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10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017

10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017
Music and film formed a potent partnership over the past 12 months, whether it was Hans Zimmer’s jarring score for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which served as another character in providing the on-screen tension, or the choreographed mayhem of Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and David Leitch’s “Atomic Blonde,” or Iggy Pop’s sepulchral presence in Oneohtrix Point Never’s stunning soundtrack for the Safdies’ “Good Time.”

Here is a countdown of the individual songs — some original, others re-contextualized — which provided those magic cinematic moments where sound and vision perfectly meshed to become seamlessly part of a greater whole.

1. The Damned, “Neat Neat Neat” (“Baby Driver”): Wright’s heist movie re-genrefication is a feature-length music video choreographed to the nines with a decibel-raising soundtrack of ‘70s and ‘80s new wave, none better than this revved-up speed-punk blaring in star Ansel Elgort’s ubiquitous headphones as he gets set to put pedal to the metal. “Wait
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The Best Films of 2017

The Best Films of 2017
In a year of cinematic riches, Variety chief film critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge may not agree on precisely what films rank as the year’s best (although “Get Out” scores pretty high for both), but it’s thrilling to see movies directed by women at the top of each of their lists. Click through to see the critics’ individual justifications for their choices.

Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10 Films of 2017 | Read More

1. Lady Bird

2. Get Out

3. Oklahoma City

4. The Florida Project

5. The Disaster Artist

6. Faces Places

7. Logan Lucky

8. Call Me by Your Name

9. Loveless

10. I, Tonya

Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2017 | Read More

1. The Rider

2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

3. Get Out

4. Call Me by Your Name

5. The Distinguished Citizen

6. Blade Runner 2049

7. The Shape of Water

8. The Square

9. I, Tonya

10. Lost in Paris

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Mark Wahlberg Is 2017's Most Overpaid Movie Star

Mark Wahlberg Is 2017's Most Overpaid Movie Star
It hasn't been the best year for Mark Wahlberg, with his two 2017 movies Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddy's Home 2 both coming in well under expectations, and thanks to his 2016 bombs, he has been named the most overpaid actor of 2017. This comes just a few months after Mark Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017, earning a massive $68 million from a variety of sources including salaries from both aforementioned movies, along with his reality series Wahlburgers and his deal as a spokesperson for At&T. It seems that the actor could be set up to "win" this title two years in a row, since this report doesn't even include Transformers: The Last Knight or Daddy's Home 2 in its methodology.

The report from Forbes reveals that to determine the "most overpaid actor," they looked at the last three films each actor starred in, prior to June 1, 2017, excluding "animated films,
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10 Wide Releases in 2017 That Exceeded Expectations

While wide releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Baby Driver, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Logan Lucky either met or fulfilled expectations this year, we had to dig deep for the studio films that caught us pleasantly off-guard. While much of our year-end coverage will be focusing on the overlooked gems, today we’re highlighting the few major releases that left us surprised.

Note that the below ten features are strictly films that received a wide release on their opening weekend and not ones that eventually expanded with a roll-out. Some, for various reasons, arrived with virtually little-to-no anticipation around these parts, while others wildly exceeded our standard expectations, and a few managed to be among our favorites of the year.

Check out our selections below and let us know what surprised you most in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 (Ridley Scott)

It is hard to say where exactly expectations
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Disney Led the Charge in November as 2017 Looks to Close Strong

Disney Led the Charge in November as 2017 Looks to Close Strong
The year saw a lift from November box office grosses as this past month was only the third time ever November receipts totaled more than $1 billion, led by Disney and Marvel's release of Thor: Ragnarok, which delivered nearly 28% of the month's total. Heading into the November, 2017 was trailing 2016 by 5.3%, but coming out of it this year was 4.4% behind 2016 thanks to what was the third largest November ever and a 5.1% improvement over November last year. Disney led the month — after not having released a film since Cars 3 in mid-June — with two new wide releases in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok and Pixar's Coco, both of which have been overwhelmingly successful. Ragnarok was the month's highest grossing title with $281.7 million and Coco delivered the fourth largest three- and five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening ever and generated over $82 million in its first nine days in release. Coco's total has since climbed over $135 million domestically and over $400 million globally,
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Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2017

Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2017
Earlier this year, as winter was doing its slow fade, something happened in the world of movies you don’t see too often: A film arrived out of nowhere to become a fast-break phenomenon, lionized by critics and flocked to by audiences. I’m talking about Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (#2 on my 10 Best list), which was made on a tiny budget ($4.5 million!) but became, virtually overnight, a seismic pop-cultural event.

