As our list of the 50 best movies of 2017 attests, the year offered a truly outstanding selection of films. But clunkers are inevitable, and the past 12 months served up plenty — from franchise nonstarters (The Mummy, Baywatch) to painful cautionary tales against whitewashing (Ghost in the Shell, The Great Wall) to disastrous dramas from acclaimed filmmakers (The Snowman, The Book of Henry). Click through to see our picks for this year’s worst of the worst.
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Director Colin Trevorrow combines the tale of a child genius, a disease-of-the-week weeper, and a drama about the abuser next door. No wonder it's laughable.
The 23rd Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off Wednesday night with the world premiere of The Book of Henry, Colin Trevorrow‘s dramatic thriller starring Naomi Watts as a single mother whose son suspects they have a nefarious next-door neighbor. Then for another week and change Film Independent (the folks behind the Independent Spirit Awards) will roll out a wide and diverse array of indies competing for eyeballs (and prizes) at theaters in Culver City, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and downtown Los Angeles. Here are seven films debuting at the fest we’re willing to brave traffic to check out.
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Colin Trevorrow has experienced a meteoric rise to the top of Hollywood’s directing A-list. Boasting what appears to be a far more modest scope than his supersize franchise projects, Trevorrow’s tale will concern a preternaturally gifted 11-year-old named Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) with a crush on his next-door neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler), who’s being abused by her police commissioner stepfather (Dean Norris). Desperate to help, Henry writes a plan to save her from harm, and when his mother (Naomi Watts) finds this blueprint, she — along with her younger son, Peter (Room’s Jacob Tremblay) — decide to put the plan into action.
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In many ways, Jacob Tremblay is exceptional, earning early Oscar buzz for his performance as boy born in captivity in the acclaimed indie drama Room, which expands in select theaters this weekend. In other ways, he’s just like any other 9-year-old — buzzing over the latest Star Wars trailer and eager to discuss the time he flipped his entire body performing a stunt in the acclaimed film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson as his kidnapped mother. The brown-haired kid, a Canadian from Vancouver, is just one year older than the youngest-ever Best Actor Oscar nominee, Justin Henry, who was 8 when he scored a nod for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980.