In an ideal world, we would be able to visit the cinema on the daily in order to keep up with all the best new releases. Unfortunately, silly things like working and child-raising can often get in the way, stopping us from seeing the latest blockbusters and arthouse fare that we crave.
If you're one of these unfortunate souls who missed some of the best movies released in 2017, have no fear: we're here to help. Join us as we break down the best that Hollywood has to offer this year, starting with the latest releases.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.
Director: James Gunn
Baby Groot may have stolen the world's hearts, but the rest of the cast for the #GuardiansoftheGalaxy were also incredible, injecting a second dose of their bizarre humor into the world of Marvel movies.
The Fate of the Furious
Director: F. Gary Gray
The Fate of the Furious isn't exactly a forerunner for the Oscars in 2018, but there's something strangely comforting about the franchise that never dies. With #CharlizeTheron hopping on board as the villain, The Fate of the Furious upped the ante once again for Dom and the family.
Ghost in the Shell
Director: Rupert Sanders
Director: Ben Wheatley
Cult British director Ben Wheatley gives us genre thrills aplenty with Free Fire. The movie boasts an eclectic ensemble, including the likes of Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy trying to shoot the shit out of each other in a warehouse.
Beauty And The Beast
Director: Bill Condon
With an impressive cast that includes the likes of #EmmaWatson and Dan Stevens, Bill Condon injected new life into #BeautyAndTheBeast, introducing a whole new audience to #Disney's tale as old as time.
Kong: Skull Island
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Director: James Mangold
It's been over 16 years since Hugh Jackman first brought #Logan to life on the big screen, but we finally got the #Wolverine story that we deserved with this third sequel. Logan is rich with comic book allusion, drawing inspiration from the future-set story, Old Man Logan.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Director: Chad Stahelski
The Lego Batman Movie
Director: Chris McKay
Those disappointed by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may just find solace in the Caped Crusader's Lego movie. Every bit as witty as the first Lego Movie, Batman's solo caper may just be the perfect antidote for those put off by Snyder's grim live action film.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Technically a gay love story, #Moonlight transcends typical genre labels with a universal tale of struggle that speaks to us all, regardless of background, ethnicity or sexual preference and for that, Barry Jenkin's script and cast must be applauded.
The Red Turtle
Director: Michaël Dudok de Wit
In #StudioGhibli's first collaboration with European animators, The Red Turtle tells a universal story that explores life on a desert island through gorgeous, breathtaking visuals.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Hit-and-miss horror legend M. Night Shyamalan takes the idea of Jekyll and Hyde to new extremes with #Split, in which Kevin (James McAvoy) battles with 23 personalities while the three teenage girls he's holding captive plot ways to manipulate him and make their escape.
Manchester By The Sea
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Controversy aside, Casey Affleck's performance as a depressed uncle dealing with tragedy wholly deserved the Oscar for Best Actor, stunning audiences with a layered and haunting portrayal of grief.
A Monster Calls
Director: J.A. Bayona
It's hard to place A Monster Calls in one specific genre — J.A. Bayona's movie is a kind of dark fantasy movie with fairytale elements, but also a drama dealing with themes of death and grief. Lizzie (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill, and her son Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is struggling to cope. In his efforts to make peace with his mother's condition, Conor strikes up a sort-of friendship with a monster who resembles a giant humanoid tree, like Groot except way more verbal.
La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle
From it's stunning opening sequence to that haunting ending, La La Land is both a love letter to Hollywood's finest musicals and a triumph of modern cinema in its own right.
Director: Theodore Melfi
They say that behind every great man is a great woman, but Hidden Figures brings to life the three great women who made John Glenn the first American astronaut to orbit Earth back in 1962. Glenn died aged 95 last year, making now the perfect moment to explore the lesser-known story of the three female, African-American mathematicians whose groundbreaking work for NASA sent Glenn into orbit.
20th Century Women
Director: Mike Mills
Fans of laid-back, slightly eccentric family comedy-dramas like The Kids Are All Right might want to check out 20th Century Women, which takes us back to the California of '79 where women of three generations come to terms with life, its romances and its disappointments.
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