12 Best Movies of 2017 So Far

From social horror to superheroes, crime musicals to culture-clash rom-coms – Peter Travers picks the highlights of an already stellar movie year

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10. 'A Quiet Passion'

You probably haven't seen (precious few have so far) this alternately lyrical and tough take on the life of poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) from filmmaker Terence Davies. So get busy, if for no other reason to behold the sublime Cynthia Nixon – she fully inhabits the body and soul of an artist whose words took on the great themes of time and eternity while living in seclusion in her parents home in Amherst, Massachusetts. And you'll marvel at how Davies, a kindred hermetic spirit, found his way to the core of his heroine without resorting to a single biopic cliché. A remarkable achievement.

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