The best films of 2017

The best movies we’ve seen so far this year – from current releases to scheduled forthcoming films, and undated discoveries that we’ve reviewed from international festivals.

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  • Elle – first look

    Elle – first look

    A typically inimitable Isabelle Huppert takes no prisoners in Paul Verhoeven’s typically black-comic provocation, a rape-reaction art melodrama that’s his first film in ten years, writes Geoff Andrew.
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Personal Shopper – first look

    Personal Shopper – first look

    A medium-cool Kristen Stewart shops and flirts with dropping in Olivier Assayas’s modern mystical Paris, says Nick James.
    Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • Graduation – first look

    Graduation – first look

    Nick James on a winning web of everyday Romanian secrets and compromises from the Palme d’Or-winning director of Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • Neruda – first look

    Neruda – first look

    The latest from Chile’s beady-eyed Pablo Larraín is a ludic thriller about exiled poet and enemy of the junta Pablo Neruda that plays cat and mouse games with fact and fiction, says Wendy Ide.
    Sunday 15 May 2016

  • A Quiet Passion – first look

    A Quiet Passion – first look

    This poised and painterly rendition of the poet Emily Dickinson in youth and later age finds Terence Davies back on masterly form, says Geoff Andrew.
    Monday 15 February 2016

  • Raw – first look

    Raw – first look

    Chloe Roddick hails a fresh feminine (and sororal) horror from French first feature director Julia Ducournau, set in the blank spaces of a veterinary college.
    Saturday 21 May 2016

  • The Handmaiden – first look

    The Handmaiden – first look

    The latest from South Korea’s sensual stylist Park Chan-Wook is an overworked but stirring period fetish romp, says Catherine Bray.
    Sunday 15 May 2016

  • Aquarius – first-look review

    Aquarius – first-look review

    Neighbouring Sounds’ Kleber Mendonça Filho switches from Recife’s gated highrises to its smalltime beachfront with this eloquent saga of Sonia Braga’s proudly autonomous, economically besieged widower, writes Jordan Cronk.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • Casting JonBenet review: an uncanny quest

    Casting JonBenet review: an uncanny quest

    Kitty Green’s documentary about a notorious American murder case uses a sequence of auditions to probe our reactions to the mystery, writes Sophie Brown.
    Wednesday 8 February 2017

  • My Life as a Courgette – first look

    My Life as a Courgette – first look

    A big film in a small package: Claude Barras’s children’s animation, written by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma, broaches downbeat themes with charm, heart and smarts, says Wendy Ide.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • The Red Turtle – first look

    The Red Turtle – first look

    Studio Ghibli’s first international coproduction is a ravishing castaway fable by animator Michael Dudok de Wit that combines beauty, mystery, drama and heartbreak – with not a word spoken, says Isabel Stevens.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • The Other Side of Hope review: Aki Kaurismäki salutes the down and dogged

    The Other Side of Hope review: Aki Kaurismäki salutes the down and dogged

    Nick James reports on the latest from Finland’s deadpan morose-romantic master, a Chaplinesque fable of two disparate strivers commingling in Helsinki.
    Wednesday 15 February 2017

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