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2017’s films ranked

03.09.18: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2017, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)


other yearly rankings:
2018 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2017 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the OFCS and AWFJ awards); some films released in the UK without US releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2017 unless otherwise noted.

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]
Get Out (03.07/02.24/03.17)
Downsizing (10.13/12.22/01.19.18)
The Florida Project (10.12/10.06/11.10)
Colossal (04.18/04.07/05.19)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (10.15/11.10/01.12.18)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26.16/02.24/09.23.16)
A Ghost Story (08.08/07.07/08.11)
Brigsby Bear (09.22/07.28/12.08)
It Comes at Night (07.07/06.09/07.07)
City of Ghosts (07.17/07.07/07.21)
Paddington 2 (10.29/01.12.18/11.10)
Human Flow (11.27/10.13/12.08)
Kedi (01.03.18/02.10/06.30)
The Shape of Water (10.10/12.08/02.16.18)
First They Killed My Father (09.23/09.15/09.15)
The Lego Batman Movie (02.04/02.10/02.10)
Logan (02.17/03.03/03.01)
War for the Planet of the Apes (06.21/07.14/07.11)
Their Finest (10.13.16/04.07/04.21)
Lady Macbeth (10.13.16/07.14/04.28)
Dunkirk (07.17/07.21/07.21)
Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (06.16/06.16/11.24)
Ingrid Goes West (08.28/08.11/11.17)
The Death of Stalin (10.02/03.09.18/10.20)
Call Me by Your Name (10.09/11.24/10.27)
A United Kingdom (10.05.16/02.10/11.25.16)
The Red Turtle (09.22.16/01.20/TBA)
Prevenge (10.12.16/03.24/02.10)
La Soledad (08.16/direct to VOD/08.18)
Last Flag Flying (10.07/11.03/TBA)
All This Panic (09.28.16/03.31/03.24)
Letters from Baghdad (04.20/06.02/04.21)
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (89th Academy Awards) (02.06/02.08/direct to VOD)

[4.5 stars]
Wonder Woman (06.03/06.02/06.01)
Faces Places (Visages, Villages) (09.30/10.06/TBA)
The Rape of Recy Taylor (12.07/12.08/05.25.18)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12.14/12.15/12.14)
Maya Dardel (09.12/10.27/TBA)
Mudbound (10.03/11.17/11.17)
I, Tonya (12.13/12.08/02.23.18)
Molly’s Game (12.25/12.25/01.01.18)
The Square (01.05.17/10.27/03.16.18)
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (10.10/10.13/11.10)
Maudie (05.17/06.16/08.04)
Battle of the Sexes (09.16/09.22/11.24)
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (01.03.18/10.20/04.06.18)
Phantom Thread (12.25/12.25/02.02.18)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (10.12/10.20/11.03)
The Breadwinner (11.11/11.17/05.25.18)
The Disaster Artist (11.22/12.01/12.01)
Detroit (08.21/07.28/08.25)
Stronger (09.25/09.22/12.08)
Patti Cake$ (08.05/08.18/09.01)
California Typewriter (08.24/08.18/TBA)
The Big Sick (07.24/06.23/07.28)
Ferdinand (12.09/12.15/12.15)
500 Years (07.15/07.12/TBA)
The Midwife (Sage femme) (07.07/07.21/07.07)
Lucky (10.04/09.29/TBA)
A Good American (09.17.16/02.03/09.23.16)
Speed Sisters (02.16.16/02.10/03.25.16)
The Promise (04.24/04.21/04.28)
Kong: Skull Island (03.02/03.10/03.09)

