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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

*From Nowhere (Newton) 70
The Challenge (Ancarani) 69

B Recommended

The Salesman (Farhadi) 68
Albüm (Mertoglu) 67
The Son of Joseph (Green) 65

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

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
Exile (Panh) 57
*Kedi (Torun) 56
The Unknown Girl (Dardennes) 56
Get Out (Peele) 55
Starless Dreams (Oskouei) 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
Frantz (Ozon) 52
*My Life as a Zucchini (Barras) 52
Personal Shopper (Assayas) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

T2 Trainspotting (Boyle) 50
*Dig Two Graves (Adams) 49
*War on Everyone (McDonagh) 49
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
*Oklahoma City (Goodman) 44
Ma' Rosa (Mendoza) 43
Lady Macbeth (Oldroyd) 42

C Pass

*Alone in Berlin (Perez) 41
*Cézanne et moi (Thompson) 40
Slack Bay (Dumont) 38
Song to Song (Malick) 37

C- Ugh

Dark Night (Sutton) 34
Salt and Fire (Herzog) 33
Rings (Gutiérrez) 30

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)
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)
First Girl I Loved (Sanga)
The Future Perfect (Wohlatz)
Headshot (Tjahjanto, Stamboel)
Heal the Living (Quillévéré)
The Human Surge (Williams)
I Promise You Anarchy (Hernández Cordón)
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)
Transfer {2010} (Lukacevic)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing