As we delve deeper into the summer-movie season, it seems like a good time to look back on the year so far in movies and highlight the most memorable ones.
Box-office performance doesn’t always dictate if a movie is good. Some of the titles below didn’t make a huge killing at the multiplex, but there’s a good chance that you’ll be talking about them long after this year is over. And the early part of 2017 has had some surprising bright spots.
From studio giants like “The Fate of the Furious” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2,” to indies including “Colossal” and “T2: Trainspotting,” here are the 11 best movies of the year… so far:
Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo’s unique mix of comedy, social commentary, and sci-fi is given its biggest exposure yet thanks to the casting of stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis for his latest movie. “Colossal” explores the dangers of alcoholism as Vigalondo puts Hathaway front and center playing a party girl who suddenly realizes she’s controlling a giant that’s destroying Seoul. Sudeikis is her old friend who is also her evil enabler. If you’re seeking something different from a movie, this is it.
10. “T2: Trainspotting”
I know what you’re thinking: Why the hell would anyone make a sequel to “Trainspotting”? But give this a chance if you haven’t yet. Director Danny Boyle along with Ewan McGregor and the rest of the original cast from the landmark first movie deliver an impressive sequel that offers a new story but still celebrates the things we loved about the first one.
9. “The Lego Batman Movie”
- Warner Bros.
Filled with the clever fun that made 2014’s “The Lego Movie” a hit, this one has the added bonus of throwing in great Batman jokes as well.
8. “The Fate of the Furious”
With flaming cars, submarines, and fistfights while someone holds a baby, the latest “Fast and Furious” movie more than satisfied our hunger for the franchise’s top-the-last-one ridiculousness.
- Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
Though it has received mixed reactions from critics and audiences, we couldn’t stop thinking about this sci-fi thriller’s scares and clever ending after leaving the theater.
- Blumhouse Productions
M. Night Shyamalan has returned to form with this terrifying horror film about a man (James McAvoy) with 23 different personalities who kidnaps three girls. McAvoy is sensational in the role(s) and SPOILER we can’t wait to see how Shyamalan will connect his “Unbreakable” characters in the sequel.
5. “John Wick: Chapter Two”
- “John Wick”/Lionsgate
Keanu Reeves returns for another bullet orgy as former hitman John Wick, who can’t seem to enjoy his retirement. The stunts and body count soar in this one as we travel the globe to see Wick dish out his brand of payback. The biggest treat of this franchise is the originality of the fight sequences. And who knew Common was such a badass?
4. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Marvel successfully matches (some would say tops) the successful first “Guardians” movie with more sarcastic banter, classic songs, and a touching story about family.
With an ending Wolverine and Hugh Jackman both deserve, this R-rated superhero movie delivers not just the violence and language that we have dreamed for Logan, but also a strong, mature, story from director and cowriter James Mangold that possibly could receive awards consideration.
2. “Get Out”
- Universal Pictures
What will likely go down as one of the best directorial debuts of all time, Jordan Peele’s horror focused on race is a story audiences were starving for, and he delivered beyond anyone’s expectations. And thanks to the movie, we’ll never look at Froot Loops the same way again.
1. “The Lost City of Z”
James Gray’s epic look at the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett’s journey into the Amazon in search of a mythical city is a powerful take on obsession and human perseverance. Gray also delivers stunning visuals as he takes us from the posh estates of the English countryside to the battlefield and deep, dark jungles.