[4 stars]
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (07.15/06.02/07.24)
Thor: Ragnarok (10.24/11.03/10.24)
The Greatest Showman (12.09/12.20/12.26)
Wonderstruck (10.06/10.20/TBA)
I Am Not a Witch (10.03/TBA/10.20)
Lady Bird (10.14/11.03/02.16.18)
The Post (12.21/12.22/01.19.18)
Coco (01.13.18/11.22/01.19.18)
The Ritual (10.02/direct to Netflix/10.13)
Icarus (02.27.17/direct to Netflix/direct to Netflix)
Bushwick (10.25/08.25/08.25)
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (10.11/12.29/11.17)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (07.05/07.07/07.05)
Another Mother’s Son (02.21/TBA/03.24)
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (89th Academy Awards) (02.20/02.08/direct to VOD)
Personal Shopper (10.09.16/03.10/03.17)
The Survivalist (04.19.16/05.19/02.12.16)
God Knows Where I Am (04.07/03.31/04.14)
The Salesman (01.31/01.27/03.17)
Raw (04.04/03.01/04.07)
The Beguiled (06.20/06.23/07.14)
The Party (10.09/02.16.18/10.13)
Step (07.21/08.04/08.11)
God’s Own Country (08.07/10.27/09.01)
Menashe (12.11/07.28/12.08)
The Divine Order (10.14/10.27/03.08.17)
Borg vs McEnroe (09.11/04.13.18/09.22)
My Pure Land (09.12/TBA/09.15)
The Unknown Girl (12.02.16/08.25/12.02.16)
Pecking Order (08.24/direct to VOD/09.29)
Jane (11.12/10.20/11.24)
Good Time (10.05/08.11/11.17)
The Commune (05.28/05.19/07.29.16)
Lost in London (04.30/TBA/05.05)
The Fencer (Miekkailija) (11.30/07.21/12.24.16)
The Great Wall (02.16/02.17/02.16)
The Chamber (01.18/02.23.18/03.10)
Motherland (10.15/09.08/TBA)
The Light of the Moon (10.31/11.01/TBA)
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (11.18/11.24/03.09)
Victoria & Abdul (09.12/09.22/09.15)
Wind River (07.20/08.04/09.08)
Urban Hymn (08.01.16/05.12/09.30.16)
The Women’s Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (07.06/05.26/TBA)
Pilgrimage (07.28/08.11/direct to VOD)
Megan Leavey (aka Rex) (06.19/06.09/direct to VOD)
Final Portrait (08.18/03.23.18/08.18)
Finding Kim (05.29/05.31/TBA)
Through the Wall (aka The Wedding Plan) (05.28/05.12/12.16.16)
The Zookeeper’s Wife (04.22/03.31/04.21)
Dolores (09.09/09.01/TBA)
Queen of the Desert (04.03/04.07/direct to VOD)
Catfight (02.22/03.03/03.10)
Viceroy’s House (02.17/09.01/03.03)
Birthright: A War Story (07.21/07.14/direct to VOD)

[3.5 stars]
Only the Brave (10.17/10.20/11.10)
13 Minutes (aka Elser) (07.13.15/06.30/07.17.15)
The Limehouse Golem (08.23/09.08/09.01)
Breathe (10.04/10.13/10.27)
11/8/16 (aka November 8th) (10.26/11.03/direct to VOD)
The Tribes of Palos Verdes (12.02/12.01/TBA)
I Do… Until I Don’t (09.01/09.01/TBA)
Landline (07.27/07.21/TBA)
6 Days (08.18/08.18/TBA)
The Glass Castle (08.16/08.11/10.06)
Loving Vincent (10.03/09.22/10.13)
The Lost City of Z (04.12/04.14/03.24)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (02.17/02.10/02.17)
Brimstone (10.12.16/03.10/TBA)
T2 Trainspotting (01.27/03.17/01.27)
Mindhorn (03.29/direct to Netflix/05.05)
The Void (03.29/04.07/03.31)
Brakes (02.20.18/TBA/11.24)
Carrie Pilby (03.30/03.31/direct to VOD)
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (89th Academy Awards) (02.22/02.08/02.08)
School Life (08.26/09.08/10.13)
Mountain (11.08/05.11.18/12.15)
My Scientology Movie (01.11/03.10/10.07.16)
Antarctica: Ice and Sky (aka Ice and the Sky) (La glace et le ciel) (01.19/01.20/12.11.15)
Person to Person (09.18/07.28/TBA)
The Last Laugh (03.03/03.03/direct to VOD)
Take My Nose… Please! (10.06/10.06/TBA)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

