tmrw’s favourite films of 2017

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Dec 27, 2017 / Film & TV

Ah, 2017.

While it may just go on record as one of the bleakest years in recent memory for – well, you know – pretty much everything, when it comes to the films, we’ve all been rather spoilt. We had a vintage year for blockbusters, astonishing additions to the superhero genre, movies talking about race, sexuality and gender in groundbreaking ways, plus a brand new Star Wars. In short: there’s been a lot of good.

So, as the year closes out and you’re sat with your loved ones, wondering which film you should stick on the telly as you tuck into your Christmas day leftovers, allow us to be of service. Courtesy of Niall Flynn, Jess Ennis and George Griffiths, here are tmrw’s picks for the films of the year. From the deliriously entertaining to the downright heartbreaking, these are 20 films you should have seen.

tmrw’s favourite films of 2017

Logan:

The tonal injection that the superhero universe desperately needed, courtesy of director James Mangold. Dark, beautifully shot, and equal parts Americana road trip movie, equal parts poignant character drama. JE

Call Me By Your Name:

Beautiful, brilliant and rapturous. Luca Guadagnino’s masterpiece is a tender tour-de-force eliciting a career best performance from Armie Hammer, while setting up Timothée Chalamet as the next big thing. GG

Blade Runner 2049:

A blinder of a lead performance from Ryan Gosling, along with cinematography beamed directly from a cinephile’s wildest fantasy. In Denis Villeneueve’s film, every single shot is a visual masterpiece. JE

Lady Bird:

Gretta Gerwig’s directorial debut is a total unadulterated joy. A near-perfect ode to the growing pains of growing up – and Saoirse Ronan’s never been better. NF

Dunkirk:

This year’s best foray into narrative innovation, courtesy of blockbuster maven Christopher Nolan: sparse dialogue, little character development, and a weaving timeline in flux. JE

tmrw’s favourite films of 2017

Good Time

Robert Pattinson is unrecognisable as a petty criminal racing through low-life New York in this gritty thriller, courtesy of the Safdie brothers. Expect it to propel the sibling directors – Josh and Bennie, look ’em up – even further into mainstream circles. Which is good. NF

The Disaster Artist:

A delirious commemoration of the worst film ever made: The Disaster Artist is a delightful homage to The Room, as a well as a love-letter to both the art of filmmaking and the art of the failure. GG

Get Out:

Oh me, oh my. Give Get Out and Jordan Peele all of the awards. Then take them away, just so you can polish them to give back even shinier. This is how you shake things up; this is a movie. NF

Mother!:

Everyone thought this film was shit. I do not think it’s shit. I think Jennifer Lawrence is excellent in it. I think it’s a bold move that will eventually pay off, probably in 20 years. The Bible… yay? GG

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer:

Another twisted fable from Yorgos Lanthimos, the modern master of on-screen discomfort. Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star, but young Irish actor Barry Keoghan steals the show. You’ll see him in your nightmares. NF

tmrw’s favourite films of 2017

Lady Macbeth:

British newcomer Florence Pugh’s dark and seductive performance as a young woman forced into marriage with an older man is easily the best of the year. Similar plaudits to director William Oldroyd. JE

Wonder Woman:

The best DCEU film, though that’s really not too hard. Still, Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins have made a superhero film for the ages; hopeful, beautiful and – most importantly – patriarchy-crushing. GG

All The Money In The World:

Let it be known: What Ridley Scott has pulled off here is nothing short of mastery. With just eight weeks until its release, the 80-year-old director reshot all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes, Christopher Plummer replacing the disgraced actor in the role of J. Paul Getty. The latter is superb, the film a triumph. NF

Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Look, die-hard fans, here’s the truth: with the best character development yet and a really smart humourous streak, Rian Johnson’s film is the best of the new forays into the galaxy far, far away. JE

The Post

Meryl Streep! Tom Hanks! Steven Speilberg! It’s a triple-whammy of beloved icons, coming together to bring home some sweet, sweet Oscars and prove to everyone that Spotlight wasn’t a fluke and movies about newspapers can be interesting. GG

tmrw’s favourite films of 2017

The Shape Of Water

A gorgeous, mesmerising modern fairytale from Guillermo del Toro, anchored by its fantastic performances. Sally Hawkins is spellbinding. NF

God’s Own Country

If Call Me By Your Name is studied and beautiful, then God’s Own Country is rough and untamed – Brokeback Mountain in the Yorkshire Dales. A potent and unfiltered look at loneliness. GG

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This TIFF winner already has six Golden Globe nominations under its belt, a winning combination for the black comedy genre: Martin McDonagh and Frances McDormand. JE

Phantom Thread

What will we do without Daniel Day Lewis? Reuniting with Paul Thomas Anderson for what’ll be his final on-screen appearance, the Greatest Actor To Have Ever Lived does what he’s been doing for as long as we can remember: a performance that simply couldn’t have come from anybody else. NF

A Monster Calls

Following a young boy’s relationship with a magical monster as he comes to terms with his mother’s impending death, the year’s most criminally overlooked film is a spellbinding, heartbreaking film about childhood, loss, and love. JE

tmrw’s favourite films of 2017

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