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The Big List 2017: Ranking Every Movie I Saw This Year

So this year I saw 240 movies, which were released in 2017 that I saw in 2017. This breaks my record from last year by a significant margin, for a few reasons: I had better access this year to both screenings and screeners, due in part to the advent of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle and the Film Scribes podcast. I’m also writing in more places this year.

Also, my friends in the film publicist world, both the local Allied reps and various national folks, went the extra mile this year, which is greatly appreciated. And I’d also liked to thank the Online Film Critics Society governing council, especially Dewey Singleton, for really coming through with delivering better access this year for OFCS members.

For the purposes of this list I’m including official, Oscar-eligible 2017 releases, as well as films I saw at film festivals that do not have a specific release date in any other year, whether 2016 or 2018 (so that omits Chappaquiddick and Thoroughbreds, which you can look for on next year’s list.) You can read the 2016 version of the list here, 2015 here,

As always, you can read all of my reviews at Rotten Tomatoes and on my Splice Today author page, and you can read my expanded Top Ten list article here, and my look at the year’s top documentaries here. You can also listen to and subscribe to the podcast, and come to our event at the Prince Theater on January 9. 

Thank you all, once again, for reading my reviews this year and listening to the podcast. Even after more than 20 years, I still can’t believe that I actually get to do this.

Without further ado..

The Big List 2017:

