The Year in Review: Movie Superlatives of 2017

The Year in Review: Movie Superlatives of 2017

Yesterday, I posted my Top 10 movies of the year, and today we’re covering everything else. From the best moments to the worst movies, the underrated to the overrated, and everything in between. These are the movie superlatives of 2017:

BEST TWIST: The final reveal in Split. I’ve never been more giddy leaving a theater. Not only did it set up a sequel (though not one you might have anticipated), but it changed the entire film we had just watched. Brilliant.

BEST MOMENT: The Snoke chamber lightsaber fight, Star Wars: The Last Jedi


  • Wonder Woman crossing No Man’s Land, Wonder Woman
  • Michael Keaton driving his daughter and Peter Parker to Homecoming dance, Spider-Man Homecoming
  • The stairway fight, Atomic Blonde

WORST MOVIE: Suburbicon. I’ve slowly come to the realization that George Clooney shouldn’t direct. Tonally uneven, thematically obvious, and plays like a poor man’s knock-off of a Coen Brothers movie.


  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Baywatch
  • Bright
  • Ghost in the Shell


  • A Ghost Story
  • Columbus
  • Personal Shopper

MOVIES “THEY” DIDN’T GET: The Greatest Showman. It ain’t subtle and doesn’t deliver as a biopic, but I don’t see how anyone can overlook those songs. 11 total. All of them memorable. That’s pretty good for a musical. It delivers in spades on that end.

MOST UNDERRATED: Life. It certainly owes a lot to Alien, but thanks to a fantastically creepy creature and some imaginatively gruesome deaths, this is one of the strongest sci-fi films of the year. Bested Ridley Scott at his own game – I liked it more than Alien: Covenant.

MOST OVERRATED: Girls Trip. It was okay. Tiffany Haddish is definitely the best part in a star-making performance. But, it’s not exceptionally well-made, even for a comedy. Not sure why so many critics fawned over it, though I get why it was such a big hit with its target audience.

BIGGEST BAD-ASS: Ridley Scott. When the allegations against Kevin Spacey came out in November, the 80 year-old (!) director quickly took action, recasting Spacey’s role as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer, and with only 1 month before the film was set to be released. Not like Plummer is only in a few scenes either. He’s a main character! Unbelievable feat, even if the movie has to settle for being pretty good, rather than great.

BEST ACTOR: Vince Vaughn, Brawl in Cell Block 99. Why is nobody talking about him? He’s never been better. I was blown away.

BEST ACTRESS: Saiorse Ronan, Lady Bird. She is quickly becoming one of our finest young actresses, and she absolutely owns this role. In a year of really strong performances by women (Sally Hawkins, Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand), Ronan takes the cake. Plus, she was awesome on SNL when she hosted.

BEST SCREENPLAY: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird. Precise, warm, funny, insightful. It’s damn near perfect.

BEST DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk. It’s a close race with Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) though, but Nolan squeaks ahead. He just shows absolute command of his craft in Dunkirk.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. A fascinating look at Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman, the making of Man on the Moon, and the acting process. To be fair though, there’s a ton of documentaries I haven’t seen this year, so I’ve got some work to do.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIE: Okja. Weird, wildly funny and oddly affecting. In other words, exactly what you’d expect from a Bong Joon-Ho film.

WORST NETFLIX MOVIE: Bright. $90M sure does buy a lot of dumb and ugly.

THIS SHIT IS BANANAS: The Book of Henry. Only one movie this year had Naomi Watts telling her child, “We are not murdering the police commissioner, and that is final!”


  1. Dunkirk
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Their Finest
  4. Churchill

RIP: Dark Universe. Thanks a lot, Tom Cruise. Where is Brendan Fraser when you need him?

BEST SCORE: John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST SOUNDTRACK (Compiled): Baby Driver

BEST SOUNDTRACK (Original): The Greatest Showman

BEST MOVIE DAD: Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name. That final monologue he delivers is one for the ages. Every kid should be so lucky to hear those words.

WORST MOVIE DAD: Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Not a guy you want to play Russian Roulette with.


  1. IT
  2. Gerald’s Game
  3. 1922
  4. The Dark Tower

BEST SEQUEL: Blade Runner 2049. Better than Ridley Scott’s original, which is one of the most beloved cult classics of all time.

WORST SEQUEL: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Thank God.

SAME MOVIE, BOTH BAD: A Bad Moms Christmas & Daddy’s Home 2

MOST DISAPPOINTING: Justice League. Especially after it seemed the DCEU had cracked the code with Wonder Woman.

BEST USE OF ADAM SANDLER: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)


MOST DECEIVING TITLE: Good Time. Not that good a time actually. Kind of stressful.

BEST UNOFFICIAL TRILOGY: The works of Taylor Sheridan. The screenwriter of Sicario and Hell or High Water won the trifecta with the equally excellent Wind River.

That’s it! If you have any other superlatives you want to share, weigh in below. See everybody at the movies in 2018!


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