By Matt Neglia
The first three months of 2017 are officially over and traditionally this is the point of the year where we see the movie studios releases some truly awful films. We certainly got those with movies such as "The Boss Baby," "The Great Wall," "Rings" and "The Space Between Us." However, it has not been all doom and gloom as some of the staff here at Next Best Picture reveals to you what have been our top 3 highlights of 2017 so far.
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The best X-Men movie ever made that pays homage to the great Westerns of old.
2. "Get Out"
Sly social commentary during a time when we need it most.
3. "The Girl With All the Gifts"
Genuinely unique sci-fi thriller with a great female cast.
1. "Beauty And The Beast"
A thrilling spectacle! An imaginative retelling of the 1991 Disney classic told with such love and dedication. Director Bill Condon has such affinity for musicals, which allows him to create the ultimate tribute to a genre and its fans. Terrific ensemble and dazzling visuals. One of the best films of the year!
2. "Bright Lights"
Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds- A superbly well-made documentary released under the most tragic of circumstances. Here is a highly entertaining yet deeply personal look into Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' irrevocable bond. Fantastic footage.
3. "Get Out"
The nifty social satire that has created quite the stir among audiences. Funny, pointed, scary, and smart. The real horror here comes from the questions we are left thinking about afterward. Vital in these trying times.
After six “X-Men” movies and two other “Wolverine” movies (including one of the worst movies ever made), color me surprised that one of the best dramas I’ve seen in the past years is a Hugh Jackman “Wolverine” film. The decision to make “Logan” R-rated may have seemed like a cheap ploy to get some “Deadpool” money, but it ended up making for a truly great character study. In committing to the adult content, it meant that we experienced this character with a real story and in his truest form.
2. "The LEGO Batman Movie"
As someone who grew up on “Batman: The Animated Series” and found their love of cinema watching “The Dark Knight” multiple times in theaters, let me make this next statement clear. “The LEGO Batman Movie” speaks directly to everything I love about cinema. “The LEGO Batman Movie” should not only be nominated for Best Animated Feature but also Best Comedy at this year’s Golden Globes.
3. "Get Out"
Jordan Peele makes his directorial debut by showing that he can not only explore racial issues via comedy but with a terrifying cinematic experience. On one hand, it is possible to enjoy “Get Out” simply as a good time at the movies. The mystery is solid, the reveals are interesting and there are some genuinely thrilling parts. On the other hand, “Get Out” is sure to be one of the smartest releases of the year, showing us how to tackle big issues with equal parts horror and comedy.
While not The Dark Knight of re-inventing the superhero film wheel, Logan is a moving and well executed send off to one of comic lore's great characters. Jackman and Stewart give some of the performances of their careers.
2. "Get Out"
Sneaky and subversive, "Get Out" is a both funny and thrilling look at racism that marks Jordan Peele as a director to look out for in the future.
3. "The Zookeeper's Wife"
Sweet spirited and competently made, the film makes the list only because I've seen so few other 2017 films. However, Jessica Chastain shines and Director Nikki Caro shows some promising directorial flourishes.
Gritty, intense and everything this character should always have been. Director James Mangold gives us the Wolverine character we have always wanted in this R-Rated Western that happens to also be a Marvel superhero film. Both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are phenomenal with newcomer Dafne Keen stealing the show as Laura/X-23.
Sexy, erotic, gory and absolutely fluid in all of its assured direction. "Raw" is a foreign film that I hope will stay in the conversation come awards time for Best Foreign Language Film as it is as good as any other film I am to see all year. Do check this one if you can stomach it. It's truly unforgettable.
3. "John Wick: Chapter 2"
An action sequel done right in almost every single way. "John Wick: Chapter 2" expands upon the original film while raising the stakes and sets up what will most definitely be an explosive third (And possibly final?) act for Keanu Reeves's iconic assassin character.
So what have been some of your favorite films of 2017 so far? be sure to let us know your own Top 3 in the comments section below.
