Three Years of Movies, Summer 2017

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1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 477,620 | Gross: $389.81M

Extremely likeable characters make up for the lack of a coherent story line.

2. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 903,689 | Gross: $23.34M

Interesting twist on a decent story. Good performance from Spacey.

3. The Punisher (1989)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori

Votes: 19,898

Not enough "A" and not enough "B". Bad decisions lined up. Also, Lundgren is terrible.

4. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 422,524 | Gross: $25.44M

Intriguing premise, but a bit far-fetched at times.

5. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 315,991

Too many characters and uneven storytelling in an otherwise well-made series.

6. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 86,975

A story without direction.

7. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,105,293 | Gross: $216.54M

Extremely well-made war depiction with effective characters. Third act is a bit slow though.

8. Flags of our Fathers (2006)

R | 135 min | Drama, History, War

79 Metascore

The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 111,408 | Gross: $33.60M

A dramaturgical nightmare.

9. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 350,387 | Gross: $138.53M

Honest and moving. Deserves every award.

10. Vi hade i alla fall tur med vädret (1980 TV Movie)

57 min | Comedy

The Backlund family is going on a caravanning holiday. According to the father Gösta it is the best way to see Sweden. The son Johan does not want to do anything but bathing and the ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Sundvall | Stars: Rolf Skoglund, Claire Wikholm, Gunnar 'Knas' Lindkvist, Lotta Thomsen

Votes: 1,901

More than decent satire of vacation in Sweden.

11. Hidden (I) (2015)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A family takes refuge in a bomb shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Steven Elliot

Votes: 17,436

Cool twist, but becomes forced towards the end. Some bad writing here and there.

12. DeepStar Six (1989)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Greg Evigan, Nancy Everhard, Taurean Blacque, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 8,990 | Gross: $8.14M

Production design makes it worth watching, but not much else does.

13. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 499,460 | Gross: $66.49M

The plot is swiss cheese, but the style is refreshing and the characters are strong.

14. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 451,025 | Gross: $54.71M

Interesting premise with RoboCopesque ethical conflict attached. A bit preachy at times.

15. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 355,629 | Gross: $56.82M

For once Allen manages to mix nostalgia with purpose. Gets many things right on many levels. Not entirely comfortable with Wilson though.

16. The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

Votes: 474,218 | Gross: $121.66M

Not very innovative but captivating beginning nontheless. Loses all appeal towards the end, including most of its credibility.

17. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 420,418 | Gross: $57.94M

Preposterous story combined with confused storytelling. Takes it self way too seriously.

18. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Votes: 400,473 | Gross: $134.52M

Extremely promising beginning with refreshing perspective. Ruins most of it at the end with ridiculous antagonist and stretched fighting scenes. Bad CGI at times. Feels like two different movies.

19. Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 707,469 | Gross: $274.09M

Too many close calls to actually be believable, but the original tone and an unusually competent Bullock makes it worth watching.

20. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 134,095 | Gross: $4.86M

Excellent, except for Hartnett's wig. Spot on when it comes to mental illness and how it's handled by people uncomfortable with it.

21. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

50 Metascore

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 41,312

Somewhat cozy adventure - if you can say that about a war movie. Sutherland and Savalas are the real stars.

22. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 227,794 | Gross: $104.45M

Surprisingly believable and captivating. Jude Law's character doesn't tonally match the overall story.

23. It Comes at Night (2017)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

78 Metascore

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough

Votes: 68,458 | Gross: $13.99M

Nothing happens. And then nothing happens again. And then you wish you hadn't paid to see it.

24. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 195,505 | Gross: $100.24M

Tongue-in-cheek idea that misplaces its humour along the way. Uneven pacing and script is so-so.

25. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 146,182 | Gross: $13.76M

Fairly interesting story with unclear perspective and no real protagonist. A bit slow from time to time.

26. Steel Dawn (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe, Christopher Neame

Votes: 4,250 | Gross: $0.56M

B-movie fun.

27. Små citroner gula (2013)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

LOVE AND LEMONS is a romantic comedy about love, friendship and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. The movie is based on the successful novel with the same title by author Kajsa ... See full summary »

Director: Teresa Fabik | Stars: Rakel Wärmländer, Dan Ekborg, Josephine Bornebusch, Sverrir Gudnason

Votes: 1,635

Some attempts at style, but in between there's the usual swedish blandness. Ekborg, von Brömssen and Bornebusch outshine the rest.

28. Vatten (2013)

30 min | Short, Drama

Vatten is a drama about young unconditional love.

Director: Niclas Larsson | Stars: Lova Schildt, Mikaela Ardai Jennefors, Carina M. Johansson, Vincent Henzel

Votes: 33

Beautifully shot and interesting storywise.

29. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 325,920 | Gross: $27.11M

Pretentious trainwreck without a point. Fails completely to emotionally engage me.

30. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 158,969

Political and entertaining at the same time. Obvious inspiration for The Hunger Games, except much more graphic and much less mainstream emptiness.

31. The Girl with the Dog (2013)

30 min | Short, Drama

A film about young love and the first confusing steps towards a sexual identity.

Director: Wiktor Ericsson | Stars: André Andersson, Arvid Asklund, Isa Hansen, Petter Stalin

Votes: 11

Fairly interesting story about love and exclusion. Some good acting and some bad. Nicely shot.

32. Vid skogens rand (2013)

30 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Shots are fired at a woman as she runs through the forest. At the same time, two brothers turn on to a forest road. Their paths will soon cross in a suspenseful film with supernatural elements - where nobody is what they seem to be.

Director: Mikael Drake | Stars: Pär Andersson, Fabian Bernhardson, Sven Björklund, Emelie Falk

Votes: 11

Somewhat flat and silly. Fascinating though how close it is to professional swedish productions when it comes to quality.

33. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,083,541 | Gross: $96.07M

Powerful, despite demonizing tendencies and excessive running time. Extremely believable production and excellent performances from Neeson, Fiennes and Kingsley.

34. The Octagon (1980)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Art Hindle

Votes: 4,502 | Gross: $18.97M

Misunderstands much of the basics in filmmaking, in typical B-movie manner. Very entertaining!

35. Blue Ruin (2013)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack

Votes: 58,585 | Gross: $0.26M

Gets a lot of things right but loses its momentum half way through. Well-crafted social criticism with lukewarm ending.

Slow and a bit pointless. The jokes are stale and the script has no progression.

37. Popular Music (2004)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Two boys grow up together in the town of Pajala during the 1960s. United by rock'n'roll music.

Director: Reza Bagher | Stars: Max Enderfors, Andreas af Enehielm, Jarmo Mäkinen, Kati Outinen

Votes: 4,887

Surprisingly confident in terms of tone and style. Acting is of varying quality, but editing compensates for some of it. Voice-over doesn't blend in, but overall a competent film.

38. The Maze Runner (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 386,031 | Gross: $102.43M

Reminiscent of The Cube but more fleshed out. Plot keeps you intrigued through out, but ending is somewhat far-fetched. Characters might lack originality but serve their purpose. OK.

39. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 200,415 | Gross: $81.70M

Plot is episodic, random and story has no arc. Not nearly as provocatively bad as it could have been though. More a setup for a conclusion than anything else.

40. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 428,942 | Gross: $35.55M

Original style and interesting story. Unfortunately it's a bit slow and unjustifiably lengthy at times. Would benefit from a tighter cut.

41. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 47,163 | Gross: $0.17M

Incredibly realistic in its depiction of a teenager's life (or at least how it could be in a small town during the late 90's) Maybe not the deepest exploration of love, homosexuality and social structures, but decent enough.

42. Rupture (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishé, Peter Stormare

Votes: 5,212

Looks like a cheap music video and plays like a B-movie. Barely watchable. Rapace doesn't even come close to pull off a canadian/american accent.

43. Beyond (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A drama set in 1970s Sweden and centered on a young woman's experiences growing up in a home riddled with abuse and alcoholism.

Director: Pernilla August | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Outi Mäenpää, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 3,523

Conveys moods incredibly well and acting efforts are mostly good. Both Noomi Rapace and Tehilla Blad are very believable. Not even comparable to Rapace's mediocre achievements in Hollywood.

44. Suicide Squad (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis

Votes: 530,306 | Gross: $325.10M

A whole lot of characters I don't know why I should care about. Completely worthless until the end of second act where there's some glimpses of characterization. Plot is a total mess.

45. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 319,999 | Gross: $127.00M

Very Spielbergian story with evident inspiration from E.T., Close Encounters and The Goonies. Quite interesting, but a bit muddled and in need of a clearer perspective.

46. Bredband (2004)

28 min | Drama, Short

Rune, a middle aged working class man, has lost his wife, his dog and his job, and now the city management wants to dig up his lawn in order to provide broadband for the neighborhood. ... See full summary »

Director: Ulf Hansson | Stars: Pierre Lindstedt, Juan Camili Arbelaez, Dag Malmberg, Timo Nieminen

Votes: 31

Not very original story and some aspects have an amateur quality to them. Watchable.

47. Barbarella (1968)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 29,146

More a psychedelic showcase than an actual story. Worth seeing because of its place in film history and the influence it's had on pop culture.

48. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 222,764 | Gross: $35.74M

Quite interesting story, but Eastwood's somewhat stiff narrative makes it less emotional and more literal. Jolie has her moments.

49. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6