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Oscar contenders at the Post starting this weekend

By Jim Reed/Do Savannah

On Saturday, the Post kicks off back-to-back limited, second-run engagements of two of the past year’s most celebrated feature films — starting with the darkly tragi-comic revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is increasingly seen as a favored contender for the Best Picture Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Written, produced and directed by Oscar-winning British-Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (who received the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film back in 2004), it stars a powerhouse ensemble of veteran actors adept at mixing deadpan humor with intense pathos, including Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and John Hawkes.

The less you know about the plot of this film the better, but suffice it to say, it is rooted in a furious mother’s grief over the loss of her daughter and the unorthodox methods she employs to try and find her child’s killer. It’s an incredibly well-constructed and cathartic big-screen experience that benefits from a quiet and respectful audience. Four showings only, at 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26, plus a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 25.

WWII thriller

Then, from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the same venue, “Dunkirk,” the WWII thriller from heralded director Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight,” “Interstellar,” “Inception”) will be shown. A visually stunning blockbuster about the evacuation of Allied troops from the titular French city, “Dunkirk” stars Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. It was both adored and despised for its unconventional approach to non-linear storytelling, but it’s clearly designed for a cinematic experience. It screens at 7 p.m. each night.

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