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I, Tonya (2017) starring Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan

Margot Robbie as scandal-stricken US figure skating champion Tonya Harding is the main draw in this enjoyable but somewhat shallow biopic. Director Craig Gillespie delivers the film's inventive mockumentary style while Alison Janney and Sebastian Stan provide solid supporting performances.

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

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Lady Bird (2017) written and directed by Greta Gerwig

Saoirse Ronan plays the brattishly eccentric titular adolescent who navigates an emotional rollercoaster ride at a Catholic high school in Sacramento. It moves from one humorous or dramatic highpoint to the next in a heady rush that creates a refreshingly honest picture of the cusp of adulthood.

Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges in Lady Bird

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Phantom Thread (2017) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day-Lewis's final performance is a striking epitaph in an exquisitely-crafted piece of pure cinema. However, the relatively unknown Vicky Krieps holds the screen exceptionally well during her tense, spark-filled scenes with his perfectionistic and near-insufferable character.

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

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Downsizing (2017) written and directed by Alexander Payne

This ambitious and well-meaning science fiction allegory could have done with some downsizing itself to make for a more focused and consistent film. It's a frustrating mix of good (the production design, Christoph Waltz) and bad (Hong Chau's annoying character, the jarring shifts in tone). Matt Damon stars.

Downsizing (2017)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Alternately hilarious and undeniably human, this drama of misunderstandings and small-town violence is a real showcase for the typically undervalued Oscar winner Frances McDormand as well as In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh.

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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The Disaster Artist (2017) directed by and starring James Franco

An intentionally hilarious adaptation of Greg Sestero’s autobiographical account of the making of Tommy Wiseau's unintentionally hilarious cult classic The Room.

James and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017) starring Annette Bening

Paul McGuigan's well-acted but grindingly depressing look at actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her romance with Liverpudlian Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) directed by Kenneth Branagh

This sumptuous Agatha Christie adaptation, also featuring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, does what it says on the tin decently enough.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) starring Colin Farrell

Yorgos Lanthimos' tense and uneasy Kubrick-style masterpiece, also starring Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and a song cameo by Ellie Goulding's Burn.

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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The Villainess (2017) directed by Byung-gil Jung

Review of an occasionally confusing but often epic and exhilarating South Korean variant of La Femme Nikita, starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin and Jun Sung.

Ok-bin Kim plays Sook-hee in The Villainess

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