These Are the 12 Best Movies of 2017

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

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Summer is here, which means you should be outside enjoying the sun 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 12 best films of 2017—at least so far.

1. 'Dunkirk'

Release date: July 21

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Christopher Nolan's latest work is being hailed by some as his best yet (unless you're a huge Batman nerd, in which case nothing will top The Dark Knight), and it's an experience you should probably have in theaters. Just note that the film plays more like the world's most intense roller coaster ride than an actual movie. Read our full review here.

2. 'Beauty and the Beast'

Release date: March 17

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. Yeah, some parts are slightly too auto-tuned, but for the most part the experience is pure magic.

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3. 'Get Out'

Release date: February 24

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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 (Daniel Kaluuya) who goes to meet his white girlfriend's (Allison 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, the Jordan Peele-directed film will stay with you for a long time after watching it.

5. 'Atomic Blonde'

Release date: July 28

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Charlize Theron as an ass-kicking super spy during the Cold War? James McAvoy as her untrustworthy kinda-sorta-partner? Sign us up. Theron completely kills it in this vibrant thriller—which is full of twists and contains what might be the best fight scene of all time (don't @ me, this scene alone makes the movie worth seeing).

5. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Release date: July 7

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If your interests include superhero movies and Breakfast Club vibes, then please watch Spider-Man: Homecoming because you'll love it. Despite being the most overly-rebooted franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Holland's Spider-Man manages to be the best yet. Like, Tobey Maguire can go ahead and web to the left. (Though please note, the film's female characters could use a little work.)

6. 'Their Finest'

Release date: April 7

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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. 'Wonder Woman'

Release date: June 2

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Hi, Wonder Woman is the most iconic feminist movie of 2017, bye! (Side note: that's all you really need to know, but if you want a little more information: 1) Patty Jenkins has forever changed the depiction of female superhero characters thanks to this movie. 2) It slayed the box office. And 3) No, women don't need to be saved by men.)


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8. 'Gifted'

Release date: April 7

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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. 'The Beguiled'

Release date: April 7

Look, The Beguiled isn't without it's issues—the film wrote its only black character right out of the script, and tells the story of a fleet of white women during the Civil War. It's deeply problematic. It's also very beautifully produced, designed, and directed—there's a reason Sofia Coppola took home an award at Cannes for this one.

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10. 'A Quiet Passion'

Release date: April 14

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

11. 'Girls Trip'

Release date: July 21

The most fun you will ever have in a movie. Also, is now a good time to make a super lame dad joke? Because you should definitely go on a girls trip to see Girls Trip. HA!

12. 'The Big Sick'

Release date: June 12

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Hello, and welcome to the most refreshing romantic comedy of the year. The Big Sick stars Kumail Nanjiani as a Pakistani comedian who falls for a white woman after she heckles him at his show. It's an extremely poignant movie for anyone who's in a mixed relationship and dealing with cultural differences—as well as a great film all around.

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