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Charlize Theron’s Top 10 Performances

on July 25, 2017, 2:00pm
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10. Mary Embrey

Hancock (2008)

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Okay, bear with us here. It’s not that we’re necessarily going to bat for Hancock, a film that’s as potent a case study in studio butchery as you’ll ever come across. But for all of the film’s faults (some of which are glaring), Theron delivers a memorable turn as Mary, a woman with superheroic secrets of her own. While the film largely whiffs on its tonal shift from dark comedy to fateful drama, Theron anchors her scenes as a different kind of lost hero from the film’s lead, a centuries-old being that depends on Hancock’s absence for her very survival. Much of what does work about the film is owed to Theron, who brings a weight to her scenes with Will Smith’s antihero that it struggles to muster otherwise, as she grapples with the difficulty of being fated to live the rest of her potentially eternal life separated from her truest companion. That she also gets a handful of big laughs while accomplishing all of this is just one more testament to her gifts as a performer. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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