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

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.