The Best of the First Third of 2017

Folks, is the year moving a bit quickly or is it just me? Maybe it’s me? I can deal with that. Anyway, on to the point of this whole thing. With it now being just about the month of May, we’ve officially finished up with the first third of the calendar. As such, I wanted to once again highlight the best of the year so far, consisting of my top ten and various awards for 2017 to date. Much like last time around, when I did the first quarter of the year at the start of April, I’m mostly limiting it to things that have already hit theaters. My only exception is that I’m including eligible titles from the recently concluded Tribeca Film Festival. There are some others from the year that I’m fond of and might have otherwise included, but I didn’t want to cheat too badly, so they’re on hold and will be given a special citation. Basically, it’s an arbitrary decision, but I didn’t want to open things up too much. Anyway, let’s get to the fun stuff, with a small preview to come first, before the nitty gritty of it all…

As you’ll see below, I have a few new additions to my favorites for the year so far, in addition what I previously cited last month. A couple are releases that weren’t eligible last time out, while one specific title is a film that played just this week at the Tribeca Film Festival and was so good, I had to include it. There’s still some things I’m embargoed on or just won’t include yet, they’ll be seen in the mid year piece. For now, I think this differs enough from my first quarter article to warrant publishing. Take a look and as always, know that your mileage may vary with personal preference and such. Now, on to the good stuff!

Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with a handful of my picks for the best in certain individual categories, as well as my awards for the first third of 2017. Here you go, and as always, enjoy these handful of lists:

10. Gifted
9. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
8. The Lost City of Z
7. Get Out
6. The Discovery
5. Free Fire
4. Flower
3. The LEGO Batman Movie
2. Between Us
1. Logan

Honorable Mention: Dark Night, The Last Laugh, Table 19, Win It All, and Youth in Oregon

Special Citation/Exemption: Dean and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (seen previously but not out until after the cutoff)

Next, the ten best performances of the first third of this year:

10. Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
9. Mckenna Grace in Gifted
8. Frank Langella in Youth in Oregon
7. Daphne Keen in Logan
6. Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper
5. Hugh Jackman in Logan
4. Melanie Lynsky in I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore
3. Patrick Stewart in Logan
2. Olivia Thirlby in Between Us
1. Zoey Deutch in Flower

Honorable Mention: Billy Crudup in Youth in Oregon, Chris Evans in Gifted, Ben Feldman in Between Us, Adam Goldberg in Between Us, Jake Johnson in Win It All, Michael Keaton in The Founder, Anna Kendrick in Table 19, Rooney Mara in The Discovery, Garance Marillier in Raw, and Analeigh Tipton in Between Us

Most Underrated: Between Us
Most Overrated: Split

Now, on to the awards for the first third of the year so far…

(Obviously, my number one pick above would be my choice for Best Picture so far (with number two the runner up, and so on, but here are the other awards I would give out)

Best Director: James Mangold for Logan (runner up: Rafael Palacio Illingworth for Between Us and Jordan Peele for Get Out)

Best Actor: Hugh Jackman for Logan (runner up: Ben Feldman for Between Us and Frank Langella for Youth in Oregon)

Best Actress: Zoey Deutch for Flower (runner up: Kristen Stewart for Personal Shopper and Olivia Thirlby for Between Us)

Best Supporting Actor: Patrick Stewart for Logan (runner up: Adam Goldberg for Between Us and Armie Hammer for Free Fire)

Best Supporting Actress: Daphne Keen for Logan (runner up: McKenna Grace for Gifted and Analeigh Tipton for Between Us)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Logan (runner up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The LEGO Batman Movie)

Best Original Screenplay: Flower (runner up: Between Us and Get Out)

Best Ensemble: Logan (runner up: Between Us and Table 19)

Best Animated Feature: The LEGO Batman Movie (no runner ups)

Best Documentary Feature: The Last Laugh (no runner ups)

Best Foreign Language Feature: Raw (no runner ups)

Best Production Design: The Lost City of Z (runner up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. and Logan)

Best Cinematography: The Lost City of Z (runner up: Between Us and Flower)

Best Costume Design: The Lost City of Z (runner up: Kong: Skull Island and Logan)

Best Film Editing: Logan (runner up: Between Us and Flower)

Best Makeup: Logan (runner up: Kong: Skull Island and Split)

Best Sound: Logan (runner up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Kong: Skull Island)

Best Original Score: Logan (runner up: Flower and Free Fire)

Best Original Song: I Don’t Wanna Live Forever from Fifty Shades Darker (no runner ups)

Best Visual Effects: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. (runner up: Kong: Skull Island and Logan)

There you go ladies and gentlemen…now to see how the rest of the first half of 2017 turns out, which I’ll detail in July with a mid year look back. Until then!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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