A2P Cinema's Favorite Films of 2017
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It has been 90 years since the arrival of sound in films. So many great years of movies to cherish (including of course, those that preceded the sound barrier as well). 2017 was another great year. For American films, it might be the best year of great films since 2011.

As expected, one recurring theme found throughout movies were themes of social and political messages - often hidden within the formula of genre filmmaking. Ghost stories also made a strong presence in various forms and subtleties.

The year may have been fittingly capped off with one of the final releases being its very best - as the great Paul Thomas Anderson crafted perhaps his most essential film of artistic vision with Phantom Thread- a film that fully sharpens ideas and cosmic emotions of loneliness that has defined his filmography. Here it is created with such unique empathy and hope, and with the touch of a mature master filmmaker now in full understanding of his personal vision.

Over the last four years I've personally seen less new releases, opting to selectively see films rather then attempting to seek out every possible new release. As such I openly admit to avoiding all DC and Marvel comic adaptations regardless of how good they look or how good I'm told they are. I just need a break from them all. Many may very well be good, but unless one of my favorite filmmakers is doing one of them I'm currently on a hiatus. Besides Logan (directed by James Mangold, who I admire) I did not see one of them in 2016 or 2017.

I saw just a little over 90 films in 2017. Here are my 85 favorite along with direct links to the films imdb page for more information.
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Notable films yet to see:
Coco; The Post; Quest; Faces Places; Mudbound; The Square; The Meyerowitz Stories; Last Flag Flying; The Other Side of Hope; A Quiet Passion; Call Me By Your Name; Western; 120 BPM; God's Own Country; Valerian and the City; Detour; All the Money in the World; Brad's Status; Death Note; Alien Covenant; Victoria & Abdul; Blade Runner; The Mountain Between Us; Battle of the Sexes; Beauty and the Beast; All Eyez on Me; T2 Trainspotting; The Great Wall
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1… Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5776858/

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2… Personal Shopper
Olivier Assayas, France / Germany / Czech / Belgium
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4714782/

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3… The Lost City of Z
James Gray, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212428/

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4… Raw
Julia Ducournau, France / Belgium / Italy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4954522/

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5… Good Time
Benny Safdie / Josh Safdie, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846232/

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6… Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/

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7… Graduation
Cristian Mungiu, Romania / France / Belgium
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4936450/

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8… Let the Sunshine In
Claire Denis, France / Belgium
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6423776/

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9… The Blackcoat's Daughter
Oz Perkins, Canada / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3286052/

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10… Harmonium
Koji Fukada, Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5182856/

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11… The Florida Project
Sean Baker, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5649144/

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12… Get Out
Jordan Peele, United States / Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/

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13… The Salesman
Asghar Farhadi, Iran / France
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5186714/

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14… The Untamed
Amat Escalante, Mexico / Denmark / France / Germany
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5265960/

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15… Columbus
Kogonada, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5990474/

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16… After the Storm
Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5294966/

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17… Song to Song
Terrence Malick, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2062700/

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18… Most Beautiful Island
Ana Asensio, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4866448/

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19… Ingrid Goes West
Matt Spicer, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5962210/

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20… Logan Lucky
Steven Soderbergh, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5439796/

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21… On the Beach at Night Alone
Hong Sang-soo, South Korea / Germany
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6412864/

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22… Birdshot
Mikhail Red, Philippines / Qatar
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6135042/

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23… My Cousin Rachel
Roger Michell, United Kingdom / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4411596/

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24… Una
Benedict Andrews, United Kingdom / Canada / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2315582/

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25… Nocturama
Bertrand Bonello, France / Germany / Belgium
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4795546/

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26Baby Driver
Edgar Wright, United Kingdom / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3890160/

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27… Mother!
Darren Aronofsky, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5109784/

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28… Daisy Winters
Beth LaMure, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3702088/

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29… The Beguiled
Sofia Coppola, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5592248/

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30… Diamond Island
Davy Chou, Cambodia / Qatar / Thailand /
France / Germany
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5689590/

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31… Annabelle: Creation
David F. Sandberg, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5140878/

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32… You Were Never Really Here
Lynne Ramsay, United Kingdom / France / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5742374/

