20 Essential Movie Performances That Will Define 2018

Josh Brolin gets one hell of a payday.

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As far as iconic, unforgettable movie performances are concerned, 2018 has already gotten off to a strong start with Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan's especially splendid work in Black Panther, and that's really just the beginning.

March is typically the month where studios emerge from their post-awards hibernation and start releasing compelling new movies en masse, with the notion of the "summer blockbuster" becoming ever more ridiculous considering how early in the year the deluge now begins. That is, of course, without even mentioning the annual Oscar circus, which will kick off this coming September.

From epic performances in long-awaited blockbusters to the roles with the most tantalising, awards-friendly potential, these are the 20 performances sure to be on everyone's lips over the next 10 months.

From risky reprises of iconic movie roles to intriguing new takes on classic comic book characters, these performances are going to snatch all the headlines, whether they're disappointingly limp failures or among the very best that 2018 in cinema has to offer...


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