My 5 Favourite Films of 2017 (so far)

SUMMER blockbuster season seems as good a time as any to look back at what films I’ve seen this year, and select my top five (in purely chronological order):


Manchester By The Sea:

Cast: Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan.

A restrained study in grief and loss, with an outstanding six-star performance by Casey Affleck at its heart.


Cast: Sunny Pawer, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara.

Director: Garth Davis.

This tale of a lost child’s long journey home delivered plenty of emotional clout.


Cast: Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Jangle Monáe, Mahershala Ali.

Director: Barry Jenkins.

Named the Best Picture Oscar winner (eventually), a complex tale in which what remains unsaid is as important as what is said.

Their Finest:

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston.

Director: Lone Scherfig.

Let’s hear it for the British. Nostalgic and patriotic, with some genuinely emotional moments, and a convincing Welsh accent from Gemma Arterton.

Baby Driver:

Cast: Andel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx.

Director: Edgar Wright.

A superbly choreographed match-up of a brilliant soundtrack and incredible driving stunts.

And a couple of duds

Going In Style:

A cast of starry veterans wasted in a predictable and limp tale, with some embarrassingly awful ‘action’ scenes.

Alien Covenant:

Not every film lives up to its hype. This was a tedious reprisal of over-familiar scenarios.


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