The best shows and movies you missed in 2017

Feel like you’ve missed some entertainment gold over the past year? Play catch-up over the festive season with 2017’s best movies and TV shows
MOVIE: Chuck
If the story of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner passed you by, make sure you check it out on a streaming service or grab the DVD. Considered the inspiration for Sly Stallone’s Rocky Balboa, Chuck is witty, funny and full of heart. Plus, it boasts a stellar cast (former couple Naomi Watts and Liev Schrieber both star along with Ron Perlman and Elisabeth Moss).

TV: Alias Grace
Find it on Netflix
This six-episode adaption of Margaret Atwood’s lesser known works is about an Irish-Canadian housemaid accused of killing her employers – but the story is far more complicated than that. Sarah Gadon stars along with Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi; it’s one to watch before the return of The Handmaid’s Tale in 2018.

MOVIE: T2 Trainspotting
Don’t want to taint your memories of the first film with a possibly disappointing sequel? Bollocks to that. True fans won’t want to miss catching up with Mark, Spud, Sick Boy and the psychotic Begbie, the rowdy Scottish heroin addicts who are alive and well (sort of) two decades on. It’s a fantastic sequel.

TV: The Crown
Find it on Netflix
Queen Elizabeth II is pretty reserved these days, but this refreshing biopic series about her younger years is addictive and, insiders say, has more than a grain of truth to it. Claire Foy won a Golden Globe for her efforts, and given it’s one of the priciest TV series ever filmed, both season one and two are well worth a binge-watch for the costuming alone. 

MOVIE: Hidden Figures
Find it on Foxtel, Telstra TV
Love a good biopic? This is about the three female black NASA mathematicians, (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae), who played a pivotal role in launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a historic moment in the Space Race. It’s a captivating true story that loses none of its power on the small screen.

TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Find it on Amazon Prime Video
If you loved the Gilmore Girls, you’ve got to check out television showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino’s latest, about a ‘50s housewife who becomes a bawdy stand-up comedy star after her husband leaves her. Too funny.

MOVIE: 20th Century Women
Annette Bening is the powerhouse of this film, set in the changing world of 1979. She plays a landlady-of-sorts and a single mum, who decides to enlist the help of her home’s tenants to impart their wisdom to her teenage son. See it for the great performances and delightfully funny (and sad), moments from the likes of Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Elle Fanning. 

TV: Stranger Things
Find it on Netflix
In a Netflix series that feels like Winona Ryder’s big comeback, Stranger Things has garnered an incredible amount of hype. Set in the ‘80s, it centres on a mum searching for her missing son. She’s the only one who really believes he’s still alive and trying to communicate with her from another universe. Dubbed a blend of sci-fi, horror and thriller, its well worth a viewing marathon.

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