Top 50 Films of 2017

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As always it’s been an eventful year in film. ‘La La Land’ was wrongly announced as the winner of Best Picture at the Oscars, Gal Gadot restored some much needed hope to the DC Extended Universe only to be tarnished months later by ‘Justice League’ and the latest Star Wars was released to probably the most divisive response yet. Whilst all this has been going on I’ve slowly but surely been compiling my end of year best of list. 200 films of 2017 watched. Only 50 spaces on my list. Let the cinematic battle commence, but first some (a lot of) honourable mentions.

Honourable Mentions; Good Time, T2: Trainspotting, Jackie, Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, Wind River, A Ghost Story, Denial, Bright, The Foreigner, The Limehouse Golem, Breathe, The Belko Experiment, The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Bad Moms Christmas, Colossal, Trespass Against Us, Berlin Syndrome, The Greatest Showman, The Promise, God’s Own Country, Blade of the Immortal, Beauty and the Beast, Girl’s Trip, It Comes At Night, Bad Day For The Cut & Logan Lucky.

So without further ado…

 50. The Florida Project


Whilst some criticised ‘The Florida Project’ for being too sparse narratively and as a result claimed it to be a boring film I was more than happy to spend the running time in the company of it’s characters. It looks into the innocence of childhood and introduces us to youngster Brooklyn Prince who is an instant star. The rest of the cast are very good too and the film has a great authenticity to it. An Oscar hopeful in several categories, you’ll most likely be hearing much more about ‘The Florida Project’ in the coming months.

49. Only The Brave


Milers Teller, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin amongst many others make up the ensemble cast for ‘Only The Brave’, the true story of the crew of firefighters who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire. The cast work effortlessly well together, showcasing the wonderful camaraderie present in these real life men, which the cast have a fantastic likeness to. The film is paced well, has great effects but ultimately was such a success due to the huge emotional weight it carries.

48. A Monster Calls


‘A Monster Calls’ is a powerful and creative film focusing on illness, trauma and grief. Director J.A. Bayone brilliantly captures the sense of emotion running through this screenplay also demonstrating his ability in directing action and drama. The cast all do a superb job with the sensitive material they have to work with. It’s Liam Neeson and Lewis MacDougall who shine brightest though, both adding a stellar performance to their respective filmographies. ‘A Monster Calls’ is truly heart wrenching stuff but completely worth it.

47. Happy Death Day

The first of the more lighthearted entries in my countdown is ‘Happy Death Day’, a horror comedy which had the premise of ‘Scream’ meets ‘Groundhog Day’. The young and enthusiastic cast really help sell the concept and make it feel original despite borrowing ideas from several other films. It’s gets away with this thanks to the huge amount of fun it all is and surprisingly it never becomes monotonous thanks to a range of different story telling techniques. With a sequel already planned ‘Happy Death Day’ might just be the next big slasher franchise!

46. 47 Meters Down

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Although ’47 Meters Down’ doesn’t quite compare to last years ‘The Shallows’ it still did enough to become an enjoyable shark flick. The characters and performances edged this thriller dangerously close to the so bad it’s good territory however the rest of the film saves it from this fate. The sharks look menacing, the action is creative and there is a palpable tension which I’m so glad I experienced in the cinema on the big screen. I know there are plenty of films better than ’47 Meters Down’ this year but it kept this fan of cinematic sharks very happy.

45. Victoria & Abdul

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‘Victoria & Abdul’ was one of the most joyous films of the entire year. The central relationship of the Queen and her servant was a delight to watch and resulted in much humour, more than just what was featured in the trailer. When the laughs subsided though there was a softer more emotional side to the film too. The cast all do a tremendous job in helping to create both the comedic and more emotional beats, offering a splendid insight into an unexpected friendship.

44. Detroit

detroit-reviewKathryn Bigelow returned to screens in 2017 with her retelling of the atrocities committed amongst the 1976 Detroit riots. The film featured a career best turn from Will Poulter with the rest of the cast putting in similarly impressive performances. Bigelow and writer Mark Boal approached ‘Detroit’ in an incredibly mature manner showcasing the good and the bad from both sides represented here. The result was a truly powerful cinematic experience with surely one of the most intense second acts of any film this year.

