The Passerbuys Best Movies of 2017
Whether you like to watch a movie in the dark room of a theater or at home on Netflix, there was no shortage of good movies that came out this year. The top favorites include the romance and coming-of-age film, Call Me By Your Name, as the most recommended movie of the year, and Get Out and Lady Bird coming in at second and third most recommended. Then with summer comedy favorite Girls Trip, there was a wide variety of genres that made for an entertaining time in front of the screen.
It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. Their trip leads to a series of disturbing occurrences and encounters with Rose's family.
Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her-- loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine "Connie" Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja - a massive animal and an even bigger friend - at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York.
Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai) over the course of a single summer.
Cpl. John McBurney seeks refuge at an all-female Southern boarding school where the teachers and students seem more than willing to help. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounded leg while offering him comfort and companionship.
*Some notable mentions: Logan by James Mangold (as recommended by Puno Dostres Molly Surno & Ally Russell), Killing of a Sacred Deer by Yorgos Lanthimos (as recommended by Kristi Garced & Sara Haile), Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold by Griffin Dunne (as recommended by Molly Surno & Nicole Steriovksi), 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh (as recommended by Marion Lange, & Erin Allweiss), Blade Runner by Denis Villeneuve (as recommended by Ly Ngo & Puno Dostres), The Big Sick by Michael Showalter (as recommended by Mari Andrew & Puno Dostres) and The Disaster Artist by James Franco (as recommended by Ally Russell & Natalie Pace)
Words by Jessica Jacolbe