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Get Out
  3. The Florida Project
  4. Lady Bird
  5. Call Me By Your Name
  6. Dawson City Frozen Time
  7. Coco
  8. The Post
  9. The Shape of Water
  10. Baby Driver
  11. Princess Cyd
  12. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  13. Wonderstruck
  14. Marjorie Prime
  15. Lucky
  16. Let’s Play Two
  17. Wonder Woman
  18. The Disaster Artist
  19. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  20. mother!
  21. Mudbound
  22. Icarus
  23. Risk
  24. Logan Lucky
  25. Wormwood
  26. Wind River
  27. Alaska is a Drag
  28. Long Strange Trip
  29. The Breadwinner
  30. Lady Macbeth
  31. Get Me Roger Stone
  32. The Work
  33. Jane
  34. Obit.
  35. BPM (Beats Per Minute)
  36. Columbus
  37. Battle of the Sexes
  38. The Big Sick
  39. The Beguiled
  40. It
  41. I, Tonya
  42. Spider-man: Homecoming
  43. Thor: Ragnarok
  44. Dunkirk
  45. American Made
  46. The Meyerowitz Stories: New and Selected
  47. Last Flag Flying
  48. A Ghost Story
  49. Blade Runner 2049
  50. The Lego Batman Movie
  51. The Greatest Showman
  52. Atomic Blonde
  53. Detroit
  54. The Square
  55. Nocturama
  56. Faces Places
  57. One of Us
  58. Quest
  59. I Called Him Morgan
  60. Colossal
  61. The Little Hours
  62. Five Came Back
  63. A Gray State
  64. Ex Libres The New York Public Library
  65. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond
  66. Long Shot
  67. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  68. May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
  69. All The Queen’s Horses
  70. Oklahoma City
  71. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
  72. The Force
  73. Darkest Hour
  74. A Quiet Passion
  75. Girls Trip
  76. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  77. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  78. Logan
  79. John Wick Chapter 2
  80. Okja
  81. Their Finest
  82. The Hero
  83. Beauty and the Beast
  84. The Blackcoat’s Daughter
  85. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  86. Brad’s Status
  87. Dean
  88. Marshall
  89. Menashe
  90. First They Killed My Father
  91. Rough Night
  92. Strong Island
  93. Gilbert
  94. Step
  95. LA 92
  96. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  97. 11/8/16
  98. Loving Vincent
  99. Last Men in Aleppo
  100. City of Ghosts
  101. Beauty and the Dogs
  102. The Wall
  103. Human Flow
  104. Gook
  105. Brigsby Bear
  106. The Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis
  107. The Ballad of Lefty Brown
  108. At the Drive In
  109. Let It Fall: Los Angeles, 1982-1992
  110. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  111. Tickling Giants
  112. Thelma
  113. Gifted
  114. Gerald’s Game
  115. Graduation
  116. Personal Shopper
  117. All the Money in the World
  118. Victoria & Abdul
  119. Brawl in Cell Block 99
  120. Murder on the Orient Express
  121. Ingrid Goes West
  122. After the Storm
  123. The Last Laugh
  124. Dina
  125. Gaga: Five Foot Two
  126. AlphaGo
  127. Cries From Syria
  128. The Fate of the Furious
  129. Crown Heights
  130. The Problem With Apu
  131. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
  132. All These Sleepless Nights
  133. The Women’s Balcony
  134. The Man Who Invented Christmas
  135. Megan Leavey
  136. The Lost City of Z
  137. It Comes at Night
  138. Contemporary Color
  139. Kedi
  140. In the Fade
  141. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  142. California Typewriter
  143. Philadelphia and the Invention of Movies
  144. Disgraced
  145. Whitney: Can I Be Me
  146. Elian
  147. Ferdinand
  148. Karl Marx City
  149. Alien: Covenant
  150. Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  151. Phantom Thread
  152. Molly’s Game
  153. I Love You, Daddy
  154. Wait For Your Laugh
  155. The Lovers
  156. The Lure
  157. The Incredible Jessica James
  158. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  159. Beatriz at Dinner
  160. Wonder Wheel
  161. Mobile Homes
  162. The Death of Louis XIV
  163. Kong: Skull Island
  164. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  165. Goon: Last of the Enforcers
  166. England is Mine
  167. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  168. A Bad Moms Christmas
  169. A Cure For Wellness
  170. Raw
  171. Donald Cried
  172. Land of Mine
  173. Landline
  174. Bright Lights: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
  175. The Final Year
  176. Cars 3
  177. Boss Baby
  178. Justice League
  179. Chasing Coral
  180. The Dinner
  181. Patti Cake$
  182. Carrie Pilby
  183. Whose Streets?
  184. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  185. I Don’t Feel At Home in this World Anymore
  186. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
  187. Holy Air
  188. Scaffolding
  189. Bloody Milk
  190. Everything, Everything
  191. Good Time
  192. Power Rangers
  193. Lemon
  194. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  195. Lost in Paris
  196. The Zookeeper’s Wife
  197. Voyeur
  198. Nobody Speak: Trials of a Free Press
  199. Rebel in the Rye
  200. The Human Surge
  201. Beware the Slenderman
  202. To the Bone
  203. Person to Person
  204. All Eyez on Me
  205. T2: Trainspotting
  206. War Machine
  207. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  208. Despicable Me 3
  209. The Last Word
  210. The Bad Batch
  211. Sister of Mine
  212. The Glass Castle
  213. The Great Wall
  214. The Hatred
  215. Wilson
  216. Snatched
  217. Split
  218. Song to Song
  219. Free Fire
  220. Sweet Country
  221. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  222. CHIPS
  223. Pitch Perfect 3
  224. Fun Mom Dinner
  225. Most Beautiful Island
  226. Table 19
  227. The House
  228. Going in Style
  229. The Space Between Us
  230. Goodbye, Christopher Robin
  231. The Circle
  232. Downsizing
  233. Baywatch
  234. The Mummy
  235. Fifty Shades Darker
  236. Bright
  237. Suburbicon
  238. The Dark Tower
  239. The Only Living Boy in New York
  240. Fist Fight

Did not see (reputedly good): Hostiles, Stronger, A Fantastic Woman, Foxtrot, Citizen Jane: Battle For the City, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rat Film, LBJ

Did not see (reputedly bad): Transformers: The Last Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Emoji Movie, The Book of Henry, The Snowman, Daddy’s Home 2,

The Big List 2016: Ranking Every Movie I Saw

The movie year 2016 is now in the books, and in that year I saw 175 movies that were 2016 releases, a new personal record, beating out last year’s previous record total of 162. Several months of unemployment helped me with the record which, lord willing, will not be broken again in 2017. My reviews, which this year appeared on Fox29.com, Splice Today and Broad Street Review, can all be found on Rotten Tomatoes. My more detailed top ten list is here.