43. Paddington 2

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Everyone’s favourite cinematic bear was back and as brilliant as ever in 2017. Ben Whishaw reprises his role as Paddington in one of the most perfect voice castings of all time. Alongside the returning cast were a few newcomers; Brendan Gleeson and Hugh Grant. The latter completely steals the show as he hams it up becoming the villain of the piece. There’s nothing too sinister on show here though as this sequel was just as heartwarming as the original thanks to Paddington quite possibly being the most endearing character to grace our screens all year.

42. Mindhorn


From one of the mad men behind bonkers TV series, ‘The Might Boosh’ came one of the most absurd comedies of the year, ‘Mindhorn’. Julian Barratt plays an aged actor who has to reprise his most famous role as TV detective Mindhorn in order to assist in a real life murder case. It’s wonderfully silly and is full of gags of all sorts. It only improves with repeat viewings, which I can testify to as it was one of the few films I ventured to the cinema to see more than once this year.

41. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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In one of the most unique cinematic outings of the year director Yorgos Lanthimos returned with his follow up to ‘The Lobster’, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’. The narrative here was intriguingly mysterious matched by the equally enthralling performance from young Barry Keoghan. Colin Farrell & Nicole Kidman also star in the film, both contributing well to the bizarre nature of the story. The whole piece was strung together nicely by the haunting score which elevates much of the sinister drama unfolding over the run time leaving audiences deeply enthralled.

40. The Ritual

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My favourite of this year’s Halloween releases was definitely ‘The Ritual’. Rafe Spall lead a likeable cast making up a group of mates on a lads holiday from hell. The grounded characters worked well alongside the more mental narrative. The film isn’t terrifying but it had plenty of moments which were hard to watch and I found myself muttering ‘wtf’ on more than one occasion. The emotional context for the film helps it along too, something which horror films can struggle to get right. All of this combined together creating an original and memorable addition to the horror genre.

39. Suburbicon


I’ll probably be one of the only film fans to feature ‘Suburbicon’ on their end of year best of list, whilst most were either disappointed or frustrated by the dual narrative I had a blast watching this movie. The top billed performers like Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are as entertaining as ever, with newcomer Noah Jupe also impressing. However it’s Oscar Isaac’s smaller supporting performance that gave me the most joy adding comedy and pace in especially amusing fashion. The screenplay from the Coen Brothers and friends worked for me, delivering a thoroughly entertaining and twisted crime thriller.

38. Wonder


Based on the New York Times Bestseller, ‘Wonder’ is a family drama charting youngster Auggie Pullman’s first year at elementary school. The cast, which includes Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson, were perfect in their roles and create a special chemistry bringing plenty of emotion but also loads of laughs. Probably my favourite thing about ‘Wonder’ though was the way in which it gives the supporting characters time to shine too. This isn’t just Auggie’s story, but his families’ and his classmates’ as well. Oh and Auggie loves ‘Star Wars’ and much to the delight of audiences this is integrated into the film a lot.

37. mother!


‘mother!’ was one of the most polarising films of the year and if you’ve seen it you’ll understand why. The narrative is truly insane developing from a claustrophobic horror film into, well, it’s hard to explain really! While the lack of exposition was frustrating at first after taking time to reflect on the writing it’s clear to see Darren Aronofsky’s intent and talent. As well as this the director gets the best out of his A list cast with Jennifer Lawrence & Michelle Pfeiffer excelling especially. Whether you love it or hate it I believe this movie is essential viewing for 2017.

36. Life


‘Life’ is a simple throwback to the sci-fi favorites of yesteryear. It’s premise is far from the more complex entries into the genre this decade and instead feels more like a fun blockbuster flick. The likeable cast, which includes Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, go a long way in making the film entertaining. The creativity showcased in the action sequences is really great and the narrative features several especially chilling moments which lead up to a fantastic finale. 

35. The Beguiled


‘The Beguiled’ was a story familiar to many, some through the novel and some through the original film. However, I fell into neither of those groups and was approaching the narrative fresh. The almost entirely female cast do a tremendous job of building different character dynamics with the only male character, Colin Farrell’s Corporal John McBurney. This results in a lot of comedy, tension and drama that combine together making one of the best period dramas of the year.

