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

*mother! (Aronofsky) 85
A Gentle Creature (Loznitsa) 82

B+/A- Near Great

*The Florida Project (Baker) 81

B+ Must See

Staying Vertical (Guiraudie) 77
*Brawl in Cell Block 99 (Zahler) 75
Nocturama (Bonello) 74
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos) 73

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Wormwood (Morris) 72
*4 Days in France (Reybaud) 71
*Félicité (Gomis) 70
*From Nowhere (Newton) 70
Lean On Pete (Haigh) 70
Dunkirk (Nolan) 70
*The Challenge (Ancarani) 69
PROTOTYPE (Williams) 69
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Wilkerson) 69

B Recommended

Let the Corpses Tan (Cattet, Forzani) 68
All This Panic (Gage) 68
Who We Are Now (Newton) 68
The Salesman (Farhadi) 68
Albüm (Mertoglu) 67
The Rider (Zhao) 67
Claire's Camera (Hong) 67
American Made (Liman) 67
Kékszakállú (Solnicki) 66
*Faces Places (Varda, JR) 66
*Lucky (Lynch) 65
The Son of Joseph (Green) 65
Molly's Game (Sorkin) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Colossal (Vigalondo) 63
This Is Our Land (Belvaux) 63
The Death of Stalin (Iannucci) 63
*Lady Bird (Gerwig) 62
*The Glass Castle (Cretton) 62
Graduation (Mungiu) 62
Ava (Mysius) 61
Loveless (Zvyagintsev) 61
After the Storm (Kore-eda) 61
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Dumont) 60
John Wick Chapter 2 (Stahelski) 60
*On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong) 60
*Jane (Morgen) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

Dark River (Barnard) 59
*The Wound (Trengove) 59
A Quiet Passion (Davies) 59
Pendular (Murat) 58
A Ghost Story (Lowery) 58
*BPM (Beats per Minute) (Campillo) 58
The Daughter (Stone) 58
*Strong Island (Ford) 57
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Baumbach) 57
*The Force (Nicks) 57
*Chasing Coral (Orlowski) 57
*Kedi (Torun) 56
The Unknown Girl (Dardennes) 56
Outside In (Shelton) 56
*In Transit (Maysles, True, Usui, Walker, Wu) 56
Get Out (Peele) 55
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (Morris) 55
Starless Dreams (Oskouei) 55
Win It All (Swanberg) 55
*Brad's Status (White) 55
*Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond—With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (Smith) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

*Okja (Bong) 54
*Thelma (Trier) 54
The Great Wall (Zhang) 54
*Ma (Rowlson-Hall) 54
Western (Grisebach) 54
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Kuosmanen) 53
The Commune (Vinterberg) 53
Blade Runner 2049 (Villeneuve) 53
*Princess Cyd (Cone) 53
*Ex Libris (Wiseman) 53
*Your Name. (Shinkai) 53
Long Strange Trip (Bar-Lev) 52
The Lost City of Z (Gray) 52
Frantz (Ozon) 52
The Rehearsal (Maclean) 52
*My Life as a Zucchini (Barras) 52
*Novitiate (Betts) 52
Personal Shopper (Assayas) 51
Super Dark Times (Phillips) 51
*78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (Philippe) 51
Zama (Martel) 51
Small Crimes (Katz) 51
3 Generations (Dellal) 51
War for the Planet of the Apes (Reeves) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

Our Time Will Come (Hui) 50
Baby Driver (Wright) 50
Good Time (Safdies) 50
The Other Side of Hope (Kaurismäki) 50
ManHunt (Woo) 50
T2 Trainspotting (Boyle) 50
Clash (Diab) 50
*Trophy (Schwarz) 50
*Unlocked (Apted) 49
The Ornithologist (Rodrigues) 49
*War on Everyone (McDonagh) 49
Logan Lucky (Soderbergh) 49
*Dig Two Graves (Adams) 49
Mademoiselle Paradis (Albert) 49
In the Fade (Akin) 48
*The Hero (Haley) 48
*Buena Vista Social Club: Adiós (Walker) 48
Raw (Ducournau) 48
*47 Meters Down (Roberts) 47
*Donald Cried (Avedisian) 47
Walking Out (Smiths) 47
*The Ardennes (Pront) 47
*The Square (Östlund) 46
*The Sense of an Ending (Batra) 46
Beach Rats (Hittman) 46
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Shaw) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

