Great performances and an off-the-rails story make this breakthrough film from the Safdie brothers one of the most satisfying thrill rides I've seen in a long time. Come for the adrenaline rush. Stay for a career-best turn from Robert Pattinson.
After his startling debut Krisha (2015), writer/director Trey Edward Shults took a confident step forward with this sophomore film, a haunting and emotional story about a family trying to survive in a dangerous world.
A must-see for fans of Tommy Wiseau's The Room (2003), this is James Franco's best directing work to date. The film tells the story of the making of The Room and features an all-star cast with an inspired performance by Franco himself as Wiseau. Oh, hai, Mark.
Filmmaker David Lowery funded this little gem with his director's salary from Pete's Dragon (2016). The film plays like Terrence Malick directing Beetlejuice (1988), as it starts slow but grows into something deeply insightful. The film also features one of the best scores of the year from composer Daniel Hart.
Shot in a complex series of long takes, this timely actioner lets Dave Bautista show off his acting chops as he fights to survive a violent invasion of the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. The film is a guilty pleasure, no doubt, but is packed with great action set pieces and inventive craft.
Also a guilty pleasure, Brawl features Vince Vaughn beating up a car for five minutes, then head-stomping and arm-breaking his way through a seven-layer bean dip of prison hell, all for the woman he loves. Not for the faint of heart.
Kyle Mooney shines in this film as James, a manchild who was kidnapped at birth and raised by a couple who produced a TV show called "Brigsby Bear" just for him. Now rescued, James is obsessed with the show and, with the help of new friends, starts a mission to create his own version of it.