15 best movies to watch this vacation

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 1, 2017-

With the holiday season in full swing, many people would like to use their free time by watching movies. Here is a list of some of the best films of 2017 that movie buffs may enjoy watching during their holiday.

The following compilation is based on the review by The Kathmandu Post movie critic Obie Shrestha.

The list below is rated 3 or above out of 5.

1. Manchester by the Sea (4.5/5)

In Manchester by the Sea, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan might be working with a fairly conventional subject, but, by maintaining his focus on the characters, he’s turned it into something incredibly layered and immersive (Full review here)

2. Paterson (4/5)

Jim Jarmusch creates something quietly revolutionary in the new Paterson, an homage to art and the creative process like no other, a film that reminds us not to overlook the beauty and meaning to be found in the subtle details that make up a life (Full Review here)

3. Moonlight (4/5)

Moonlight is not to be missed; it’s the sort of film you can’t quite shake off for a long time, the kind you become so invested in that it leaves you wishing someone would tell you what happens next, where the characters are now, how they’re doing. If all this isn’t enough to push you over the fence, I don’t know what will be. (Read full review)

4. Logan (3.5/5)

Logan is enjoyable, period, with or without the “comic-book film” tag. It does sag a bit around the middle and could have done with a touch more tightening altogether, but it’s nothing you can’t forgive. If Jackman truly intends to hang up the metal claws and mutton chops after this, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, poignant way to say goodbye. (Read full review)

5. Get Out (3.5/5)

In Get Out, writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a film that pays loving homage to the horror-thriller canon, while at the same time delivering pointed, darkly-funny social satire (Read full reiview)


6. Bacalaureat (4/5)

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s new Bacalaureat—following one man’s calamitous fall from grace, in a nutshell—makes for an incisive, riveting study of the jumble of contextual and personal forces that drive our actions (Read Full Review)


7. The Handmaiden (4/5)

Reveling in eccentric perversity and pitch-black wit, and marked by superb performances and visuals, Park Chan-wook’s new The Handmaiden makes for an intense, utterly unpredictable ride (Read Full Review)


8. Kimi No Na Wa (4/5)

Though Kimi no Na wa might be based on an over-used Freaky-Friday concept, it twists it just enough to stay fresh. But the film’s strongest suit, by far, are the visuals—jaw-dropping, impossibly beautiful images at every turn (Full Review)


9. Wonder Woman (3.5/5)

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is exactly the sort of thing one hopes to see when going into a superhero film. Thoughtfully made, well-performed, with nifty visuals, and funny—it easily grabs a spot among the best recent endeavors in the genre (Full Review)


10. Spider-Man: Homecoming (3.5/5)

The new Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, is the most enjoyable Spider-Man film we’ve seen in a long time, and the first to really capture the youthful, snarky feel of the comics (Full Review)


11. Lipstick Under My Burkha (3.5/5)

While not the most cleverly-scripted or well-crafted film, Alankrita Shrivastava’s new Lipstick Under My Burkha succeeds in starting up a long-overdue conversation about depictions of female desire and agency in popular culture (Full Review)

12. Baby Driver (3/5)

Though it might fall well short of Edgar Wright’s best work, the new Baby Driver still bears some of the director’s signature style and wit, making for a charming, enjoyable one-time ride, at the very least (Full Review)


13. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (3/5)

If you’re able to blank out that final half hour or so, you’ll find that Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is among the most likeable, most consistently entertaining films Bollywood has churned out all this year.  (Full Review Here)


14. The Big Sick (3.5/5)

The Big Sick is proof that the rom-com genre has not run completely out of steam yet, and that there is still room for indulgent love stories, so long as they are able to strike a decent balance between the familiar and the new. (Read Review Here) 


15. Logan Lucky (3.5/5)

What sets Logan Lucky apart is its Southern-country setting… even as cracks are made about the heartland lifestyle, there’s a genuine warmth and affection for these places and people that comes through, warding off broad caricaturisation (Read Full Review)

Published: 01-10-2017 15:55

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