Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Ferocious female-led tragicomedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

Martin McDonagh’s film about a bereaved mother...

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

The lion’s share of the time there is at least one difference between the Best Director Oscar and DGA Award nominee lineups. In only five of the 70 years of the DGA Awards have the Guild nominations exactly mirrored their Academy Award counterparts.

This time around Paul Thomas Anderson...

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Composer Alexandre Desplat is an eight-time Academy Award nominee, winning in 2015 for Best Original Score on the strength of director Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now in the new year, Desplat is once again in the Oscar conversation, this time for The Shape of Water...

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

For her first turn as a solo director—the already widely acclaimed Lady Bird (A24)—Greta Gerwig benefited from having had an extensive, thorough “pre-pro,” one which spanned many years as a writer, producer and actress as well as an experience co-directing (Nights and Weekends...

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Cinematographers Masanobu Takayanagi, ASC, and Ben Davis, BSC, enjoy close collaborative relationships, respectively, with writers/directors Scott Cooper and Martin McDonagh. Most recently, Takayanagi teamed with Cooper on Hostiles (Entertainment Studios) while Davis lensed Three...

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, topped the field of SAG Award nominations with four--for Best Cast, Leading Female (Frances McDormand) and a pair of Supporting Male nods (Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell). Lady Bird was next, scoring three nominations--Best Cast,...

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Welcome to the most unwelcoming gift shop you’ve ever seen. It’s not overtly so. And it’s not a pivotal but rather a briefly seen setting in writer/director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight). But that’s what makes it all the more intriguing...

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

In "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" or anywhere else, Frances McDormand means business.

In Martin McDonaugh's new film, McDormand plays a woman, Mildred Hayes, consumed with rage because the rape and murder of her teenage daughter has gone unsolved after a year. She embarks on...

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

That face.

Frances McDormand's face is one of the first things you see in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and it's impossible not to be struck by its pure decency.

Perhaps it's a result of all the other roles we've seen this uniquely fearless actress play, on stage and...

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

There are some years when prolific doesn't begin to describe Woody Harrelson's output.

In the past 12 months, Harrelson has appeared on screen as acerbic history teacher ("The Edge of Seventeen"), a neurotic divorcee ("Wilson"), a terrifying military leader ("War for the Planet of the...

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