Saturday 16 January 2021

Ace Black's List: The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

More than 95 movies from 2017 have been reviewed on the Ace Black Movie Blog. Here are the 10 best:

Directed by Rian Johnson.
Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Carrie Fisher.
Writer and director Johnson takes audacious risks and breathes fresh life into an ageing series. The First Order moves in for the kill against the rebels, but scavenger Rey insists on prodding Luke Skywalker into one final epic battle. Full review.

Directed by Edgar Wright.
Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Kevin Spacey.
The story of a young getaway driver is a stylish, artistic and hyperkinetic action film, burning rubber to a thumping soundtrack. Full review.

Directed by Scott Cooper.
Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Jesse Plemons.
A soulful and occasionally brutal western combining the traditions of the arduous journey with a lyrical exploration of troubled relations between whites and natives. Full review.

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville.
A whimsical romance between a perfectionist fashion designer and his muse, examining mischievous power dynamics churning below the surface. Full review.

Directed by S. Craig Zahler.
Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson.
A prison drama with a difference, layering on violence, gore, attitude and plot twists in a grindhouse celebration full of surprises - and surprising humanity. Full review.

Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie.
Starring Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
A crime drama with a mean streak of humourous nihilism about one bad night spiked by an exhilarating determination to do good. Full review.

Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
An epic recreation of an army's survival and rescue ordeal, defeat salvaged from the jaws of catastrophe as seen through the eyes of combatants in three different time frames. Full review.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Ana de Armas.
A magnanimous science fiction epic and a rich quest for private and collective identity, packaged into an absorbing story about the evolution of what is real and what ultimately matters. Full review.

Directed by Greta Gerwig.
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Lucas Hedges.
A tender yet bristling coming-of-age drama-comedy glowing with authenticity, and a poignant exploration of the complex bond between mother and daughter. Full review.

Directed by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Lucas Hedges.
The sharp story about a mother's activist grief and a community confronting uncomfortable shortcomings is thorny, disquieting, emotionally twisty, and laced with acidic acrimony. Full review.

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