25 Reasons to Love the Movies in 2017

From amazing directorial debuts to 'Dunkirk,' offbeat docs to Daniel Day-Lewis – the films, performances and moments that made the year in movies

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Vince Vaughn in 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'
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Vince Vaughn in 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'

It's like the old saying goes: You never realize how big an actor is until you see him physically dismantle a car piece by piece onscreen. Vince Vaughn achieves that feat early on in S. Craig Zahler's brutal, batshit prison flick; by the end of this grindhouse throwback's 132-minute running time, you'll see the former Swingers actor do a lot worse to some human beings who want to hurt his loved ones. We've seen this 6'5" Midwesterner play smarmy Casanovas, smooth-talkers and slick swingin' dicks, but this one – all bulk and bruised fists – feels like an upgrade; it's his Taken. He's the reason you sympathize with this jailbird with a knack fro bringing the pain. The you're-so-money guy is long gone. In his place is someone whose physique is less beefcake than "beef + cake" and form whom violence is a second language. We like this Vaughn better.

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