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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

From Chuck Bowen’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2017: “Cinema is an art of collaborative effort that speaks implicitly and often explicitly of the values of community, which often seemed in short supply this year. We live in an age in which articles are written daily on the need for “checking out” of online culture, so that we may disconnect from the bombardment of grotesqueries that keep us in an emotional tailspin. Both coincidentally and by pop-cultural osmosis, many of the year’s best films ask how deeply we may be permitted to check out and how far we should risk and extend ourselves for the prospect of personal and social rehabilitation.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorite films of the year made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.

Toronto Film Review Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion

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Toronto Film Review: Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto Film Review: Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion

One great artist engages with another in A Quiet Passion, a bold and brilliant study of the American poet Emily Dickinson by British writer-director Terence Davies. The film is as strange, in its way, as its lead character’s inimitable way with words: Structurally it resembles a straightforward biopic, following Dickinson—played by Emma Bell in the early scenes and a marvelous, moving Cynthia Nixon for the rest—from her brief tenure as a defiant Mount Holyoke student (“a no-hoper” says her scold of a headmistress) through her sequestered life, and eventual kidney-related death, at the family home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Within this familiar A-to-B form, however, Davies does almost nothing obvious.