Five great films from 2017
James Croot shares his top five films of the year so far.
Based on Deborah Lipstadt’s 2005 book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, this is a compelling courtroom drama peppered with some truly sublime performances. While Rachel Weisz and TomWilkinson do most of the story’s heavy lifting, the show is almost completely stolen by Timothy Spall with his portrayal of the self-aggrandising, sexist, insensitive David Irving. JohnWick: Chapter 2
Yes, it’s at times uncomfortably ultra-violent and wince-inducing, but it boasts plenty of colourful characters, gripping drama and lots of humour. Kinetic, frenetic and at times just plain lunatic, director Chad Stahelski choreographs some breathtaking action.
While the central girls-in-peril conceit might seem a little overfamiliar, director MNight Shyamalan manages to overcome any sense of deja vu thanks to the ever shifting antagonist’s affliction. JamesMcAvoy draws the audience into his fractured world and will have you on the edge of the seat or cowering behind it.
The true delights of Maren Ade’s film about a dysfunctional fatherdaughter relationship are in the details. From an unforgettable luncheon, to an Embassy Reception quickly heading south, there are scenes that will be seared into your memory for months.
Filled with memorable moments and one-liners, as well as surprising twists and turns, Lone Scherfig’s period drama shows an interesting look at Anglo-American relations and a exhortation that ‘‘when life is precious, it is an awful shame to waste it’’.