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September 18, 2018
Frances McDormand delivers one of the best movie performances ever in a movie that is dark, funny, and incredibly emotional.
September 17, 2018
Ugh - Absolutely dreadful! Wallows in negativity and ugliness, with several super-evil people you can feel so good about hating.
September 12, 2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 drama film directed by Martin McDonagh.
This black comedy crime film contains an outstanding performance by frances McDormand in the lead role. It is a somewhat different story with a very clever script which contains many humorous moments combined with sad and deep ones. I liked the way that the interactions between the characters changed throughout the film from negative / angry to positive / understanding, with elements of forgiveness. I really enjoyed this film. D & MC.
AAN GGWD AFI 1001
September 11, 2018
Outstanding work of art.
½ September 10, 2018
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' has received numerous awards and nominations because it so brilliantly balances between black comedy and emotional tragedy while showcasing some phenomenal performances from its leads stars. That being said, the ending is less than desirable.
½ September 8, 2018
This was a horrible movie, I waited for a purpose to watch the movie but it was the most depressing movie with no point no ending and no purpose. So sad and depressing I really wish the movie was never created.
½ September 7, 2018
um filme sobre muitas dores. tou muito encantada (os personagens, as atuações, o senso de humor, o roteiro)
½ September 7, 2018
Francis McDormand is really damn good. So is Woody Harrelson. Oh and Sam Rockwell. Oh and I have somehow managed to see five out of the six films (counting Twin Peaks) that Caleb Landry Jones did this year, without really knowing who he was before seeing him over and over. That guy is killing it. The script for this film is really something special. All the actions have consequences, every character is planned out perfectly, every scene has weight somewhere else, and I was never able to tell what was going to happen next. All of the characters are well rounded, it never completely lionizes our protagonist Mildred, and even gets you to sort of root for corrupt hateful antagonist Dixon near the end. Just a wonderfully balanced film, moving between heartbreak and hilarity with deft finesse. Watch it if you get the chance.
September 6, 2018
A powerfully human exploration of grief, vengeance, and redemption.
½ September 3, 2018
The emotional connection between a mother and child is undoubtedly the strongest bond in nature. No quantum entanglement can match the interaction between this indelible linkage. I have personally been blessed with witnessing this bond form recently when my daughter gave birth to her first child. The movie, 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri', Is a poignant story that examines the amazing strength of maternal love and devotion. In a year where movies have broken box office records raking in billion-dollar profits for the studios, a film of this stature comes up on cinephiles quietly, apparently out of nowhere. Much of the attention paid by the media concentrated on the high-octane action/adventure movies many derived from the pages of comic books. It is true that the cinematic substance of this genre has improved to the point of qualifying many of these super hero films to rank among the best films of the year. Still, it remains an incredible experience to watch a movie crafted as a means of emotional expression. the story told by 'Three Billboards', dissects the most powerful emotions, hatred, prejudice, fear and love to produce a film that is enthralling, mesmerizing in its ability to capture the attention of the viewer and entirely command their full involvement in the lives and plights of the characters. It should come as little surprise that this film was produced by a division of a major studio devoted to providing deserved attention and recognition to independent films that would otherwise remain prominent only on the festival circuit. Fox Searchlight made it possible for the inciteful story to become nominated for the industry's highest honors including four nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards. The movie studios have realized that there is a lucrative market for independent films. While that decision was predominantly financial the result is bringing movies like this that previously were only available in select art house theaters. Typical of such films the best nature of indies is represented here, a story driven by a deep, unblinking exploration of humanity.

Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is a woman who is trying to survive an unimaginable pain, among the worse things possible. For any parent surviving your child is heart wrenching. As a mother Mildred is facing an impossible emotional trial, the rape and subsequent murder of her teenage daughter, Angela (Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), was assaulted seven months ago and the perpetrator has yet to be brought to face justice. It is only human to lash out, seeking an emotional outlet for the anguish that is crushing down. This understandably natural but when a psychological component present, the feelings are greatly exacerbated. In this instance Mildred is certain that the authorities have not been fully vested in doing their job is pursing the murderer. The epicenter of her rage is the town's sheriff, Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and Officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell), during the intervening seven months the investigation was stalled, no discernable progress was made heaping frustration on the already crushing grief and anger which has become Mildred's life. Deprived of any sense of normalcy, Mildred expresses her dissatisfaction by renting three roadside billboards upon which the following statements:

Raped While Dying
And Still No Arrests?
How Come, Chief Willoughby?

This expression of a grieving mother's distain was not received well by the townsfolk especially the sheriff and his deputy. The citizens of Ebbing had concerns over the efficacy of the sheriff resulting from the open secret of his medical condition, pancreatic cancer. It was not possible to muster much trust in his officer. It was commonly known that Dixon was an alcoholic and raging racist. Chief Willoughby is not unsympathetic of Mildred's desperation and anguish. Theirs's is a small-town police force ill equipped for such a heinous crime. He considers the billboards as an unwarranted personal attack on his character. Dixon reacts in a way that belies the myopic and vindictive mindset of a man motivated solely by his hatred and prejudice, unable to directly attack a inconsolable mother he lashes out by attacking those close to her. The negative pressure brought to bear upon Mildred and her depressed son, Robbie (Lucas Hedges). Despite the mounting disapproval, Mildred remains unwavering on course, refusing to remove her public indictment shaming the complete lack of progress forwarding justice. The owner of the billboards, Red Welby (Caleb Landry Jones), is unduly pressured to remove the offending messages. Dixon's campaign of intimidation then focuses on her close friend and co-worker, Denise (Amanda Warren) on trivial marijuana possession charges. The harassment is unrelenting as Mildred's abusive ex-husband Charlie (John Hawkes), escalates her burden by blaming her for the torture and death of their daughter.

The way in which Martin McDonagh manipulates the circumstances intertwining it with a richly detailed character development is exceedingly rare. His resume is terse with only two feature length films prior to this movie. His 'Seven Psychopaths' was an enigmatic masterpiece whose almost recursive narrative engages the audience completely. He goes into this award season already possessing an Oscar for Best Short Film, proving he can condense a story to the essentials as well as exploring the nuances in exceptional detail. Following the story as it unfolds reminded me of walking around in New York City's Greenwich Village. The streets are set as if laid out at a tavern nearing closing time. They curve in occasionally crossing themselves is a delightfully wonderful maze. This film demands your complete attention. It is not for a casual afternoon viewing. Each frame contributes a crucial piece to the overall story, carefully crafted for maximum effect. This attention to details extends beyond the principle cast allowing the audience a realistic appreciation of the supporting characters. An example is an acquaintance of Mildred's, James, magnificently portrayed by Peter Dinklage. One of the most sought-after journeyman character actors, eljko Ivanek, plays the Desk Sergeant at the police station. Mr. McDonagh can attract a selection of the finest artist the industry has for his projects. The inclusion of these details proves critical elements to motivating the characters and advancing the narrative. The Chief's terminal diagnosis transitions into the resolution of the character allowing the organic infusion of his wife, Anne (Abbie Cornish), into this intriguing tapestry. It is nearly impossible to consider that Woody Harrelson became a familiar face to the public in a television sitcom, 'Cheers'. He has matured into one pf the most intensely powerful actors of his generation. This opus is the epitome of the independent film reaffirming the need for telling a story for the sake of the cinematic expression as an artform. For all film aficionados in dire need of a respite from the special effects dependent movies saturated with imagery and audio that challenges the senses, this is a work of drama that will touch the viewer on an intimately human level.
September 3, 2018
Felt like the ending was missing.
½ September 2, 2018
The characters are all outrageous and quirky...equally immoral and unlikable. Perhaps that's why they have such great chemistry together. A fun wild ride of fresh, creative twists and turns!
September 1, 2018
One of the worst movie endings ever.
September 1, 2018
Poignant, dramatic, very funny at times, very sad at other times, with small town charm, It has a David Lynch feel.
September 1, 2018
A film like few others. But very watchable.
½ August 30, 2018
Written and directed by Martin McDonagh opens with single mother of 2 and store owner, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) stopping and looking at 3 deteriorated billboard signs while driving. We then see her placing a down payment to the three signs near her home for the intention of renting them out for the entire year for the intentions of motivating the town's top law enforcement, Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) to continue the investigation of her daughter's murder. And on top of that, Sheriff Bill Willoughby has cancer. Asking the question will he have Mildred's murder by then before the cancer takes a hold of him! At the same time dealing with the racist that exist on the small town that takes sides. The winner of 2 Oscars for Frances McDormand for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Sam Rockwell for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role out of 7 nominations.
August 29, 2018
Woody Harrelson is the noble character among a town of broken people. Imagine that!
August 29, 2018
An absolutely gorgeous film with great writing and an outstanding cast. I wasn't expecting the movie to have as much humor as it did but they did a great job mixing the occasional joke in with the overall somber storyline. Obviously there will be some who do not care for the tone of the movie or the ending, but I found myself very emotionally connected to the story by the end. I would highly recommend this film and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
August 28, 2018
There is so much pent-up rage over the handling of rape, and police behavior in general, that I think Frances McDormand's character in this film really struck a chord with people. She's on a crusade for her daughter who was raped and killed, and yet no progress has been made in the investigation. She doesn't care who she offends, she won't be intimidated into silence, and she'll stand up for herself in some violent ways. In an interesting twist, the police chief (Woody Harrelson) has pancreatic cancer, so aside from being called out on his investigation, he's dealing with that. The scene McDormand and Harrelson have in an interrogation room, and a specific moment of that is easily the film's best. Harrelson provides a voice of wisdom in the film, and the three letters he pens are also quite touching. There is humor as well, in just how boneheaded one of the policemen (Sam Rockewell) is, and the gem of a moment when Peter Dinklage, otherwise largely wasted, utters the line "Penelope said 'begets'?", in a subtle burn of the 19-year-old now dating McDormand's ex-husband.

The film started strong, but along the way started losing me. It suffers artistically from a lack of restraint, and everything seems exaggerated. The profanity. The characters, who start becoming cartoonish. The level of violence. The coincidences. It seems to me that McDonagh's writing is a real issue here. Her last words to her daughter were "I hope you get raped," really? To leave that in the script is egregiously bad, and an insult to the viewer's intelligence. The Molotov cocktails, really? The guy being in the station to begin with, and of course wearing ear buds, really? A man thrown out of a window, and no arrest, really? And on and on, until an ending which is pretty awful if you think about it. It's just tough to appreciate the message of the film or its cast in light of all this. It was entertaining to watch, but in my humble opinion, not worthy of all the acclaim.
½ August 28, 2018
GARBAGE FIRE WITH FAKE DEER????
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