These are the wonder women of film in 2017

From a disgraced figure skater to a tough-as-nails newspaper publisher, this month brings a shock of electric female performances to the silver screen. In Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairy tale The Shape of Water, Sally Hawkins plays a lonely cleaning lady at a government lab who discovers a supernatural secret; Margot Robbie dons sequins and skates—and chain-smokes cigarettes—for the hotly anticipated Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya; Annette Bening finds love in her golden years as the real-life Hollywood siren Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool; and in The Post, Meryl Streep brings to spotlight yet another newsworthy character as Katharine Graham, the Washington Post publisher who oversaw the battle to release the Pentagon Papers some 45 years ago.