Actor Ranked: Jennifer Lawrence

(My original post was written for Filmoria, but it has been edited since then.)

With The Hunger Games franchise establishing Jennifer Lawrence as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time, it’s her first roles in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show and the independent films The Burning Plain and Winter’s Bone, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination, that made her an actress to keep an eye on.

Since then, Lawrence has won an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and a BAFTA, as well as a number of other awards, with Rolling Stone commenting in 2012 that she is “the most talented young actress in America”.

From stumbling up the stairs after winning her first Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook to her adorable honesty and natural wit in interviews, Lawrence is undeniably one of the best actresses around at the minute. So let’s take a look at five of her best performances.

Here is my ranking of her performances (not of the films themselves) to date:

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Film Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Directed and adapted by David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook is based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. Examining a number of relationships and mental illnesses, the film follows Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), an ex-teacher with bipolar disorder who moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) after being released from a psychiatric hospital. Determined to win back his estranged wife and rebuild his previous life, things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with her own problems, who tells Pat that she will help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. As an unexpected bond begins to form between them, silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Rating:

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My Top 10 Films of 2012

It’s that time of year again, so here are my top 10 films of 2012.

I think it’s fair to say that it’s been a very hit and miss year for film this year with some exceptional releases scattered throughout 2012, but with some completely disappointing films filling in the months between (Anything involving Taylor Kitsch, I’m looking at you!). From the end of trilogies (The Dark Knight Rises) to the start of new ones (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man), to the combination of many film characters into one big blockbuster (Avengers Assemble) and to some brilliant novel adaptations (On The Road, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), we’ve certainly had it all. Read below to see what I thought of the year in film, and feel free to let me know what you thought about the year too.

I still need to see a couple more films, so for a constantly updated list you can visit my Letterboxd page.

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Trailer Trash Feature: 24th September – 7th October

(Bi-weekly feature written for Lost In The Multiplex)

From a fifth Die Hard instalment to a new DreamWorks animation, we’ve got a bit of everything this week. If you want a few giggles this week then Jason Bateman has his identity stolen by Melissa McCarthy in the new trailer for the upcoming comedy Identity Thief, or if it’s suspense you’re after then Mia Wasikowska is getting suspicious of Matthew Goode in the trailer for Stoker. We even have a Native American Johnny Depp. Keep scrolling for more!

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