Here are the year’s best films in storytelling and performances:
Superb acting performances highlight this crime drama depicting a grieving mother seeking answers for her daughter’s brutal murder. The brilliant screenplay slowly unmasks the film’s key players, shining a spotlight on how each character’s past and present are interwoven into this chilling storyline. 2017’s best ensemble!
I have deep respect for rappers as artists, but their music won’t find its way into my iTunes playlists. Naysayers vs. struggling musician doesn’t come close to describing this emotional rollercoaster. I did not, however, see this sensational underdog story coming. I was floored by “Patti Cake$”…and you will be too. The year’s best ending!
A historic masterpiece that covers the politically troublesome and potentially devastating four-week period for Great Britain from the remarkable perspective of Winston Churchill. History buffs won’t find a better film in 2017.
Depicting 1939 race relations along the Mississippi Delta farm lands, the film tells the powerful story of growing hostilities that form between the white McAllan family and the black Jackson family. Sensational performances abound, notably from Mary J. Blige and Jason Mitchell.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s debut in the director’s chair is mesmerizing as Jessica Chastain plays a former Olympic skier turned poker party hostess. Phenomenal acting and a razor-sharp script brings comparisons to 2015’s dialogue heavy “The Big Short”. Arguably, this movie is even better.
As amazing as Woody Harrelson is in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, he’s even better in this a riveting look inside a dysfunctional, nomadic family. This film shakes moviegoers with inspirational pep talks and heartbreaking results.
Veteran actor Sam Elliott plays an iconic Western movie star named Lee Hayden, who hasn’t had a quality film in 40 years. The film engulfs us with the same vulnerability and real-life problems that age throws at everyone. It even gets us to contemplate our achievements over a lifetime.
The year’s second highest grossing domestic film is energetic, fast-paced, and funny. The stellar chemistry between its two main characters, former Miss Israel Gal Gadot and Star Trek captain Chris Pine—is equally impressive.
A distraught 24-hour, post-bank robbery ride by a pair of brothers (Robert Pattinson and Ben Safdie) provides us with one of the most thrilling and crazy days captured on film in 2017. Pattinson’s performance alone makes this movie a must-see!
KAPOW! After two dreary, less fulfilling gambits last year in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad”, leave it to this animated action pleaser to pump much-needed life back into DC Entertainment.
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