34. Hidden Figures


An Oscar favourite from early in the year, ‘Hidden Figures’ tells the inspiring true story of three women; Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn & Mary Jackson, who played pivotal roles in the American space race. Portrayed wonderfully by three brilliant actresses, the chemistry that these performers share enriches the story making it a really pleasant watch. The film is definitely at it’s strongest when the three lead performers share the screen as they bring to life this important and untold story in such an enjoyable way.

33. Ingrid Goes West


One of the most underrated films of the year has to be ‘Ingrid Goes West’. Starring Aubrey Plaza as a mentally unstable & obsessed Instagram user the film is a brilliant social commentary on all things social media related. It has a fantastic dark comedy to it but it’s also incredibly relevant in what it has to say. Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen are fantastic as the central characters but the film also offers O’Shea Jackson Jr a chance to show his comedic side after his more dramatic debut in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and it was his performance that might just have been my favourite part of the movie.

32. Okja


‘Okja’ was one of the most thought provoking films of the year thanks to it’s social commentary on the meat industry and animal rights. It presents these issues in an entertaining fashion and should create much potential for discussion off the back of them. The level of entertainment was achieved by the careful exploration of such issues but also because of the eccentric performances of cast members Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. Both of these performers brought to life some of the most watchable characters of the year and this along with it’s other merits made ‘Okja’ my favourite Netflix original from 2017.

31. Gifted


‘Gifted’ proved that there’s more to Chris Evans than just Captain America. The film focuses on a relationship between an Uncle and Niece and a debate on how intellectually gifted children should be raised. The chemistry the lead actors have is enough to endear audiences to the drama unfolding but the more involved debate at the centre of the narrative elevates the film to something greater. Octavia Spencer also features in a supporting role which is never a bad thing, however it’s the relationship of the two leads which make ‘Gifted’ one of the most heartwarming films of the year.

30. Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

Another underrated gem of the year is the remarkable animation, ‘Loving Vincent’. Each frame of this film was created in the same way that artist Vincent Van Gogh painted his paintings, using oil paints and canvas. Over one hundred painters worked on this film and their efforts resulted in something truly spectacular. ‘Loving Vincent’ is aesthetically the most beautiful film of the year and deserves to be seen for it’s technical mastery alone not to mention the handful of other brilliant achievements it accomplishes.

29. Stronger


One of two films this year about the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings, ‘Stronger’ tells a focused story about one affected individual and his family and friends. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays survivor Jeff Bauman in spectacular fashion, once again leaving us all baffled as to just why this actor has not yet won an Oscar. His costar Tatiana Maslany was also great and the pair have a special chemistry that makes the film that bit more powerful. Combined with the emotional core of the drama ‘Stronger’ is an excellent tribute to one man and a whole city.

28. Blade Runner 2049

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You can’t have a conversation about beautiful films in 2017 without mentioning ‘Blade Runner 2049’. The long awaited sequel to the original classic finally arrived and in truly stunning fashion. The film is a technical masterpiece, combining visuals and sounds to create something truly immersive. Whilst the narrative might not be as stimulating it doesn’t actually need to be thanks to the careful and exquisite production value. It still has it’s merits though and Ryan Gosling continues to add to his impressive filmography with another blinder of a performance. This all culminated in ‘Blade Runner 2049’ feeling less like a film and more like a momentous sci-fi event.

27. La La Land

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‘La La Land’ may well have been the most talked about film of the year. It was hyped by critics for months, received well by audiences upon it’s release and then mistakenly awarded Best Picture at the Oscars. Though forgetting all the accompanying buzz when you simply take ‘La La Land’ at face value it’s achievements are sublime. It features some of the best original songs & music to come out of a film in years, two brilliantly committed performances from it’s leads and gorgeous visuals to accompany.  It will have added fans to the musical genre and will forever be discussed in the world of cinema as there’s just so much to love, appreciate and enjoy about Director Damien Chazelle’s musical masterclass.

26. Spider-Man: Homecoming


Sparing audiences the well trodden origin story ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ was Peter Parker’s first solo outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Portrayed by the young Tom Holland, he proved himself as probably the best version of the superhero favourite to date. The narrative was so effective as it chose to focus on smaller scale character drama rather than intergalactic action which was perfect for our first full introduction to Spidey in the MCU. 

25. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


One of the biggest surprises of the year was that ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ wasn’t terrible, it was actually pretty good. The premise was nicely updated, one that really understood it’s video game setting. Instead of clinging to the nostalgia of the original film, this sequel feels fresh being able to stand on it’s own two feet. Furthermore, the layered performances required of the cast make for some very effective comedy, this combined with the boisterous action made this blockbuster one of the most fun all year.

24. Lady Macbeth

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Featuring a fantastic breakthrough performance from Florence Pugh, ‘Lady Macbeth’ proved that period dramas are anything but boring. A rich narrative full of sex and murder made for a thoroughly engaging watch. Complimented by it’s dark humour and often jaw dropping drama this period piece was one hell of a feature debut for director William Oldroyd.

23. The Handmaiden


The only foreign film on my list this year is ‘The Handmaiden’. It’s an incredibly dark erotic thriller with sinister developments at every turn. The nature of the narrative allows for a lot of extreme content which director Park Chan-wook doesn’t shy away from. It’s more than this that keeps audiences engaged though as the skillful writing deserves much praise too. Told in three parts the film builds momentum in a way that gets the most out of the story and provides the optimum entertainment for the audience. 

22. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2


Everyone’s favourite bunch of A-holes were back in sequel ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’. It had everything we all loved about the original; the nonstop comedy, the fantastic character dynamics, the beautiful visuals and a catchy collection of retro pop hits to accompany all the action. What this sequel added though was a whole heap of unexpected emotion, delivering some of the most touching scenes in cinema all year.

21. The Disaster Artist


“Oh Hi Mark” was already a famous film quote before this year but ‘The Disaster Artist’ has confirmed it’s status as one of the funniest comedy quotes of all time. Paying tribute to the weird and wonderful Tommy Wiseau and his film, ‘The Room’, James Franco and co. deliver the best comedy of the year. Franco’s likeness to Wiseau here is unparalleled and his performance is consistently hysterical.  Thanks to this and the wonderful comedy running through the narrative this homage has actually enhanced ‘The Room’ and will only further it’s cult following.

20. Wonder Woman


Much like Spider-Man, Wonder Woman also got her on screen debut, and stole the show, in a larger ensemble superhero movie in her designated comic book universe before her own solo outing. This year gave her that outing and ‘Wonder Woman’ did not disappoint. Gal Gadot continued to kick ass and triumphed in the starring role. Her supporting cast were brilliant and together they provided humour, heart and drama in appropriate measures. A definite highlight of the DCEU so far and a much welcomed return from director Patty Jenkins.

19. Their Finest


WWII drama ‘Their Finest’ is such an aptly titled film as it features, in my opinion, career best performances from both Gemma Arterton & Sam Claflin. The cast as a whole are tremendous, with Bill Nighy in particular standing out thanks to his comedic, yet heart warming turn. The narrative is poignant and a special precursor to Christopher Nolan’s, ‘Dunkirk’ which would be released later in the year. The film has a brisk momentum which builds to a finale full of emotion delivered in such touching fashion.

18. Thor: Ragnarok


Thundering along to the sound of Led Zepplin’s ‘The Immigrant Song’ the most recent addition to the MCU was a riotous success. ‘Thor:Ragnarok’ is the third solo outing for Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder and easily the best yet. Miles away in tone, appearance and style from previous installments director Taika Waititi made this chapter feel like a breath of fresh air amongst Marvel’s comic book universe. It also has Jeff Goldblum, enough said.

17. Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Another of the years most anticipated films that disappointed some film fans was ‘Kingsman:The Golden Circle’ and whilst I’ll admit it took me more than one viewing to fully appreciate it, I think this movie is a hell of a lot of fun. The performances from the new and returning cast are all perfect for the film’s style with Julianne Moore’s villain – drug boss Poppy Adams being criminally underappreciated. Furthermore the expertly choreographed action sequences we loved so much in the original film make a welcome return with equally as energetic tunes to accompany. This sequel was definitely suited and booted.

