Best Films of 2017

Dwight Brown-Film Critic | 12/28/2017, 8:05 a.m.
Crown Heights, Get Out, Girls Trip among the Best Films of 2017
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In the Fade () A mother (Diane Kruger) loses her child and husband in a bombing in Germany and she seeks justice and revenge. The sociopolitical aspects of the racist attack against her Kurdish-born husband are so topical it’s as if the movie was ripped from a newspaper headline. Director Fatih Akin also wrote the screen adaptation of a novel by Hark Bohm. Riveting from beginning to end.

Lady Bird () A precocious high-school student, Christine (Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn), goes by the name Lady Bird and is in a constant verbal battle with her pessimistic mother (Laurie Metcalf, TV’s Roseanne). Teen angst colors her relationships with her first boyfriend (Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea) and second lover (Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name) Hilarious. Heartwarming. Written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig (Jackie) and based on her life.

Stars Wars: The Last Jedi () Wow. This is the event movie of the year. So much action. So much haunting drama and raw emotion. And it doesn’t just build to one climax. It crescendos up to climax, after climax, after climax... The mix of the old generation, with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), with the new warriors, like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), is seamless. The surprising plotlines by writer/director Rian Johnson and the astonishing art direction, production design, costumes and cinematography make this saga a fun experience with lots of eye candy.

Wonder Woman () Best comic book hero turned action film movie of the year. Director Patty Jenkins, with Gal Gadot as her muse elevates the legendary Amazon warrior way above the current tepid Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) to an upper stratosphere. Perfect blend of beauty and strength. Great special effects. Tight script by Allan Heinberg. Robin Wright and Chris Pine co-star.

Best Directors

Joe Wright — Darkest Hour

Dee Rees — Mudbound

Christopher Nolan — Dunkirk

Rian Johnson — Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Patty Jenkins — Wonder Woman

Best First Films

Get Out, Patti Cake$, Thank You for Your Service, Novitiate, Menashe

Best Foreign Language Films

In the Fade, The Insult, First They Killed My Father, Felicité, The Square

Best Documentaries

I Called Him Morgan, Last Men in Aleppo, Whose Streets, Step, Quest

Best Actors

Gary Oldman—Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington—Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Daniel Kaluuya—Get Out

Jake Gyllenhaal—Stronger

Josh O’Connor—God’s Own Country

Best Actresses

Annette Bening—Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Sally Hawkins—Maudie/The Shape of the Water

Diane Kruger—In the Fade

Charlize Theron—Atomic Blonde

Emma Stone—Battle of the Sexes

Best Supporting Actors

Jason Mitchell—Mudbound

Ethan Hawke—Maudie

Ian Hart—God’s Own Country

Michael Shannon—The Shape of Water

Idris Elba—Molly’s Game

Best Supporting Actresses

Tiffany Haddish—Girls Trip

Michelle Pfeiffer—Mother!

Laurie Metcalf—Lady Bird

Mary J. Blige—Mudbound

Tatiana Maslany—Stronger

Best Screenplays

The Shape of Water—Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Girls Trip—Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver

Get Out—Jordan Peele

God’s Own Country—Frances Lee

The Big Sick—Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

Best Cinematography

Mudbound—Rachel Morrison

Dunkirk—Hoyte Van Hoytema

The Shape of Water—Dan Lausten

First They Killed My Father—Anthony Dod Mantle

Darkest Hour—Bruno Delbonnel

Best Animation/CGI

Coco, Loving Vincent, Despicable Me 3

Other Great Films

Atomic Blonde, Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Dunkirk, Call Me by Your Name, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, God’s Own Country, “I, Tonya,” The Lost City of Z, Lowriders, Maudie, Mudbound, The Post, The Shape of Water, Stronger, War for Planet of the Apes, Wind River

Worst Movies

Chips, Detroit, Downsizing, Mother, The Mummy, Suburbicon, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.