For all of the shit that’s been slung at us over the course of 2017, it’s been an absolutely incredible year for cinema, and it was nearly impossible to whittle the over-175 movies I’ve seen this year down to 10 favorites. Normally people put phrases like that at the start of a year-end list, but it’s not just bullshit. From The Disaster Artist to Logan to Mudbound to Dunkirk to Professor Marston and the Wonder Women to Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Blade Runner 2049 to Stronger and plenty more, there were some great fucking movies that I left off this list and I’m so grateful to have seen them all. But here’s 10 that I think are the truly essential and interesting films of the year, and are my personal favorites from 2017.
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The SXSW premiere of Edgar Wright’s action/comedy/musical was my single favorite screening of 2017, as was full of Wright’s fans and cinephiles just sharing in the joy of his latest film. Joy is pretty much the modus operandi of Baby Driver, a sweet celebration of the eccentricities of its creator’s musical tastes and the skill inherent in crafting a thrilling car movie. It’s the movie that Wright’s been building to his entire career, and it may be the best project he’s ever worked on. Plus, we’re now okay with Ansel Elgort being a doofy Knicks fan if it means that we get more great movies like this.