Here’s my personal ranking of all 175 of the movies, as always based on no criteria other than how much I liked them:

    1. La La Land
    2. Everybody Wants Some!!
    3. Moonlight
    4. Manchester By the Sea
    5. The Edge of Seventeen
    6. Hail, Caesar!
    7. Krisha
    8. Tower
    9. Toni Erdmann
    10. I Am Not Your Negro
    11. O.J.: Made in America
    12. Hell or High Water
    13. The Nice Guys
    14. Paterson
    15. Loving
    16. Weiner
    17. Cafe Society
    18. Elle
    19. Fences
    20. The Love Witch
    21. The Lobster
    22. Zootopia
    23. Finding Dory
    24. Silence
    25. Hacksaw Ridge
    26. Hidden Figures
    27. Don’t Think Twice
    28. Creative Control
    29. Sully
    30. Tickled
    31. Kate Plays Christine
    32. De Palma
    33. Do Not Resist
    34. 13th
    35. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    36. Kubo and the Two Strings
    37. The Witch
    38. War Dogs
    39. Elvis & Nixon
    40. Little Sister
    41. Little Men
    42. The Handmaiden
    43. Mountains May Depart
    44. A Bigger Splash
    45. Moana
    46. Gleason
    47. Nuts!
    48. Author: The J.T. Leroy Story
    49. For The Love of Spock
    50. Cameraperson
    51. The Witness
    52. Nora Ephron: Everything is Copy
    53. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
    54. Amanda Knox
    55. Certain Women
    56. Barry
    57. Deadpool
    58. Captain America: Civil War
    59. Doctor Strange
    60. Love & Friendship
    61. Hunt For the Wilderpeople
    62. Jackie
    63. Sausage Party
    64. The Secret Life of Pets
    65. The Angry Birds Movie
    66. The Phenom
    67. The Meddler
    68. The Infiltrator
    69. Midnight Special
    70. White Girl
    71. Pete’s Dragon
    72. The Jungle Book
    73. Allied
    74. Sing Street
    75. Neon Bull
    76. Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids
    77. In Bed With Victoria
    78. Other People
    79. Army of One
    80. Wiener-Dog
    81. Southside With You
    82. Lion
    83. Christine
    84. Arrival
    85. Louder Than Bombs
    86. The Fits
    87. Chevalier
    88. Star Trek: Beyond
    89. Denial
    90. Oasis: Supersonic
    91. Holy Hell
    92. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years
    93. Becoming Mike Nichols
    94. Miss Sharon Jones
    95. Zero Days
    96. Jim: The James Foley Story
    97. Risen
    98. 10 Cloverfield Lane
    99. Blue Jay
    100. Lost in Paris
    101. News From Planet Mars
    102. Ghostbusters
    103. Mascots
    104. Bridget Jones’s Baby
    105. Bad Moms
    106. Sing
    107. Life, Animated
    108. Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
    109. Deepwater Horizon
    110. The Accountant
    111. Eye in the Sky
    112. Nocturnal Animals
    113. Indignation
    114. The Invitation
    115. Captain Fantastic
    116. Barbershop: The Next Cut
    117. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
    118. Girl on the Train
    119. Green Room
    120. The Birth of a Nation
    121. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
    122. Hello My Name is Doris
    123. Maggie’s Plan
    124. Eddie the Eagle
    125. The Light Between Oceans
    126. Personal Shopper
    127. Jason Bourne
    128. Rules Don’t Apply
    129. The Other Side
    130. Race
    131. Uncle Kent 2
    132. The BFG
    133. Equity
    134. Tallulah
    135. Demolition
    136. Passengers
    137. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
    138. The Conjuring 2
    139. A Monster Calls
    140. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
    141. Trolls
    142. Pee Wee’s Big Holiday
    143. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
    144. Knight of Cups
    145. High-Rise
    146. Snowden
    147. Office Christmas Party
    148. Keanu
    149. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
    150. Triple 9
    151. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
    152. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
    153. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    154. All Governments Lie
    155. Miles Ahead
    156. X-Men: Apocalypse
    157. How to Be Single
    158. The Brothers Grimsby
    159. Suicide Squad
    160. Baden Baden
    161. Masterminds
    162. Can We Take a Joke?
    163. Criminal
    164. Central Intelligence
    165. Special Correspondents
    166. The Eyes of My Mother
    167. The Neon Demon
    168. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
    169. Zoolander 2
    170. London Has Fallen
    171. Dirty Grandpa
    172. Money Monster
    173. Alice Through the Looking Glass
    174. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
    175. Swiss Army Man

Did not see (Reputedly good): 20th Century Women, The Founder, Neruda, Live By Night, American Honey, No Home Movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Did not see (Reputedly bad): Nine Lives, Collateral Beauty, Independence Day: Resurgence, Nina, Mother’s Day, Yoga Hosers, Warcraft, Hillary’s America, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben-Hur, Vaxxed

The Big List 2015: Ranking Every Movie I Saw This Year

In 2015, I saw 162 movies, a new record and more than 20 more than my previous record. How’d I do it? I went to two film festivals instead of one, had slightly better screener access, and a couple of months of unemployment to catch up. Yet even with all that, there were still more than 200 days that I didn’t see a movie. That’s when I did all that stuff like working, being a husband and father, and all that.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s everything I saw this year (Find all my reviews here):

    1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    2. Spotlight
    3. Creed
    4. Anomalisa
    5. Wild Tales
    6. The Mend
    7. Dope
    8. Love & Mercy
    9. Chi-raq
    10. Brooklyn
    11. Inside Out
    12. The Big Short
    13. The Martian
    14. Ricki and the Flash
    15. Carol
    16. 45 Years
    17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    18. Ex Machina
    19. Results
    20. The Walk
    21. Steve Jobs
    22. I’ll See You in My Dreams
    23. Beasts of No Nation
    24. The End of the Tour
    25. The Look of Silence
    26. Tangerine
    27. Trainwreck
    28. Bridge of Spies
    29. The Hateful Eight
    30. Room
    31. The Revenant
    32. Magic Mike XXL
    33. Moonwalkers
    34. I Am Big Bird: the Caroll Spinney Story
    35. Sleeping With Other People
    36. Youth
    37. ’71
    38. Danny Collins
    39. Night Owls
    40. Kingsman: The Secret Service
    41. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    42. Furious Seven
    43. Call Me Lucky
    44. The Best of Enemies
    45. Listen to Me Marlon
    46. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
    47. Batkid Begins
    48. What Happened, Miss Simone?
    49. Tig
    50. Clouds of Sils Maria
    51. Southpaw
    52. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
    53. The Assassin
    54. Experimenter
    55. Time Out of Mind
    56. It Follows
    57. Victoria
    58. James White
    59. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
    60. The Sandwich Nazi
    61. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
    62. Amy
    63. Three and a Half Minutes Ten Bullets
    64. The Wrecking Crew
    65. Larry Kramer In Love and Anger
    66. Cartel Land
    67. Straight Outta Compton
    68. Mistress America
    69. A Wonderful Cloud
    70. The Woman in Gold
    71. Phoenix
    72. Heaven Knows What
    73. Ant-Man
    74. The Peanuts Movie
    75. I Smile Back
    76. 99 Homes
    77. Sicario
    78. Joy
    79. Before We Go
    80. White God
    81. Z For Zachariah
    82. Black Mass
    83. By the Sea
    84. Concussion
    85. Trumbo
    86. The Good Dinosaur
    87. Spy
    88. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Faith
    89. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
    90. The Wolfpack
    91. Do I Sound Gay?
    92. Red Army
    93. Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
    94. Sons of Ben
    95. A Walk in the Woods
    96. The Visit
    97. Love
    98. The Danish Girl
    99. Maggie
    100. Timbuktu
    101. Deep Web
    102. Live From New York
    103. Manglehorn
    104. Slow West
    105. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    106. Focus
    107. McFarland USA
    108. I Am Chris Farley
    109. Our Man in Tehran
    110. Jurassic World
    111. Welcome to Me
    112. Age of Adaline
    113. The Rewrite
    114. Uncle Ken 2
    115. What We Do in the Shadows
    116. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
    117. The Overnight
    118. Fifty Shades of Grey
    119. Deathgasm
    120. Our Brand is Crisis
    121. Crimson Peak
    122. Merchants of Doubt
    123. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
    124. Son of the Congo
    125. Atari: Game Over
    126. While We’re Young
    127. Minions
    128. Thought Crimes
    129. Irrational Man
    130. The D-Train
    131. The Sheik
    132. Hot Girls Wanted
    133. Undocumented Executive
    134. Pitch Perfect 2
    135. Wolfcop
    136. The Film Critic
    137. Adult Beginners
    138. San Andreas
    139. The Duff
    140. Chappie
    141. Escobar: Paradise Lost
    142. Snapshot
    143. Tomorrowland
    144. The Last Five Years
    145. Entertainment
    146. Get Hard
    147. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
    148. A LEGO Brickumentary
    149. Entourage
    150. Blackhat
    151. The Wedding Ringer
    152. Run All Night
    153. Aloha
    154. Staten Island Summer
    155. Serena
    156. American Ultra
    157. Hot Pursuit
    158. True Story
    159. No Escape
    160. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    161. The Cobbler
    162. Jupiter Ascending