[3 stars]
Novitiate (10.18/10.27/TBA)
American Made (08.23/09.29/08.25)
Clash (Eshtebak) (04.06/08.25/04.21)
Logan Lucky (08.22/08.18/08.25)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (11.20/11.22/12.01)
Walking Out (09.27/10.06/TBA)
Indivisible (09.22.16/09.15/TBA)
The Dark Tower (08.18/08.04/08.18)
Girls Trip (07.26/07.21/07.26)
Everything, Everything (08.09/05.19/08.18)
The Bad Batch (06.15/06.23/TBA)
Spaceship (09.23.16/direct to VOD/05.19)
Most Beautiful Island (12.07/12.08/TBA)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (09.29/09.29/10.13)
Unlocked (03.28/09.01/05.05)
Despicable Me 3 (06.30/06.30/06.30)
Snatched (05.19/05.12/05.19)
Aaron’s Blood (05.29/06.02/TBA)
Mean Dreams (03.15/03.17/direct to VOD)
Kushuthara: Pattern of Love (04.01/03.03/04.07)

[2.5 stars]
Hostiles (12.06/12.22/01.05.18)
Happy End (11.28/12.22/12.01)
All the Money in the World (12.21/12.25/01.05.18)
Blade Runner 2049 (10.05/10.06/10.05)
Atomic Blonde (08.03/07.28/08.09)
Darkest Hour (12.14/11.22/01.12.18)
Wonder (11.13/11.17/12.01)
Brad’s Status (11.29/09.15/01.05.18)
The Journey (06.12/06.16/05.05)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (04.24/05.05/04.28)
The Sense of an Ending (04.06/03.10/04.14)
City of Tiny Lights (03.20/direct to VOD/04.07)
Rememory (10.01/09.08/TBA)
47 Meters Down (06.14/06.16/07.26)
Beauty and the Beast (03.12/03.17/03.17)
XX (02.16/02.16/TBA)
Finding Fatimah (04.05/05.12/04.21)
Realive (09.27/09.29/TBA)

red for no
give it a miss

[2 stars]
Baby Driver (07.01/06.28/06.28)
Free Fire (10.16.16/04.21/03.31)
It (09.08/09.08/09.08)
Suburbicon (11.24/10.27/11.24)
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (11.29/11.17/02.02.18)
So B. It (10.15/10.06/TBA)
Alien: Covenant (05.04/05.19/05.12)
The Mountain Between Us (10.06/10.06/10.06)
Love Is Thicker Than Water (11.27/direct to VOD/12.02)
Murder on the Orient Express (11.02/11.10/11.03)
Cars 3 (07/11/06.16/07.14)
The Levelling (04.19/03.24/05.12)
Lowriders (05.02/05.12/04.28)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12.05/12.20/12.20)
American Assassin (09.14/09.15/09.14)
Hampstead (08.01/TBA/06.23)
The Last Word (07.06/03.03/07.07)
The Belko Experiment (03.16/03.17/04.21)
Ghost in the Shell (03.27/03.31/03.30)
Churchill (05.31/06.02/06.16)
Bokeh (03.23/03.24/direct to VOD)
The Boss Baby (04.02/03.31/04.01)
Whisky Galore! (05.12/05.12/05.05)
Scribe (La mécanique de l’ombre) (07.20/TBA/07.21)
England Is Mine (08.25/08.25/08.04)
100 Streets (09.21.16/01.13/11.11.16)
Rings (02.03/02.03/02.03)
Split (01.20/01.20/01.20)
Going in Style (04.07/04.07/04.07)
Power Rangers (03.24/03.24/03.24)

[1.5 stars]
Future ’38 (06.08/12.01/TBA)
Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (10.09/06.30/11.24)
Fun Mom Dinner (08.04/08.04/direct to VOD)
Friend Request (09.14/09.22/04.20.16)
Below Her Mouth (04.28/04.28/TBA)
Blade of the Immortal (09.21/11.03/12.08)
The Dancer (11.25/12.01/TBA)
Smurfs: The Lost Village (03.26/04.07/03.31)
Aftermath (02.13/04.07/04.07)
The Space Between Us (02.10/02.03/02.10)
The White King (11.02.16/direct to DVD/01.27)

