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2017 AFI Fest Preview: 10 Films and Filmmakers From This Year’s Line-Up You Should Track Down

2017 AFI Fest Preview: 10 Films and Filmmakers From This Year’s Line-Up You Should Track Down

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I, Tonya

Though director Craig Gillespie has only a couple of other films under his belt (the Ryan Gosling-dreamed Lars and the Real Girl and the remake of Fright Night), he’s delivered his most impressive feat yet. So has Margot Robbie, asserting herself as one of the sharpest actresses working today in a biopic of former figure skater Tonya Harding, detailing her life and her side of the spectacle. I, Tonya soars not only because of its star performances from Robbie, Sebastian Stan as her abusive boyfriend, and Allison Janney as her abusive mother, but because of its particular analysis of American identity and its adoration for story, even at the cost of its main characters. As Harding says in the film, “America wants someone to hate.”

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

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