16. Hacksaw Ridge

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ placed spotlight on WWII hero Desmond Doss. His story is a really special one, one that deserves to be told. Doss has been done justice through the narrative here with Andrew Garfield’s portrayal earning himself an Oscar nomination. The scenes of warfare are some of the most brutal since ‘Saving Private Ryan’ but it was the emotional gravitas conveyed through the story which is why I loved this war drama so much.

15. 20th Century Women


’20th Century Women’ is a wonderful film about life and all of its intricacies. The variety of subjects touched upon by this narrative was a joy to absorb and ponder. Brought to life by it’s tremendous ensemble cast and set to the beats of a wonderful score & soundtrack this was a whimsical and immersively rich cinematic experience that I know I’ll revisit on countless occasions for years to come.

14. Split


The more unanimously accepted return to form from director M. Night Shyamalan provided one of the most enthralling cinematic experiences of the year. The success of ‘Split’ hinged massively on the performance(s) of James McAvoy and he rose to the occasion in spectacular fashion. The film works so effectively as a mysterious thriller and featured some of the most involved sequences all year. If this wasn’t enough then the king of the twist, Shyamalan went and dropped that bombshell and blew all of our minds.

13. Get Out


The last twelve months have been pretty awesome for the horror genre with ‘Get Out’ being one of the highlights. This debut feature from Jordan Peele has been received by critics and audiences with an abundance of praise, and rightfully so. This horror works as a basic blockbuster flick but it’s also so much more than this. It’s full to the brim with rich themes and is so thoughtfully put together in every aspect. The performances improve with every re-watch as you can take in every subtle nuance, of which there are many giving you ample reason to watch it again, not like you needed an excuse. 

12. Silence


‘Silence’ was the first film of the year I saw and it has stuck with me ever since. Martin Scorsese was on fine form delivering a stunning film with such a deep exploration of faith & religion. It was this aspect that I really fell in love with. The long running time allowed the narrative to properly wrestle with these themes and provided much food for thought. It was Andrew Garfield’s performance here that I thought should have earned him the Oscar nomination, rather than ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ but regardless it’s been an incredible year for the actor. Also boasting beautiful cinematography ‘Silence’ was stimulating for they eyes as well as the mind.

 11. Logan


‘Logan’ saw the last portrayal of Wolverine from Hugh Jackman and what a swansong it was. Stripping back all the spectacle of the X Men universe director James Mangold gave us a detailed character driven narrative finally doing justice to both Wolverine and Jackman. The leads chemistry with Patrick Stewart’s Professor X was an absolute joy to watch being the best it’s ever been. The pair’s performances bring humour and heart in equal measure giving fans the perfect dynamic to cherish. As if this wasn’t enough the film also features an astounding breakthrough performance from Dafne Keen, this kid is going places.

 10. The Lost City of Z


‘The Lost City of Z’ quickly came out of nowhere for me, I knew very little about it but was immediately intrigued. Following the missions of explorer Percy Fawcett in the Amazon the film features the best performance of Charlie Hunnam’s career. The supporting cast are fantastic too. The passion of these characters, especially Fawcett transpired so well onto the audience that you just couldn’t help but be swept up into the adventure of it all. Performances and character writing aside the film also includes interesting themes, gorgeous cinematography and an exciting narrative. If you haven’t already make sure you find ‘The Lost City of Z’ on home media and experience it for yourself.

9. Miss Sloane


You could be forgiven for thinking that the screenplay for ‘Miss Sloane’ was written by Aaron Sorkin. It is in fact the work of Jonathan Perera, and amazingly his only writing credit. The mile a minute dialogue is given life in it’s fullest thanks to Jessica Chastain’s blisteringly good performance and the combination of these elements makes ‘Miss Sloane’ a drama with an intensity that I’ve never seen in the political genre of filmmaking.

. Lion


‘Lion’ was another awards favourite from early in the year, telling the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley. The star of the show was young Sunny Pawar who portrays Saroo in his early years before Dev Patel steps in for the later ones. Both actors are fantastic but Pawar carries a lot of the film for the first half and does a tremendous job, seemingly having talent beyond his years. The film is emotionally enduring but in such a heartwarming way and offers some really lovely thoughts on adoption too.

