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Ten must-see movies of 2017

Grab the popcorn and check out some of the year’s best films

Newsflash: 2017 offered something for everyone on the big screen. Whether you’re streaming at home or heading to the multiplex, why not catch up on 10 of the best so far?

The Big Sick

Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and his real-life wife Emily V. Gordon co-wrote this fabulous dramedy that chronicles their own unusual courtship, which began with a one-night stand and wound its way through a coma, family strife and, ultimately, love.

Coco

The Oscar®-winning team at Pixar will likely rack up even more award nominations for this vibrant, funny and heart-tugging adventure about a musically inclined boy who travels to the Land of the Dead in a bid to uncover his family’s ancestral secrets.

Columbus

If you liked Before Sunrise, you’ll fall for this meticulously crafted indie charmer that’s one of 2017’s best-reviewed films. John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson co-star as troubled strangers who grow closer as they explore the architecture of the titular Indiana city.

Dunkirk

Actor Fionn Whitehead had just one TV credit on his résumé when director Christopher Nolan tapped him for the lead role of Tommy – one of thousands of Allied troops trying to stay alive while awaiting evacuation – in this powerful Second World War epic.

Get Out

Believe the hype: writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological thriller is a terrifically tense, chilling social commentary that follows interracial couple Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) on a terror-filled trip to visit her wealthy parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener).

Lady Bird

Few films earn the coveted 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but actress Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut has done just that. Set in 2002-03, the coming-of-age story revolves around the relationship between a headstrong teen (Saoirse Ronan) and her determined mom (Laurie Metcalf).

Mudbound

Director Dee Rees’s unflinching period drama is as assured as it is deeply affecting, chronicling the struggles of two rural families – one black, one white – coping with poverty, racial conflict and the return of their war-vet sons (Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund) in 1940s Mississippi.

The Shape of Water

Magical, whimsical and beautifully realized, director Guillermo del Toro’s fairy-tale drama tells the story of the connection between a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) and an amphibian creature (Doug Jones) at a research facility in 1960s Baltimore.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Too soon for a reboot? Never! And this fresh, fun and fabulous take on everyone’s favourite web-slinger (Tom Holland) proves that great storytelling and a winning cast make for a thoroughly thrilling time at the movies – and a box-office take of more than US$880 million worldwide so far.

Wonder Woman

Speaking of superheroes, few made as much of an impact in 2017 as Gal Gadot’s take on the feminist icon, whose cinematic outing took more than 20 years (!) from development to the big screen – and was then met with overwhelmingly positive reactions from audiences and critics alike.

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