10 Awesome Movies From 2017 You Probably Missed

10. Brawl In Cell Block 99

RLJ Entertainment

From the writer/director who brought you the horror-western hybrid Bone Tomahawk comes Brawl in Cell Block 99, a violent thriller squarely in the B-movie vein - and starring, of all people, Vince "Wedding Crashers" Vaughn.

At first glance, this looks like the sort of thing you'd find in the bottom of a bargain bucket, with a former Hollywood leading man scrapping the barrel in an unflattering role. Quite the opposite. This is a revenge flick that outright celebrates its B-movie trappings, featuring one of Vince Vaughn's best ever screen performances.

Director S. Craig Zahler is known for his love of all things pulpy, a trait seen throughout his extensive works, and here he manages to tell a grindhouse-inspired story of revenge in a truly captivating manner (also: what a soundtrack!).

He also gets the very best from Vaughn, who plays a lowly mechanic who makes a few terrible decisions in order to provide for his wife and kid. It results in a prison sentence, and later a simple objective: kill somebody in the cell block of the film's title. If that sounds like a plot you can get behind, this movie will deliver.


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.