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Roma (25) - AACTA, AWFJ, BAFTA, CC, CFCA, DFCS, KCFCC, LAFCA, LEJA, LFCC, LVFCS, MCFCA, NCFCA, NYFCC, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, OFCS, PFCC, SEFCA, SFCS, SFFCC, TFCA, VFCS, WAFCA
The Favourite (8) - AFCC, BIFA, FFCC, GALECA, HFCS, IFCA, KCFCC, PCC
Green Book (8) - AARP, GG, NBR, NFCS, NTFCA, OSCAR, PFCS, PGA
If Beale Street Could Talk (7) - AFCA, BSFC, CIFCC, COFCA, GWNYFCA, IPA, SPIRIT
A Star Is Born (5) - DFCC, DFWFCA, GFCA, IPA, StLFCA
Black Panther (4) - AAFCA, BFCC, CIFCC, SAG
The Hate U Give (2) - IFJA, LAOFCS
The Rider (2) - IFP, NSFC
BlacKkKlansman - IPA
Bohemian Rhapsody - GG
Cold War - EFA
Eighth Grade - DFCS
Leave No Trace - SDFCS
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse - UFCA
You Were Never Really Here - BOFCA
Alfonso Cuaron (39) - AACTA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, CC, CFCA, COFCA, DFCC, DFCS, DFWFCA, DGA, FFCC, GALECA, GFCA, GG, HFCS, IFCA, IFJA, IPA, KCFCC, LEJA, LFCC, LVFCS, NCFCA, NSFC, NTFCA, NYFCC, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PFCS, SEFCA, SFCS, TFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Spike Lee (6) - AARP, CIFCC, LAOFCS, NFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA
Lynne Ramsey (5) - BOFCA, BSFC, LAOFCS, MCFCA, OAFFC
Barry Jenkins (4) - AFCA, GWNYFCA, PFCC, SPIRIT
Bo Burnham (2) - DGA, IFP
Ryan Coogler (2) - AAFCA, BFCC
Debra Granik (2) - LAFCA, SDFCS
Bradley Cooper - NBR
Yorgos Lanthimos - BIFA
Adam McKay - DFCS
Pawel Pawlikowski - EFA
Paul Schrader - VFCS
Ethan Hawke (34) - AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BOFCA, CFCA, CIFCC, DFCS, DFCS, GALECA, GFCA, GWNYFCA, IFJA, IFP, KCFCC, LAFCA, LFCC, LVFCS, NCFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, PCC, SEFCA, SDFCS, SFCS, SFFCC, SPIRIT, StLFCA, TFCA, UFCA, VFCS, WFCC
Rami Malek (10) - AACTA, BAFTA, GG, IFCA, IPA, LAOFCS, OAFFC, OSCAR, NTFCA, SAG
Christian Bale (8) - CC, DFWFCA, GG, HFCS, KCFCC, MCFCA, NFCS, PFCC
Bradley Cooper (4) - BFCC, DFCC, LEJA, WAFCA
Viggo Mortensen (3) - AARP, NBR, PFCS
Joe Cole - BIFA
Willem Dafoe - IPA
Marcello Fonte - EFA
Ben Foster - COFCA
Joaquin Phoenix - FFCC
John C. Reilly - BSFC
John David Washington - AAFCA
Olivia Colman (25) - AACTA, AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BIFA, COFCA, DFCS, DFWFCA, GALECA, GG, IFCA, IPA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LFCC, MCFCA, NCFCA, NSFC, OAFFC, OSCAR, SEFCA, TFCA, VFCS, WFCC
Toni Collette (13) - BOFCA, CFCA, DFCS, GFCA, HFCS, IFP, LAOFCS, NFCS, NTFCA, OFCS, SFCS, StLFCA, VFCS
Glenn Close (7) - AARP, CC, GG, IPA, SAG, SDFCS, SPIRIT
Lady Gaga (6) - CC, DFCC, LVFCS, NBR, PFCS, WAFCA
Melissa McCarthy (6) - BSFC, FFCC, NYFCO, PCC, SFFCC, VFCS
Yalitzia Aparicio (3) - GWNYFCA, LEJA, OFCC
Regina Hall (3) - AAFCA, NYFCC, VFCS
Viola Davis (2) - BFCC, PFCC
Elsie Fisher (2) - CIFCC, UFCA
Nicole Kidman - NFCS
Joanna Kulig - EFA
Amandla Stenberg - IFJA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Richard E. Grant (24) - AARP, AFCA, AWFJ, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, GALECA, IPA, KCFCC, LFCC, NFCS, NYFCC, NYFCO, OAFFC, PCC, PFCC, SEFCA, SDFCS, SFCS, SPIRIT, StLFCA, VFCS
Mahershala Ali (16) - AACTA, BAFTA, BFCC, CC, DFCS, DFWFCA, GG, HFCS, IFCA, LAOFCS, LEJA, NTFCA, OSCAR, PFCS, SAG, WAFCA
Sam Elliott (5) - AFCC, GFCA, IFJA, LVFCS, NBR
Michael B. Jordan (5) - MCFCA, NCFCA, OFCC, OFCS, SFFCC
