2017 summer movie season

At the beginning of the season, 2017’s summer movie prospects looked bleak. Though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 kicked things off in May with a strong start, it was followed by a string of generic tentpole movies — more symptoms of the bloated franchise-crazy studio system.

It seems like a distant memory now, but we were once inundated with another Transformers movie, another Pirates of the Caribbean, an unfunny Baywatch reboot, and Guy Ritchie’s misguided King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Just give us The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2, Guy!). But then came Wonder Woman, and the tides shifted.

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Baby Driver Opening Chase - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, one awesome video maps out the real geography of the opening chase sequence from Baby Driver. Plus, Batman: The Animated Series voice actor Kevin Conroy reads the closing monologue from The Dark Knight, and a video essay takes a closer look at the use of a certain auditory illusion that adds to the suspense and tension in Dunkirk. Read More »

Archie and Bob's Burgers Crossover

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, see Patton Oswalt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and more audition for the role of a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel before Jude Law got the role. Find out what a crossover between Archer and Bob’s Burgers might look like in a different way than fans have seen before, and see how the cast of Baby Driver fares in movie trivia against their director Edgar Wright. Read More »

Baby Driver Opening Chase

It’s no secret that the /Film crew loves Baby Driver. The musically charged action thriller from director Edgar Wright made it onto every single one of our staff’s list of the Top 10 Movies of 2017 So Far, and our own Jacob Hall gave it a glowing review after catching it way early at SXSW earlier this year. But more people need to see this damn movie.

Baby Driver is already a hit for Edgar Wright. After opening a couple days before the July 4th holiday weekend, the movie has already pulled in $76 million worldwide on a budget of $34 million, making it the director’s most successful film to date. But the movie has still yet to open in some international territories, including Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand and more. So international audiences are still getting a marketing push to convince audiences to pay for a ticket, and that includes Universal (who is distributing the film overseas) releasing the entire opening heist and chase from the movie, which you can watch below. Read More »

/Film’s 28 Favorite Movies of 2017 So Far

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Over the past few weeks, the /Film team has assembled personal lists of their favorite movies of the year so far, a look at where we stand halfway through the year. But those lists were also ballots, votes for one final article – a complete list of the entire site’s favorite movies of 2017 so far.

Of those six ballots (and 60 possible slots) contributed by Peter Sciretta, Jacob Hall, Ethan Anderton, Jack Giroux, Hoai-Tran Bui, and Ben Pearson, 28 films were named. And that brings us to the grand finale: the 28 best movies /Film has seen in the first half of this year.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Baby Driver Soundtrack Collaboration

This summer, we’ve gotten two movies where the soundtrack is not just another element that adds style to the motion picture but is also an integral piece of the narrative that unfolds. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 followed in the footsteps of its predecessor by having a mixtape soundtrack that fueled the story in the Marvel Studios sequel and the entirety of Baby Driver played out to the rhythm and sound of the music playing in the man character’s iPod earbuds. With both soundtracks reaching back into decades passed, how was there no overlap between them?

It turns out there was some careful planning behind the scenes to ensure that neither movie was infringing upon the other’s musical territory. Find out more about the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Baby Driver soundtrack collaboration. Read More »

Jacob Hall’s Top 10 Movies of 2017 So Far

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(With 2017 halfway over, the /Film staff will be spending this week compiling lists of the best movies they’ve seen this year. In order to be eligible for the list, a film they’ve seen simply has to have a 2017 release date, even if they saw it at a festival or early screening. Here are Jacob Hall’s top 10 movies of 2017 so far.)

On the cinematic front, 2017 has been a year of mixed blessings. In terms of sheer number of good movies, we’re already trailing 2016 quite a bit. But the movies that are good? Man, the first half of this year has given us some real treasures.

Before we dive into my top 10 of 2017 so far, here’s what didn’t make the list. Logan, while very good and present on several of my colleagues’ list, missed the cut. As did two other superhero movies I enjoyed very much, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The biggest runner-up here is Atomic Blonde, which I loved at SXSW and occupied spot number 10 until the literal last minute.

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Best Movies of 2017

(With 2017 halfway over, the /Film staff will be spending this week compiling lists of the best movies they’ve seen this year. In order to be eligible for the list, a film they’ve seen simply has to have a 2017 release date, even if they saw it at a festival or early screening. Here are Ethan Anderton’s top 10 movies of 2017 so far.)

The year is officially half over, and while we have six months before we can more effectively determine what our favorite movies of the year are going to be, it doesn’t hurt to take stock of the best films of 2017 so far. Though 2017 feels like it’s been rather lackluster, especially in the blockbuster department, there have been some lower key releases that absolutely deserve your attention. A few of them haven’t been given theatrical releases yet, but I was fortunate enough to catch them at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Without further adieu, let’s dive into my own list of the best movies of 2017 so far. Read More »

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Edgar Wright drops a few references during Baby Driver. His new thriller tips its hat to a few titles and even has movies play a unique, surprisingly substantial role in his new film. One of those movies is a Pixar film that’s thematically related to Wright’s story of a silent, music-loving getaway driver.

Below, learn how the director got to reference the Pixar movie in his R-rated movie. Spoilers for a great joke ahead.

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Jack Giroux’s Top 10 Movies of 2017 So Far

Jack Giroux's Top 10 Movies of 2017 So Far

(With 2017 halfway over, the /Film staff will be spending this week compiling lists of the best movies they’ve seen this year. In order to be eligible for the list, a film they’ve seen simply has to have a 2017 release date, even if they saw it at a festival or early screening. Here are Jack Giroux’s top 10 movies of 2017 so far.)

So far, this has been a good year at the movies, especially the last two weeks. The BeguiledOkjaBaby Driver, and a film I regrettably haven’t seen yet but have heard nothing but love for, The Big Sick, all came out and have kept us busy watching movies. Throughout 2017, we’ve been treated to a variety of good films, including a few standout crime stories and superhero movies. Here are my top 10 movies of 2017 so far.

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