Best Female Movie Performances of the 21st Century

 From her dance in that field to her impassioned defense of her son, Kim Hye-ja’s character in “Mother” more than earns the title of matriarch. Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up to “The Host” isn’t a monster movie, but there’s a primal ferocity to its heroine that ensures no one — whether detective, suspect, or otherwise — dares cross her.

3. Kim Hya-ja, “Mother”