Steven Yeun (5) - FFCC, GWNYFCA, LAFCA, NSFC, TFCA
Russell Hornsby (3) - AAFCA, LAOFCS, UFCA
Timothee Chalamet - SDFCS
Hugh Grant - UFCA
Josh Hamilton - DFCS
Alessandro Nivola - BIFA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Regina King (39) - AFCA, AAFCA, AWFJ, BFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CC, CIFCC, COFCA, DFCS, DFWFCA, GALECA, GG, GWNYFCA, IFCA, IFJA, IPA, LAFCA, LAOFCS, LEJA, LVFCS, MCFCA, NBR, NCFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PFCC, SEFCA, SFCS, SFFCC, SPIRIT, StLFCA, TFCA, WAFCA
Rachel Weisz (8) - BAFTA, BIFA, DFCS, HFCS, NFCS, LFCC, OAFFC, VFCS
Emma Stone (4) - AFCC, GFCA, NTFCA, PFCS
Olivia Colman (2) - CFCA, UFCA
Nicole Kidman (2) - AACTA, SDFCS
Amy Adams - KCFCC
Sakura Ando - FFCC
Emily Blunt - SAG
Judi Dench - AARP
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BlacKkKlansman (12) - AAFCA, BAFTA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFCS, GFCA, KCFCC, OFCC, OSCAR, SEFCA, SFFCC, StLFCA
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (10) - AARP, AWFJ, BSFC, FFCC, IPA, LAFCA, PFCS, SPIRIT, WAFCA, WGA
If Beale Street Could Talk (10) - AFCA, BFCC, CC, CFCA, GWNYFCA, LEJA, NBR, NCFCA, OAFFC, OFCS
The Hate U Give (3) - IFJA, LAOFCS, PFCC
The Death Of Stalin (2) - NSFC, SDFCS
Leave No Trace (2) - LVFCS, USC
Black Panther - NFCS
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse - UFCA
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Favourite (19) - AACTA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BIFA, DFWFCA, GALECA, HFCS, KCFCC, LFCC, NCFCA, NFCS, NYFCO, OAFFC, PCC, SEFCA, SFCS, TFCA, WAFCA
First Reformed (12) - BOFCA, CC, CFCA, IFJA, IFP, NBR, NYFCC, OFCC, OFCS, SFFCC, TFCA, VFCS
Eighth Grade (7) - CIFCC, COFCA, GFCA, SDFCS, SPIRIT, UFCA, WGA
Sorry To Bother You (5) - AFCA, BFCC, FFCC, GWNYFCA, MCFCA
Green Book (4) - DFCS, GG, OSCAR, PFCS
Vice (3) - DFCS, LAOFCS, StLFCA
A Quiet Place (2) - DFCS, LVFCS
Roma (2) - IPA, LEJA
Cold War - EFA
Roma (37) - AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFWFCA, GFCA, GWNYFCA, HFCS, LAFCA, LAOFCS, LEJA, LVFCS, MCFCA, NCFCA, NFCS, NSFC, NTFCA, NYFCC, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCS, OSCAR, PFCC, PFCS, SEFCA, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Cold War (2) - ASC, FFCC
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs - SDFCS
The Favourite - BIFA
First Man - DFCC
U-July 22 - EFA
The Rider - SDFCS
Suspiria - SPIRIT
A Star Is Born - IPA
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Favourite (7) - BAFTA, BIFA, CDG, IPA, LVFCS, PFCS, SDFCS
Black Panther (6) - CC, CDG, CIFCC, LEJA, OSCAR, SFCS
Crazy Rich Asians - CDG
Dogman - EFA
BEST FILM EDITING
Roma (7) - AWFJ, CFCA, CIFCC, IPA, LEJA, LVFCS, PFCS
First Man (4) - AFCA, BSFC, CC, WAFCA
Bohemian Rhapsody (2) - ACE, OSCAR
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2) - OFCS, SFCS
Vice (2) - BAFTA, StLFCA
Widows (2) - COFCA, MCFCA
You Were Never Really Here (2) - BOFCA, SPIRIT
American Animals - BIFA
Cold War - EFA
The Favourite - ACE
Game Night - SDFCS
If Beale Street Could Talk - GWNYFCA
Minding The Gap - LAFCA
The Other Side Of The Wind - SFFCC
Searching - LAOFCS
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Vice (3) - CC, MUAHS, OSCAR
The Favourite (2) - BAFTA, BIFA
Black Panther - LEJA
Crazy Rich Asians - MUAHS
Dogman - EFA
Mary Queen of Scots - MUAHS
A Star Is Born -MUAHS
