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The Movies of 2017: World Premieres
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⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
A Ciambra Dir. Jonas Carpignano. Pio Amato, Damiano Amato, Koudous Seihon A–
Ava Dir. Sadaf Foroughi. Mahour Jabbari, Shayesteh Sajadi, Bahar Noohian A–
Birds Are Singing in Kigali Dirs. Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze. Jowita Budnik A–
BPM (Beats Per Minute) Dir. Robin Campillo. Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart B
Call Me By Your Name Dir. Luca Guadagnino. Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer B+
Coco Dir. Lee Unkrich. Voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt B
Dawson City: Frozen Time Dir. Bill Morrison. Documentary about buried film reels A–
Dunkirk Dir. Christopher Nolan. Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance B
Félicité Dir. Alain Gomis. Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Papi Mpaka, Gaetan Claudia A–
The Florida Project Dir. Sean Baker. Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe B
Get Out Dir. Jordan Peele. Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener A–
A Ghost Story Dir. David Lowery. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Liz Franke, Sonia Acevedo B
Good Time Dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie. Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress A–
Israfil Dir. Ida Panahandeh. Hediyeh Tehrani, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Pejman Bazeghi A–
Last Men in Aleppo Dir. Feras Fayyad. Documentary about Syrian rescue workers A–
Life and Nothing More Dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza. Andrew Bleechington A
A Man of Integrity Dir. Mohammad Rasoulof. Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee A–
mother! Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris B
Mr. Gay Syria Dir. Ayşe Toprak. Documentary about a gay Syrian refugees' pageant B+
The Nothing Factory Dir. Pedro Pinho. José Smith Vargas, Njamy Sebastião B
Okja Dir. Bong Joon-ho. An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Byun Hee-Bong, Paul Dano B–
On Body and Soul Dir. Ildikó Enyedi. Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi B
Phantom Thread Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps B+
The Post Dir. Steven Spielberg. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk B+
Western Dir. Valeska Grisebach. Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek A
Whose Streets? Dir. Saabah Folayan. Documentary about protests in Ferguson, MO A–
Wonderstruck Dir. Todd Haynes. Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael B+
The Work Dir. Jairus McLeary. Documentary about group therapy inside a men's prison A–
The Wound Dir. John Trengove. Nahkane Touré, Niza Jay Ncoyini, Bongile Mantsai B
Zama Dir. Lucrecia Martel. Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Minujín, Matheus Nachtergaele A

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
Alanis Dir. Anahí Berneri. Sofia Gala Castiglione, Dana Basso, Silvina Sabater B
Angels Wear White Dir. Vivian Qu. Vicky Chen, Zhou Meijun, Jiang Xinyue, Peng Jing B
Arrhythmia Dir. Boris Khlebnikov. Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva B+
Atomic Blonde Dir. David Leitch. Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones B+
Azar Dir. Mohammad Hamzei. Niki Karimi, Houman Seyyedi, Hasti Mahdavifar B
Baby Driver Dir. Edgar Wright. Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm C
Beatriz at Dinner Dir. Miguel Arteta. Salma Hayek, Connie Britton, John Lithgow B+
Birthright: A War Story Dir. Civia Tamarkin. Documentary about women's health B
Blade Runner 2049 Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks B
Casting JonBenet Dir. Kitty Green. Documentary about filming a tabloid murder case B+
The Charmer Dir. Milad Alami. Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann B+
Closeness Dir. Katemir Balagov. Darya Zhovnar, Veniamin Kats, Olga Dragunova B+
Columbus Dir. Kogonada. Haley Lu Richardson, John Cho, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin B
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Dir. David France. Documentary B+
Disappearance Dir. Ali Asgari. Sadaf Asgari, Amir Reza Ranjbaran, Nazanin Ahmadi B+
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary B+
Faces Places Dirs. Agnès Varda and JR. Documentary about a roving art project B–
A Fantastic Woman Dir. Sebastián Lelio. Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco B–
