20. Gifted
21. Transformers: The Last Knight
22. Cars 3
23. Before I Fall
24. Going in Style
25. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
26. The Lego Batman Movie
27. Despicable Me 3
28. The Promise
29. Beauty and the Beast
30. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
31. Snatched
32. The Fate of the Furious
33. Live By Night
34. All Eyez on Me
35. Ghost in the Shell
36. Collide
37. Fist Fight
38. Underworld: Blood Wars
39. Rough Night
40. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
41.The Space Between Us


THE BOTTOM 5
42. The Mummy (review)
"Part camp, part bland horror, and part Indiana Jones wannabe, The Mummy does nothing particularly well. It’s a movie in search of an identity, seemingly unable to decide what it wants to be. And we’re all left wondering how it ever got made in the first place."

43. Baywatch (review)
"Say what you will about the original Baywatch, it certainly had its moments, and it wisely refrained from ever taking itself too seriously. The movie, though, is an exercise in stupidity, and how it was ever greenlit in the first place boggles the mind."

44. The Circle (review)
"I’m sure all involved thought they were signing on to make a timely, taut thriller steeped in today’s tech-heavy, invasive world, but the end result is frankly laughable. Everything you see has been done before (and done much better)...making The Circle the movie equivalent of a 404 error."

45. CHIPS (review)
"From its start, and straight through to the finish that sometimes you feel is never going to come, CHIPS is nothing but an exercise in idiocy and half-hearted filmmaking, and despite a cameo at the end, it’s hard to believe that anyone who had a part in the original series (much less the movie-going public in general) would find anything worthwhile about it."

46. The House (review)
"In what may be the most spectacular squandering of talent ever, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler lead a talented cast in a mind-numbingly idiotic (not to mention bizarrely bloody and violent) unforgivably bad movie. Even the worst, most half-baked Saturday Night Live sketches at least demonstrate a semblance of effort. The House, though, is nothing but an abject disaster from start to finish.”

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