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The Movies of 2017: World Premieres
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⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
Ava Dir. Sadaf Foroughi. Mahour Jabbari, Shayesteh Sajadi, Bahar Noohian A–
Birds Are Singing in Kigali Dirs. Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze. Jowita Budnik A–
Get Out Dir. Jordan Peele. Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener A–
Good Time Dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie. Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress A–
Last Men in Aleppo Dir. Feras Fayyad. Documentary about Syrian rescue workers A–
Life and Nothing More Dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza. Andrew Bleechington A
mother! Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris B
Western Dir. Valeska Grisebach. Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek A
Zama Dir. Lucrecia Martel. Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Minujín, Matheus Nachtergaele A

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
A Ciambra Dir. Jonas Carpignano. Pio Amato, Damiano Amato, Koudous Seihon A–
Arrhythmia Dir. Boris Khlebnikov. Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva B+
Beatriz at Dinner Dir. Miguel Arteta. Salma Hayek, Connie Britton, John Lithgow B+
Blade Runner 2049 Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks B
BPM (Beats Per Minute) Dir. Robin Campillo. Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart B
Call Me By Your Name Dir. Luca Guadagnino. Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer B+
The Charmer Dir. Milad Alami. Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann B+
Closeness Dir. Katemir Balagov. Darya Zhovnar, Veniamin Kats, Olga Dragunova B+
Disappearance Dir. Ali Asgari. Sadaf Asgari, Amir Reza Ranjbaran, Nazanin Ahmadi B+
Dunkirk Dir. Christopher Nolan. Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance B
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary B+
Félicité Dir. Alain Gomis. Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Papi Mpaka, Gaetan Claudia A–
First They Killed My Father Dir. Angelina Jolie. Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung B
The Florida Project Dir. Sean Baker. Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe B
A Ghost Story Dir. David Lowery. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Liz Franke, Sonia Acevedo B
God's Own Country Dir. Francis Lee. Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart B
Human Flow Dir. Ai Weiwei. Documentary survey of global refugee crises B
The Judge Dir. Erika Cohn. Documentary about Palestinian female Shari'a judge B
Lady Bird Dir. Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein B+
Lean on Pete Dir. Andrew Haigh. Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz A–
The Line Dir. Peter Bebjak. Tomáš Maštalír, Eugen Libezňuk, Andrej Hryc B+
A Man of Integrity Dir. Mohammad Rasoulof. Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee A–
Mr. Gay Syria Dir. Ayşe Toprak. Documentary about a gay Syrian refugees' pageant B+
Mrs. Fang Dir. Wang Bing. Documentary about the death of a Chinese woman B
Mudbound Dir. Dee Rees. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke B–
The Nothing Factory Dir. Pedro Pinho. José Smith Vargas, Njamy Sebastião B
Okja Dir. Bong Joon-ho. An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Byun Hee-Bong, Paul Dano B–
On Body and Soul Dir. Ildikó Enyedi. Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi B
The Other Side of Hope Dir. Aki Kaurismäki. Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen B
Our People Will Be Healed Dir. Alanis Obomsawin. Documentary A–
Patti Cake$ Dir. Geremy Jasper. Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay A–
Razzia Dir. Nabil Ayouch. Amine Ennaji, Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter B+
The Shape of Water Dir. Guillermo del Toro. Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins B–
A Sort of Family Dir. Diego Lerman. Bárbara Lennie, Yanina Ávila, Daniel Aráoz A–
The Square Dir. Ruben Östlund. Claes Bang, Terry Notary, Elisabeth Moss B
Thelma Dir. Joachim Trier. Eili Harboe, Henrik Rafaelson, Ellen Dorrit Petersen B
They Dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. Rhys Fehrenbacher, Nicole Coffineau, Koohyar Hosseini B+
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Dir. Martin McDonagh B–
Waru Dirs. Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, et al. B
Wonderstruck Dir. Todd Haynes. Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael B+

