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10 Great Movies From 2017 You May Have Missed

27 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists | by Mike Gray

6. Wonder

Wonder

Auggie Pullman is a fifth-grade boy living in Manhattan who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that results in deformities of one’s facial features. Homeschooled for his entire life, Auggie enters public school for the first time for middle school, where he experiences the ups and downs of friendship and struggles to find his place in the school community.

Wonder was adapted from the best-selling novel and is a winning drama about being so markedly different from other kids and the difficulties those that have physical abnormalities face in trying to fit in. While not the biggest film of the year, or even one with the most mainstream appeal, this sentimental, well-acted film has been very well received by critics, receiving a rare “A+” on CinemaScore.

 

7. Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron - Atomic Blonde

A distaff James Bond, Atomic Blonde made a surprising splash in theatres when it was released in the summer of 2017. Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a top MI6 agent sent to Berlin in the final days of the Cold War to recover a microfilm that reveals the intelligence agents of both sides. Plunged into a world of action and espionage, Broughton races against the clock before the list is sold to the highest bidder and the world’s intelligence offices are thrown into upheaval.

Atomic Blonde smartly gender-flips conventions of the spy genre, offering audiences a female-driven action film while appealing to a large demographic that had long been neglected in this regard.

Featuring slick action sequences, including impressive fight choreography, although Atomic Blonde only received fair reviews by critics audiences turned out to support this film, eventually garnering a $100 million box office on a budget of $30 million. While a familiar story—a spy film set in Eastern Europe during the Cold War—Atomic Blonde reinvents this and reinvigorates the spy picture by placing a female action hero front and center.

 

8. Dave Made a Maze

Dave Made a Maze

Dave is a failed artist who builds a cardboard fort in the living room of his apartment one weekend while his girlfriend is out of town. When she returns, she finds the seemingly small fort and hears Dave inside, but he says he’s lost and that it’s much bigger than it looks. How big is revealed when his girlfriend assembles a team of their friends to enter the maze (although “labyrinth” is a much more accurate name for it) to rescue Dave. Along the way, they come across booby traps, a seemingly endless interior, and a minotaur that roams the cardboard passages.

Dave Made a Maze is one of the most unique films of the year, a quirky handmade comedy/goofy horror film that creates a literal world out of cardboard and stop motion effects. While some may find both the concept and the delivery of the material a little too twee, it’s also a wildly innovative film that fans of creative, Michel Gondry-like effects will enjoy. Though not for everyone, the right audience will enjoy it, just as hand-picked as this Dave Made a Maze was handmade.

 

9. Wind River

In winter on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, a US Fish and Wildlife Service agent discovers the frozen body of a young woman, who is without shoes, winter attire, and a blood-stained groin. A rookie FBI agent arrives to determine whether this was murder. The young woman’s boyfriend is found the next day dead, nude, and having been ravaged by wildlife. The Wildlife Service agent reveals to the FBI agent that his own daughter had been murdered similarly three years earlier, and their joint investigation reveals that nearby hard-living oil rig workers may be responsible for the spate of murders.

Keeping the focus on the underreported problem of missing and endangered Native American women, this character-driven mystery is a thriller that features outstanding writing and acting and a story worth investing in. This neo-Western murder mystery was critically well-received and a relative box office hit, and for fans of chilly, intense thrillers will find in this one of the best of the year.

 

10. The Florida Project

The Magic Castle motel is a cheap, rundown, and inexpensive place where transients, the poor, and the despondent live. But it’s also the small kingdom of a group of young children who have befriended each other and aren’t yet old enough to realize the diminished circumstances in which they live. Although they’re so close to the Happiest Place on Earth, there’s no way their parents could ever afford to take them there—so a group of little kids make their own Magic Kingdom in the balconies, swimming pools, and hallways of the motels they inhabit.

Never becoming too cutesy or cloying but depicting the lives of young children living on the edge of poverty without making them out to be objects of pity, The Florida Project instead depicts how the innocence and imagination of children can turn even a bad situation into something a little magical. It’s one of the best films of the year and one that will appeal to almost any film fan.

Author Bio: Mike Gray is a writer whose work has appeared on a number of websites and maintains a TV and film site at MeLikeMovies.com.

 

 

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  • Mortimer

    Good list.

    I’ll (probably) say something unpopular here but… I’m getting a bit tired of coming-of-age movies. Yeah, some of them turn out to be very good (even great) but do we really need them like…every year ? Sometimes I feel like I’m watching a different package but the same story all over again. It’s probably the most relatable of all genres to the general audiences but also the most cliché-ridden at the same time.

    • AmazingAmy

      Minority opinion, I felt Lady Bird quite average…
      My best film this year so far are Shape of Water, Mother! , BPM, Fantastic Woman and Three Billboards.

      I Tonya, Wonder Woman and Blade of Runner are most overhyped and overrated one.

      CMBYN is good but i always prefer BB or Moonlight ( i dont like the actors beside Sthulbarg)

      And marvel movies boring and same old recipe as usual

      • Mortimer

        Haven’t seen ‘Lady Bird’ yet but many people online share your opinion about it (4 out of 5 at most).

        I actually like ‘Blade Runner 2049’; I’m only not sure why this movie exists in the first place 😀 And some people calling it better than original is hilarious.

        What is BB ? As a coming-of-age drama I prefer ‘Moonlight’ over ‘Boyhood’. Not seen CMBYN yet but idk…Armie Hammer was always kinda “meh” actor (with his “goofy” style of acting) to me in everything I’ve seen him in.

        • AmazingAmy

          Brokeback Mountain sire

        • AmazingAmy

          Brokeback Mountain Sir

          • Mortimer

            Ah yes, I expected BM initials for it instead of BB 🙂

        • grootrm

          It is hilarious to see fanboys of the original Blade Runner claim the original is better.

          In every possible metric, the sequel exceeds the original.

          • espaguetialabolognesa

            LOL no.

          • grootrm

            Prove it wrong.

            Good luck!

          • espaguetialabolognesa

            They are work of arts. How can you measure an ideological product as such to decide better/worse relations? Nonetheless, the second part is a sequel, a derivative product, so it wouldn’t exist without the first, thus, through a strictly materialistic approach, the second part is inferior.

      • X Y

        *can you please effin write the titles of the movies in full?! Thank you.

        • AmazingAmy

          Call me by your name
          BB : Brokeback Mountain
          BPM :Beats Per Minute

  • Zwei

    Estiu 1993

  • Very good list. So many films I still need to see.
    Goddman I love Wind River. I know it’s not perfect, but it holds a place in my heart

    • Andrey Edward

      i have the same feeling, is not perfect but this film makes me remember why i love movies and i always will.

  • Andrey Edward

    Paint It Black
    Super Dark Times
    The Villainess
    M.F.A.
    Shortwave
    Brawl In Cell Block 99

    • espaguetialabolognesa

      Villainess is one of the best action films in recent years.

  • Chrisychipz

    Raw, Good Time, A Taxi Driver, The Square, Brawl in Cell Block 99. All great films

  • grootrm

    God’s Own Country was boring

  • Bergkamp

    Have any of you guys seen DETROIT, from miss Bigelow? It’s on my pending movies list from this year.

  • Heber

    The Wizard of Lies with De Niro and Pfeiffer was great