The Five Best Movies of Summer 2017

Despite record-low box office numbers, this summer offered a handful of movies that’ll be remembered when the year’s over. 

With summer coming to a close, we have to start asking the important questions: What movies blew us away? Were there any early summer movies we could categorize as Oscar contenders? Was this summer overall disappointing? Honestly, I think there have been better summers at the movies, but still. There were some great movies released throughout the hottest months of the year that’re worth talking about and seeing if you haven’t gotten the chance to catch. Let’s take a look at the five best movies from the summer.

5. Baby Driver

Baby Driver is definitely director Edgar Wright’s most ambitious movie to date. Thanks to poised direction coupled with an unforgettable soundtrack, you could watch this high-octane movie over and over again. And if you missed out on seeing Baby Driver in theaters, good news: it comes out on Blu-ray next month.

4. War for the Planet of the Apes

Man oh man, what a beautiful ending to one of the best movie trilogies ever. I will riot if Andy Serkis does not get an Oscar nomination for his role as Caesar. He’s long overdue for his recognition in this blockbuster trilogy that’ll be remembered for years to come.

3. A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story will probably be overlooked once awards season gears up, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a phenomenal movie that requires at least two viewings to understand its beautiful craft. Remaining the most thought-provoking movie of 2017 and one that functions almost like a silent movie, A Ghost Story is a must-see for movie buffs.

2. The Big Sick

Write it down: The Big Sick will get an Original Screenplay nomination from The Academy and I will be damned if it gets snubbed. Kumail Nanjiani’s rom-com will have you laughing till you cry and then crying for real. Don’t be surprised if this sweeps at the Golden Globes and becomes a dark horse contender at The Oscars.

1. Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan stands to finally receive a long overdue Oscar nomination for Best Directing with Dunkirk, another powerhouse movie from the acclaimed British filmmaker. I don’t think he’ll win mainly just because this Oscar season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. However, similar to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Dunkirk will likely win multiple technical Oscars.