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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Review

After not finding justice for the murderer of her daughter, Mildred Hayes (Francis McDormand) decides to rent three billboards in order to send a controversial message to police chief, William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). 414 more words

Movie Reviews


by Rachel Riederer

Note: This short memoir originally appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of The Missouri Review.

In an emergency, you cannot just say, “Somebody call 911,” because everyone will assume that someone else will do it, and no one will call. 6,379 more words


Missouri Review - Summer 2017

Katie Bickham leads off the poetry in this issue with her “Nice, France, 1890.” “In the night, Josephine dreamed of saints and monsters.” A poem about midwives at work, grounded in specific images, freighted with the import of their duties, in a time different from ours. 624 more words

Mainstream Poetry

Hazel Run

Hazel Run

I just entered you, he said. Like name it and claim it.

The preacher on the radio winds his black stoll

around your eyes. 236 more words

Create Tension by Using Character Stand-ins

For my money, one of the most intense scenes in any film is the moment in Ridley Scott’s Alien when a character goes into an air duct with the goal of pushing the Alien toward an air lock so it can be sucked out into space. 1,281 more words

Creative Writing Prompts

New Story: Stanny Couldn't Make It

Larry Dahlke and I recorded this for The Missouri Review‘s Audio Contest. He plays the interviewer. I play actor Jack Renner, star of one of the worst movies of the 1960s, who tells the story of why a young, black actor couldn’t come to the premiere of a movie they’d done together.  14 more words

Jim Snowden