Movies & TV

Entertainment highlights of 2017, from ‘Get Out’ to ‘Big Little Lies’

Any list of 2017 viewing highlights promises to be woefully incomplete, thanks to an abundance of terrific TV dramas, an eclectic year in movies and the current golden age of documentaries. Indeed, plenty of film and TV critics have simply thrown in the towel on mere “10 best” lists as they endeavor to recognize all their favorites.

So in attempting to single out some of the best in movies and TV (and even then leaving a few worthy titles on the cutting-room floor), the scales tipped toward those concepts that possessed significance at this cultural moment, or pairs of projects that elevated or helped define their genre.
Put another way, if forced to assemble a 2017 entertainment time capsule, here’s a list of contenders, in no particular order:
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“Get Out”
Aside from announcing Jordan Peele as a major directing talent, this movie brilliantly mashed together several genres — horror, social satire, comedy — in a crowd-pleasing, Oscar-caliber package.
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The Post”
Steven Spielberg’s film about the Washington Post standing up to the Nixon administration by publishing the Pentagon Papers — auguring the Watergate battle to come — is an inordinately entertaining film but also calls attention to journalism’s highest calling, at a moment when newsgathering is under siege from those who would seek to discredit and undermine it.
(From left) Howard Simons (David Cross), Frederick "Fritz" Beebe (Tracy Letts), Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), Arthur Parsons (Bradley Whitford), Chalmers Roberts (Philip Casnoff), Paul Ignatius (Brent Langdon), Meg Greenfield (Carrie Coon, seated) and other members of The Washington Post in Twentieth Century Fox's 'The Post.'