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McDormand channels a modern, female variant of the classic western hero in Martin McDonagh’s darkly comedic 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'.

Friday Flicks: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘In Between’, ‘Mayhem’

Bajesus! What a week it’s been. Hollywood is still reeling from the horror show that is the Weinstein scandal, as stories of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior continue to flood out, having recently swallowed up the likes of Jeffrey Tambor and Charlie Sheen – remember him? Sure you do, he’s the rockstar from Mars who can’t stop winning. We somehow doubt that’ll be his motto for much longer, though

Things aren’t much better in the world of television. Netflix’s smash-hit Stranger Things has been dropped into topsy-turvy territory. No, we’re not talking about the Upside Down. Fans have rallied against the Duffer Brothers after Sadie Sink, the teenage actress who plays Max on the second season of the show, was thrown head deep into an unscripted kiss.

But it isn’t all bad news. Taylor Sheridan made a defiant stand against the Weinstein Company, cutting all ties with the indie film studio that snagged his debut feature Wind River, and Ridley Scott ditched the disgraced Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey from his forthcoming flick All the Money in the Worldreshooting his scenes barely a month ahead of release. Even the mighty Mouse was tamed, as Disney listened to its inner Jiminy Cricket.

Like us, are you still trying to make sense of it all? Then pause for a moment and look ahead to better times. Read on for FD’s picks of the best films to catch this weekend.

Take a trip to cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv in Maysaloun Hamoud’s directorial debut In Between; escape from a quarantined building alongside The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun in director Joe Lynch’s action-horror gorefest Mayhem; and witness Frances McDormand’s stunning take on the “modern, female variant of the classic western hero” in Martin McDonagh’s darkly comedic Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

on limited theatrical release now

Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand (Fargo) channels a “modern, female variant of the classic western hero in a showdown-style performance” in this “darkly comedic drama” from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, a mother pushed to the edge makes a bold move by commissioning three signs with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police. Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Sam Rockwell (Moon), Kerry Condon (AMC’s Better Call Saul), and Caleb Landry Jones (Twin Peaks) star alongside McDormand.

In Between (Film Movement)

on limited theatrical release now

The directorial debut from Maysaloun Hamoud, In Between charts the lives of three strong, independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment together in the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Far from the constraints of their families, these three very different figures are rocked by a shocking series of events that will push their beliefs to the limits. Can they balance tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom to make a success of themselves? Stars Mouna Hawa (Fauda), Shaden Kanboura (Sand Storm), and newcomer Sana Jammelieh.

Santa & Andrés (Breaking Glass Pictures)

on limited theatrical release now

Cuba, 1983. The country is in the grip of Fidel Castro’s communist party. Santa is assigned to keep watch over Andrés, a non-compliant gay writer who has been blacklisted by the government for “ideological problems”. But the two, who are not supposed to like each other, soon come to learn that they have more things in common than not. Directed & written by Carlos Lechuga, known for arthouse hit Melaza, Santa & Andrés stars Lola Amores, Eduardo Martinez, Cesar Domínguez, Luna Tinoco, and George Abreu.

Thelma (The Orchard)

on limited theatrical release now

A romantic supernatural thriller with a twist, Thelma follows a young and shy student as she leaves her devout parents and country home on the west coast of Norway to study at an Oslo university. There, she is mysteriously drawn to a classmate and finds first love. But her world is quickly shaken to its core when she discovers she possesses terrifying and inexplicable powers. Directed by Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs) and written with longtime collaborator Eskil Vogt (Oslo, August 31st), Thelma stars Eili Harboe (The Wave), Ellen Dorrit Petersen (Shelley), Henrik Rafaelsen (Blind), and newcomer Kaya Wilkins.

Mayhem (RLJ Entertainment)

on limited theatrical release now

Director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) mixes action with horror in Mayhem, as a virus is unleashed within a corporate law office on the day attorney Derek Cho is wrongfully fired. Trapped in the quarantined building, Cho teams up with an enraged client as he is forced to fight tooth and nail savagely for not only his job but his life. Written in collaboration with Matias Caruso (Numbers), Mayhem stars Steven Yeun (Okja), Samara Weaving (Picnic at Hanging Rock), and Steven Brand (Teen Wolf).

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