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The 10 Best Film Performances of 2017

As the year reaches its close, it is time for the annual rankings. In a year full of acting masterclasses, here are the best film performances of 2017 – let us know if you agree in the comments!

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The Foreigner | Review

★★

For about seven minutes – certainly no more than ten – The Foreigner has something going for it. There’s the promise of a seriously stirring turn from Jackie Chan and the reunion of Pierce Brosnan with his GoldenEye director Martin Campbell. Perhaps that’s why the misjudged so-called thriller which follows proves quite so insulting?

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | Review

★★★

We always knew it wasn’t over. Back in 1995, Joe Johnston’s Jumanji, starring the late-great Robin Williams, concluded on a beach in France with the deadly, titular board game washed up and still beating its drums. Twenty-two years later and they’re still banging away, in Jake Kasdan’s flawed but fun sequel.

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Better Watch Out | Review

★★★★

When it comes to festive films, the term ‘Christmas classic’ gets bandied around a lot at this time of year – very occasionally, it’s even warranted. Better Watch Out is not one of those films. It’s a great one, and certainly seems destined for annual repeat viewings, but whereas those films are cuddly and snow-dusted, this one’s a gleefully masochistic romp, dripping with merry brutality. Think Home Alone meets The Gift, directed by Tarantino.

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