Did not see (reputedly good): Diary of a Teenaged Girl, He Named Me Malala, The Duke of Burgundy, Grandma, The Tribe

Did not see (reputedly bad): Truth, Ridiculous Six, Pixels, Mortdecai, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Fantastic Four, Stonewall

Year-End Movies and More

In case you missed it last week, here’s my top ten movies list for the year, which is led by “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

New recent reviews include “American Hustle,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and a roundup of recent video/Netflix viewings.

And switching gears, here’s the year-end blog post from Noah and Jonah.

Writings of Late

I apologize for the lack of posts recently; it’s been a crazy fall with lots of work and lots of travel. Here’s some new writings from this month:

At EntertainmentTell, I’ve got movie reviews of “12 Years a Slave,” “All is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Fifth Estate,” and more, which you can find at my Rotten Tomatoes page. I’m also newly a member of the Online Film Critics Society,

Also recently from the site: A shot at CNN’s plans to rip off The Daily Show; an essay about this year’s How I Met Your Mother season; some making fun of Maureen Dowd;  and some investigation into which baseball team Bryan Cranston roots for.

For Philadelphia magazine, I wrote about Ruben Amaro’s stathead hiring plans, that awesome new commercial for the Eagles and that weird trucker protest in DC. Last month marked the end of my time as a weekly columnist there, but I may pop up occasionally in the future.

And last and best, here’s the latest blog post from Noah and Jonah covering, among other events, the wedding of their Aunt Amy and Uncle Jason.

Recent Clip Roundup: Movie Reviews

You can always find my movie reviews at EntertainmentTell and on my Rotten Tomatoes page; I’m also pleased to announce that I recently became a member of the Online Film Critics Society.

Here are some recent notable movie reviews:

– “Short Term 12”

– “The Spectacular Now”

– “Drinking Buddies”

– “Jobs”

– “The Act of Killing”

– “Fruitvale Station”

– “We’re the Millers”