Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner of two Academy Awards, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor!

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a clear-eyed, darkly comic drama about a small town ripped apart by an unsolved murder, featuring terrific performances and a complicated, deeply humane screenplay that treats its interlocking moral dilemmas like a Rubik’s cube, constantly shifting loyalties and perspectives. It’s writer/director McDonagh’s best movie yet.

Poster for the black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing MissouriSeven months after her daughter’s horrible, violent death, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) commissions three billboards asking Sheriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) why no arrests have been made. This simple, entirely understandable act winds up creating a domino effect of tragedy and unexpected reconciliations. McDonagh’s working in his sweet spot of moral ambiguity, creating characters who seem either clearly good or clearly monstrous and pitting them against one another to reveal a deeper, more troubling reality. McDormand and Harrelson are tremendous –  as is pretty much everyone in the movie, really – but keep your eye on Sam Rockwell as Harrelson’s nastiest deputy. You’ll think you’ve seen him play this part before, but trust me: he’s a goddamn revelation.

– Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

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