“Dunkirk” is the type of film that is meant to be watched in a room with a large television, surround sound and spectators who will not be distracting. Christopher Nolan succeeds in immersing viewers in the experience in this film with exquisite sound design and convincing characters. “Dunkirk” showcases many narratives at once, highlighting the complexities of WWII.
“Coco” is classic Disney Pixar. It is evident that the studio did their homework as the representation of Dia De Los Muertos is culturally accurate throughout the film. The story also contains a charming narrative about following passions despite adversity.
8. “Baby Driver”
“Baby Driver” shows what action films can accomplish. “Baby Driver” has a strong narrative that captivates the audience from the beginning and holds their attention until the end. Action scenes are masterfully edited and contribute to the overall narrative. The film also packs one of the best movie soundtracks in recent memory, and Oscar-worthy sound editing.
7. “A Ghost Story”
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this emotional drama which we find out what happens after Affleck’s death. “A Ghost Story” is a visual marvel, with classic aspect ratios and beautifully shot scenes. At times it takes a satirical tone in the midst of grief and will leave audiences with questions about the things they will someday leave behind.
6. “The Big Sick”
It is often difficult for a comedian to transition into making a feature-length film. Not only does Nanjiani succeed in this endeavor, but he creates one of the best comedies of 2017. The film is funny, but not in an obvious jokey way. Comedic moments are frequent and beneath the humor is a captivating narrative based on Najiani’s real life.
5. “Lady Bird”
“Lady Bird” is a coming-of-age film about a girl trying to escape her family in Sacramento in search of love and acceptance. Director Greta Gerwig challenges the romanticized mother-daughter relationship with characters who are witty and loving despite being strong-willed and stubborn. This film speaks to the way our family and home towns shape our youth, despite the troubles they present.
“Mudbound” is not an easy film to watch. It follows two farm-owning families in rural Mississippi shortly after the conclusion of WWII. It highlights racial inequalities at the time and shows how difficult life was for a black land owning family at the time. The film encompasses themes of racism and difficulty returning home from war.
“Paterson” is a movie about a bus driver who writes poetry. The film emphasizes finding the beauty in everyday life through an examination of an extremely ordinary one. Adam Driver offers a captivating performance, and his character offers a unique way to view living in the world and how to be happy.
2. “Get Out”
Jordan Peele burst onto the directorial scene with his debut film “Get Out.” The film has deep racial undertones and is laden with social commentary. Beyond that, the film is expertly put together, complete with a narrative that will keep audiences guessing until the credits roll.
1. “Blade Runner:2049”
“Blade Runner 2049” is a sequel to the 1982 movie “Blade Runner.” Like its predecessor, the film’s central question is what makes us human. Ryan Gosling offers a phenomenal performance and the film looks gorgeous as a whole. It is a movie that was meant to be viewed in theaters, as it is a visual and auditory masterpiece. The film tackles questions about our own humanity, desires for intimacy, memories and artificial intelligence. “Blade Runner 2049” is a film that demands multiple viewings.