2017 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released in 2017, and the last two columns for films seen in 2017. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2016 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2017. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2017
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2017 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (à).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2017 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than 2 years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

B+/A- Near Great

B+ Must See

Staying Vertical (Guiraudie) 77

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

4 Days in France (Reybaud) 71
*From Nowhere (Newton) 70
The Challenge (Ancarani) 69

B Recommended

All This Panic (Gage) 68
The Salesman (Farhadi) 68
Albüm (Mertoglu) 67
The Son of Joseph (Green) 65

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Colossal (Vigalondo) 63
Graduation (Mungiu) 62
After the Storm (Kore-eda) 61

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

John Wick Chapter 2 (Stahelski) 60
A Quiet Passion (Davies) 59
Pendular (Murat) 58
The Daughter (Stone) 58
Exile (Panh) 57
*Kedi (Torun) 56
The Unknown Girl (Dardennes) 56
Get Out (Peele) 55
→ The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (Morris) 55
Starless Dreams (Oskouei) 55
Win It All (Swanberg) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

The Great Wall (Zhang) 54
*Ma (Rowlson-Hall) 54
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Kuosmanen) 53
The Commune (Vinterberg) 53
*Your Name. (Shinkai) 53
The Lost City of Z (Gray) 52
Frantz (Ozon) 52
*My Life as a Zucchini (Barras) 52
Personal Shopper (Assayas) 51
Small Crimes (Katz) 51
3 Generations (Dellal) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

T2 Trainspotting (Boyle) 50
*Dig Two Graves (Adams) 49
*War on Everyone (McDonagh) 49
*Buena Vista Social Club: Adiós (Walker) 48
Raw (Ducournau) 48
*Donald Cried (Avedisian) 47
*The Ardennes (Pront) 47
*The Sense of an Ending (Batra) 46
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Shaw) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

*The Belko Experiment (McLean) 45
*All These Sleepless Nights (Marczak) 45
Alien: Covenant (Scott) 44
*Oklahoma City (Goodman) 44
Ma' Rosa (Mendoza) 43
Lady Macbeth (Oldroyd) 42
Hermia & Helena (Piñeiro) 42

C Pass

*Alone in Berlin (Perez) 41
*Lowriders (De Montreuil) 40
*Cézanne et moi (Thompson) 40
*Sleight (Dillard) 39
Slack Bay (Dumont) 38
Song to Song (Malick) 37

C- Ugh

Phoenix Forgotten (Barber) 35
Dark Night (Sutton) 34
Salt and Fire (Herzog) 33
Rings (Gutiérrez) 30
*A Woman's Life (Brizé) 28

D+ Double-Ugh

The Assignment (Hill) 25
From the Land of the Moon (Garcia) 24

D Bomb

The Last Face (Penn) 10

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

Apprentice (Boo)
Arábia (Uchôa, Dumans)
As You Are (Joris-Peyrafitte)
Autumn, Autumn (Jang)
Behemoth (Zhao)
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Kolirin)
The Blackcoat's Daughter (Perkins)
Boundaries (Robichaud)
Buster's Mal Heart (Smith)
Catfight (Tukel)
Diamond Island (Chou)
First Girl I Loved (Sanga)
The Future Perfect (Wohlatz)
Happiness Academy (Kinoshita, Della Negra)
Headshot (Tjahjanto, Stamboel)
Heal the Living (Quillévéré)
The Human Surge (Williams)
I Promise You Anarchy (Hernández Cordón)
The Last Family (Matuszynskiego)
The Last of Us (Slim)
The Levelling (Leach)
Mean Dreams (Morlando)
Mimosas (Laxe)
No One's Child {2014} (Rsumovic)
Prevenge (Lowe)
Remainder (Fast)
Secret File {2003} (Benvenuti)
The Student (Serebrennikov)
The Summer Is Gone (Zhang)
Transfer {2010} (Lukacevic)
Violet {2015} (Devos)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing