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The Best 20 Movies Of 2017 (So Far) That Prove, Even If The World Is Shitty, We Still Have Cinema

The world might be falling apart, but at least we'll always have great movies to comfort our souls. These are the 20 best movies that have come out throughout the year.

This year has been, let's say, interesting, not to mention a crappy and intricate roller-coaster of events. Remember how 2016 was the year of mourning important deaths and how basically every month at least two major personalities passed away? Well, it looks like 2017 will be remembered as the year of terrible natural disasters. Just take a look at what's happened: hurricanes, floods, major fires, earthquakes, storms. And with all of that, the political tension in many important places of the globe: threats of a nuclear war, police abuse, unprepared and egocentric leaders, war and devastation, internal conflict in certain countries, inequality, violence, displays of racism and hatred, and the list could go on and on. So, basically this year has been quite shitty, and it's not even over. 

With everything that's happening, it is really difficult to be optimistic about the future (or even the present), and there are just a few things that we can really enjoy, and cinema is one of them. So, if sometimes you feel like there's no point in getting out of bed, here are the best 20 movies that have come out this year. Even if they won't make a really important change in our crappy world, at least they'll give you the best entertainment for a couple hours. So, grab some snacks and beverages and start watching the very best of the year in cinema. 

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1. Logan - Dir. James Mangold

Considered by many the best superhero movie, Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of the mutant, shows a more mature and complex story about despair. Here, Wolverine finds himself in a state of decay, drunk, and with no apparent reason to do something of his life. You can see how having the best powers is futile if you keep losing everything and everyone you love.

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2. Blade Runner 2049 - Dir. Denis Villeneuve

Three decades and a half after the release of Blade Runner, Denis Villeneuve directs a sequel that definitely stands to the original film (considered one of the most important pillars of science fiction). The film takes us back (or actually forward) to the dystopian city of Los Angeles to show us the story of K, a replicant blade runner investigating the death of a replicant woman who was presumably pregnant (something apparently impossible). While doing so, he will struggle to find at least a track of humanity in his artificial nature.

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3. Dunkirk - Dir. Christopher Nolan

Since its release, Nolan’s account of the historical battle of Dunkirk has become a favorite to win most of the awards of the year. The story of the ally troops surrounded by the Nazi army, mixed with the director’s unique cinematographic style, shows a more intimate and raw side of history. That and the amazing sound editing make the entire movie a real master piece that will surely become a classic.

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4. Mother! - Dir. Darren Aronofsky

Perhaps this is one of this year's films with the most polarized reception. Critics are surely divided when it comes to Aronofsky's work, but this one is perhaps the most controversial in terms of criticism. For many, this is his best movie, and for others it's absolute crap. It tells the story of a married couple living the perfect life in their country house until another couple shows up threatening every single aspect of their happy lives. Presented as a psychological horror film, it gives a philosophical take on the story of creation, spirituality, and the extinction of the human race.

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5. Get Out - Dir. Jordan Peele

Now, this one is for me the best horror film of the year (if not one of the best in the past years). With a satirical tone and situations that will definitely make you shiver, Peele makes very poignant political commentaries on the public displays of discrimination happening in America, encouraged by the current government. 

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6. The Beguiled - Dir. Sofia Coppola

An adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan's novel of the same name and the 1971 movie with Clint Eastwood, this is the story of a group of women living in a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War. Besides going through the tension and devastation of the war, these women will struggle with their own moral principles when an attractive soldier is found near the school. The movie, considered a great example of feminist cinema, analyzed the patriarchal discourse regarding women’s desires and their suppression.

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7. Baby Driver - Dir. Edgar Wright

Now, in a less serious yet well-delivered movie, Baby Driver tells the story of a quirky young man with outstanding driving skills who is forced to work for a gang of thieves. After losing his parents in a car accident, which leaves him with a hearing disorder, Baby starts using his iPod as a tool to focus on his driving. His amazing playlists become the soundtrack of this film, which definitely takes you inside his complex mind.

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8. Wonder Woman - Dir. Patty Jenkins

Again, with a new take on the superhero films, with this version of Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins creates an empowering female character, far from the classic focus on the male gaze with which she was portrayed before. She’s not only beautiful, but also smart, determined, courageous, and strong. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is definitely one of those characters that will continue inspiring and empowering women to find their own strength.

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9. Paterson - Dir. Jim Jarmusch

In theory this movie isn’t from this year. However, since it was released in the last days of 2016, and many watched it this year, we decided to include Paterson, Jarmusch’s latest film. Starring Adam Driver, this movie shows the story of Paterson, a bus driver living, ironically, in the town of Paterson, New Jersey. The film shows exactly one week of this man’s monotonous and quite depressive life where, no matter how much he wants to do the things he really loves, he fails to achieve them.

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10. Logan Lucky - Dir. Steven Soderbergh

This comedy heist film shows the story of Jimmy Logan a man whose football career gets ruined after a bad injury. After that, he ends up in a construction job that makes him quite miserable. Just when life couldn’t get worse, Logan finds out that his ex-wife wants to move from the town with her new partner and take Logan’s daughter with them. Angry and desperate, he decides to do his best to avoid his ex from taking their daughter away from him, of course, through quite irreverent and comical situations.

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11. Okja - Dir. Bong Joon-ho

You’ve probably heard about this movie that created such a commotion in social media platforms, because it inspired many people to become vegetarians. It tells the story of Mija, the young keeper of a rare huge pig (Ojka), who travels to New York to save her big friend from being killed by a corporation that wants to massively produce animals of this rare species for human consumption.

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12. Raw - Dir. Julia Ducournau

And talking about vegetarianism, we couldn't mention what many consider the best cannibal film of the past decades. Justine is a vegetarian young woman studying veterinary. One day, her sister forces her to eat meat for the first time, unleashing a very strange craving for meat, no matter where or whom it comes from.

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13.The Blackcoat’s Daughter - Dir. Oz Perkins

This horror movie is the story of two young women studying in a Catholic prep school. After being stranded at the facilities during the winter, these women will experience the horrors and fear of cohabiting with devilish spirits. It deals with the classic supernatural forces in films, but gives a fresh and modern take to the theme that will give you some sleepless nights.

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14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Dir. James Gunn

There’s a common belief, and quite understandable, that sequels aren’t always as good as the originals. However, Guardians of the Galaxy proves this wrong. As a continuation of the story of this group of space heroes, James Gunn manages to create a quite solid story with the great comic tones of the first one and the excellent soundtrack that characterizes the franchise. Definitely a must!

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15. The Big Sick - Dir. Michael Showalter

This romantic comedy is a sort of autobiographical film of the script writers. It tells the story of a couple dealing with their racial and cultural differences, and those ingrained beliefs that become a real challenge for their relationship. With great comic moments and heartwarming situations, this movie is perfect for those days you just want a warming emotional hug.

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16. Girls Trip - Dir. Malcolm D. Lee

This is your classic friend’s road trip story, but well done. A group of four women take a trip to New Orleans, which ends up becoming a wild and reckless experience that challenges their friendship. With sassy and acid jokes and situations, this movie will make your stomach hurt of laughing so hard.

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17. American Assassin - Dir. Michael Cuesta

When his girlfriend is killed by a group of terrorists in Spain, Mitch Rapp decides to take revenge on this group and becomes a sort of terrorist hunter. He ends up working for the CIA under the tutelage of a Cold War Veteran. This quest for revenge is one of the best action films of the year and therefore, a movie you must watch.

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18. Personal Shopper - Dir. Olivier Assayas

Maureen is a personal shopper working with very important French socialites. However, this isn’t a nice story of a woman living between two different classes and worlds. Hers is, actually, a really tense suspense story of a woman wanting to make a spiritual contact with her recently deceased twin brother.

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19. The Lost City of Z - Dir. James Gray

This adventure film shows the story of the explorer Percy Fawcett and his journey to the Amazon jungle. Set at the turn of the century, the movie deals with this man’s mission of cleaning his and his family’s reputation after a terrible scandal. However, this proves to be way more difficult than all the situations he faces on the trip. Soon, he’ll understand how mistaken society is in terms of what really matters in life.

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20. Lady Macbeth - Dir. William Oldroyd

Finally, we’re closing with this drama film based on the 1865 novel of Nikolai Leskov. This is the story of a young woman who is sold by her parents to a disgusting and old landowner. Set in a rural town in nineteenth-century England, besides being named after Shakespeare’s iconic character, the story is far from portraying her. It’s actually about a woman dealing with the patriarchal norms imposed by society, her parents, and husband, and how she works to destroy them. 

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So far this year has been quite complicated, and it will probably get worse. However, we still have films to clear our minds from time to time and gather the strength to deal with this crappy world.

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