Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbings, Missouri, cleaned up at the 2018 Oscars, but before Frances McDormand’s stellar performance entered McDonagh into the public consciousness, McDonagh made waves with his first cinematic project In Bruges. Focusing on the story of a hitman, Ray (Colin Farrell), who has gone into hiding in the eponymous Bruges with his friend and immediate superior Ken (Brendan Gleeson) after a hit gone wrong, the film tells a darkly comedic tale of redemption steeped in religion and contrasting moral codes. Though the film was well received on release, it opened in only 28 theatres in the United States. Still, the hype for the film grew underground, and it is now not only a cult classic, but is respected as one of the best directorial debuts and comedies of the past 15 years.