Movies for 2017

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1. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 89,673 | Gross: $57.64M

I didn't know it was based on a play when I saw it, but I could tell. And I mean that in the best way. Great dialog, developed characters, rich themes . . . just exceptional.

2. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Lying Detective (2017)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock goes up against the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith - a man with a very dark secret indeed.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 23,463

3. Hard Eight (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 37,164 | Gross: $0.22M

4. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 210,484 | Gross: $5.38M

5. Cop Car (2015)

R | 88 min | Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

A small-town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham

Votes: 28,246 | Gross: $0.13M

6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

96 Metascore

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 59,558

7. The Night Manager (2016)

TV-14 | 358 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman

Votes: 62,070

8. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 182,903 | Gross: $26.86M

9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 246,291 | Gross: $10.68M

10. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 931,608 | Gross: $70.10M

11. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 635,561 | Gross: $66.21M

12. The Girl on the Train (I) (2016)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux

Votes: 156,097 | Gross: $75.40M

13. Genius (2016)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Director: Michael Grandage | Stars: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney

Votes: 16,197 | Gross: $1.36M

14. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 188,186 | Gross: $124.12M

Comprehensive, interwoven story of the drug trade between US and Mexico with great detail, acting, and satisfying and believably "happy" ending.

15. Love the Coopers (2015)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

31 Metascore

The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms

Votes: 18,346 | Gross: $26.28M

The most cheeseball movie with A-list cast in ages. It's not very good; but I was sick with a massive cold and it was reassuring in it's clumsy good intentions.

16. 42 (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 79,146 | Gross: $95.00M

I'd heard of Jackie Robinson my whole life but had no details of his life. I cannot vouch for the historical accuracy of this film, but it was solid and informative and very well-done.

17. Race (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton

Votes: 31,826 | Gross: $19.10M

18. American Ultra (2015)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo

Votes: 78,499 | Gross: $14.43M

19. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 585,323 | Gross: $226.28M

20. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Laura Albert, Bruce Benderson, Terrence Owens, Ira Silverberg

Votes: 1,010 | Gross: $0.09M

21. Love the Coopers (2015)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

31 Metascore

The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms

Votes: 18,346 | Gross: $26.28M

22. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 166,446 | Gross: $5.88M

Wonderful story about finding the balance between anti-capitalist survivalist hippie life off the grid and fitting in. Filmed near Goldbar.

23. Café Society (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively

Votes: 64,665 | Gross: $11.10M

24. Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (2016 TV Special)

64 min | Comedy

Emmy-winning comedy legend Dana Carvey returns to the stage with a routine that blends pitch-perfect impressions of big personalities with so-true-it-hurts stories about being a dad of millennials, the joys of aging, and pharmaceuticals.

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Dana Carvey, Dex Carvey, Thomas Carvey

Votes: 1,246

25. David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016 TV Special)

74 min | Comedy

Actor/comedian David Cross skewers Donald Trump, takes shots at religious taboos and American swagger in a hilarious yet provocative night of comedy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX.

Director: Alex Coletti | Star: David Cross

Votes: 1,423

26. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 143,471 | Gross: $1.87M

Tom Hardy plays the twin Kray brothers; notorious British mobsters in the 60s. Well-made and well-played. Not a game changer, but entertaining and especially good if you're a Tom Hardy fan like me.

27. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 158,758 | Gross: $13.30M

Some patience and tons of thought required; beyond that, this dreamlike experimental landscape of a film is astonishing. The visual effects are subtle throughout and show amazing return to practical effects and cinematography that informed 2001 A Space Odyssey

28. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 177,659 | Gross: $169.61M

Loved it. Not subtle in execution but the mix of gender and race and space history is compelling. Uplifting and positive and a story that deserves to be known.

29. The Founder (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 103,350 | Gross: $12.79M

A really good film about a man I don't like and a business that has a terrible product. Keaton kills it. Offerman better than expected. Dern underused. But I was mostly excited to see this because script by Robert Siegel. He wrote Big Fan which I really liked and The Wrestler which is one of my top 25 films of all time.

30. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 428,491 | Gross: $176.04M

excellent twist on the classic thriller formula with compelling performances and solid pace

31. If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

Carl Reiner tracks down several nonagenarians to show how the twilight years can be rewarding.

Director: Danny Gold | Stars: Carl Reiner, Iris Apfel, Tony Bennett, Alan Bergman

Votes: 369

wonderful exploration of aging celebrities and living life

32. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 506,667 | Gross: $412.56M

godot is great. the film is sincere but weak. i wish the entire film happened on the isle of amazons . . .the more epic it got toward the end the more bored i felt

33. American Anarchist (2016)

TV-MA | 80 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

The story of one of the most infamous books ever written, "The Anarchist Cookbook," and the role it's played in the life of its author, now 65, who wrote it at 19 in the midst of the counterculture upheaval of the late '60s and early '70s.

Director: Charlie Siskel | Star: William Powell

Votes: 1,493

this book made the rounds during my junior high school years and it was a big deal. interesting how reluctant the author is to take responsibility. interesting but not hugely compelling. recommended only if this book meant something to you in your life.

34. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

57 Metascore

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench

Votes: 144,970 | Gross: $87.24M

35. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 188,939 | Gross: $51.74M

36. Big Little Lies (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 126,538

37. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 213,571 | Gross: $10.64M

fun two-layer punch-in-the-gut

38. Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017 TV Special)

TV-14 | 62 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.

Director: Michael Bonfiglio | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Brogan, Mark Schiff, Carolyn Liebling

Votes: 4,489

39. Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017 TV Special)

66 min | Documentary, Comedy

Patton Oswalt, despite a personal tragedy, produces his best standup yet. Focusing on the tribulations of the Trump era and life after the loss of a loved one, Oswalt continues his journey to contribute joy to the world.

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Star: Patton Oswalt

Votes: 1,828

40. 1922 (2017)

TV-MA | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

70 Metascore

A simple yet proud farmer in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to assist. But their actions have unintended consequences.

Director: Zak Hilditch | Stars: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard

Votes: 41,505

41. The Grandmaster (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 29,310 | Gross: $6.59M

42. Baby Driver (2017)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González

Votes: 386,452 | Gross: $107.83M

43. Black Sabbath: The End of the End (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Documentary, Music

The heavy metal band Black Sabbath plays its final show at their hometown Birmingham on February 4, 2017.

Director: Dick Carruthers | Stars: Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler

Votes: 714

criticisms are having interviews over the music, but it is a documentary after all. black sabbath rocked from 1968 to 2017 and are basically synonymous with my life. i had a lot of feelings while watching this. i do hope they have a concert-only video as well because they looked and sounded great.

44. Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

23 Metascore

Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

Director: Anna Foerster | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver

Votes: 64,672 | Gross: $30.35M

45. The Debt (I) (2010)

R | 113 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 61,910 | Gross: $31.18M



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