15 Best Movies and Performances of 2017 Sundance Film Festival

From fringe-movement docs to a baker's dozen of Cate Blanchetts – these were the films and unforgettable turns that made our festival

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Woody Harrelson, 'Wilson'
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Woody Harrelson, 'Wilson'

Yes, this movie of Daniel Clowes' 2010 graphic novel (adapted by the indie comics' legend himself) feels a bit like Clowes lite. But that doesn't subtract from Woody Harrelson's go-for-broke take on the titular misanthrope, a chatty cynic who has the ability to ruin any social situation in seconds flat. It's hard to think of anyone who could have pulled off the part's balancing act of oddball sunniness and self-loathing, or make you believe Wilson could charm an entire cellblock without playing down the character's irritiable edges. Kudos also go to Laura Dern, who proves that nobody can end a sentence with the word "man" and imbue it with so much bone-deep bitterness.

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