Are the detractors right about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?

The Oscars are less than a month away, but there are a handful of films from this year’s Best Picture lineup we haven’t covered on Film Club. So we’re catching up with these contenders in a few special-edition episodes. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argue the merits of …

Natalie Portman will be happy to hear that the Director's Guild nominees aren't all dudes

“And here are the all male nominees,” is how Natalie Portman pointedly chose to introduce the total sausage party of a Best Director lineup at this Sunday’s Golden Globes. It was one of the most memorable moments of an evening whose unofficial theme was Hollywood’s ongoing reckoning with its legacy of sexism, abuse,…

Will Three Billboards get swept to victory on a wave of righteous anger or drown in its backlash?

If there were any doubts remaining that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the most divisive film of last year that got mostly glowing reviews, Sunday night’s Golden Globes—or, perhaps more accurately, the response to them on Twitter—decisively dispelled them. The backlash against Martin McDonagh’s gabby…

The unpredictable Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pits Frances McDormand against the world

On a lonely backstretch of road largely unused since the highway was built, a message appears in big black letters, spread across three bright red canvases. “Raped While Dying,” the first reads. “And Still No Arrests?” goes the second. And finally: “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” This is the doing of one Mildred Hayes…