. War For The Planet of the Apes


One of the more bleak summer blockbusters, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ saw Caesar return and fight for survival against the human race. The most impressive element about the Apes films will always be the outstanding special effects used to create the characters, it never ceases to amaze me just how realistic the apes look and for that alone it deserves a place on this list. This is so much more than just a technical achievement though with a narrative constructed so well, consistently gaining momentum until it’s dramatic finale. As a result its safe to say that the Apes trilogy is one of the strongest in cinematic history.

6. Manchester By The Sea


I don’t think I enjoyed spending time with a group of characters more this year than when I did watching ‘Manchester By The Sea’. You’ll find yourself just wanting to reach through the screen and give them a hug and tell them it will be ok. Damn, this movie is emotional and it features some of the most devastating scenes from cinema all year. In stark contrast it also has some of the best comedy witnessed over the last twelve months and somehow manages to juggle this tone perfectly. I was genuinely sad when the film ended as I wanted to continue journeying with these characters, but this for sure means that I’ll be re-watching this drama all of my life. 

5. Dunkirk

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‘Dunkirk’ was the tenth film to be directed by Christopher Nolan and is a strong contender for his best film to date. Told in three parts this retelling of the largest retreat in military history is masterfully put together with some of, if not, the best editing you’ll see all year. The way in which the action sequences are produced is mind-blowing and creates some of the finest shots in any film of 2017. Sights, sounds and performances all combine together resulting in an overwhelming emotional core to many sequences throughout the film despite not having one central character. Told succinctly yet with confidence and an abundance of impressive technique, ‘Dunkirk’ is an instant classic.

4. Baby Driver

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‘Baby Driver’ was the film of the summer. Audiences and critics alike emerged from screenings declaring it was the best film of the year and for me it nearly was too. Writer & director Edgar Wright has created a boisterous heist movie proving he really can take on action heavy projects. His comedic comfort zone is put to well use too providing audiences with gags aplenty. He gets the most from his ridiculously talented cast, especially Elgort whose performance is a career best. However the star for many, myself included, was that wonderful soundtrack. Given real purpose and integrated so masterfully into the narrative it made sure that ‘Baby Driver’ would be remembered as much more than just a summer blockbuster.

3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi


‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ ignited my love for this franchise in a way I hadn’t experienced since the finale of ‘Return of the Jedi’. Director Rian Johnson crafted such an unpredictable story that had me constantly involved. I feared for my favourite characters any time they embarked on a dangerous mission, I laughed when simple slapstick comedy was included and I basked in the endlessly fun, intriguing & infuriating character dynamics on display throughout the run-time. I know that it wasn’t for everyone but I loved it and nothing anyone says is going to change that.

2. IT


Rebooting the classic mini series Director Andy Muschietti brought Pennywise the Dancing Clown into cinemas ready to terrorize a whole new generation. ‘It’ felt like a movie straight out of the eighties, maybe being more at home in the adventure genre than horror. It was a joy hanging out with the group of kids known as the Losers Club. Portrayed by a brilliant collection of young performers their chemistry made the film work so well, it’s rare to have such a likeable group in a horror movie. Furthermore, Bill Skarsgård did tremendously well in filling Tim Curry’s shoes in the titular role. Subsequently the scares were fun, the laughs were big and the heart of this group of kids shone through in endlessly entertaining fashion.

1. Patriots Day


Before this year director Peter Berg & Mark Wahlberg had previously collaborated on two occasions; ‘Lone Survivor’ & ‘Deepwater Horizon’, both great films in their own right. Though never have their collaborated efforts been as affecting as in ‘Patriots Day’. The retelling of the Boston Marathon Bombings and subsequent manhunt is expertly crafted here blending such raw emotion with fascinating insights into the tragic real life events delivering a truly captivating cinematic experience. Told with such sensitivity and care, like ‘Stronger’, this film is a remarkable tribute to Boston and a poignant reminder of what can be achieved when we work together, something that the world of today can never hear enough and this is why ‘Patriot’s Day’ is my film of the year.

Written by Hamish Calvert

Thanks for reading, please let me know what you thought about my list and tell me what your favourite movies of the year were! Leave a comment below or drop me a tweet over at @HCMovieReviews.

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