2017 had plenty of highs and lows at the movies. Here are my honorable mentions and 3 special achievement honors:
“Get Out” – Jordan Peele’s smart, multi-layered thriller.
“Ingrid Goes West” – Modern, intelligent script on social media and obsession.
“Kedi” – A deeply moving documentary on Istanbul cats.
“Mudbound” – Netflix historical drama has the best ensemble of 2017.
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” – Emotional story and great work from Jessica Chastain.
“All the Money in the World” – Director Ridley Scott re-shot a significant portion of this movie in November, and the final product is a major success.
“Lost in London” – Woody Harrelson starred-in, wrote and directed this first-ever LIVE movie.
“Loving Vincent” – The first fully-painted movie ever made.
And now… for The 10 Best Movies of 2017:
- “The Post”
- “I, Tonya”
- “Blade Runner 2049”
- “Wind River”
- “The Hero”
- “The Breadwinner”
- “American Made”
- “The Big Sick”
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
Jackson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most respected awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. He votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers.