Richard Bonaduce's Top Movies of 2017

Hello, and Happy New Year!

As we head into a new year, it’s time for me to assemble a list of my Top Movies of 2017, although firstly, here are the films I missed this year (or they’ve just been released, so I didn’t get to see them in time for this article) but I’ve heard a lot about, and I’m looking forward to seeing them, soon:

All the Money in the World

Bill Nye: Science Guy



I Am Not Your Negro


Lady Macbeth

Marjorie Prime


Molly’s Game



Personal Shopper

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women


Roman J. Israel, Esq.

United Kingdom

Victoria and Abdul


…so I may be eventually adding some of those titles to these – my “New 52” Top Movies of 2017. Catch up, and watch one a week in 2018! Here they are in alphabetical order (at least, according to Excel):


A Ghost Story

American Made

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Atomic Blonde

Baby Driver

Battle of the Sexes

Blade Runner 2049

Brad’s Status

Call Me by Your Name

Chasing Coral





Get Out

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Happy Death Day

I, Tonya

It Comes at Night

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kong: Skull Island

Lady Bird


Logan Lucky

Megan Leavey



Only the Brave

Patti Cake$

Phantom Thread

Spider-Man: Homecoming



Thank You for Your Service

The Big Sick

The Disaster Artist

The Foreigner

The Founder

The Glass Castle

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The LEGO Batman Movie

The Lost City of Z

The Post

The Shape of Water

Their Finest

Thor: Ragnarok

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

War for the Planet of the Apes

Wind River


Wonder Woman

As far as trends are concerned, you’ll notice a few comic-book flicks in the mix for my top movies, which scoffs at the threat of “superhero fatigue.” But with each new year, a financial and critical hit knocks it out of the conventional wisdom park, and this year alone boasted five such films: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Logan,” “Spider-Man; Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and the groundbreaking “Wonder Woman.” Which means you’ll being seeing more of them in the future (especially considering the possible Disney/Fox deal in the works), as long as they can keep grabbing the brass ring of filmmaking: critical approval combined with financial success.

Richard Bonaduce
Rich Bonaduce was born and raised in Pennsylvania but has lived in Utah now for half his life. In addition to being a regular contributor as a Film Critic for Salt Lake Magazine, he is also the Film Critic and Entertainment reporter for FOX13’s weekly morning show Good Day Utah. He’s also a drummer in local band “Mojave Rose,” and is much shorter than he appears on television. You've been warned.

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