‘Three Billboards’ hurtles toward Oscar controversy

Coming off its Venice premiere in September (where it received a standing ovation), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017) received a flurry of early awards season buzz. Critics heaped their initial praise on its timely themes — violence against women, corrupt police and casual small-town racism — its gallows humor and its raw, mesmerizing performances, […]


‘Three Billboards’ mixes revenge, grief and humor into one

Content warning: this article mentions sexual assault. A murderer is on the loose, racial tensions are climbing and the beloved police chief will die from pancreatic cancer within the month. But one thing’s for sure: Mildred Hayes has had enough. Mildred, played by Frances McDormand in her best performance since “Fargo” (1996), is the tough-talking […]


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