The 13 Most Underrated Movies of 2017

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: If “Juno” had opened in 2017, would it still have been a box office hit? What about “Shakespeare in Love”? “Little Miss Sunshine”? “Slumdog Millionaire”?To say that the state of independent films is at a crossroads is the understatement of the decade. The movie business has now become a tale of two audiences. There’s the tentpole blockbusters, like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman,” which draw packed crowds at the multiplexes. And then there’s everything else.For the last two years, even the month of December — a time when Oscar movies usually fare well — hasn’t necessarily been the most fertile ground for smaller movies. Blame the “Star Wars” franchise — the Disney blockbusters have become such Goliaths, they’ve put a dent in any title playing in a theater near them. That’s led to a pre-holiday lull for art-house movies, such as “The Darkest Hour” or “The Shape of Water” (both hovering at around $10 million in tickets sales so far in limited release), that rely on word of mouth to grow. Advertisement Facebook With competition from TV shows, the Internet, Netflix and other mediums, the number of independent films that enter into the zeitgeist become fewer and fewer. In 2017, the rare success stories included “The Big Sick” ($43 million at the domestic box office), “Wind River” ($34 million) and “Lady Bird” ($29 million), but even they didn’t do business on the same scale as a “Juno” from 2007 ($143 million).Here are 13 movies that deserved a bigger spotlight.1. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”Domestic box office: $2.3 millionYorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Lobster” is his best movie yet, a dark horror comedy about a family led by Colin Farrell (a career-best performance) and Nicole Kidman (equally terrific) whose serenity is disrupted one day by an eerie visitor (Barry Keoghan). When “Sacred Deer” premiered at Cannes last May, it was followed by immediate Oscar buzz and comparisons to Kubrick. However, distributor A24 has had a lot of on its plate, with “Lady Bird,” “The Disaster Artist” and “The Florida Project.” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” didn’t find the audience it deserved.2. “The Lost City of Z”Domestic box office: $8.5 millionIn “The Lost City of Z,” James Gray has crafted a swashbuckling adventure with the heart of a lush period movie, set in the depths of the Amazon jungle circa the 1920s. The leader of the film’s travelogues is real-life explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who is accompanied by his wingman Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), while his feminist wife (Sienna Miller, fantastic) is left to worry back home in London. The movie quietly slipped out of theaters last spring from Amazon Studios—though it would have also been right at home with Merchant Ivory Productions. The film’s many vocal defenders on social media, including Variety’s Guy Lodge, are right; this should be seen.READ MORE Twitterlast_img