RRs Rankings of the best films of 2017

What are the best films of 2017?

It has been a year of painful box office results and few standouts. The majority of the best films were for mature audiences, while the representation of family films honestly struggled this year. 

Despite being a challenging year to pick the best, the teams at Russelling Reviews and Reel Dialogue have looked back over the year and compiled the best and worst films to date in 2017. 

Some interesting things to observe: Dunkirk makes the list twice, Superhero films are dominant, Jon Brenthal makes the list multiple times and violence plays a major factor in the year's best films. 

The question many ask is how do we rank the films? It is a pretty simple process of looking at the star rankings of the movies, but some have moved up or down the list as we have had a second look at the film throughout the year. 

Be sure to check the ratings for each film prior to attendance. 
Best arthouse films
  1. Their Finest
  2. Ali's Wedding
  3. Free Fire
  4. The Big Sick
  5. Fences (released in Australia in 2017)
Best family films
The qualifications do say that they are kid friendly, but check the ratings. Some films on the list may not be suitable for young children. 
  1. Wonder
  2. Paddington 2
  3. Gifted
  4. The Man Who Invented Christmas
  5. The Batman Lego Movie
  6. Boss Baby
Tween's Korner 
For the kids that might be too cool to hang out with the parents, but are too young for the mature films. Here are a few suggestions, but don't tell them you heard from us!
  1. Spider-man: Homecoming
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
  4. Kong: Skull Island
  5. Logan Lucky
  6. Justice League
Films that were great for leading to discussion on bigger topics: 
God, The Bible, Love, etc. 
  1. The Case for Christ
  2. Hidden Figures
  3. Lion (released in Australia in 2017)
  4. All Saints
  5. Thor: Ragnarok
The worst films of 2017 
No explanation needed, read the reviews and give these films a pass - How did Matt Damon make it into so many bad films this year? 
  1. Chips
  2. The Snowman
  3. Baywatch
  4. Snatched
  5. Valarian: City of a Thousand Planets
  6. A Dog's Purpose
  7. The Great Wall
  8. A Cure for Wellness
  9. Pitch Perfect 3
  10. Downsizing
  11. Suburbicon
  12. Mother!
REEL DIALOGUE: Asking the bigger questions
1. What makes a film great and what makes it bad? 
2. What are your thoughts on the top and worst films? 

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Rankings by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews #russellingrevs