Downsizing (Payne) 45
*The Belko Experiment (McLean) 45
*All These Sleepless Nights (Marczak) 45
The Shape of Water (Del Toro) 44
Alien: Covenant (Scott) 44
*Oklahoma City (Goodman) 44
Wonder Wheel (Allen) 44
Suburbicon (Clooney) 43
The Motive (Martín Cuenca) 43
*Amnesia (Schroeder) 43
It Comes at Night (Shults) 43
Lady Macbeth (Oldroyd) 42
Plonger (Laurent) 42
Hermia & Helena (Piñeiro) 42
Detroit (Bigelow) 42

C Pass

Mom & Dad (Brian Taylor) 41
*Alone in Berlin (Perez) 41
*Planetarium (Zlotowski) 41
*Dean (Martin) 41
Redoubtable (Hazanavicius) 40
*Lowriders (De Montreuil) 40
Wonderstruck (Haynes) 40
*Cézanne et moi (Thompson) 40
Radiance (Kawase) 39
*The Beguiled (Coppola) 39
The Death of Louis XIV (Serra) 39
*Sleight (Dillard) 39
Spoor (Holland, Adamik) 38
Slack Bay (Dumont) 38
The Ritual (Bruckner) 38
The Day After (Hong) 37
*Bushwick (Murnion, Milott) 37
Song to Song (Malick) 37

C- Ugh

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Cohen, Shenk) 36
*Mark Felt—The Man Who Brought Down the White House (Landesman) 36
The Lovers (Jacobs) 35
Phoenix Forgotten (Barber) 35
Happy End (Haneke) 34
Dark Night (Sutton) 34
The House (Cohen) 33
Naked (Tiddes) 32
The Book of Henry (Trevorrow) 31
A Bad Moms Christmas (Lucas, Moore) 31
Rings (Gutiérrez) 30
*Rebel in the Rye (Strong) 29
*A Woman's Life (Brizé) 28

D+ Double-Ugh

Flatliners (Oplev) 27
Geostorm (Devlin) 26
The Assignment (Hill) 25
From the Land of the Moon (Garcia) 24

D Bomb

The Last Face (Penn) 10
Caniba (Paravel, Castaing-Taylor) 8

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

A Ciambra (Carpignano)
Apprentice (Boo)
Arábia (Uchôa, Dumans)
As You Are (Joris-Peyrafitte)
At Ellen's Age {2010} (Marais)
Autumn, Autumn (Jang)
Beast (Pearce)
Behemoth (Zhao)
*The Big Sick (Showalter)
The Blackcoat's Daughter (Perkins)
Boundaries (Robichaud)
Buster's Mal Heart (Smith)
Catfight (Tukel)
Cocote (Carlo de los Santos Arias)
*Diamond Island (Chou)
Directions (Komandarev)
Dog Lady (Citarella, Llinás)
The Dragon Defense (Santa)
Dragonfly Eyes (Xu)
The 4th (Hyland)
The Future Perfect (Wohlatz)
Good Luck (Russell)
Happiness Academy (Kinoshita, Della Negra)
Headshot (Tjahjanto, Stamboel)
Heal the Living (Quillévéré)
The Human Surge (Williams)
I Am Not a Witch (Nyoni)
I Promise You Anarchy (Hernández Cordón)
Kill Me Please (Rocha da Silveira)
The Last Family (Matuszynskiego)
The Last of Us (Slim)
The Levelling (Leach)
Makala (Gras)
Manifesto (Rosefeldt)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Surya)
Maudie (Walsh)
Mean Dreams (Morlando)
Mimosas (Laxe)
Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Serraille)
Most Beautiful Island (Asensio)
No One's Child {2014} (Rsumovic)
The Nothing Factory (Pinho)
Occidental (Beloufa)
Of Sheep and Men (Sayad)
1% (McCallum)
One Week and a Day (Polonsky)
Only the Brave (Kosinski)
Prevenge (Lowe)
Quest (Olshefski)
Remainder (Fast)
Scaffolding (Yair)
Secret File {2003} (Benvenuti)
The Seen and Unseen (Andini)
Simulation (Abest)
A Skin So Soft (Côté)
The Summer Is Gone (Zhang)
The Survivalist (Fingleton)
3/4 (Metev)
Transfer {2010} (Lukacevic)
Una (Andrews)
Vampire Clay (Umezawa)
Violet {2015} (Devos)
*White Sun (Rauniyar)
Zombillenium (De Pins, Ducord)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing