Looking back at all of the titles that were released since January 1st, you realize that movie-goers were offered an abundance in 2017. Every month of the year had something special and/or interesting to offer. This was the year that Andres Muschietti's IT created new records for horror. Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman demonstrated what a female-fronted superhero blockbuster could really do. Edgar Wright's Baby Driver completely blew us away with its music-centric action. And yet as incredible as all of those films were, they still found themselves on the outskirts of our staff-averaged Top 10 of the year.
From the very start of the year we have our film writers and editors keep track of all the new releases they see, and provide them ratings out of five. Taking into consideration only titles seen by three or more staff members, we've averaged the scores, and come up with this Top 10. As diverse and opinionated as our staff can be, it actually comes together as a great list of movies, so read on for our picks!
#10: The Big Sick
Average Score: 4.2222/5
In large part thanks to his role in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley, Kumail Nanjiani has established himself as one of the funniest up-and-coming talents working in the industry. That fantastic sense of humor is very much present in his big screen breakout, Michael Showalter's The Big Sick, but far more significant is its sweetness and drama. Nanjiani co-wrote the script with his wife, Emily Gordon, basing it on their own romance, and it's a beautiful story built on a full ensemble of fantastic performances.
Kumail Nanjiani stars as himself, a stand-up comic who meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) when she subtly heckles him at one of his shows. They come together as a couple but find cultural differences tear them apart -- but this is only the start of their issues. Shortly after their breakup, a sickness forces Emily into a medically-induced coma, and Kumail is put in the position of playing catch-up with her parents (Holly Hunter, Ray Romano). The Big Sick is the best romantic comedy of the year, and a proud addition to our site-wide Top 10.