TIFF 2017 Day 5: “Unicorn Store,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Day 5 is a slow one. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to see Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” today like I originally intended, however I saw a couple really good films! Today’s lineup is Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” and Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Ready to begin!

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“Unicorn Store,” dir. Brie Larson

A woman named Kit moves back to her parent’s house, where she receives a mysterious invitation to open her own shop.

There’s a lot of heart and charm that Brie Larson injects into “Unicorn Store” as a director, but I feel like the film can get a bit too cutesy at times. That being said, I really admired the sincerity and optimism here.

3/5

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” dir. Martin McDonaugh

A woman takes on the local police department after her daughter is murdered.

Martin McDonaugh knocks it out of the park once again with the outstanding “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell give awards worthy performances that are both hilarious and surprisingly layered and moving. One of the highlights of the festival so far!

4.5/5

 

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Let’s hope I see “The Shape of Water” tomorrow!

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