/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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Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Movies of 2017 So Far

Ben Pearson'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 early at a festival or early screening. First up: here are Ben Pearson’s top 10 movies of 2017 so far.)

I have not spent nearly enough time this year seeking out the types of smaller movies I tend to love, and frankly, I’m a little embarrassed that three superhero movies made the cut on my list of favorites so far. But damn it, they’re really good superhero movies, and as ashamed as I am that my list isn’t as “cool” as it might be if I’d spent more time at my local arthouse theater, these are the movies I’ve seen so far in 2017 that spoke to me the most in one way or another. The good news is that I’m guessing only a couple of these will end up on my favorite movies of the year list when December rolls around, so at least you’ll be getting some variation if you compare that list with this one. Enough preamble: join me in counting down my favorite movies of the year so far as we hit the halfway point of 2017.

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2017 Sundance Awards

Today marks the final day of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival after 10 days of independent cinema playing in the mountains of Park City, Utah. Last night, the end of the festival was celebrated with the traditional awards ceremony when the Grand Jury Prizes, Audience Awards and more. So who ended up winning the 2017 Sundance awards?

Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore took home the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic while the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Dina. As for the major Audience, Chasing Coral landed the took home the honor U.S. Documentary category while Crown Heights took home the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic.

Beyond that, there are plenty more awards that were handed out to a wide variety of the 119 feature films that played at the festival, and you can find out all the 2017 Sundance awards winners after the jump. Read More »

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The /Film team of Angie Han, Ethan Anderton, and myself have returned from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Over the six days we were in Park City, we screened over 36 movies (with only one movie having been watched by all three of us). Here are 15-second capsule reviews of all the movies we saw at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Review - Melanie Lynskey

Director Jeremy Saulnier has delivered chills, thrills and blood spills at the Sundance Film Festival before. His film, Blue Ruin, featured the relatively unknown actor Macon Blair setting out to track down the people who killed his parents and deliver his vengeance upon them. It appears some of Jeremy Saulnier’s filmmaking style has rubbed off on his leading man as Blair has returned to Sundance, this time as the writer and director of own twisted tale of revenge.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (which honestly needs a new title) stars the endlessly charming Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air, Win Win) as Ruth, a woman who is fed up with people being assholes. It’s that simple. One day, she comes home to find that her house has been broken into, with the thieves having stolen her laptop, a set of silver she inherited from her grandmother, and some prescription medication for depression and anxiety. When it becomes clear that the police are basically doing nothing to help her, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

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I Don't Feel Like Home in This World Anymore trailer

If you’ve seen the films of Jeremy Saulnier, you know Macon Blair. While he’s been in plenty of other movies, Murder Party, Blue Ruin, and Green Room have placed Blair front-and-center, giving him meaty roles and asking him to pull off tricky characters. As a result, he has become one of my favorite actors and I am always delighted when I see him appear on screen.

So it’s a little weird to say that I’m looking forward to the new Macon Blair movie while knowing that he’s not playing a lead character. That’s because I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is Blair’s directorial debut and the new trailer has arrived. And wouldn’t you know it – it looks really good.

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