IAN BUNTING looks back at the best movies of 2017

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10 Thor Rag­narock (12) Re­leased: Oc­to­ber

New Zealand er Taika Wai ti tile ads the Thor se­ries in ex­cit­ing new di­rec­tions in ar­guably the fun­ni­est Mar­vel movie yet.

Chris Hemsworth gives a ca­reer-best per­for­mance as the God of Thun­der and it’s won­der­ful get­ting to see Jeff Gold­blum cut loose.

The colour­ful vi­su­als are breath­tak­ing and peak with an awe-in­spir­ing, fiery fi­nale.

9 It (15) Re­leased: Septem­ber

This slick, scary and speedy thrill ride re­boot is one of the best adap­ta­tion of Stephen King’s work.

Bill Skars­gard chills as evil clown Pen­ny­wise and the potty-mouthed young pro­tag­o­nists are the per­fect mix of fear, fun and fury.

Ten­sion and drawn-out scares are cho­sen over sev­ered limbs and stalk-and-slash pur­suits to give clowns a whole new bad name.

8 Lo­gan (15) Re­leased: March

Lo­gan marks a fit­ting farewell for Hugh Jack man’ s Wolver­ine af­ter 10 ap­pear­ances for the clawed mu­tant.

The star and helmer James Man­gold go down the more adult road with a som­bre-but-soul­ful af­fair.

Jack­man has never been bet­ter and seems to rel­ish play­ing a past his prime Wolver­ine.

7 Won­der Woman (12) Re­leased: June

Gal Gadot rises to the chal­lenge of help­ing to save the DC Cin­e­matic Uni­verse in Patty Jenk­ins’ wildly en­ter­tain­ing crowd-pleaser.

Jenk­ins shows a sure hand when it comes to blend­ing hu­man beats with soar­ing set pieces, with hu­mour, peril and an in­spi­ra­tional hero­ine com­bin­ing to make Won­der Woman one of the finest comic book ori­gin sto­ries yet.

6 La La Land (12) Re­leased: Jan­uary

Sure to leave a beam­ing smile on your face as you lap up its giddy joy and bril­liance, La La Land is an­other, very dif­fer­ent, mu­si­cal-themed tri­umph for writer-di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling share off-the-charts chem­istry and the mu­si­cal show­pieces are as­tound­ing, with in­stantly catchy songs you’ll be hum­ming for days.

5 Get Out (15) Re­leased: March

Con­ven­tions are thrown out the win­dow in this fan­tas­tic, racially-charged mod­ern hor­ror.

Daniel Kalu­uya gives a won­der­ful lead turn and Al­li­son Wil­liams also im­presses in a role that re­quires much more than it ini­tially ap­pears.

The story twists are ef­fec­tive and sur­pris­ing and the film trans­forms into some­thing very imag­i­na­tive in the clos­ing stages.

4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12) Re­leased: De­cem­ber

The lat­est episode of the sci-fi saga is one of its bold­est and most sur­pris­ing en­tries yet.

Mark Hamill is in ca­reer-best form as the re­turn­ing Luke Sky­walker and per­for­mances are strong all across the board.

The fi­nal third is out­stand­ing as all of the parts come to­gether and gen­uine shocks leave you reel­ing.

3 Spi­der-Man Home­com­ing (12) Re­leased: July

Spidey’s sec­ond re­boot is Mar­vel’s web­slinger’s finest movie out­ing since 2004’s clas­sic Spi­der-Man 2.

Tom Hol­land’s charm­ing, ex­citable lead tan­gles with high school life, ro­mance and Michael Keaton’s manic-but-grounded an­tag­o­nist The Vulture.

Jon Watts’ dizzy­ing cam­era work adds scale and peril and there are laughs aplenty cour­tesy of a ri­otous script.

2 Baby Driver (15) Re­leased: June

Breezy, breath­less and de­fy­ing ex­pec­ta­tions, Baby Driver is a joy from start to fin­ish.

The ac­tion is di­alled up to 11 as Ansel El­gort’s get­away driver spins, smashes and soars through the streets – all to the sound of a stun­ning sound­track.

Di­rec­tor EdgarWright lay­ers the burn­ing rub­ber with hu­mours, sweet­ness and light.

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