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This week, Telluride overlaps Venice, and then Venice will overlap TIFF, as fall festival madness continues. However, truly special films will rise above the pack, and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” looks like it’s going to turn some heads. Featuring great performances from Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (read our review), with Woody Harrelson also slotted in a starring role, the film follows a determined mother who wants solve the murder of her daughter, a case the cops can’t seem to crack. Continue reading ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Clip: Frances McDormand Kicks Crotch at The Playlist.

It’s absolutely an oversimplification to say no one does grumpy like Frances McDormand these days. Now don’t overact. That’s a compliment. McDormand gives her characters a nuance and depth her the screenwriters and directors she works with often can’t articulate.  When she’s playing cranky there is a fire behind her eyes that could stop a charging bear dead in its tracks. Thankfully, that’s the sort of passion she brings to Martin McDonagh’s latest creation, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Mildred Hayes (McDormand) has had enough. Continue reading ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’: An Acting Masterclass From Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell [Review] at The Playlist.

TELLURIDE – I give you a teenager.  Let’s say a high school senior, maybe. Dreaming of leaving their silly small town and going to their dream college in a city far, far away. This is a coming of age storyline that you’ve seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching (unless you’re like…13). Ladies and gentleman please welcome to the stage Greta Gerwig and “Lady Bird.” Gerwig’s solo directorial and screenwriting debut, “Lady Bird” centers on Christine (Saoirse Ronan), who has renamed herself the title in question. Continue reading ‘Lady Bird’: Laurie Metcalf Has Her Moment In Greta Gerwig’s Solo-Directorial Debut [Telluride] at The Playlist.

In a piece of movie news that caught me by surprise, Katherine Waterston will be starring Jonah Hill‘s directorial debut, “Mid-90s,” and even more, will be replacing the previously cast Michelle Williams. READ MORE: Jodie Whittaker Is The New ‘Doctor Who’ Waterston, known for her performances in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” and the recent “Alien: Covenant” will be playing the mother of 12-year-old Stevie, as he navigates his way through the heady skateboard scene that has no shortage of drugs, drinking, sex and more, all while coming of age. Continue reading Katherine Waterston Replaces Michelle Williams In Jonah Hill’s Directorial Debut at The Playlist.

Joel Edgerton probably deserves a bit more credit for the kind of serious talent he flexes both in front and behind the camera. Last fall he gave a tender turn in the terrific “Loving,” and this spring he’s in a whole other register for the celebrated horror “It Comes At Night.” As a director, he impressed many with his no frills thriller “The Gift,” and now he’s moving onto a bigger canvas, with a drama based on a powerful true story. Continue reading Nicole Kidman & Russell Crowe Eyed For Joel Edgerton’s ‘Boy Erased’ at The Playlist.

The Oscars, in case it’s escaped your attention, are this Sunday, and for the 10 men and 10 women nominated for the acting prizes, it likely marks something of a peak in their careers (for Meryl Streep, it simply marks that thing she has to go to on the last Sunday in February every year). Deemed by their peers to be one of the best performances of the year, whether they win or lose the trophy, their work will be celebrated in front of an audience of hundreds of millions of people. Continue reading The Most Embarrassing Performances Of The 2017 Oscar Nominees at The Playlist.

The march toward the Oscars continues, and if you want an idea of how the acting nominations might shake out there, the SAG Awards are good place to start. “Manchester By The Sea” led the way with four nominations, with “Fences” and “Moonlight” close behind with three nods each. Taking a quick look, sleeper contenders this awards season look to be “Captain Fantastic” and “Florence Foster Jenkins,” while the WTF nod at the SAGs this year goes to “Nocturnal Animals” for Best Stunt Ensemble. Continue reading ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads SAG Award Nominees at The Playlist.

We’re well and truly into December now, which means it’s time to dive into our year-end coverage for real after wetting our feet last week with Best Trailers and Best Posters. First up, because it feels like a fresh-faced and optimistic way to start our look at the year now ending, after the forward-looking megafeature that was 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2017 yesterday, is Breakthrough Performances. Every year a new crop of actors show up in films of all sizes and grab a slice of our attention disproportionate to how well we’d known them before. Continue reading The 20 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2016 at The Playlist.

We’re well and truly into December now, which means it’s time to dive into our year-end coverage for real after wetting our feet last week with Best Trailers and Best Posters. First up, because it feels like a fresh-faced and optimistic way to start our look at the year now ending, after the forward-looking megafeature that was 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2017 yesterday, is Breakthrough Performances. Every year a new crop of actors show up in films of all sizes and grab a slice of our attention disproportionate to how well we’d known them before. Continue reading The 20 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2016 at The Playlist.