As you all know, The Midway Point is when I discuss the year’s best and worst movies so far. I would like to start off by reviewing the most entertaining films and the most deplorable films of the first half of 2017. As for the winners, Hollywood almost always saves the best for last, so you’re just going to have to make due with my choices so far. And as for the losers, I’ve skipped some stinkers, including “Fifty Shades Darker” (sorry girls) and “Chips” (sorry Estrada). Most of which will not make the final cut, but only in December will I provide you the true answers. For now though, I present The Midway Point.
The Best Movies of 2017 So Far
5.) “The Lovers”
Tracy Letts and Debra Winger both shine in this challenging, yet entertaining love story about affairs and affairs within affairs.
4.) “Beauty and the Beast”
It’s another live-action remake of a Disney classic, which amazes you in every way possible.
Richard Gere gives one of his most extraordinary performances in a drama so inventive, it has to be seen to be believed.
A 7-year-old math wiz is placed in a case about whether or not her potential is wasted or spoiled. Watch it, and see for yourself.
This Marvel movie is rated R, which allows us to see the violent colors of the clawed mutant, and Hugh Jackman, in his final Wolverine performance, blows your mind in every way possible.
The Worst Movies of 2017 So Far
As lubricant for “Alien: Covenant,” this Sci-Fi borefest is made for sissies. Spoiler Alert: the alien will soon kill the human race.
4.) “The Great Wall”
This is not the Matt Damon we know and love. The Matt Damon we know and love is better than this. Much better than this.
3.) “Smurfs: The Lost Village”
This keeps Peyo’s drawings and adds more cute Smurfettes; but it Smurfs up with its generic animation and lame antics.
2.) “Fist Fight”
Ice Cube and Charlie Day’s chemistry is wasted in a comedy that is mean, stressful, and unhelpful.
This is a mean-spirited, sexist, obnoxious, and unfunny romp based on a TV show I’ve never watched. Not even Dwayne Johnson or Zac Efron can save this mess from drowning.
Will “Logan” be the best of the year and will “Baywatch” be the worst of the year? I can’t say for sure, but you’ll definitely find them on those individual lists in December. Remember: in the words of Lenny Kravitz: “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over.”