First Reformed Dir. Paul Schrader. Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Philip Ettinger B+
First They Killed My Father Dir. Angelina Jolie. Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung B
For Ahkeem Dirs. Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest. Documentary B
Ghost in the Shell Dir. Rupert Sanders. Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk C+
God's Own Country Dir. Francis Lee. Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart B
Human Flow Dir. Ai Weiwei. Documentary survey of global refugee crises B
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Dir. Macon Blair. Melanie Lynskey B
The Judge Dir. Erika Cohn. Documentary about Palestinian female Shari'a judge B
Lady Bird Dir. Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein B+
Lean on Pete Dir. Andrew Haigh. Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz A–
The Line Dir. Peter Bebjak. Tomáš Maštalír, Eugen Libezňuk, Andrej Hryc B+
Logan Dir. James Mangold. Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart B
Loveless Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev. Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Aleksey Fateev B
Menashe Dir. Joshua Z. Weinstein. Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Weisshaus B+
Mrs. Fang Dir. Wang Bing. Documentary about the death of a Chinese woman B
Mudbound Dir. Dee Rees. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke B–
No Date, No Signature Dir. Vahid Jalilvand. Amir Aghaee, Navid Mohammadzadeh B+
The Other Side of Hope Dir. Aki Kaurismäki. Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen B
Our People Will Be Healed Dir. Alanis Obomsawin. Documentary A–
Patti Cake$ Dir. Geremy Jasper. Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay A–
Princess Cyd Dir. Stephen Cone. Jessie Pinnick, Rebecca Spence, Malic White B+
Razzia Dir. Nabil Ayouch. Amine Ennaji, Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter B+
The Rider Dir. Chloé Zhao. Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott B–
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Dir. Dan Gilroy. Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo B–
The Shape of Water Dir. Guillermo del Toro. Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins C+
Song to Song Dir. Terrence Malick. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender B
A Sort of Family Dir. Diego Lerman. Bárbara Lennie, Yanina Ávila, Daniel Aráoz A–
The Square Dir. Ruben Östlund. Claes Bang, Terry Notary, Elisabeth Moss B
Sweet Country Dir. Warwick Thornton. Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey Furber B
Thelma Dir. Joachim Trier. Eili Harboe, Henrik Rafaelson, Ellen Dorrit Petersen B
They Dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. Rhys Fehrenbacher, Nicole Coffineau, Koohyar Hosseini B+
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Dir. Martin McDonagh C
Untaken Paths Dir. Tahmineh Milani. Mahoor Alvand, Milad Keymaram B+
War for the Planet of the Apes Dir. Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson B
Waru Dirs. Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, et al. B
You Were Never Really Here Dir. Lynne Ramsay. Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts B+

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
12 Days Dir. Raymond Depardon. Documentary about psychiatric evaluations B
24 Frames Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. Two-dozen vignettes extrapolated from old photos B
Ana, mon amour Dir. Călin Peter Netzer. Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti B
Battle of the Sexes Dirs. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton. Emma Stone, Steve Carell B–
Beach Rats Dir. Eliza Hittman. Harris Dickinson, Frank Hadaj, David Ivanov B
Beauty and the Dogs Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania. Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli B
Before Summer Ends Dir. Maryam Goormaghtigh. Documentary B
The Beguiled Dir. Sofia Coppola. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell B
The Big Sick Dir. Michael Showalter. Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter B
Blockage Dir. Mohsen Gharaie. Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari, Mohsen Kiayee B+
Blueprint Dir. Daryl Wein. Jerod Haynes, Tai'isha Davis, Sandra Adams-Monegain B
Boarding Pass Dir. Mehdi Ramani. Mansour Shahbazi, Neda Jebraili B+
Brad's Status Dir. Mike White. Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer B–
The Crescent Dir. Seth A. Smith. Danika Vandersteen, Woodrow Graves, Britt Loder B–
Crown Heights Dir. Matt Ruskin. Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul C+
The Death of Stalin Dir. Armando Iannucci. Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi B
Detroit Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Algee Smith, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore C
Disobedience Dir. Sebastián Lelio. Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola B
Downsizing Dir. Alexander Payne. Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig D+
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Dir. Paul McGuigan. Jamie Bell, Annette Bening B+
The Final Year Dir. Greg Barker. Documentary about Obama-era foreign policy B
Foxtrot Dir. Samuel Maoz. Lior Ashkenazi, Yonatan Shiray, Sarah Adler, Shira Haas C
Gemini Dir. Aaron Katz. Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Nelson Franklin B
Girls Trip Dir. Malcolm D. Lee. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish B
Golden Years Dir. André Téchiné. Céline Sallette, Pierre Deladonchamps B
Good Luck Dir. Ben Russell. Documentary about Serbian and Surinamese mines B+
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Dir. Sophie Fiennes. Documentary B
The Green Fog Dirs. Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson, Evan Johnson. Experimental film C
Hannah Dir. Andrea Pallaoro. Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Jean-Michel Balthazar B
Happy End Dir. Michael Haneke. Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin C–
I, Tonya Dir. Craig Gillespie. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney B+
Icarus Dir. Bryan Fogel. Documentary about Russia's system for doping Olympic athletes B
In the Fade Dir. Fatih Akin. Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar B
An Inconvenient Sequel Dirs. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Documentary B
Ingrid Goes West Dir. Matt Spicer. Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr. B
The Insult Dir. Ziad Doueiri. Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh C+
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan C
Last Flag Flying Dir. Richard Linklater. Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston C+
The Legend of the Ugly King Dir. Greg Barker. Documentary about Yilmaz Güney B
Let the Sun Shine In Dir. Claire Denis. Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois B
Logan Lucky Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig B–
The Lovers Dir. Azazel Jacobs. Tracy Letts, Debra Winger, Melora Walters B–
Loving Vincent Dirs. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Animated C+
Lucky Dir. John Carroll Lynch. Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Beth Grant B
Luk'Luk'I Dir. Wayne Wapeemukwa. Angel Gates, Ken Harrower, Eric Buurman C+
Marjorie Prime Dir. Michael Almereyda. Lois Smith, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins C
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts Dir. Mouly Surya. Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra C+
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Dir. Noah Baumbach. Adam Sandler B+
M.F.A. Dir. Natalia Leite. Francesca Eastwood, Peter Vack, Leah McKendrick B–
Molly's Game Dir. Aaron Sorkin. Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner B–
Negar Dir. Rambod Javan. Negar Javaherian, Mohammad Reza Forutan C
November Dir. Rainer Sarnet. Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Heino Kalm, Arvo Kukumägi B
Novitiate Dir. Maggie Betts. Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson B
Occidental Dir. Neïl Beloufa. Idir Chender, Paul Hamy, Anna Ivacheff B
The Other Side of Everything Dir. Mila Turajlić. Documentary B+
The Other Side of the Wall Dir. Pau Ortiz. Documentary about Honduran family B
Paddington 2 Dir. Paul King. Voice of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville B–
Poor Agnes Dir. Navin Ramaswaran. Lora Burke, Robert Notman, Will Conlon C+
The Rape of Recy Taylor Dir. Nancy Buirski. Documentary about a 1944 rape case B
Rogers Park Dir. Kyle Henry. Christine Horn, Jonny Mars, Antoine McKay, Sara Sevigny B
Sara & Ayda Dir. Maziar Miri. Ghazal Shakeri, Pegah Ahangarani, Mostafa Zamani B
Scary Mother Dir. Ana Urushadze. Nato Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili B
Sea Sorrow Dir. Vanessa Redgrave. Documentary about refugees and human rights B–
Sheikh Jackson Dir. Amr Salama. Ahmad Alfishawy, Ahmed Malek, Maged El Kedwany B
Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Dir. Rian Johnson. Daisy Ridley C–
Step Dir. Amanda Lipitz. Documentary about step-dancing Baltimore high school seniors B
Strong Island Dir. Yance Ford. Documentary about an unprosecuted murder case B
Subdued Dir. Hamid Nematollah. Leila Hatami, Kourosh Tahami, Leila Moosavi B–
The Summit Dir. Santiago Mitre. Ricardo Darín, Érica Rivas, Dolores Fonzi B–
Viceroy's House Dir. Gurinder Chadha. Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal B–
Wajib Dir. Annemarie Jacir. Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Leila Bakri B–
Wind River Dir. Taylor Sheridan. Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene B–
Wind Traces Dir. Jimena Montemayor Loyo. Dolores Fonzi, Paulina Gil, Diego Aguilar B
Wonder Dir. Stephen Chbosky. Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson B
Wonder Woman Dir. Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Danny Huston D+
The Workshop Dir. Laurent Cantet. Matthieu Lucci, Marina Foïs, Warda Rammach B
Yellow Dir. Mostafa Taghizadeh. Sareh Bayat, Bahram Radan, Shahram Haghighatdoost B

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Abundant Acreage Available Dir. Angus MacLachlan. Amy Ryan, Terry Kinney B–
Alien: Covenant Dir. Ridley Scott. Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender C+
Appendix Dir. Hossein Namazi. Anahita Nemati, Amir Ali Danaei, Reza Akbarpour B–
Barrage Dir. Laura Schroeder. Lolita Chammah, Themis Pauwels, Isabelle Huppert C+
Brawl in Cell Block 99 Dir. S. Craig Zahler. Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter C+
The Confession Dir. Zaza Urushadze. Dimitri Tatishvili, Sophia Sebiskveradze D+
Dark River Dir. Clio Barnard. Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, Shane Attwooll C
Darkest Hour Dir. Joe Wright. Gary Oldman, Stephen Dillane, Lily James C
The Day After Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Sae-byeok C
The Disaster Artist Dir. James Franco. Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen C
Double Lover Dir. François Ozon. Marina Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Myriam Boyer B–
Ferrari Dir. Alireza Davoudnejad. Tarlan Parvaneh, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Sima Tirandaz C
The Greatest Showman Dir. Michael Gracey. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams D
The Hungry Dir. Bornila Chatterjee. Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Antonio Aakeel C
It Dir. Andrés Muschietti. Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis C+
Marshall Dir. Reginald Hudlin. Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown D+
The Midwife Dir. Martin Provost. Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet B
My Cousin Rachel Dir. Roger Michell. Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger C+
Paris Square Dir. Lúcia Murat. Joana de Verona, Grace Passô, Alex Brasil C–
Sicilian Ghost Story Dirs. Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza. Julia Jedlikowska D+
Split Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley D
Stronger Dir. David Gordon Green. Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany C+
Thirst Street Dir. Nathan Silver. Lindsay Burdge, Damien Bonnard, Esther Garrel C+
Under the Tree Dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson C
Verónica Dir. Paco Plaza. Sandra Escacena, Iván Chavero, Bruna González B–
Victoria & Abdul Dir. Stephen Frears. Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard C–
Wonder Wheel Dir. Woody Allen. Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple D+

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
All Male, All Nude Dir. Gerald McCullouch. Documentary about Atlanta strip club D
All the Money in the World Dir. Ridley Scott. Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg D+
The Hero Dir. Brett Haley. With Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter C–
It Comes at Night Dir. Trey Edward Shults. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Joel Edgerton C+
Kidnap Dir. Luis Prieto. Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple C
Kupal Dir. Kazem Mollaie. Levon Haftvan, Nazanin Farahani, Vahan Salimzadeh C–
Landline Dir. Gillian Robespierre. Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Edie Falco D+
On Chesil Beach Dir. Dominic Cooke. Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson F
Samui Song Dir. Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Chermarn Boonyasak, David Asavanond D
The Trip to Spain Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon C