Ten Best Movies Of 2017

2017 is nearly up. Surprisingly, it was a good year for the movies. Below, without further a due, is my top ten list of movies that premiered in 2017.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The next chapter in the ongoing saga of the rebellion against the empire was nothing short of perfection.
  2. The Post: The story of the revelation of The Pentagon Papers is as relevant today as it was in 1971.
  3. Beauty And The Beast/The Shape Of Water: Both the live action adaptation of the 1991 animated Beauty And The Beast and The Shape Of Water proves once more that love wins over hate and only through tolerance and respect of others, can we create the world we wish to have.
  4. Darkest Hour: Gary Oldman is sure to win multiple awards playing Winston Churchill, who must decide to negotiate with Germany or go to war.
  5. Lady Macbeth: In 19th century England, a young lady is forced into marriage and has an affair with one of the estate workers.
  6. Lady BirdA gripping and realistic coming of age story set in Sacramento in the early 2000’s.
  7. Thor: Ragnarok: When Thor’s previously unknown sister Hela returns to Asgard, he must save his land and his people from his sister.
  8. Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman finally receives a proper film adaptation. Starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins, this film, well is, a wonder.
  9. The Lovers: Tracey Letts and Debra Winger play a married couple who are openly seeing other people, but somehow find the spark has returned to their marriage.
  10. Battle Of The Sexes: The true story of the tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King is as much a story about tennis as it is about feminism.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Big Sick: This unconventional romantic comedy hit both the comedy gut and the heart.
  • The Women’s Balcony: When a new Rabbi takes over an Orthodox temple in Jerusalem, the women stage a coup to get their husbands and their temple back.

The Lovers Movie Review

Marriage, like anything worth fighting for, needs work. But what happens when the marriage goes south because neither spouse is willing to work to save the marriage?

In the new movie, The Lovers, Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracey Letts) are a married couple on the brink of divorce. Both Mary and Michael have settled into relationships outside of their marriage. Mary is seeing Robert (Aiden Gillen) and Michael is seeing Lucy (Melora Walters). Both Mary and Michael have promised their respective lovers that they speak to their spouse.

Then, out of nowhere the spark returns to Mary and Michael’s relationship and they are cheating on their lovers with each other. It soon becomes a game of how to see each other without arousing suspicion.

I really liked this movie. So much so, that it is my favorite movie of the year so far. It just feels real and the characters felt ordinary. Sometimes the best movies are not the ones where the characters experience something extraordinary, but movies about everyday people living ordinary lives. I also appreciate that both Michael and Mary are middle-aged, reflecting the reality that the possibility of romance does not end when we turn 25.

I absolutely recommend it.

The Lovers is presently in theaters.

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