Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
In cinemas 12 January
Frances McDormand is in storming form as Mildred Hayes, a woman whose daughter was murdered a year ago and whose killer the police have failed to track down, since, as Mildred puts it, they are “too busy torturing black folks.” She rents three billboards to shame the police into action, stirring up ire in the small community. A violent black comedy from the director of In Bruges.
Broadcasting on Sky Atlantic from 18 January
A mega-budget new drama set in Britain in 43AD, as the Roman Imperial Army arrives to crush the Celtic tribes.
Kelly Reilly plays a warrior woman, Kerra, who leads the fight for freedom. The cast also includes Mackenzie Crook, David Morrissey and Zoe Wannamaker. Previews suggest Game of Thrones minus the dragons — but perhaps all the druids will make up for that.
Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts
Tate Liverpool until 18 March
The American artists make bizarre films, starring themselves, in which exaggerated costumes and make-up create an effect “between theatre and cartoon”. In this, their first UK exhibition, they present two films and a series of lightbox photos. This Is Offal presents the post mortem of a drowned woman, while The Body of the Sturgeon takes place on a US submarine as the announcement of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is made.
King’s Head Theatre, London, 9 January to 3 February
This new production of Steven Berkoff’s influential play opens at the same theatre where it made its London debut in 1975. Concerning the lives of Sylv, Mike and Les, who run riot in the streets of east London and talk about escape, East takes up themes of violence, history, fascism, class and women’s oppression.
Hayward Gallery, London, 25 January to 22 April
The Hayward Gallery on London’s Southbank has been closed for two years for refurbishment. It reopens this month — and begins its 50th anniversary celebrations — with this major retrospective of the work of German photographer Andreas Gursky. His epic bird’s eye depictions of modern life are dizzying and hugely detailed, drawing back the eye to give broad scenes of human activity.