Flavorwire’s 10 Best Movies of 2017

'Okja,' 'Get Out,' 'The Florida Project,' and more of the year's finest narrative films.

9. I, Tonya

Craig Gillespie’s dramatization, and reexamination, of one of the biggest tabloid stories of the 1990s is based – per its opening credits – on wildly contrary (and “irony-free”) interviews with the major players in the bonkers story of figure skating rivalry and for-hire knee-capping, particularly skating champ Tonya Harding (a blazingly good Margot Robbie), her physically abusive boyfriend Jeff (Sebastian Stan), and her emotionally abusive mother (Allison Janney, doing her best screen work to date, and yes, that’s a bold statement). It’s a funny movie, mining considerable humor from its hare-brained caper and its own structural cleverness, but there’s more than that; in its own nutty, sideways manner, I, Tonya is piercingly questioning how we approach class and background in America, and how the presumptions baked into both steer the cultural conversation.