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33… Wind River
Taylor Sheridan, United Kingdom / Canada / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5362988/

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34… Your Name
Makoto Shinkai, Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5311514/

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35… Only the Brave
Joseph Kosinski, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3829920/

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36… The Lovers
Azazel Jacobs, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5770620/

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37… Blade of the Immortal
Takashi Miike, Japan / United Kingdom
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5084170/

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38… As You Are
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4444438/

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39… Patti Cake$
Geremy Jasper, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6288250/

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40… Happy Death Day
Christopher Landon, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5308322/

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41… Wonderstruck
Todd Haynes, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5208216/

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42… Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh, United Kingdom / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/

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43… Autumn, Autumn
Jang Woo-jin, South Korea
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6680676/

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44… In This Corner of the World
Sunao Katabuchi, Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4769824/

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45… Stronger
David Gordon Green, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3881784/

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46… Sweet Virginia
Jamie M. Dagg, Canada / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582498/

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47… A Cure For Wellness
Gore Verbinski, United States / Germany
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4731136/

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48… Radiance
Naomi Kawase, Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6165792/

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49… The Killing of the Sacred Deer
Yorgos Lanthimos, United Kingdom / Ireland / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5715874/

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50… War for the Planet of the Apes
Matt Reeves, Canada / New Zealand / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3450958/

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51… Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan, UK / Netherlands / France / US
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5013056/

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52… A Ghost Story
David Lowery, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6265828/

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53… Molly's Game
Aaron Sorkin, United States / China
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4209788/

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54… The Disaster Artist
James Franco, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3521126/

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55… Wonder
Stephen Chbosky, United States / Hong Kong
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543472/

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56… Lady Macbeth
William Oldroyd, United Kingdom
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4291600/

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57… The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Canada / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580390/

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58… Detriot
Kathryn Bigelow, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5390504/

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59… Split
M. Night Shyamalan, United States / Japan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4972582/

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60… Gerald's Game
Mike Flanagan, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3748172/

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61… Lost in Paris
Dominique Abel / Fiona Gordon, France / Belgium
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2936884/

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62… Ismael's Ghosts
Arnaud Desplechin, France
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5687040/

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63… Lovesong
So Yong Kim, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4305148/

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64… From the Land of the Moon
Nicole Garcia, France / Belgium / Canada
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3794028/

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65… Novitiate
Margaret Betts, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4513316/

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66… It Comes At Night
Trey Edward Shults, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4695012/

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67… The Big Sick
Michael Showalter, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5462602/

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68… 47 Meters Down
Johannes Roberts, UK / Dominican Republic / US
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2932536/

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69… Downsizing
Alexander Payne, Norway / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389072/

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70… Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/

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71… Wonder Wheel
Woody Allen, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5825380/

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72… Logan
James Mangold, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/

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73… Collide
Eran Creevy, United Kingdom / Germany / China
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2126235/

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74… Person to Person
Dustin Guy Defa, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5247026/

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75… The Circle
James Ponsoldt, United Arab Emirates / United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4287320/

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76… In the Fade
Fatih Akin, Germany / France
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5723272/

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77… Snatched
Jonathan Levine, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334871/

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78… The Darkest Hour
Joe Wright, United Kingdom
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4555426/

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79… I, Tonya
Craig Gillespie, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2936884/

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80… The Snowman
Tomas Alfredson, United Kingdom / United States / Sweden
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758810/

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81… The Greatest Showman
Michael Gracey, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485796/

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82… Roman J. Israel
Dan Gilroy, United States
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6000478/

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83… The Bye Bye Man
Stacy Title, United States / China
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4030600/

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84… It
Andy Muschietti, United States / Canada
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396484/

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85… Murder on the Orient Express
Kenneth Branagh, United States / UK / Malta / Canada
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3402236/

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My 2 Least Favorite Films of 2017...
Where as in the past I would seek out every and all new release, I've been more selective in my film viewing the past few years - often avoiding films that don't interest me. As such there are very few films I completely disliked this year. In all, I saw just over 90 new releases in 2017. There were only 2 that I thought had no redeeming quality:

Leatherface
Alexandre Bustillo / Julien Maury, United States

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2620590/

Kong: Skull Island
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, US /
China / Australia / Canada
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562/

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