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Whatever you want to call 2016—a dumpster fire, a candidate for the Worst Year Ever, ridiculously hot and getting hotter—the year brought no shortage of big-screen distractions. Four women wielded proton packs; Daniel Radcliffe graduated from Harry Potter to farting corpse; and Disney expanded into the South Pacific. The teen movie canon got another worthy entry; Michael Shannon was in everything and he was great; and La La Land proved that musicals are anything but dead. And when the world outside got a little too unpredictable, there was always Zac Efron with his shirt off—and damned if 2017 won’t bring more of the same.

Here’s hoping 2017 brings us many new reasons to go to the movies, starting with the films on this list:



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