The Top 10 Movies of 2017

For critics, the act of drawing up a 10-best list is always a time of angst—but who wants to hear it? Complaining about having to, heaven forfend, come forward publicly with a list of the movies you loved best in a given year amounts to a kind of veiled self-congratulation. Am I making the right choices, the ultimate choices, the choices that celebrate the best work while also reflecting the essence of my own personal taste? I say, bring all of that to the shrink’s couch. While it’s a privilege to make a public list of favorite movies, the idea is not to dictate taste, but to spur you to think about what your own favorites are, and why.

A note on the order: I always like to think of the top three movies in any ostensibly numerically weighted list as an interchangeable set of favorites. If I’d eaten something different for breakfast on the day of making up the list, my number 2 might have been number 1, or vice-versa. These are all movies that moved me, delighted me or made me think in 2017. In some way, they’re all winners.

10. Girls Trip

A good comedy is one of life’s great pleasures, and Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip—raunchy, buoyant and powered by a terrific cast, including Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish— was one of the sweetest surprises of the summer. A bunch of old friends reunite for a weekend of partying and debauchery. Through it all, they laugh, scream and mime unbelievably dirty sex acts. But this is a rare girls’-night-out comedy that doesn’t leave you feeling depleted or insulted. Instead of depressing self-debasement, the mood is one of sublime joy and catharsis.

Read TIME’s review

9. Get Out

In Jordan Peele’s creepy-smart and bitterly funny directorial debut, a white woman (Allison Williams) brings her black boyfriend (Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet the folks, where they accept him warmly—a little too warmly. Peele succeeds where even more experienced filmmakers sometimes fail: he’s made an agile entertainment whose social and cultural observations are woven so tightly into the fabric that you’re laughing even as you’re thinking, and vice versa.

Read TIME’s review

8. Faces Places

In this effervescent documentary, the revered 89-year-old Belgian-born filmmaker Agnès Varda teams with the 34-year-old French street artist JR: they tootle through the French countryside

Source:: Time – Entertainment

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