/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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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 »

Hoai-Tran Bui’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 Hoai-Tran Bui’s top 10 movies of 2017 so far.)

When tasked with compiling my favorite movies of the year so far, I’ll admit that I had to wrack my brains a bit for ones that stood out from the crowd. Outside of Logan and Get Out, had there really been any standouts? But even though summer movie season had gotten off to a tepid start and studio offerings have been lackluster, I think it would be rash to say that 2017 has been a weak year for great movies. In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite: 2017 so far has offered an exciting array of captivating films in both the indie and genre circuit that gives me hope in an increasingly homogeneous movie industry. So much hope that my struggle to initially fill this list ended up being a struggle to narrow it down. (Sorry, The Beguiled and War for the Planet of the Apes, you almost made the cut.)

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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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The Big Sick Alamo Drafthouse

Starting this weekend, the acclaimed Sundance hit The Big Sick is opening in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. That might be frustrating for people who live in the rest of the country, but sadly, that’s how the indie release pattern works, even when the studio who picked up the movie is Amazon and they can send you pretty much any movie you want in two days. But that’s not important right now.

What’s important is that people in those two major cities go see The Big Sick, because that helps determine how big of a wide  release the movie gets when it expands into more theaters in the coming weeks. One place you should seek out The Big Sick, if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, is at the Alamo Drafthouse. The theater chain has unveiled a special Pakistani menu inspired by the relationship between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon, marking the first time they’ve ever worked with the movie’s creators to plan a themed menu.

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The Big Sick Clip

The Big Sick premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and I could not pay the romantic comedy enough compliments in my glowing review, so much that the marketing department even tossed up a pull quote on the trailer and the home page of the movie’s website. Thankfully, I’m not the only one gushing about this film as it’s currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the entire /Film team named it as our favorite of Sundance.

The film follows a fledgling relationship between a Pakistani comedian (Kumail Nanjiani, playing a fictional version of himself), and a young white woman (Zoe Kazan as Kumail’s real-life wife Emily) that falls apart when the culture of Pakistani marriage threatens to tear them apart. But when Emily suddenly ends up in a coma with a mysterious illness, Kumail suddenly finds himself connecting with her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) as they wait to see if she’ll come out of it.

That may not sound particularly funny, but a new clip has just debuted featuring a hilariously awkward conversation between Ray Romano and Kumail Nanjiani about 9/11, and that should give you an idea of the great comedy that you’ll find in this movie.

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The Big Sick Trailer

You might think it’s a little bold to proclaim that The Big Sick will be the best comedy of the summer. And while reactions from trailers can tend to be hyperbolic in the moment, in this case, we’ve actually already seen the movie in question.

The Big Sick debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and when all was said and done, it was the /Film crew’s favorite movie that premiered there. Now the first trailer for the movie written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon has arrived, giving us a tease of the romantic comedy which adapts the writing duo’s surprisingly true love story. Trust me when I say the movie is hilarious, touching and absolutely worth seeking out this summer.

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The summer movie season is almost upon us. Comic book movies, reboots, spin-offs, and an unwanted sequel or two – they’re all coming out these next four months. We’re looking forward to more than a few of them, but I’m more hopeful for some of the movies coming to on-demand, steaming services, and local arthouse theaters this summer. Last week, we brought you the list of our most anticipated wide releases arriving this summer. And now, here’s the companion pieces: the 15 limited releases we’re most excited to see!

A few of the titles listed in our indie-themed 2017 summer movie preview below, including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, are set to go wide after a small launch. However, keep your eyes open – most of these movies may require you to actively seek them out…and a fair number of them will surely prove worth the effort!

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The Big Sick interview

The Big Sick is one of the best movies you’ll see in 2017 and one of the most refreshing, romantic, and emotionally brutal romantic comedies…of all time? That sounds like hyperbole, but in the weeks since I named it my favorite movie of SXSW 2017, it feels more and more true. Director Michael Showalter and Amazon Studios, who acquired the film after its Sundance debut, have a gem on their hands.

But all movies start with a script and that’s where Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars in the movie) come in. Their screenplay, based on the wild true story of how the two of them actually met and fell in love, is a masterpiece: detailed, character-driven, painful, and oh-so-very funny. I was able to sit down with this duo at SXSW for an all-too-brief chat about making movies universal, casting actors to play their parents, and their favorite comedies that also make them cry.

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