Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Written by Alexandre Crepeaux

“In almost every scene, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" sizzles with tension both tragic and comedic. Beginning his career as a playwright gave Martin McDonagh his ear for witty, intricate dialogue, and it's on full display here. The story begins when Mildred Hayes installs three billboards to remind the police chief about the investigation of her daughter's murder; through the twists and turns of McDonagh's script, the town descends into chaos. As Mildred, Frances McDormand gives a typically dedicated performance, and the rest of the ensemble frequently matches her intensity. The biggest issue with the film is clearly the lack of characters of color: it's especially notable given one of the main character's renown as the town racist.”

Mercer Malakoff