Best of 2017

by GroundhogUK | created - 27 Dec 2017 | updated - 02 Jan 2018 | Public

My top picks of the year (in no particular order)

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1. The Evil Within (2017)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror

The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.

Director: Andrew Getty | Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Dina Meyer, Frederick Koehler, Michael Berryman

Votes: 2,540

2. Always Shine (2016)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

Best friends Anna and Beth take a weekend trip to Big Sur, hopeful to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Tensions mount, however, leading to an unexpected yet ... See full summary »

Director: Sophia Takal | Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald, Lawrence Michael Levine, Khan Baykal

Votes: 3,540 | Gross: $0.01M

3. 68 Kill (2017)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

56 Metascore

A punk-rock after hours about femininity, masculinity and the theft of $68,000.

Director: Trent Haaga | Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand

Votes: 3,928

4. Double Date (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

A man can't speak to ladies. His friend makes things happen but with 2 man-killing sisters looking for a virgin man to sacrifice to bring daddy back from the dead.

Director: Benjamin Barfoot | Stars: Danny Morgan, Georgia Groome, Michael Socha, Kelly Wenham

Votes: 1,684

5. Freddy/Eddy (2016)

94 min | Thriller

Freddy finds himself in the biggest crisis of his life, because he gets accused to have beaten up his wife. While his world collapses, Eddy, his childhood imaginary friend reappears. And he... See full summary »

Director: Tini Tüllmann | Stars: Felix Schäfer, Jessica Schwarz, Greta Bohacek, Alexander Finkenwirth

Votes: 417

6. Tragedy Girls (2017)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

58 Metascore

A twist on the slasher genre, following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy, and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

Director: Tyler MacIntyre | Stars: Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Jack Quaid, Kevin Durand

Votes: 7,277 | Gross: $0.06M

7. The Bar (2017)

102 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar, while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi, Secun de la Rosa

Votes: 18,094

8. Freehold (2017)

TV-MA | 80 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

An oily, amoral estate agent is preyed upon by one of his victims, who quietly moves into his flat and, unseen, begins a deliciously malicious campaign of revenge. Two Pigeons is a dark comedy with a sinister streak.

Director: Dominic Bridges | Stars: Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Michael McKell, Kola Bokinni

Votes: 930

9. Lowlife (2017)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.

Director: Ryan Prows | Stars: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald, Shaye Ogbonna

Votes: 1,635

10. Mayhem (2017)

Unrated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

62 Metascore

A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.

Director: Joe Lynch | Stars: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie

Votes: 12,716

11. In Between (2016)

R | 103 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud | Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura, Mahmud Shalaby

Votes: 2,131 | Gross: $0.11M

12. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 163,768 | Gross: $18.10M

13. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum

Votes: 240,560 | Gross: $100.23M

14. Tiere (2017)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller

A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly... See full summary »

Director: Greg Zglinski | Stars: Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri, Mehdi Nebbou

Votes: 515

15. The Marker (2017)

80 min | Crime, Thriller

Noir thriller about a criminal seeking redemption by tracking down the daughter of the woman he killed. Along the way he is haunted by his guilt in the guise of the woman's ghost.

Director: Justin Edgar | Stars: Frederick Schmidt, Ana Ularu, John Hannah, Cathy Tyson

Votes: 254

16. Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen

Votes: 4,629 | Gross: $0.38M

17. Miss Sloane (2016)

R | 132 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 55,080 | Gross: $3.44M

18. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 84,784 | Gross: $2.01M

19. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 31,987 | Gross: $1.31M

20. Mindhorn (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.

Director: Sean Foley | Stars: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis, Steve Coogan

Votes: 9,470

21. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 236,456 | Gross: $27.85M

22. Wind River (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones

Votes: 176,903 | Gross: $33.80M

23. Handsome Devil (2016)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

60 Metascore

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.

Director: John Butler | Stars: Fionn O'Shea, Ardal O'Hanlon, Amy Huberman, Ruairi O'Connor

Votes: 8,473

24. Frantz (2016)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber

Votes: 11,091 | Gross: $0.88M

25. The Disaster Artist (2017)

R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen

Votes: 116,917 | Gross: $21.12M

26. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

Votes: 316,522 | Gross: $92.03M

27. Atomic Blonde (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 156,929 | Gross: $51.57M



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