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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    2017 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2017 out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsEndless Poetry (2017) 10  FantasyObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Jodorowsky's vibrant retelling of his life continues. Chronicles personal and artistic development via magical realism.
  2. Movie DetailsGhost Story, A (2017) 10  Fantasy
    Bedsheet-covered meditation on the passage of time and death's inevitability. A profoundly sad haunted house.
  3. Movie DetailsLady Bird (2017) 10  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    In 2002, 17-year-old Saoirse Ronan comes of age in Sacramento. Gerwig is keenly perceptive, funny.
  4. Movie DetailsWorld of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People... (2017) 10  AnimationComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Dazzling and poignant sci-fi. Don Hertzfeldt reverse-engineered this sequel from audio of his five-year-old niece.

  5. EXCELLENT
  6. Movie DetailsDunkirk (2017) 9  Documentary/True
    Nolan's depiction of Allied soldiers trapped by Nazi forces on the beaches of northern France.
  7. Movie DetailsFaces Places (2017) 9  Documentary/True
    French New Wave director Agnès Varda and muralist JR travel across France. Delightful creative collaboration.
  8. Movie DetailsFlorida Project, The (2017) 9  
    The magical adventures of six-year-old Moonee, living in poverty in the shadow of Disney World.
  9. Movie DetailsHidden Figures (2017) 9  Documentary/True
    Spotlights NASA's black female mathematicians during the 1960s space race, especially Katherine Johnson. Vital history.
  10. Movie DetailsLast Week Tonight with John Oliver - Seasons 1-4 (2017) 9  ComedyDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    The very best news satire program. Weekly updates from former 'Daily Show' host and correspondent.
  11. Movie DetailsRed Turtle, The (2017) 9  AnimationFantasyI own on DVD
    A man stranded on a deserted island encounters an enormous red turtle. Dialogue-free Japanese fable.
  12. Movie DetailsShape of Water, The (2017) 9  FantasyHorrorWith Sex/NudityAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Love story between a mute janitor and an amphibious creature at a 1962 top-secret laboratory.
  13. Movie DetailsStranger Things - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 9  ConspiracyFantasyHorrorSci-FiTV Shows
    A small Indiana town in the 1980s has a shadowy parallel dimension. Thrilling, emotionally resonant.
  14. Movie DetailsTwin Peaks: The Return (2017) 9  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityTV Shows
    David Lynch revisits the surreal, mystical character of a quaint Washington town 25 years later.

  15. VERY GOOD
  16. Movie Details20th Century Women (2017) 8  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A teenager is raised by his bohemian mother and two young women. Southern California, 1979.
  17. Movie DetailsBaby Driver (2017) 8  Musical/Music
    A baby-faced getaway driver is in deep trouble following a botched heist. Musical chase scenes.
  18. Movie DetailsBreadwinner, The (2017) 8  Animation
    A brave 11-year-old Afghan girl dresses as a boy to survive the Taliban. Beautiful, heartbreaking.
  19. Movie DetailsBuster's Mal Heart (2017) 8  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A motel concierge (possibly lost at sea), Y2K, and a cosmic event called the Inversion.
  20. Movie DetailsCoco (2017) 8  AnimationComedyFantasyMusical/Music
    On Día de los Muertos, an aspiring musician crosses into the afterlife seeking his great-great-grandfather.
  21. Movie DetailsDavid Lynch: The Art Life (2017) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Lynch discusses his early life, his art and his creative process. Meditative smoking and painting.
  22. Movie DetailsFull Frontal with Samantha Bee - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 8  ComedyDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Weekly news satire, with particular attention to women's issues, from the former 'Daily Show' correspondent.
  23. Movie DetailsGet Out (2017) 8  Horror
    A black man meets his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend at their estate. Razor-sharp.
  24. Movie DetailsIn This Corner of the World (2017) 8  AnimationDocumentary/True
    In Hiroshima during World War II, a daydreaming girl confronts the devastating horrors of war.
  25. Movie DetailsMother! (2017) 8  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Aronofsky's unsettling, grotesque allegory of artistic creation and consumption. The chaotic horror of powerlessness.
  26. Movie DetailsMy Life as a Zucchini (2017) 8  AnimationComedy
    Vibrant stop-motion animation about a young boy sent to a foster home. Delightful youthful resilience.
  27. Movie DetailsStar Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) 8  FantasySci-Fi
    Another one! Rey finds hermit Luke Skywalker, then battles Kylo Ren and the First Order.

  28. GOOD
  29. Movie DetailsGhost in the Shell (2017) 7  Sci-Fi
    Scarlett Johansson, now cyber-enhanced, is the perfect weapon. A big-budget spectacle that honors the anime.
  30. Movie DetailsGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The ragtag, intergalactic crew fights to stay together and unravels the mystery of Quill's father.
  31. Movie DetailsPearl Jam: Let's Play Two (2017) 7  Musical/MusicObscure/RareSportDocumentary/True
    Eddie Vedder's Chicago Cubs fandom during their 2016 World Series run, plus Wrigley Field concerts.
  32. Movie DetailsOkja (2017) 7  Sci-Fi
    A Korean girl's best friend is a GMO created by a powerful corporation. Over-the-top antics.
  33. Movie DetailsSaving Capitalism (2017) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Robert Reich's demoralizing yet hopeful account of how American politics became rigged by crony capitalism.

  34. FAIR
  35. Movie DetailsBabysitter, The (2017) 6  ComedyHorror
    A 12-year-old trying to spy on his hot babysitter learns too much and is imperiled.
  36. Movie DetailsBottom of the World (2017) 6  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Trippy mystery of a guilty subconscious. Dreams within dreams, but falls flat in the end.
  37. Movie DetailsOtherLife (2017) 6  Sci-Fi
    Biological software can induce time-compressed virtual realities, or make false memories. A lonely, cautionary tale.
  38. Movie DetailsRevolt (2017) 6  Sci-Fi
    Amnesiac soldier Lee Pace wakes up during a cataclysmic alien invasion in the Kenyan countryside.
  39. Movie DetailsWheelman (2017) 6  
    A getaway driver is double-crossed. Top-speed BMW driving plus cell-phone cursing. 'Locke' it is not.
  40. Movie DetailsXX (2017) 6  Horror
    Four-part anthology of short horror films directed and written by women, including musician St. Vincent.

  41. ADEQUATE
  42. Movie DetailsGuardian Brothers, The (2017) 5  AnimationObscure/Rare
    The spirit world is authoritarian and small-minded. The godless human world has tasty-looking Chinese soup.
  43. Movie DetailsGnome Alone (2017) 5  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/Rare
    Help garden gnomes battle the Troggs and save the world? Or befriend wicked teenage girls?
  44. Movie DetailsiBoy (2017) 5  Sci-Fi
    A teen gains superpowers after smartphone fragments enter his brain. Bruv, mind-hacking everything is easy!

  45. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  46. Movie DetailsDesire (2017) CRAP  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Two estranged sisters reunite at a wedding. Lust destroys their lives again. Boring yet poetic.
  47. Movie DetailsEmoji Movie, The (2017) CRAP  AnimationComedy
    They turned a smartphone messaging app into a movie? I was nihilistically curious. WEARY. GRIMACING.
  48. Movie DetailsTad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (2017) CRAP  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/Rare
    An awkward explorer, with Peruvian mummy sidekick, versus a millionaire looking for King Midas' necklace.


  49. Statistical ratings distribution of these 42 films (2.6% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 42 films: 7.4.

    10:9.5%

    9:21.4%

    8:28.6%

    7:11.9%

    6:14.3%

    5:7.1%

    CRAP:7.1%



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