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Best movies of 2017: ‘Mudbound’ is a quintessentially American …

Clockwise from top left: “Mudbound,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird.” (Steve Dietl/Netflix; Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures; Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures; Merie Wallace/A24)

The health of our current film culture might best be described in terms of balance: Whereas the industry as a whole in 2017 was kept afloat by family films, superheroes and horror, critics and fans alike are searching for excellence across a wide spectrum of genres and target audiences: As gratifying as it was that “Wonder Woman” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” were terrific, well-executed movies, there was just as much satisfaction to be found in such quirky direct-to-Netflix gems as “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” and “Tramps.”

In between, viewers this year were treated to surprisingly high-toned popcorn movies (“Logan,” “War for the Planet of the Apes”); old-fashioned action adventures (“Lost City of Z”); searingly topical dramas (“Detroit”); small-canvas, thought-provoking indies (“Colossal,” “Marjorie Prime”); and crowd-pleasers that didn’t sacrifice content on the altar of rousing entertainment (“Battle of the Sexes,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “I, Tonya”).

Any of those films could easily have ended up on my 2017 top-10 list. As could have such documentaries as “Step,” “The Departure,” “Jim Andy” and “Dolores,” and such standout performances as Sam Elliott in “The Hero,” Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Willem Dafoe in “The Florida Project” or Tiffany Haddish in “Girls Trip” — which, as a movie I paid to see with a big, boisterous audience, turned out to be my favorite moviegoing experience of the year, hands down.

Those honorables duly mentioned, here are the movies that made the final 10 (and change).

1. “Mudbound”

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