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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 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 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

Whitewashing controversy aside, 's part in took serious steps to replicate the extraordinary world of the original anime for a whole new audience.

Free Fire

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 and Dan Stevens, Bill Condon injected new life into , introducing a whole new audience to 's tale as old as time.

Kong: Skull Island

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Peter Jackson's may still be fresh in the minds of cinema-goers, but finally gave us our definitive version of the big ape on screen.


Director: James Mangold

It's been over 16 years since Hugh Jackman first brought to life on the big screen, but we finally got the 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 Reeves-aissance continued this year when returned to our screens with a sequel that upped the action tenfold, making the most of the star's gun-fu talents.

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, 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 '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 , 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.

Hidden Figures

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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