My Top Ten Movies of 2017

Favorites include a masterpiece about World War II, the “best superhero film ever made”, a movie about conversion, and Pixar’s takes on Purgatory, the Afterlife, and the Communion of Saints.

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2017 proved to be a decent year for movies and yet, for some reason, this is the first time since I began reviewing films in 2013 for Catholic World Report that there a no five-reel films. Of course, I still need to see Bright, Lady Bird, and The Emoji Movie, so hope springs eternal. Here are my picks for the Ten Best Movies of 2017.

1. Dunkirk: A masterpiece of story craft as director Christopher Nolan weaves several narratives around the heroes who evacuated British forces from France at the start of World War II.

2. Wonder Woman: Gal Godat shines as the Amazonian Princess in one of the best superhero films ever made.

3. The Case for Christ: A compelling adaptation of Lee Strobel’s classic conversion story.

4. The Disaster Artist: The story behind one of the worst is one of the best.

5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillian, and Kevin Hart make up the best ensemble of the year as teenagers who find themselves trapped in a jungle-themed video game.

6. Coco: Pixar’s takes on Purgatory, the Afterlife, and the Communion of Saints.

7. The LEGO Batman Movie: The Muppets no longer have a monopoly on great metahumor.

8. Logan: Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has been struggling to do the right thing for eight movies, and, like a modern-day Carton, may finally find some redemption.

9. The Shack: While William P. Young’s story has many theological plot holes, its themes and pastoral insight ring true and give comfort, especially for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

10. A Dog’s Purpose: A sappy but beautiful look at man’s best friend.

Honorable Mention: The Big Sick, Bitter Harvest, Born in China, Get Out, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, Kong: Skull Island, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, The Star, Valerian and the City of a 1000 Planets, and Wind River

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About Nick Olszyk 185 Articles
Nick Olszyk teaches theology at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, Oregon. He was raised on bad science fiction movies, jelly beans, and TV shows that make fun of bad science fiction movies. Visit him online at his website, Catholic Cinema Crusade.

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