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Mitch's Top 10 Films of 2017

This year was a pretty good year for films but this was also the year I had my first kid (yay!).  I saw 55 films in 2017, which is my least yet as a reviewer but with the kiddo (yay!) I stopped going to theaters from August to basically the very end of November.  I caught up as best I could, putting up 19 reviews December 13th- December 31st, and sure I have missed some essentials; "The Post", "The Shape of Water", not to mention my favorite director P.T.A.'s "Phantom Thread" but the year is over and it's time to move on to 2018.  


10. The Big Sick

“The Big Sick” feels effortless and so easy going to get it’s big laughs and big emotions.  Let’s hear it for the romantic comedy of 2017.

9. The Meyorwitz Stories (New and Selected)

Baumbach’s dialogue is exhausting in all the good ways. 

8. Brawl in Cell Block 99

This one is a throwback.  A grindhouse film that’s deliciously violent, sporting for me what might just be Vince Vaughn’s best work to date. 

7. Three Billboards Ouside Ebbing, Missouri

McDonagh wrote the lead part in mind for Frances McDormand, and luckily for everyone he got his wish.

6. Mudhound

Dee Rees (HBO’s “Bessie”) adapts Hilary Jordan’s 2008 novel “Mudbound” to the screen with a painful beauty that resonates with a human’s good heart.

5. Wind River

“Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” are two films that are both on my in my Top 10 Films in each of their respective years, and “Wind River”, no doubt, making my 2017 list.  What do these films have in common? Taylor Sheridan.

4. Get Out

Jordan Peele's tonal shifts are perfect, his editing is so acute, and his actors are so finely tuned that “Get Out” fires on all cylinders.  This is bad A' horror flick with someting important to say.

 3. Baby Driver

“Baby Driver” is cool; so cool that we wouldn't have hung out in high school...

2. Good Time 

..a pulse-pounding tour-de-force that embodies the kinetic spirit of one my favorite Martin Scorsese films, “After Hours”. 

Drum Roll Please...

1. Lady Bird 

There's real heart and hurt shining through every scene.  By far the most complete and most rewarding film of 2017!

Don't disagree, being silly doesn't look good on you.

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