TOP MOVIES OF 2017 (So Far)

The Fall brings pumpkin flavors and Oscar movie hopefuls.  As we leave the first half (and then some) of 2017 behind, let’s take a look back at some of the top movies so far:

 

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Wonder Woman and Dunkirk photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Baby Driver photos courtesy of Sony.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard photos courtesy of Lionsgate.

 

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Review & Analysis

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is flying under the radar to the detriment of audiences looking for a good popcorn flick.  Prior to the heavy movies of Oscar season, this buddy comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson is pure fun as the actors embrace roles that seem tailor-made for them.

There’s nothing new and noteworthy here and if you don’t like Samuel L Jackson in pretty much any other role he has ever played, then this isn’t the movie for you, either.  While The Hitman’s Bodyguard doesn’t reinvent the wheel, there’s enough action, comedy, camaraderie and chemistry to keep it afloat.  Salma Hayek seems to relish her role as the female baddie as well.

For more about The Hitman’s Bodyguard, including the significance of all the clocks in the movie, take a look below:

 

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LIFE Movie Review & Analysis

LIFE is the type of movie that gives you faith in Hollywood.  The term “popcorn flick” is generally derogatory and expecting good acting from one is usually a pipe dream.  LIFE, however, takes that stereotype and turns it on its head.

Daniel Espinosa directs an excellent cast led by Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.  Together, they prove a suspenseful alien movie may be well made and fun.

Often, these movies create character backstories with the express purpose of generating sympathy before killing off a character.  What LIFE does well is keep this device from becoming overly manipulative.  The story is clearly not in the character’s backgrounds, but the action on screen.  By keeping the backstory simple, it doesn’t detract from the real reason for buying a ticket: two hours of entertainment.

Casting Jake Gyllenhaal was a coups for LIFE, giving it indie film credibility to help elevate it from becoming “just” another alien movie.  Gyllenhaal garnered an Oscar nomination for his role in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and is known for selecting roles in interesting projects.

Ryan Reynolds, too, earned new respect with last year’s success of DEADPOOL, a character he worked to bring to the big screen for years.

Hiroyuki Sanada has won two awards from the Japanese Academy, the equivalent of the American Oscars.

In short, this cast served as more than place holders that absolutely anyone could have filled, as is frequently the case in this genre.  LIFE managed to transition from being a [derogatory] “popcorn flick” to a genuinely good suspense movie.  Perhaps, in fact, to the surprise of all involved.

For more about LIFE, take a look below:

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