WHO’S IN IT?

Frances McDormand (Fargo), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent), Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea), Abbie Cornish (Geostorm), Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks), Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out), Clarke Peters (John Wick), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Keanu), Kathryn Newton (Paranormal Activity 4), Kerry Condon (Angela’s Ashes), Željko Ivanek (In Bruges), Amanda Warren (Seven Psychopaths), Sandy Martin (Napoleon Dynamite), Christopher Berry (Django Unchained), Nick Searcy (Runaway Jury)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), director, writer, producer; Graham Broadbent (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Peter Czernin (Seven Psychopaths), producers; Carter Burwell (A Serious Man), composer; Ben Davis (Guardians of the Galaxy), cinematographer; Jon Gregory (Slow West), editor

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Many months after her daughter Angela (Newton) is brutally raped and murdered, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) rents out three abandoned billboards just outside her small Missouri town, and on them displays a message calling out the local police department’s apparent failure to further process the case, specifically the Sherriff Bill Willoughby (Harrelson), who’s slowly dying of cancer, and the incompetent and prejudiced Officer Jason Dixon (Rockwell), who along with Mildred suffer the consequences of her stirring the pot in this manner…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Martin McDonagh’s latest black comedy is a serious contender for awards, thanks to its delightfully dark and insightful script and its marvellous performances all across the board, including Frances McDormand and a never-better Sam Rockwell.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 12TH JANUARY 2018