Sight and Sound 2017. All the films reviewed in Volume 27.

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1. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 498,412 | Gross: $92.05M

2. Happy End (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A well-to-do French family deals with a series of setbacks and crises.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin

Votes: 14,441 | Gross: $0.30M

3. The Ornithologist (2016)

Unrated | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Paul Hamy, João Pedro Rodrigues, Xelo Cagiao, Han Wen

Votes: 3,168 | Gross: $0.05M

4. Antiporno (2016)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

Japan's oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ami Tomite, Mariko Tsutsui, Fujiko, Sayaka Kotani

Votes: 3,491

5. Battle of the Sexes (2017)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 52,964 | Gross: $12.64M

6. Beach Rats (2017)

R | 98 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with.

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff

Votes: 13,610 | Gross: $0.47M

7. Bill Viola: The Road to St. Paul (2017)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

A powerful, moving film about the world's greatest video artist Bill Viola and his wife and collaborator as they embark on a twelve year odyssey to create and install two permanent video ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Fox | Stars: Bill Viola, Kira Perov, Ariana Afradi

Votes: 63

8. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 24,433 | Gross: $0.26M

9. Brakes (I) (2016)

88 min | Comedy

Brakes is an improv-based dark comedy set in London.

Director: Mercedes Grower | Stars: Julian Barratt, Kelly Campbell, Seb Cardinal, Juliet Cowan

Votes: 247

10. Félicité (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.

Director: Alain Gomis | Stars: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Nadine Ndebo

Votes: 1,035 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Ferrari: Race to Immortality (2017)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

The story of the Scuderia Ferrari motor team, which was formed by race car driver Enzo Ferrari.

Director: Daryl Goodrich | Stars: Peter Collins, Enzo Ferrari, Lin Gallagher, Mike Hawthorn

Votes: 952

12. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Kenneth Cranham, Julie Walters

Votes: 9,279 | Gross: $1.03M

13. Fireworks (2017)

90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

40 Metascore

In this sci-fi tinged story of young love and teenage turmoil, a mysterious glowing ball offers Norimichi a second chance at securing his dream date.

Directors: Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi | Stars: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano, Shintarô Asanuma

Votes: 2,980 | Gross: $0.53M

14. Flatliners (2017)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

27 Metascore

Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Elliot Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton

Votes: 44,905 | Gross: $16.87M

15. The Florida Project (2017)

R | 111 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera

Votes: 103,566 | Gross: $5.90M

16. Geostorm (2017)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

21 Metascore

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Director: Dean Devlin | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 101,068 | Gross: $33.70M

17. Good Time (2017)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress

Votes: 104,091 | Gross: $2.03M

18. Heartstone (2016)

Unrated | 129 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl.

Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson | Stars: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir

Votes: 4,958

19. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 4,859 | Gross: $1.72M

20. Kaleidoscope (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Thriller

52 Metascore

A psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother.

Director: Rupert Jones | Stars: Toby Jones, Anne Reid, Sinead Matthews, Deborah Findlay

Votes: 1,025

21. Lost in Paris (2016)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

Fiona visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a homeless man who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing.

Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard, Emmy Boissard Paumelle, Céline Laurentie

Votes: 3,146 | Gross: $0.69M

22. Manifesto (III) (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.

Director: Julian Rosefeldt | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Ruby Bustamante, Carl Dietrich

Votes: 6,304 | Gross: $0.14M

23. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 14,082 | Gross: $5.68M

24. Marshall (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 22,855 | Gross: $10.05M

25. Most Beautiful Island (2017)

80 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

Director: Ana Asensio | Stars: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci

Votes: 3,276

26. No Stone Unturned (2017)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

An in-depth look at the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre, where six Irishmen were murdered, presumably by a Unionist paramilitary group, while watching the World Cup at the local pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.

Director: Alex Gibney

Votes: 676

27. Only the Brave (2017)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 63,639 | Gross: $18.34M

28. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

Votes: 25,013 | Gross: $1.59M

29. School Life (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.

Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane | Stars: Dermot Dix, Amanda Leyden, John Leyden

Votes: 275 | Gross: $0.04M

30. The Snowman (2017)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

23 Metascore

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 61,013 | Gross: $6.67M

31. Strangled (2016)

121 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

True story of a serial killer in 1950-60s Hungary.

Director: Árpád Sopsits | Stars: Károly Hajduk, Gábor Jászberényi, Zsolt Anger, Péter Bárnai

Votes: 5,814

32. Suburbicon (2017)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe

Votes: 42,395 | Gross: $5.78M

33. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 646,910 | Gross: $315.06M

34. Trophy (2017)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz | Stars: Tim Black, Philip Glass, Christo Gomes, John Hume

Votes: 669 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Wet Woman in the Wind (2016)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When a successful, but tired Tokyo-based playwright who has sworn off easy women and casual encounters takes refuge in the countryside, his plans are disrupted by a horny woman who pedals fast into his life and is unrelenting.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Tasuku Nagaoka, Yuki Mamiya, Yûmi Akagi, Masatoshi Ikemura

Votes: 1,049

36. Dina (2017)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

Directors: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles | Stars: Dina Buno, Scott Levin, Frank Costanzo, Jeannie Levin

Votes: 1,163 | Gross: $0.09M

37. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

73 Metascore

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 135,434 | Gross: $2.29M

38. Marjorie Prime (2017)

99 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones allows a woman to come face-to-face with the younger version of her late husband.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Geena Davis, Hannah Gross, Jon Hamm, India Reed Kotis

Votes: 6,134 | Gross: $0.18M

39. The Party (I) (2017)

R | 71 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Janet (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive, it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 17,996 | Gross: $0.75M

40. American Assassin (2017)

R | 111 min | Action, Thriller

45 Metascore

After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 76,804 | Gross: $36.25M

41. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 168,364 | Gross: $51.34M

42. The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Rob Curry and Tim Plester's follow-up to the award-winning documentary 'Way of the Morris', is a lyrical response to the life-and-work of folkmusic icon Shirley Collins.

Directors: Rob Curry, Tim Plester | Stars: Shirley Collins, Stewart Lee, Sam Amidon, David Tibet

Votes: 39

43. Borg vs. McEnroe (2017)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

The story of the 1980 tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

Director: Janus Metz | Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 30,022 | Gross: $14.11M

44. Breathe (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance