2017 Most Enjoyed Films

John Thomas, Movie Critic

Film directors and their films have an obligation to movie-goers: to entertain, enlighten and inform. If they can add beauty, some truth, intriguing characters, generate feelings and engage the audience in the story, they will have created a film to enjoy. As the end of any year approaches, people often reflect on the past twelve months. What was good and what wasn’t, the films they would see again and those they wouldn’t.

The following is a list of seven films I enjoyed most in 2017:

Call Me by Your Name, Director: Luca Guadagnino, Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Director: Martin McDonagh, Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell

Loving Vincent, Directors: Dorota Kobirla and Hugh Welchman, Starring: Chris O’Dowd, Douglas Booth

The Man Who Invented Christmas, Director: Bharat Nalluri, Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer

Get Out, Director: Jordan Peele, Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Director: Jon Watts, Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

Land of Mine, Director: Martin Zanetviliet, Starring: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann

A good film can be as informative and inspirational as a good book. Both can take you to another world and offer you insights into the world in which you live. The movies can show the good and the bad sides of things. Both may move you to tears of sadness and those of joy, and educate you towards becoming a better person.

Anyone seeking to improve in the new year might try going to the movies and become enlightened as you see a story evolve before your eyes. Have a rewarding new year and most importantly, to quote the byword at Regal Cinemas, “Enjoy the show.”



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