For a moment or two, a movie owned not just the multiplexes but the conversation. It was thrilled to, talked about, granted the hot-potato status of a sociological wake-up call. For a moment, the concept of “niche culture” felt like it was being left in the dust. Something similar happened six months later, in the middle of the summer, when Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” (which didn’t make my list — to me, it was an awesome spectacle but too remote) rode a veritable tidal wave of
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Dec 12

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod Dunkirk Ma’ Rosa School Life The Unknown Girl Spaceship Flatliners I’m planning to watch… The Ballad of Lefty Brown The Lego Ninjago Movie Love & Saucers

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases Aquarius Birthright: A War Story Brigsby Bear Bushwick California Typewriter A Date for Mad Mary Detroit 11/8/16 (aka November 8th) The Glass Castle Good Time I Do… Until I Don’t Ingrid Goes West The Limehouse Golem Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) Maya Dardel Motherland Mudbound Patti Cake$ Personal Shopper Person to Person Polina Strad Style Stronger The Tribes of Palos Verdes Viceroy’s House Victoria & Abdul Wind River The Women
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Win Logan Lucky on DVD

Studiocanal is pleased to announce that the high-speed heist film Logan Lucky will be available on Digital Download from 18 December 2017 and on Blu-ray, Ultra-hd and DVD from 26 December 2017. Pre-order now: http://amzn.to/2yj2P7W. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2xDVD copies!

Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is from a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, whose clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. After being fired from his job, and with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) threatening to move out of State taking their daughter with her, Jimmy decides he has to do something to get his family’s life back on track. With a little help from his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and an incarcerated explosive expert, the aptly named Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the
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Adam Driver: ‘Compared with the military, acting isn't that difficult’

The Star Wars actor on leaving the Marines, filming nude scenes with Lena Dunham and getting in touch with his dark side

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his physiognomy: he has a large head and outsize features that somehow combine to give an impression of gravity. Before the photoshoot, he let it be known that he finds it uncomfortable to have a journalist (me) in his sightline on set, the kind of specification one might expect of a particularly precious Hollywood star. But this turns out to be misleading. Driver’s discomfort is with the entire celebrity aspect of his job, which makes talking about his role in the latest Star Wars trilogy somewhat tricky. I don’t even know where to start with The Last Jedi,
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‘Trolls’ Leaps from TV to Top of DVD Sales Chart

‘Trolls’ Leaps from TV to Top of DVD Sales Chart
The holiday spirit is gripping DVD and Blu-ray Disc buyers.

A half-hour “Trolls” holiday special, produced by DreamWorks Animation, came out on DVD only a few days after its Nov. 24 broadcast on NBC and promptly debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, for the week ended Dec. 2.

The same week, three classics shot back into the top 10: Warner’s Elf (2003) at No. 8, Universal Pictures’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) at No. 9, and Warner’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) at No. 10.

And several other Christmas favorites also are racking up brisk sales, including 20th Century Fox’s original “Home Alone” (1990), which rose to No. 11 from No. 16 the previous week; Warner’s “The Polar Express” (2004), No. 15; and Warner’s “A Christmas Story” (1984) at No. 25.

Warner’s “Wonder Woman,” Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Walt Disney’s “Cars 3” held onto the No. 1, No. 2 and
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The IndieWire 2017-18 Awards Season Winners Guide

The IndieWire 2017-18 Awards Season Winners Guide
The 2017-18 awards season is in full swing after a handful of major announcements were made this week, including end-of-the-year picks from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Gotham Awards. With so many critics groups, guilds and organizations set to make announcements over the next three months, IndieWire is putting together a guide to make all the awards season madness a little bit clearer.

Below you’ll find all of the films walking away with top honors this awards season. The guide will prove handy in determining which films are breaking out ahead of the pack with the most overall wins this awards season. The information will be updated with each new announcement made during the 2017-18 awards season.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

Be sure to check out our full list of Oscar predictions right here, along with our full awards season calendar.
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Steven Spielberg’s The Post named National Board of Review Film of 2017

In a development that is about as surprising as this morning’s sunrise, Steven Spielberg’s The Post appears to be garnering overwhelmingly positive reactions since it debuted to the Us press last week.

Anticipation for the Spotlight style journalistic expose can now be cranked up a notch with the news that the National Board of Review have awarded it their Best Film of 2017 accolade. Stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were also given acting gongs for the potential Oscar botherer.

Other notable awards were dished out to Willem Dafoe, Best Supporting Actor for The Florida Project, Greta Gerwig was awarded Best Director for Lady Bird, and Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot were the popular recipients of The Spotlight Award for Wonder Woman. The full list of winners are below:

Best film: The Post

Best director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best actor: Tom Hanks, The Post

Best actress: Meryl Streep,
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Named Best Film By National Board of Review

The anticipation for Steven Spielberg’s The Post grows with the news that it has been awarded the mantle of Best Film Of 2017 by the National Board Of Review. Variety reports that the board, made up of “film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, and academics,” also awarded lead actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the best acting gongs. Willem Dafoe bagged ‘supporting actor’ for The Florida Project, while Laurie Metcalf won supporting actress for Lady Bird. The other National Board Of Review 2017 awards winners are below.

