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Ten movies to watch in 2017 — BBC

AKIPRESS.COM - British edition of BBC compiled a top-10 list of movies worth watching in 2017.

I Am Not Your Negro

Release date: February 3, 2017 (USA)
Director: Raoul Peck
Music composed by: Aleksei Aigi
Producers: Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, Hébert Peck
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson
Screenplay: Raoul Peck, James Baldwin

Я не твой негр

Inspired by an unfinished James Baldwin book about the assassinations of black leaders in the 1960s, Raoul Peck’s documentary brings Baldwin, who died in 1987, into the 21st Century, where his scorching appraisal of the history of race in the US is, unfortunately, as timely as ever. Drawing from decades of Baldwin’s writing and public statements – although rarely touching Baldwin’s work on sexuality – the movie is less a summary than a séance, with Samuel L Jackson’s impassioned narration all but bringing him back to life. Peck intercuts footage of the Ferguson protests to underline how relevant Baldwin remains, but in a world in which the basic humanity of people of colour is under attack, the continued vitality of Baldwin’s ideas is already unassailable. (Credit: Magnolia Pictures)

Get Out

Release date: February 24, 2017 (USA)
Director: Jordan Peele
Executive producers: Couper Samuelson, Shaun Redick, Raymond Mansfield
Producers: Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick, Ted Hamm
Production companies: Blumhouse Productions, Perfect World Pictures


Described as “Rosemary's Baby meets The Help” – or, alternatively, a cross between Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Stepford Wives – the big-screen writing/directing debut of Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele is a horror thriller about a black man who discovers that his white girlfriend’s parents are involved in a sinister conspiracy to keep their wealthy suburb racially monochrome. Get Out starts with a premise befitting a solid Twilight Zone episode, but at least to judge from its trailer, things start to get truly nuts after that. Mainstream horror has been suffering from a lack of ingenuity, but a great comedy writer turning his skills to the genre could give it just the boost it needs. (Credit: Universal)

Personal Shopper

Release date: March 10, 2017 (USA)
Director: Olivier Assayas
Screenplay: Olivier Assayas
Producer: Charles Gillibert
Budget: 5.6 million USD

 Персональный покупатель

The Kristen Stewart’s renaissance continues with Olivier Assayas’ lyrical, unnerving story about a celebrity factotum obsessed with trying to communicate with her dead twin brother. Apart from the engrossing stillness of Stewart’s performance, the movie’s most intriguing aspect is the way it plays the supernatural completely straight, as if it’s a given that the spirits of those who have passed on regularly lurk around the edges of otherwise realist dramas. Like Assayas and Stewart’s Clouds of Sils Maria, it’s a movie that takes mystery for granted, an approach that allows her to inhabit her character rather than having her drive the plot, and the less she does, the more fascinating a performer she becomes. (Credit: Les Films du Losange)

The Beguiled

Release date: June 23, 2017 (USA)
Director: Sofia Coppola
Production company: American Zoetrope
Written by: Sofia Coppola
Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd


It’s hard to envision a stranger match-up than Sofia Coppola and the Western genre, but that’s just what makes this remake of a Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood oater so intriguing. Although it’s set during the Civil War, the story of a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who seeks shelter in a Confederate girls school is a seduction at heart, and the photos from Coppola’s set suggest she’s doubling down on the original’s languorousness. It’s hard to imagine how Coppola’s take on this most masculine of genres might turn out, but that’s what’s exciting about it. (Credit: Alamy)


Release date: July 21, 2017 (USA)
Directors: Christopher Nolan, Leslie Norman
Music composed by: Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema
Production company: Ealing Studios


Christopher Nolan’s dedication to old-school techniques may strike some as pure Luddism, but an epic battle movie shot on 65mm celluloid and relying on practical effects is enough of a dwindling rarity that every remaining instance is cause for celebration. Although comparisons to Saving Private Ryan will be inevitable, Dunkirk is not about an Allied military victory but the mass evacuation of more than 300,000 soldiers from a French beach, which is an atypical subject for a film of this massive scale. It’s long been said – including of Private Ryan – that it’s impossible to make a combat movie that’s truly anti-war, but telling a story about escape rather than engagement might be a way to finally solve that conundrum. (Credit: Warner Bros)

The Snowman

Release date: October 13, 2017 (USA)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Story by: Jo Nesbø
Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Hossein Amini
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Peter Gustafsson


It’s been five long years since Tomas Alfredson’s stylishly grungy Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but this adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s murder mystery sounds like it might be worth the wait. Michael Fassbender stars as a detective on the trail of what may be Norway’s first serial killer, with Rebecca Ferguson as a like-minded detective and a cast that also includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, JK Simmons and Val Kilmer. It’s a bit odd to have Alfredson returning to his native Scandinavia with an English-speaking cast in tow, but it’ll be great to see what he does on familiarly chilly turf with a Hollywood-sized budget. (Credit: Universal)

Baby Driver

Release date: August 11, 2017 (USA)
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenplay: Edgar Wright
Music composed by: Steven Price
Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Юный водитель

We’ll never get to see Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, but with any luck, the action chops he honed preparing for that movie before Marvel replaced him – for, in effect, trying to make an Edgar Wright movie – will pay off in this story about a mute wheelman (Ansel Elgort) who uses music to guide his getaway driving. It’s the first time Wright, who’s collaborated with Simon Pegg on most of his scripts, has gotten sole screenplay credit, which seems like the perfect way for him to declare his independence from the Marvel machine, and with a cast that also includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey, he’s assembled a superhero group of his own. (Credit: Sony Entertainment)

Thor: Ragnarok

Release date: November 3, 2017 (USA)
Director: Taika Waititi
Film series: Thor
Music composed by: Mark Mothersbaugh
Screenplay: Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle


Expecting an auteur stamp on a Marvel movie is a mug’s game, but call us mugs: the pairing of a Thor/Hulk “buddy movie” and director Taika Waititi could produce inspired results. Waititi, the Kiwi director known for comedies like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, brings much-needed levity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most dour and unengaging subfranchise, and might even give Chris Hemsworth a chance to employ the comic chops he showed off in Ghostbusters and Vacation. Of course, it won’t be all laughs: the movie’s subtitle refers to Norse mythology’s end of the world. But if Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo get to play Hope and Crosby along the way, maybe the journey to apocalypse won’t be so bad after all. (Credit: Marvel Studios)

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Release date: December 15, 2017 (USA)
Director: Rian Johnson
Film series: Star Wars
Music composed by: John Williams
Screenplay: Rian Johnson

Звездные войны

Looper and Brick’s Rian Johnson remains the most intriguing directorial hire in the history of Star Wars, as well as the only person besides George Lucas to both write and direct one of the franchise’s movies. It’s unlikely that the still-untitled Episode VIII will be as idiosyncratic as Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom, but after JJ Abrams’ solid but unspectacular table-setting, this latest trilogy is on good footing to try something a little bit new. Hard details on the movie, naturally, are scarce, but if Abrams’ Spielberg-isms felt too familiar, Johnson could be the one to liven things up. (Credit: Lucasfilm)


Release date: December 22, 2017 (USA)
Director: Alexander Payne
Screenplay: Alexander Payne
Production company: Annapurna Pictures
Producers: Alexander Payne, Mark Johnson


After chronicling the quotidian disaffections of life in the Midwest, it only stands to reason that Alexander Payne would turn to the story of people who have themselves shrunken to a tiny size to join communities of like-minded, like-sized people. Right? Downsizing has been a passion project of Payne’s for years, but it seemed unlikely that a director known for dry-wit comedies would get the leeway, or the cash, to venture into sci-fi. It’s an outlandish idea from a director who’s not known for them – although he and writing partner Jim Taylor did touch up the script for Jurassic Park III – but finding out what the hell this thing is will be part of the fun. (Credit: Alamy) 

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