Midyear Report: The Best Films of 2017 Thus Far

By Livia Peterson

I meant to scribe the midyear report a couple months ago – during June 2017, but various commitments were in the way to find the time to write the article.

Freelancing is another full time job in addition to my paid job. I am either watching movies or writing about movies (you may lolz on that)! Thank goodness I love the motion pictures and the theatrical experience as much as I do. Without further ado, the best films of 2017 thus far.

Number One: “The Big Sick”

Kumail Nanjiani was my summer best friend forever (BFF). Michael Showalter’s accessible film impeccably examines family dynamics and culture clash. This is more mainstream than indie, but to each her own. A

Number Two: “A Ghost Story”

David Lowery’s meditative drama perfectly examines life, afterlife, legacy, mourning, and so much more. Pondering occurred several times after the end credits rolled. A

Number Three: “Step”

Amanda Lipitz’s uplifting documentary isn’t just about the Baltimore step team; it’s about perseverance amidst of hardships. I happily sobbed during the final ten minutes and couldn’t hold it back. A

Number Four: “Kedi”

Cats roam the streets of Istanbul. Ceyda Torun’s documentary provides the ideal balance of aww and compassion. A

Number Five: “Ingrid Goes West”

Let’s admit: We are all obsessed with social media. The film flawlessly taps into the zeitgeist, examining the consequences of social media and face-to-face communication will always prevail. A-

Number Six: “Brigsby Bear”

Dave McCary’s film demonstrates the motion picture medium is able to produce the imagination into the reality. Motion pictures are able to transcend reality and transport us to different worlds (fricking magical). Nonetheless, I predict “Brigsby Bear” will boast a cult classic status in the near future. B+

Number Seven: “The Rehearsal”

No available theatrical release date yet; screens at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival. Alison Maclean’s film precisely applauds the creative process and the acting as a whole without the sugarcoating. A-

Number Eight: “Maudie”

Sally Hawkins delivers an Academy Award caliber performance as the folk artist Maud Lewis. Aisling Walsh’s unconventional biopic allows us to sympathize with Ms. Lewis and therefore, appreciate folk art even more. A-

Number Nine: “Colossal”

Alcoholism affects everyone involved with the alcoholic and hence, “Colossal” provides brilliant insight into the consequences of alcoholism on a dramedy level – outright hilarious and profound. B+

Number Ten: “Wonder Woman”

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) redeemed itself following many duds. Patty Jenkins’ film emphasizes female empowerment to the maximum and yes, it’s a good feeling when witnessing way too many male dominated films (guys, the film industry is run by men and will always be that way). Gal Gadot seamlessly kicks ass, regardless. B+

The 2017 Telluride Film Festival Lineup

Step (2017)