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While many critics and journalists are claiming 2017 to be a slam dunk year, I say it's been mixed overall with more misses than hits. But that's not to say there weren't a number of ambitious films, big and small, that wowed us.

Here are a few that earned the QE seal of approval.

Be sure to tell us some of your favorites in the comments below!


The Void



Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.


Read Jason's review of The Void.


Raw



At 16, Justine is a brilliant, promising student and a strict vegetarian. But when she starts veterinary school, she quickly encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world.

Desperate to fit in during the first week of hazing rituals, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time and faces the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self emerges.


I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore



When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.


It Comes at Night



Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.


Kong: Skull Island



A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.


Brimstone



From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.


Blade Runner 2049



A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.


Brawl in Cell Block 99



A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.


The Lost City of Z



The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages", the determined Fawcett- supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.


Bushwick



Emerging from a NY subway on her way home from college, Lucy (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) discovers her neighborhood of Bushwick engulfed in utter chaos. Trying to escape the violence, Lucy seeks refuge in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy), a former Marine on his way out of town to find his family.

As the unlikely pair navigate through a hail of gunfire and lethal explosions, they learn they are in the middle of a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the US. With the clash between local residents and the militia escalating, Lucy and Stupe must rely on each other in an impossible race to get out of the city and survive another day.


[Listen: Bushwick directors on The Quietcast]



The Girl with all the Gifts



Six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close stars in a post-apocalyptic story about a devastating disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating ''hungries.''


The Strange Ones



Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

Read Marina's review of The Strange Ones.


IT



The horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.









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Wumpus (6 months ago) Reply

Thanks to everyone at Quiet Earth!

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ZombieJetPilot (6 months ago) Reply

Didn't care too much for It Comes at Night. The recent and final release of The Evil Within was an absolute favorite of mine along with the Netflix produced The Babysitter

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test (6 months ago) Reply

In addition:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Christopher (6 months ago) Reply

Was Elle 2017? If so then Elle too.

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Wumpus (6 months ago) Reply

Oh, and I'd recommend Colossal.

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Hot fuzz (6 months ago) Reply

Agreed

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Marina (6 months ago) Reply

I *finally* got caught up with Colossal over the holidays and did not care for it.

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rikka (6 months ago) Reply

Love this site, congratulations

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Genius (6 months ago) Reply

Blade Runner 2049

Saw StarWars Last Jedi twice and finally after the second time I get it and think it's a great film.

But in all honestly 2017 introduced me to Filmstruck

I seem to more about older films.


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