Lion (2016) is the inspiring story of a young Indian boy separated
from his family, adopted to Australia, and his return.
Hidden Figures is Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe great
as early NASA genius mathematicians in Jim Crow Virginia.
La La Land (2016) is Damien Chazelle's ace musical of an aspiring
actress (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling).
Neruda (2016) is Larraín's stylish presentation of the police pursuit
of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, via Poe or Kafka.
Julieta (2016): Almodóvar directs Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte as
a mother haunted by her daughter's estrangement.
Split is the best movie of 2017 so far, move over MCU and DCU for an odd,
neat Unbreakable Shyamalan Universe thriller.
Get Out is Jordan Peele's sharp, crazy, funny horror movie of a photographer
lured into a strange evil suburban plot.
T2 Trainspotting is Danny Boyle and Irvine Welsh bringing back the sunny
junkies of '96 for a true-to-character update.
A United Kingdom is a moving romance of the true story of an African king
and a London commoner married in the 1940s.
Wilson (2017) is Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Isabella Amara exquisite
in an absurd/hyperreal snort laugh inducer/confounder.
Song to Song is perhaps the last piece of a Malick wanderer trilogy
begun with To the Wonder and Knight of Cups.
The Lego Batman Movie is a pretty funny and entertaining meta-parody
of Batmedia from origins to beyond in Lego bricks.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) is an okay live-action musical adaptation
of the previous Disney incarnations of the story.
Kong: Skull Island (2017) is a ridiculous moderately intermittently fun
King Kong monster movie set after the Vietnam War.
Logan (2016) is the best (i.e., the only okay) Hugh Jackman standalone
Wolverine movie, ridiculous but about in the right mood.
The Boss Baby is a silly 3-D animated movie with a weak plot but some
imagination and funny jokes (some aimed at Trump).
Life (2017) is a really kind of cruddy alien discovery space station
movie, not terrible as a (longish) monster movie.
Ghost in the Shell (2017) is a somber, boring live-action adaptation of the
Japanese future-set manga and anime series.
Julieta (2016): Almodóvar directs Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte
as a mother haunted by her daughter's estrangement.
Evolution (2016) is boys learning about the squid and the starfish in an
evolved future city of women and boys by the sea.
Elle (2016) is Paul Verhoeven's odd story of rape and violence, not awful
but all over the place, with Isabelle Huppert.
Passengers (2016) is a high-concept sci-fi movie fond of the height of
its concept as frozen space travelers thaw early.
Sing (2016) is about what one would expect from a small-town zootopia
version of "American Idol," mostly unremarkable.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck's Boston-to-Tampa snooze of a bootlegging
gangster who fights the KKK and runs charities.
Miss Sloane is a long Washington lobbyist movie with zero credibility,
no pace and unbelievable, lamentable dialogue.
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