National Board Of Review 2017 Awards Winners

In other categories, The Disaster Artist was given the best-adapted-screenplay honor, while Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread got best original screenplay. The Best Director award went to Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird.

Elsewhere Pixar’s Coco took home the best animation prize, while Jane won best documentary. Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot was named best foreign film.

Get Out wasn’t left out.
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National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle

National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle
Every November, two New York awards groups — Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards and scholastic cinephile association The National Board of Review — put the spotlight on some lucky winners, boosting their Oscar chances. The ones left off aren’t hurt, necessarily; it only means they need to nab more attention down the pike.

Read More:National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director Winners:

Best Film, Actor, and Actress went to Steven Spielberg’s late-breaking true thriller “The Post” (Fox, December 22), which balances a resonant valentine to analog journalism with a moving portrait of an heroic woman publisher who put free speech ahead of business.

Meryl Streep will continue to win accolades for this sensitive portrayal of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, a socially prominent widow who inherited her husband’s newspaper and learned to navigate the nation’s corridors of power with
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National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle

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National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle
Every November, two New York awards groups — Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards and scholastic cinephile association The National Board of Review — put the spotlight on some lucky winners, boosting their Oscar chances. The ones left off aren’t hurt, necessarily; it only means they need to nab more attention down the pike.

Read More:National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director Winners:

Best Film, Actor, and Actress went to Steven Spielberg’s late-breaking true thriller “The Post” (Fox, December 22), which balances a resonant valentine to analog journalism with a moving portrait of an heroic woman publisher who put free speech ahead of business.

Meryl Streep will continue to win accolades for this sensitive portrayal of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, a socially prominent widow who inherited her husband’s newspaper and learned to navigate the nation’s corridors of power with
See full article at Indiewire »

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh-directed action-comedy; Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig; rated PG-13) Woodshock (drama; Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk; rated R) I Do… Until I Don’t (romantic comedy; Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard; rated R) Tulip Fever (romantic drama; Alicia Vikander...

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National Board of Review and Gotham Award winners announced

A little earlier today, as well as yesterday evening, the precursor season marched on. Two notable ones announced, with the Gotham Awards having their ceremony last night, while only a short while ago, winners were revealed from the National Board of Review. This represents another marker in the first phase of the awards season. Precursors will be coming hot and heavy, and while Gotham doesn’t really impact the race all that much, Nbr does have a decent track record. Keep that in mind as you look at what the winners were over the course of the past 24 hours. It’s been an eventful day and change though, that much is clear. As you’ll see below, Gotham and Nbr both cited Jordan Peele and Get Out in multiple categories. The former also went hard for Call Me By Your Name, while the latter had a bit of recency bias on their minds.
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‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig Gets Best Director: 2017 National Board of Review Winners

The National Board of Review announced their 2017 winners with Steven Spielberg’s The Post taking not only the top prize of Best Film, but Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep also earned top acting awards. Greta Gerwig won Best Director for Lady Bird, while her star Laurie Metcalf earned Best Supporting Actress and Willem Dafoe, who led another A24 title, The Florida Project, earned Best Supporting Actor.

Check out the full list of winners below, along with last night’s Gotham Award winners.

2017 National Board of Review Winners

Best Film: The Post

Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best Actor: Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet,
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Named Best Film of 2017 by National Board of Review

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Named Best Film of 2017 by National Board of Review
The New York-based National Board of Review has crowned Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” the year’s best film as the Oscar season’s kudos circuit roars to life.

The 108-year-old organization, which comprises “film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals and academics,” also tapped the film’s stars, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, for top acting honors. Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) won in the supporting categories.

Screenplay honors went to “The Disaster Artist” and “Phantom Thread,” while “Lady Bird” helmer Greta Gerwig won best director.

Pixar’s “Coco” took the animation prize, “Jane” won best documentary and Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” was named best foreign film.

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won two prizes, for directorial debut and ensemble performance. “Call Me by Your Name” star Timothee Chalamet, meanwhile, added his second breakthrough performance award in as many days (after winning at the Gotham Awards Monday night).

Finally, “Wonder Woman” director
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National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director

National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director
The National Board of Review (Nbr) has made their selections for the best films and performances of 2017. “The Post” has taken top honors, winning the Best Film prize, while Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep all received acting honors. Greta Gerwig earned the Best Director prize.

The Nbr is often one of the first organizations to announce their end-of-the-year selections, followed closely by the New York Film Critics Circle (which makes its announcement on November 30). Awards season officially kicked off with the Gotham Awards on November 27, where “Get Out” earned three awards and “Call Me By Your Name” won Best Feature.

Read More:Gotham Awards 2017: Complete Winners List

While the Nbr awards are considered a forerunner to predicting Oscar nominations, the organization’s prizes don’t always line up with the Academy’s final choices. The Nbr Best Film prize has gone to Best Picture nominees like “Manchester By the Sea,
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