The Top 10 Movie Performances of 2017


Sometimes people say to me, “The movies are so bad this year!” and I deflect. Never, in any year, do I say to myself, “The movies are so bad this year!” I never have trouble finding enough to love. But even if, in some mythical year, I were to feel true despair over the state of all moviedom, I would still know that actors are always there for me. If a director gives a movie its overall shape and tone, actors are the ones who breathe life into that vision. Here are some of my favorite performances, a mix of lead and supporting, of 2017:

10. Meryl Streep

20th Century Fox

There’s both flinty resolve and sly, whisker-licking humor in Streep’s portrayal of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in The Post. Graham, who suddenly found herself having to learn how to play hardball in a man’s world, was a woman both of her time and ahead of her time. Streep captures the complexity of that dance, with every ladylike step and shrewd sidelong glance.

9. Bob Odenkirk

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Although journalists are often heroic figures in the movies, they’re rarely very glamorous in real life. In Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Odenkirk, as Washington Post journalist Ben Bagdikian, captures that valiant ordinariness perfectly. Even his vaguely stooped carriage says “Just get the story”—and when he does, you feel nothing but joy.

8. Millicent Simmonds

Amazon Studios

In Todd Haynes’ radiant and sweet Wonderstruck, Simmonds plays Rose, a 12-year-old deaf girl living in Hoboken, N.J., in 1927. Simmonds is deaf herself, and to watch her face—to see how, as Rose, she virtually breathes in the world around her, as if sounds and visuals were color values you could absorb into your very being—is to step over a border you perhaps didn’t even know existed.

Read TIME’s review

7. Tiffany Haddish

Universal Studios

Comedian Haddish—from The Carmichael Show and Keanu— is Dina, the wildest girl of all in Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip, and the one you’d most like to hang with. Her smile is as cheerful as a spilled bag of Skittles, but it’s delightfully naughty too. She elevates go-for-broke raunchiness to an art form.

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6. Lois Smith

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Smith gives us two terrific performances this year. In Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, she’s a widow with dementia who pieces bits of her life

Source:: Time – Entertainment

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