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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

The movie year is half over, so it’s time to swim past the multiplex sewage (there has been plenty already) and locate a few golden nuggets that we’ll still be thinking about at the end of the year. So here’s my list (in preferential order) of the 12 best movies of 2017 so far. I’m marking on a curve, giving points for originality and go-for-broke style that flies in the cowardly face of the usual play-it-safe Hollywood formula. So read, discuss and challenge when ready.


‘Wonder Woman’

I can’t join those with a blindspot for a script that bogs down the origin story of this DC Comics female trailblazer. But I can join the chorus of hallelujahs for director Patty Jenkins and her skill at keeping focus on the spectacular Israeli actress Gal Gadot. She plays the title role with a bracing blend of physical grace and feminist fire, the kind that might just make her an Oscar contender in the Best Actress race. Why not? Female empowerment is as rarely celebrated in the comic-book universe as it is in Hollywood’s macho spin on reality. Wonder Woman, your time is now!

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