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You’re Pretty But You’re Not Her Trailer: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri!

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) – Photo by Merrick Morton/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

When seven months have passed following the murder of Milfred Hayes’ daughter without an arrest, she rents out three billboards on the road into town decrying the situation.

Chaos ensues.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri comes from the cleverly twisted mind of Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) and stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell also star.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will be theaters on November 10th.

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Wake-Up Call Red Band Trailer: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

When many months have passed following the murder of Milfred Hayes’ daughter without an arrest, she rents out three billboards on the road into town decrying the situation.

Chaos ensues.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri comes from the cleverly twisted mind of Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) and stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell also star.

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Hypothetical Trailer: The Good Dinosaur!

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Millions of years ago an asteroid six miles wide impacted the Earth resulting in the extinction of the dinosaurs. But, what if…?

A teaser trailer for Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur has arrived. Check it out after the jump. The Good Dinosaur will open on November 25th.

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MOVIE NEWS: John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are Transformed!

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John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are two of the classiest, most talented actors around. And now, thanks to today’s offhand announcement on Michael Bay’s website [https://www.michaelbay.com/newsblog/newsblog.html], we know that they and The Hangover’s Ken Jeong have signed on for Transformers 3.

Pre-shoots on the film begin in about a month.

Damn! Now I have to see it…

MOVIES & TELEVISION: It’s Time To Party With The 66th Golden Globes Awards!

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With “Awards Season” in full swing, we come to my favorite awards show to watch – The Golden Globes [the Globes’ new look featured, above]. Where else can you see an award winner rush from the little girls’ room to the stage, trailing a piece of toilet paper from her shoe [Christine Lahti, you are immortal because of this], or another award winner insist upon giving his award to the actor who inspired him to become an actor [the only award Jack Lemmon ever got that was voted for by a panel of one – and who knows how many other actors he inspired…?]. Thank you speeches that come from the heart or, on occasion, from a few too many drinks… The Golden Globes are fun because you get more moments from real people than all the other awards shows combined [excepting, possibly, The Spirit Awards]. Plus, the Globes honor movies and television – so there are twice as many opportunities for entertainment. So, here, after the jump, here are the nominees and my choices.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Burn After Reading: The Coen Brothers Rip Spy Thrillers!

When alcoholic CIA analyst Osborne Cox [John Malkovich] refuses to accept a demotion because of his drinking problem and quits, he sets in motion a series of events that enmesh a number of not terribly bright characters in what could safely be called an anti-thriller thriller. When the notes on his memoir are accidentally left behind in a gym, they fall into the hands of gym employees Chad [Brad Pitt] and Linda [Frances McDormand] whose attempt to return them is mistaken for an attempted at blackmail.

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Even though the files are worthless, Chad and Linda somehow get the Russians to show some interest – thoroughly confusing Ozzie’s former colleagues [David Rasche and his boss, J.K. Simmons]. At the same time, a federal marshal named Harry [George Clooney] is having affairs behind his children’s books author wife [Elizabeth Marvel] with Osborne’s wife [Tilda Swinton].

As the mistakes pile up, the CIA boss becomes so exasperated that he orders his subordinate to “Come back when this makes sense!” Alas, for them, it never will. In fact, it probably won’t for any of the characters – though one of them comes out of the whole thing less badly than the others.

All the elements of a Coen Brothers film are present in Burn After Reading. Odd angles [especially low-angles]? Check! Character arcs that bend and twist back on themselves? Check! Dialogue that stays with you after you’ve left the theater? Check! Unexpected moments of violence? Check! Expected moments of violence? Nope! If you’ve ever watched early Coen Brothers movies like Blood Simple and Raising Arizona, much of Burn After Reading will resonate with you. It’s that kind of film. If not, you might wonder if there’s anything actually going on in it.

Although none of the characters is terribly smart, some [especially Pitt’s Chad] project  a kind of endearingly dim earnestness, which allows us to actually become involved in the movie. And some characters – like J.K. Simmons’ CIA boss – are there mostly to serve up unexpectedly humorous reactions. There’s even enough paranoia to give the humor even more of an edge – as Hitchcock once said, when a character notes, in the first act, that he’s never had to discharge his weapon, he had better do so in the third. The Coen Brothers use that device deftly enough that we don’t believe it when it happens because it’s simultaneously tragic and hilarious. Even the Fugs’ song over the closing credits works to the film’s advantage. After No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading comes across as the Coen Brothers’ version of a romp. For the most part, it works.

Final Grade: B+