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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.

Oscar 2017 Winner Predictions Documentary

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Oscar 2017 Winner Predictions: Documentary

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Oscar 2017 Winner Predictions: Documentary

Measuring the remove documentary filmmakers place between their subjects and their audiences is sometimes all that’s necessary to pinpoint a winner in this category. It’s why, in a year where we’re calling so many other Oscar categories for films that intimately and wrenchingly grapple with the plight of the world’s displaced and oppressed people, we see Fire at Sea likely bringing up the rear here—as Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary doesn’t exactly aim for the gut in its proffering of the Italian island of Lampedusa as a metaphor for Europe’s migrant crisis. The film, very much an intellectual exercise, is so often context-free that it resembles speculative fiction, which is one way to explain why Italy also submitted it as their foreign language entry.