Half-Year Mark: FF.TV critics pick their favorite films of 2017

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Preston Barta // Features Editor

We are halfway through the year and there are already more than a handful of superb films worth mentioning. From a sweeping epic with apes to a cannibalistic story of sisters, the best films of 2017 so far have brought screenplays to life with an astonishing scrupulousness that still left room for stunning artistic expression.

As we finish out the rest of the year, what we’re most interested in is finding out which films will top the seven we each listed below. Daniel Day-Lewis teaming back up with director Paul Thomas Anderson for his acting farewell in PHANTOM THREAD (Dec. 25) seems promising, as does Rian Johnson making his mark in a galaxy far, far away with STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Dec. 15) and Richard Linklater’s spiritual-sequel to THE LAST DETAIL, titled LAST FLAG FLYING (Nov. 17). But until then, let’s look back at what these last six months brought to the cinema world (which also includes one cheat/July title for good measure).

Courtney Howard

  1. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
  2. LOGAN
  3. WONDER WOMAN
  4. BABY DRIVER
  5. THE BIG SICK
  6. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
  7. THE BEGUILED

James Cole Clay

  1. THE BIG SICK
  2. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
  3. BABY DRIVER
  4. GET OUT
  5. ALIEN: COVENANT
  6. MEGAN LEAVEY
  7. THE LITTLE HOURS

Jared McMillan

  1. GET OUT
  2. LADY MACBETH
  3. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
  4. LOGAN
  5. IT COMES AT NIGHT
  6. I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
  7. BURDEN

Kip Mooney

  1. THE LOST CITY OF Z
  2. BABY DRIVER
  3. LOGAN
  4. GET OUT
  5. WONDER WOMAN
  6. ALIEN: COVENANT
  7. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

Preston Barta

  1. A GHOST STORY
  2. RAW
  3. WONDER WOMAN 
  4. THE BIG SICK
  5. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
  6. GET OUT
  7. DEAN
About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.