It has been an excellent and fun year for movies, and the best part is the explosion in popularity of MoviePass, which allowed me to see as many movies as I wanted for only $9.95 a month (well, not as many as I wanted, you are relegated to one a day). Side note: If you don’t have MoviePass yet, you’re throwing your money away. Award season is also in full swing so here is our picks for the best movies of 2017.
5 Best Superhero Movies
Spider-Man: Homecoming: If there was one word that could sum up this year’s superhero movies, it would be “fun”—except for Justice League … a definite fun sucker. This Spider-Man outing (which has been rebooted about 93 times) is the best by a long shot, and I’m excited for more of Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the Marvel universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Sure, people complained that it wasn’t as good as the first Guardians of the Galaxy, but it still was a hell of a good time.
Logan: Easily the most adult superhero movie in the bunch, Logan gave us a very violent Wolverine story and the finest X-Men film to date.
Thor: Ragnarok: The Thor movies, in my opinion, have always been the weakest in the Marvel universe. But Ragnarok went in a completely different direction and was the funniest Marvel movie yet.
Wonder Woman: You’ll notice that all the other superhero movies listed here are from Marvel, with Wonder Woman being the one exception. And that’s because Wonder Woman is a damn good movie— the only good DC movie since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
It: It wins in this single-movie category because it was a well-made, genuinely scary movie with an absolutely terrifying, star-making performance from Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. It also makes the list because there was a decided lack of good scary movies this year. The case could be made for Get Out, but that was more intense than scary. See below.
9 Overall Good Movies
Get Out: I couldn’t leave this film totally off my list. It didn’t make it on the scary movie list, but Get Out was so well done and intense. I don’t think I’ve sweated more in a theater than I did watching this.
The Lost City of Z: Based on a true story, this film is a nostalgic throwback to old adventure movies such as The African Queen and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Free Fire: This film is one long, hilarious shootout in a warehouse. That’s it.
Baby Driver: This film is one long car chase with an amazing soundtrack. I kid you not. OK, I kid. Half of it is a car chase.
Blade Runner 2049: A bleak, gorgeous masterpiece and a prime example of a sequel that may be better than its source material. Time will tell.
Murder on the Orient Express: Surprisingly, this was the only movie I saw twice in the theaters this year. It’s like watching an intriguing and entertaining game of Clue play out on the screen.
The Disaster Artist: If you’ve ever seen The Room, then you know it’s the worst movie of all time (if you’ve never heard of it, check out this collection of clips). This film, directed by and starring James Franco, is about the making of The Room. It’s hilarious, engrossing, and, yes, even a little bit sad.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: I saw this movie at midnight on its release date, before hearing any of the bad reviews from fans. When the credits rolled I remember turning to my friend and saying it was my second favorite Star Wars movie behind Empire Strikes Back. I still stand by that. I honestly don’t understand the hatred from fans toward this movie.
The Greatest Showman: I realize musicals aren’t usually super popular among men, but I loved this movie and highly recommend it. It was one of those movies that you leave feeling so good about life and inspired. In a year full of hatred this was a welcome way to cap it all off and begin the new year.
Best Coming Soon
These movies are coming out this month and I have a feeling they’re all going to be excellent. I haven’t seen them yet as of press time, but you can bet I’ll be first in line for each one.
Surprisingly, I didn’t see a lot of clunkers this year simply because I didn’t want to waste my time or money on movies that looked like absolute crap. But I scoured the web for the most universally hated, and these five took the cake. Here are highlights of their reviews from rottentomatoes.com.
Dark Tower: “Dark Tower is cheesy and laughable.”
Transformers: The Last Knight: “Michael Bay has promised that this is the last Transformers movie he will direct, which is no small relief. It will not, alas, be the last Transformers movie.”
The Mummy: “As the beginning of an ongoing series, it’s an utter bore, one with only the faintest grasp of what made Universal’s monster pictures so iconic all those decades ago.”
The House: “Instead of writing actual characters, they’ve hired a gaggle of beloved comedians to do bits based on stereotype and persona, and have concocted a cockamamie suburban crime story that manages to be both bizarre and incredibly thin.”
The Great Wall: “If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.”
Now it’s your turn! Let us know which movies from our list you like and dislike.