[1 star]
Flatliners (09.29/09.29/09.29)
Geostorm (10.23/10.20/10.20)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (aka Dead Men Tell No Tales) (05.18/05.26/05.25)
Justice League (11.16/11.17/11.17)
A Cure for Wellness (02.20/02.17/02.24)
Annabelle: Creation (08.01/08.11/08.11)
Home Again (09.05/09.08/09.29)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (05.17/05.12/05.19)
Monster Trucks (12.18.16/01.13/12.16.16)
The Mummy (06.13/06.09/06.09)
Life (03.24/03.24/03.24)
Dig Two Graves (03.23/03.24/TBA)
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (01.19/01.20/01.19)
War on Everyone (09.06.16/02.03/10.07.16)
A Bad Moms Christmas (11.01/11.01/11.01)
Una (10.08.16/TBA/09.01)
Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious) (04.10/04.14/04.12)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (08.02/07.21/08.02)
The Vault (09.05/09.01/09.08)
Wish Upon (07.12/07.14/07.28)
Fifty Shades Darker (02.10/02.10/02.10)
Wakefield (05.25/05.19/direct to VOD)
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (08.17/08.18/08.17)
Overdrive (08.11/direct to VOD/08.11)
Hounds of Love (07.27/05.12/07.28)
The Book of Henry (06.29/06.16/06.23)
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (10.10/10.06/10.20)
The Unseen (12.14/TBA/12.15)

[.5 stars]
Baywatch (05.22/05.25/05.29)
The Shack (06.09/03.03/06.09)
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (04.11/03.31/TBA)
The Last Shaman (05.10/05.12/TBA)
The House (06.29/06.30/06.30)
Leap! (aka Ballerina) (03.26/08.25/12.19.16)
Pottersville (11.14/11.10/TBA)

[0 stars]
Unforgettable (04.21/04.21/04.21)
Pitch Perfect 3 (12.18/12.22/12.20)
Inconceivable (10.31/06.30/direct to DVD)
2307: Winter’s Dream (10.04/10.06/direct to DVD)
CHiPs (03.25/03.24/03.24)
The Bye Bye Man (01.14/01.13/01.13)
The Snowman (10.13/10.20/10.13)
The Ottoman Lieutenant (03.10/03.10/direct to VOD)
Transformers: The Last Knight (06.29/06.21/06.22)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (09.20/09.22/09.20)
The Emoji Movie (08.02/07.28/08.02)
Bright (12.22/12.22/12.22)
Hello Again (09.11/11.08/TBA)
Daddy’s Home 2 (11.12/11.10/11.22)
mother! (09.05/09.15/09.15)


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  • Owen1120

    Will there be an Emoji Movie review pretty soon? I hope so!

  • Yes, as soon as I can get my head around it!

  • Anna

    In regard to Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, have you heard it is being called inaccurate by Marston’s granddaughter Christie Marston? I’m just going to quote Wikipedia here from their article on the film- it’s well sourced if you want to go to the article and read the sources.

    “She [Christie] said that the creators of the film did not contact her family and that the depiction of the family and Wonder Woman’s origins are made up”. She also posted a statement on Twitter saying that “the film is not a true story. It is based on someone’s imagination not in any way related to my family.” In another interview with Rob Salkowitz for Forbes, Marston argues against two aspects of the film. The first lies in the depiction of the Elizabeth and Olive: “The relationship between Gram [Elizabeth Marston] and Dots [Olive Byrne] is wrong; they were as sisters, not lovers.” The second part revolves around the depiction of the origin of Wonder Woman, which has “William Moulton Marston presenting an idea for a female hero, and Elizabeth naysaying the idea, declaring that nobody would ever publish it.” Christie Marston states instead that when her grandfather was asked by his publisher to create a comic character, he “went home and discussed it with my grandmother. She said to go ahead and do it, but that it had to be a woman.”Marston further elaborates on Elizabeth and Olive by stating that she spent a lot of time with her open-minded grandmother who never gave indication to her of a relationship with Olive. She also states that Elizabeth and Olive continued to share the responsibilities for bringing up the four children in the household after Marston’s death because it was economically viable for both women.Christie Marston repeated and elaborated upon these statements in an op-ed for the Hollywood Reporter.”

    Just thought you’d want to know. Not saying you have to dislike the film because of that.

  • Anna

    Also, have you seen/will you be reviewing the film Dina?

  • Bluejay
  • Anna

    Ok sorry missed that.

  • Please post comments in the appropriate threads.

  • If I had seen it, it would be listed here. I don’t have any plans at the moment to see or review it, but that could change.

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