The Frances and Sam Blues Explosion: 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
She's a take-no-shit mom trying to shame local law-enforcement into investigating her daughter's murder; he's a dim-witted racist deputy with mom issues. She isn't afraid to kick a teenage girl in the crotch; he will throw a man out a two-story window in a fit of enraged mourning. Both of them are in need of serious redemption, and what Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell do with these two Martin McDonagh characters feels nothing short of miraculous. The Fargo actress tears into her vengeful-matriarch part with fangs, turning this woman into an avenging angle capable of tenderness (that doctor's office scene with Woody Harrelson) and a Biblical fury. As for Rockwell, it takes a certain actor to guide you along the arc of such a flawed, violent, unsympathetic man and make you feel he's earned the small, it's-a-start victories he gets along the way. And both of them know exactly how to make this playwright-turned-filmmaker's lines sing.