At this point in the year, chances are pretty good that the upcoming new year–as in, like, 2018–is one of the last things on your mind. You probably have a whole host of other things on your mind, like, I don’t know. School? Not wearing the same Halloween costume as literally everyone else this year? Weird, distressing, unnervingly popular memes that don’t even really make any sense? There’s a lot to focus on!
Still, if you think about it, 2017 is more or less nearly over. At press time, there are only about fifteen weekends left in the year, which doesn’t sound too bad, but is bound to go quickly. Now, if you are anything like me, the realization that the end of the year is fraught with some anxiety. I’ll leave you to figure out your own year-end existential angst, just as I expect you to leave me alone to figure out my own–but I will say that an excellent way to divert oneself at the end of the year is by watching movies. So, here are some movies you should consider seeing before New Year’s Eve. Some of them have come out already, others will be released in the coming months but, no matter what, you need to see them before the year ends:
Get OutNo offense, but if you haven't seen Get Out yet, uh, what are you doing? I won't give anything about the movie away, except its basic premise--about an African-American man who goes to visit his girlfriend's family for a weekend--but trust me when I say that this is a must-watch for, like, everyone. (Even if you're sensitive to scary movies--it's more of a thriller than a horror film.) If you really need some motivation, some critics are saying that it has a chance of being nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year, so you should see it if you're into stocking up on those prestige films. When to watch: Now! You can rent or buy it on pretty much any streaming platform.
Wonder WomanOn a similar note: If you haven't seen Wonder Woman, you should do that stat. I don't have much to say about it other than that it is bound to make even the cynical of movie watchers feel some excitement over the presence of a super-cool, badass female superhero. Whether you're into superhero movies or not, this was a movie that played a big part in the culture of 2017, so it's worth giving it a watch. When to watch: Now! Rent or buy it on a streaming platform.
Professor Marston And The Wonder WomanAfter you watch Wonder Woman, you should check out Professor Marston And The Wonder Woman, a movie about the surprisingly scandalous origin of the classic comic book character. Basically, Wonder Woman was created by an "unconventional" Harvard professor whose morals and reputation were called into question when the polyamorous relationship between him, his wife, and their lover is discovered. Sound intriguing? Same for us! When to watch: In theaters on October 13th.
Battle Of The SexesBattle Of The Sexes Battle Of The Sexes is a movie based on a landmark 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, played by Emma Stone and Steve Carrell respectively. While the movie is about tennis, which, to many people, might not be that interesting, according to some reviews, has a lot more nuance than its trailers let on. In any case, Battle Of The Sexes is bound to be an Academy Award contender in some way this year, so, if that's something that you're into, you should definitely check it out. When to watch: In theaters on September 22nd.
ItIt has been a surprising-ish critical and financial hit, breaking box office records and spawning some, uh, unfortunate memes. (Like, memes about people crushing on Pennywise, the demonic, murderous clown from the movie. If you want to be part of the 2017 cultural zeitgeist, you should probably go watch it. When to watch: In theaters now.
Call Me By Your NameCall Me By Your Name, a coming-of-age drama about two young men who meet and fall in love in Italy, a was a big hit at Sundance this year. It's bound to be big at the Oscars, too, so you should try to watch it (and maybe read the book it's based on, too) before the year ends. When to watch: In theaters on November 24th.
The BeguiledThe Beguiled centers around an all-girl's boarding school in Virginia during the Civil War, when a wounded Union soldier unexpectedly appears and, ahem, shakes things up. The soldier becomes the object of the girls' affections and uses this to manipulate the situation to his advantage. But there's a twist! You have to watch it to find out what it is. When to watch: The Beguiled will be available to stream on September 26th.
Are you going to see any of these movies? Did I forget any good ones? Let us know in the comments!