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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
• Four stars out of four •
Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Set in a fictional Missouri town but shot in North Carolina, the dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is bold, irreverent and hilarious — and one of the best films of the year. Working from his own script, playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”) offers an assessment of American culture that’s no less scathing and scatological than his portraits of life in his native United Kingdom. And in McDormand, he has a performer who understands that characters don’t have to be likable; they just need to be interesting. Mildred certainly fits that description.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is entertaining in a way that’s practically unheard of these days. It’s about the sheer exhilaration of expressing yourself, no matter what anybody thinks.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading