2017 was a year of turmoil, change, and wave of incredible films hitting or local theaters. With all the change stirring about, filmmakers took to their cameras and screens to innovate and create something new for audiences to gawk at for 90 minutes or more. From children’s movies to psychological thrillers, the year was jampacked with movies for the whole family to indulge in. Before the year ends and we’re hit with Marvel’s “Black Panther” and “Deadpool 2”, here are 13 movies you need to see!
Stephen King’s “It” was the novel and movie that instilled an undying coulrophobia in everyone and their mothers, literally! The 2017 remake of the classic film brings the town of Derry back to life and all of their clown hauntings with it. With an incredibly cast of kids including Finn Wolfhard from “Stranger Things” and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, the tale of terror is equal parts spine-chilling as it is comedic and smart.
Jordan Peele’s first stab at a horror movie was an incredibly well received hit by audiences and critics alike. Tackling issues with race, paying homage to classic horror movies, and a sprinkling of comic relief made the film one to remember for years and years. For the first few weeks of its release, Get Out maintained a perfect score on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, an incredible feat for a film so different than the tired and predictable horror tropes we’re used to seeing.
Director Patty Jenkins casts Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the 2017 blockbuster of the same title. With a $149 million budget, the DC Comic origin story of Wonder Woman blew audiences away and cashed out successfully in the box offices. Following the story of a womans transformation from a warrior to an awe-inspiring hero, Wonder Woman earns her place on our list.
There is far more to the film than what the title may offer with Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver”. With a rockstar cast of Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Lily James, the story of a getaway driver at a crossroad in his life stays with us.
Over the course of 10 years, we’ve seen 3 different actors slip into a spidey suit and take on the role of Peter Parker, nerdy student turned epic hero. In Marvel’s latest installment, 21 year old English actor Tom Holland tries his hand at becoming Spider-Man. With a lighter spirit than previous versions, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” makes us laugh, smile, wince, and empathize with the struggling teen.
Musical Miguel of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” is faced with a ban on his sole passion; music. “Coco” follows Miguel on his journey through the incredibly vast and visually impressive land of the dead. With a moving score and captivating graphics, Coco is a must see for everyone in the family.
Blade Runner 2049
Neo-noir sci-fi film “Blade Runner 2049” stars heartthrob Ryan Gosling as protagonist Officer , LAPD’s latest blade runner. Set decades into the future, Blade Runner shines with it’s often lackluster settings, neon laced visuals, and compelling characters that make you wonder.
A controversial box office sensation, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” offers little in it’s trailers, but plenty of room for thought. Though audiences were left dumbfounded, disturbed, and even outraged at the ambiguity, we recommend you see this one for yourself.
With a budget just under $30 million, “Girls Trip” was wildly successful at the box office, turning in over $135 million. Director Malcolm D. Lee perfectly demonstrates the friendships and relationships made and maintained by four best friends on the trip of a lifetime to New Orleans. Hilarious, romantic, and all around enjoyable, “Girls Trip” is a must see for anyone needing a GNO without leaving their couch.
If you told us we would see our first female James Bond in 2017 we would not have believed you last year. Director David Leitch who directed “V for Vendetta” and “John Wick” gets behind the camera to turn Charlize Theron into undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton. Though it was received with mixed reviews, we couldn’t pass up placing the lady Bond on our list!