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Top Five Movies of 2017

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  1. Logan

 

Earlier this year, Hugh Jackman reprised his role as Wolverine for the final time, after 17 years of portraying the character. That final film, “Logan, is not only the best Wolverine film, it’s easily one of the best films in the “X:Men” universe. Finally working within the confines of an R-rated movie, “Logan” is a bloody and profane film, but also contains an unexpected amount of heart that most superhero movies are unable to accomplish. The final result was a film that not only served as a proper send off to a beloved character, but a film that will be remembered as one of the best superhero films of all time.

  1. Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s first directorial effort in four years was one that was certainly worth the wait. Starring Ansel Elgort as the titular character, “Baby Driver” revved into theaters this past summer, and challenged how we view action movies. The film is notable due to its use of music, in which actor’s movements and actions are often in sync with the film’s soundtrack. Featuring a stacked cast, “Baby Driver” is almost like if Edgar Wright directed a “Fast and Furious” film, and the final result was quite close to that, and wound up being one of the best movies of the year.

  1. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Last year, American audiences were introduced to director Yorgos Lanthimos with his film “The Lobster,” the first he had done in the English language. One year later, he reunited with Colin Farrell to bring us “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” one of the darkest and funniest films of the year. The film follows the relationship between a surgeon (Colin Farrell) and a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan), and without spoiling too much, there are some sinister results. Lanthimos’ films are usually very heavy on black comedy, but here, he adds a psychological thriller element that results in a film that will make you laugh while on the edge of your seat. Like the next film on this list, you’ll either really like “Sacred Deer,” or hate it.

  1. mother!

Director Darren Aronofsky has a reputation for making films that are dark and disturbing, and “mother!” Is no exception. The film had a polarizing reception when it debuted in theaters in September, mostly due to its religious themes and one instance of violence in the film (you’ll know it when you see it). Without spoiling too much, the film mostly serves as an allegory that becomes clearer as it moves forward, and when the second act comes around, it becomes flat-out chaotic. The second half of this film offers some of the most surreal filmmaking and storytelling of the year, and as a whole, this film takes a huge gamble that largely pays off.

  1. Dunkirk

Far and away the best film of 2017 belongs to Christopher Nolan, whose WWII epic “Dunkirk” took theaters by storm this past summer. The film tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation during the beginning of WWII, and is split into three narratives: soldiers on land, sailors at sea, and pilots in the air. All three narratives rely more on sound design and action rather than dialogue, and as the film goes on, the narratives all start to intertwine. The entire cast, which includes Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Cillian Murphy, are all wonderful, and portray a wide variety of characters who all react differently in the face of war. “Dunkirk” stands out as one of the best war films of all time and is easily the best film of 2017.

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Class of ’18 – Daniel Russell is the opinions editor for the Albany Student Press, and helps come up with the debate topics each week. He’s an English major, and last summer, he interned for a website called Newscult, writing various entertainment articles.

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