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
12 Days Dir. Raymond Depardon. Documentary about psychiatric evaluations B
Alanis Dir. Anahí Berneri. Sofia Gala Castiglione, Dana Basso, Silvina Sabater B
Ana, mon amour Dir. Călin Peter Netzer. Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti B
Atomic Blonde Dir. David Leitch. Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones B+
Baby Driver Dir. Edgar Wright. Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm C
Battle of the Sexes Dirs. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton. Emma Stone, Steve Carell B–
Beach Rats Dir. Eliza Hittman. Harris Dickinson, Frank Hadaj, David Ivanov B
Beauty and the Dogs Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania. Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli B
Before Summer Ends Dir. Maryam Goormaghtigh. Documentary B
The Beguiled Dir. Sofia Coppola. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell B
The Big Sick Dir. Michael Showalter. Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter B
Blueprint Dir. Daryl Wein. Jerod Haynes, Tai'isha Davis, Sandra Adams-Monegain B
Columbus Dir. Kogonada. Haley Lu Richardson, John Cho, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin B
The Crescent Dir. Seth A. Smith. Danika Vandersteen, Woodrow Graves, Britt Loder B–
Detroit Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Algee Smith, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore C
Disobedience Dir. Sebastián Lelio. Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola B
Faces Places Dirs. Agnès Varda and JR. Documentary about a roving art project B–
The Final Year Dir. Greg Barker. Documentary about Obama-era foreign policy B
Gemini Dir. Aaron Katz. Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Nelson Franklin B
Ghost in the Shell Dir. Rupert Sanders. Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk C+
Girls Trip Dir. Malcolm D. Lee. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish B
Golden Years Dir. André Téchiné. Céline Sallette, Pierre Deladonchamps B
Good Luck Dir. Ben Russell. Documentary about Serbian and Surinamese mines B+
Hannah Dir. Andrea Pallaoro. Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Jean-Michel Balthazar B
Happy End Dir. Michael Haneke. Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin C–
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Dir. Macon Blair. Melanie Lynskey B
In the Fade Dir. Fatih Akin. Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar B
An Inconvenient Sequel Dirs. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Documentary B
Ingrid Goes West Dir. Matt Spicer. Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr. B
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan C
The Legend of the Ugly King Dir. Greg Barker. Documentary about Yilmaz Güney B
Let the Sun Shine In Dir. Claire Denis. Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois B
Logan Lucky Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig B–
The Lovers Dir. Azazel Jacobs. Tracy Letts, Debra Winger, Melora Walters B–
Loving Vincent Dirs. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Animated C+
Luk'Luk'I Dir. Wayne Wapeemukwa. Angel Gates, Ken Harrower, Eric Buurman C+
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts Dir. Mouly Surya. Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra C+
November Dir. Rainer Sarnet. Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Heino Kalm, Arvo Kukumägi B
Novitiate Dir. Maggie Betts. Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson B
Occidental Dir. Neïl Beloufa. Idir Chender, Paul Hamy, Anna Ivacheff B
The Other Side of Everything Dir. Mila Turajlić. Documentary B+
The Other Side of the Wall Dir. Pau Ortiz. Documentary about Honduran family B
Poor Agnes Dir. Navin Ramaswaran. Lora Burke, Robert Notman, Will Conlon C+
Princess Cyd Dir. Stephen Cone. Jessie Pinnick, Rebecca Spence, Malic White B+
The Rape of Recy Taylor Dir. Nancy Buirski. Documentary about a 1944 rape case B
Rogers Park Dir. Kyle Henry. Christine Horn, Jonny Mars, Antoine McKay, Sara Sevigny B
Scary Mother Dir. Ana Urushadze. Nato Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili B
Sea Sorrow Dir. Vanessa Redgrave. Documentary about refugees and human rights B–
Sheikh Jackson Dir. Amr Salama. Ahmad Alfishawy, Ahmed Malek, Maged El Kedwany B
Step Dir. Amanda Lipitz. Documentary about step-dancing Baltimore high school seniors B
The Summit Dir. Santiago Mitre. Ricardo Darín, Érica Rivas, Dolores Fonzi B–
Sweet Country Dir. Warwick Thornton. Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey Furber B
Viceroy's House Dir. Gurinder Chadha. Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal B–
Wajib Dir. Annemarie Jacir. Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Leila Bakri B–
War for the Planet of the Apes Dir. Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson B
Wind River Dir. Taylor Sheridan. Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene B–
Wind Traces Dir. Jimena Montemayor Loyo. Dolores Fonzi, Paulina Gil, Diego Aguilar B
Wonder Woman Dir. Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Danny Huston D+
The Workshop Dir. Laurent Cantet. Matthieu Lucci, Marina Foïs, Warda Rammach B

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Alien: Covenant Dir. Ridley Scott. Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender C+
Barrage Dir. Laura Schroeder. Lolita Chammah, Themis Pauwels, Isabelle Huppert C+
The Confession Dir. Zaza Urushadze. Dimitri Tatishvili, Sophia Sebiskveradze D+
Dark River Dir. Clio Barnard. Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, Shane Attwooll C
The Day After Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Sae-byeok C
The Hungry Dir. Bornila Chatterjee. Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Antonio Aakeel C
Marshall Dir. Reginald Hudlin. Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown D+
The Midwife Dir. Martin Provost. Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet B
My Cousin Rachel Dir. Roger Michell. Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger C+
Paris Square Dir. Lúcia Murat. Joana de Verona, Grace Passô, Alex Brasil C–
Sicilian Ghost Story Dirs. Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza. Julia Jedlikowska D+
Split Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley D
Under the Tree Dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson C
Verónica Dir. Paco Plaza. Sandra Escacena, Iván Chavero, Bruna González B–
Victoria & Abdul Dir. Stephen Frears. Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard C–

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
The Hero Dir. Brett Haley. With Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter C–
It Comes at Night Dir. Trey Edward Shults. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Joel Edgerton C+
Landline Dir. Gillian Robespierre. Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Edie Falco D+
Samui Song Dir. Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Chermarn Boonyasak, David Asavanond D
The Trip to Spain Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon C