These Are the 10 Best Movies of 2017 So Far

Cash me in a movie theater, how 'bout that.

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Summer is almost here, which means you should be outside enjoying the weather and lounging on an Instagram-worthy inflatable swan. But good weather is no excuse for ignoring the siren call of pop culture, which brings us to the 10 best films of 2017—at least so far.

1. 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

Release date: May 5

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Come for Baby Groot. Stay for *literally everything else.* Even if you don't love society's on-going obsession with superheroes (still recovering from Suicide Squad, to be honest), this movie is an action packed LOL-inducing joy to watch.

2. 'Beauty and the Beast'

Release date: March 17

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Various live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast have been kicking around in development hell for years, but Emma Watson and Dan Stevens' musical incarnation hit the big screen and absolutely killed it. Billed as a remake of the 1991 Disney animated film, it chronicles the Stockholm Syndrome-tastic fairy tale in which Belle (Watson) is taken prisoner by the ferocious Beast (Stevens), and gradually comes to recognize the humanity within him.

3. 'Get Out'

Release date: February 24

One of the most intriguing and viral indies of the year, Get Out is a must-see. The film is about an African-American man (played by Daniel Kaluuya) who goes to meet his white girlfriend's (Girls' Alison Williams) parents for the first time at their seemingly idyllic home in the suburbs—and though they seem welcoming, things soon take a turn for the creepy. A horror movie about race relations in modern-day America, directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame.

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4. 'The Lego Batman Movie'

Release date: February 10

In case you missed it, Will Arnett recently returned as Lego Batman, AKA the best part of The Lego Movie. Sold.

5. 'Everything, Everything'

Release date: May 19

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A YA romance that challenges and defies it's genre, Everything, Everything is one of the most thoughtful—not to mention thought-provoking—big-budget romances of the year thus far. "This project was really special because not only was the director a black woman, it was written by a black woman, featuring a main character who is biracial, who is in an interracial relationship," actress Amandla Stenberg told MarieClaire.com. "There are so many different layers—it's just a more accurate reflection of our world today, because the way we experience life and our relationships with each other is so nuanced."

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6. 'Their Finest'

Release date: April 7

Never has a movie about co-workers falling in love during World War II been more gorgeous, moving, or stylish. Watch an exclusive clip of Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton's chemistry right this way.

7. 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

Release date: March 31

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Jessica Chastain plays Antonina Żabiński in this tear-jerking movie, an under-recognized Polish zoo owner who risked her life helping to save 300 Jewish people during World War II. You can watch an exclusive clip of Chastain talking about the film here.

8. 'Gifted'

Release date: April 7

Otherwise known as the movie Chris Evans and Jenny Slate fell in love during, Gifted is a sweet story about a man's custody battle over his talented niece. It's a different type of film for Captain America, and one we'd love to see him do more of.

9. 'Colossal'

Release date: April 7

Anne Hathaway earned major critical acclaim in Colossal for her turn as a woman who—unbeknownst to her—has taken to moonlighting as a monster in Seoul. The catch: her physical body is in America. Bizarre? Yes. Weird? Yes. Excellent? Also yes.

10. 'A Quiet Passion'

Release date: April 14

Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon stars as Emily Dickinson in this aptly quiet and understated film about the poet's life.

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