Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020

What's it like to be an international film festival sensation without hardly leaving your home? Like most things during the pandemic, it's surreal.

Except for trips to the editing room, director Chloe Zhao has mostly stayed at the Ojai, California, home she shares with three chickens and...

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at a slimmed-down Venice Film Festival, which was held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Zhao and McDormand appeared by video from the United...

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...

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017

In a year of strong women on screen, Frances McDormand plays one of the strongest: a bereaved mother who resorts to drastic action to bring her daughter's killer to justice in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

It's a slight surprise to learn she drew inspiration from John Wayne...

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