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
If Beale Street Could Talk (13) - BSFC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, HFCS, IFCA, LAFCA, LAOFCS, LEJA, NYFCO, OFCS, PCC, WAFCA
First Man (7) - AFCC, CC, FFCC, GFCA, GG, IPA, PFCS
Black Panther (4) - DFCS, HMMA, MCFCA, OSCAR
BlacKkKlansman (2) - SFFCC, StLFCA
Isle Of Dogs (2) - DFWFCA, HMMA
Mandy (2) - AFCA, SFCS
Suspiria (2) - IFJA, LVFCS
You Were Never Really Here (2) - BIFA, BOFCA
Annihilation - UFCA
Mary Queen Of Scots - HMMA
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
A Star Is Born (14) - CC, DFCS, GFCA, GG, HFCS, HMMA, IFCA, IPA, LAOFCS, LEJA, LVFCS, MCFCA, OSCAR, PFCS
Black Panther (2) - AAFCA, HMMA
RBG - HMMA
Sherlock Gnomes - HMMA
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Favourite (11) - ADG, BAFTA, BIFA, CFCA, CIFCC, FFCC, GFCA, NFCS, PFCS, SDFCS, SFCS
Black Panther (8) - ADG, CC, LAFCA, MCFCA, OSCAR, SFFCC, StLFCA, WAFCA
Crazy Rich Asians - ADG
Isle Of Dogs - LVFCS
Mary Poppins Returns - IPA
Roma - LEJA
The Summer - EFA
BEST SOUND MIXING
Bohemian Rhapsody (3) - BAFTA, CAS, OSCAR
The Captain - EFA
First Man - MCFCA
A Quiet Place - IPA
Roma - LEJA
You Were Never Really Here - BIFA
BEST SOUND EDITING
A Quiet Place (2) - IPA, MPSE
Bohemian Rhapsody - OSCAR
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Black Panther (6) - BAFTA, CC, IPA, LEJA, NCFCA, PFCS
Avengers: Infinity War (5) - DFCS, LAOFCS, NFCS, StLFCA, VES
First Man (4) - CIFCC, HFCS, OSCAR, VES
Ready Player One (2) - LVFCS, SDFCS
Annihilation - FFCC
Border - EFA
Early Man - BIFA
Mission: Impossible - Fallout - SFCS
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (33) - AFCA, AAFCA, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BOFCA, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFCS, DFCS, GFCA, GG, GWNYFCA, IFJA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LAOFCS, LEJA, MCFCA, NCFCA, NYFCC, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PGA, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, UFCA
Isle Of Dogs (13) - BSFC, DFWFCA, HFCS, IPA, LVFCS, NFCS, NTFCA, OAFFC, PFCS, SEFCA, SDFCS, TFCA, WAFCA
Incredibles 2 (3) - IFCA, NBR, PFCC
Mirai - FFCC
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Roma (41) - AAFCA, AARP, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BOFCA, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, DFCS, DFWFCA, GALECA, GFCA, GG, GWNYFCA, HFCS, IFJA, IPA, KCFCC, LAOFCS, LEJA, LVFCS, MCFCA, NCFCA, NSFC, NTFCA, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PFCC, PFCS, SEFCA, SFCS, SFFCC, SPIRIT, StLFCA, UFCA, VFCS, WAFCA
Shoplifters (5) - BSFC, COFCA, FFCC, LAFCA, SDFCS
Burning (4) - AFCA, GWNYFCA, LAFCA, TFCA
Cold War (4) - LFCC, NBR, NYFCC, NYFCO
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (37) - AARP, AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BOFCA, BSFC, CC, DFCS, DFWFCA, GALECA, GFCA, HFCS, IFCA, IFJA, KCFCC, LAOFCS, LEJA, LVFCS, MCFCA, NCFCA, NFCS, NTFCA, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, OFCS, PCC, PFCC, PFCS, PGA, SEFCA, SFFCC, SPIRIT, StLFCA, TFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Minding The Gap (8) - CFCA, CIFCC, GWNYFCA, IDA, IPA, NSFC, NYFCC, VFCS
Free Solo (3) - BAFTA, OSCAR, SFCS
Shirkers (3) - COFCA, FFCC, LAFCA
Three Identical Strangers - (3) DFCC, DFCS, SDFCS
Quincy (2) - AAFCA, BFCC
Bergman - A Year In A Life - EFA
Hale County This Morning, This Evening - IFP
RBG - NBR