The year was picture perfect on the big screen


Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, drives the getaway car for criminals, but his life changes once he meets Deborah, the girl of his dreams.

Emily Milgrim, Staff Wrier

As 2017 is coming to a close, it’s time to look back at all of the great films that came out this year.  This year, there were diverse array of amazing movies, from terrifying thrillers to heart-wrenching dramas.

10.  Spider-Man Homecoming

The newest Spider-Man movie came out on June 28 and has received an impressive 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Peter Parker returns home to his Aunt May after adventuring with the Avengers but struggles to balance a normal life with his role as the town superhero.  He is put to the ultimate test when facing the evil Vulture.

9. Coco

Even though this movie is aimed towards kids, Pixar created an incredibly inspiring story which is based on the Mexican Day Of The Dead holiday. Miguel, a boy who dreams of being a famous musician, finds himself stuck in the land of the dead, where he meets important figures along the way and embarks on a heartwarming journey to discover who his family really is.

8. A Bad Moms Christmas

This comedy is a sequel to the movie Bad Moms, which came out in July 2016.  Moms Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) are trying to organize the perfect Christmas, but  their plans are altered when their respective mothers show up unannounced. The film is full of raunchy jokes and is guaranteed to give viewers a good laugh.

7. Everything, Everything

This movie tells the story of Maddy, an eighteen-year-old who is forced to stay indoors due to an illness.  Her life changes when a new boy, Olly, moves in next door and begins to speak to her online.  Maddy wants to explore the world more than ever and yearns to meet Olly in person.  She realizes that this could jeopardize her health, but she is willing to risk it all for one perfect day.  Through a shocking plot twist near the end of the movie, Maddy discovers a life-changing secret. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what it is!

6. It

When this horrifying movie—based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name—was released on Sept. 8, horror fans everywhere were thrilled.  In the movie, Pennywise, a bloodthirsty clown, is going after the children of Derry, Maine.  These kids face the scariest summer of their lives trying to battle this murderous creature, whom they call “It.” It was an instant success and has beaten The Exorcist to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

5. Baby Driver

Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtracks to block out his tinnitus, which he has suffered with since childhood.  After meeting Debora, the girl of his dreams, he realizes that he needs to change his criminal lifestyle.  Throughout the movie, he is torn between his love for Deborah and his dangerous commitment to his work.  This movie has received excellent reviews and raked in 226.9 million dollars from the box office.

4. Wonder Woman

Diana (Gal Gadot), an Amazon warrior princess who lives on the hidden island of Themyscira, suddenly finds out about the outside world when WW1 pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes on the island.  Accompanied by Trevor, Diana journeys to the outside world in the hopes of resolving the conflict.  She realizes her full potential in battle and becomes Wonder Woman. The film has become a huge success, and Wonder Woman has become an inspirational feminist icon around the globe.

3. Wonder

Wonder is based R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestseller of the same name. The film tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a fifth-grader who faces an unusual challenge when he starts attending public school. He faces the struggles faced by any ten-year old, like keeping up with work and making friends, but he has to deal with his unique circumstances as well. Auggie has a number of facial deformities which alienate him from his classmates, who judge him for looking different. His life impacts everyone in his family, including his sister, Via, who, in the movie, also shares her role in his story.  This movie shares a strong and heartfelt message that addresses the issue of bullying.

2. Beauty and The Beast

This Disney classic was remade in 2017 with an all-star cast which included Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The essential storyline between Belle and the Beast remained the same as in the original film; Belle, trapped in the Beast’s castle, plans to escape, but once she is let out she realizes how much she loves the Beast and breaks his curse, turning him back in to a man. This movie has become the world’s tenth highest grossing film of all time.

“Bill Condon’s take on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is almost overwhelmingly lavish, beautifully staged, and performed with exquisite timing and grace by the outstanding cast,” said the Chicago Sun-Times.

1. Get Out

Chris and Rose had been dating for a while when Rose invites him to a weekend getaway to meet her parents, Missy and Dean. Once they arrive, however, Rose’s parents begin behaving peculiarly toward Chris and Rose because they are an interracial couple. The movie takes a sharp turn when Chris discovers Missy and Dean’s true identities and uncovers many secrets about their community.  We won’t reveal any spoilers, but this movie turns out to be quite the thriller.

If you missed out on these movies, don’t worry! They are all available on DVD and through various streaming services.  There are still more movies to look forward to in 2017 such as Pitch Perfect 3 and Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, that viewers all over the world can’t wait to see.