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The films of Taylor Sheridan

The actor Taylor Sheridan has written three recent films, and he has emerged as one of America’s most important filmmakers.  The three movies are Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River (which is his directorial debut – I’m not … Continue reading

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WIND RIVER: another masterpiece from Taylor Sheridan

With the contemporary Western thriller Wind River, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has delivered another masterpiece, this time in his first effort as director. Wind River was probably my most anticipated film of the year because I pegged Sheridan’s previous movie Hell … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: DEAD MAN’S BURDEN – times are hard and the women are harder

I always welcome a new Western, and writer-director Jared Moshe’s impressive debut Dead Man’s Burden takes us to a darkly realistic Old West. The dry New Mexico landscape is beautiful but unforgiving, and the law is three days ride away. … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HELL OR HIGH WATER – you won’t see a better movie in 2016

For the second straight week, my DVD/Stream recommendation is the superb Hell or High Water. Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HELL OR HIGH WATER – you won’t see a better movie in 2016

Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The character-driven crime drama Hell or High Water is remarkably atmospheric and gripping, and I have … Continue reading

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IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE: a drifter with PTSD and his dog find Travolta in the Old West

Writer-director Ti West brings some new touches to the spaghetti western in his mostly successful In a Valley of Violence.  Ethan Hawke plays Paul the drifter, passing through town with his fly-catching dog Abbie.  He runs afoul of the local … Continue reading

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HELL OR HIGH WATER: best movie of the year so far

Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The character-driven crime drama Hell or High Water is remarkably atmospheric and gripping, and I’ll be … Continue reading

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT: talk talk bang bang

By now, everyone should understand what you’re going to get in a Quentin Tarantino movie:  1) lots of very harsh and extremely stylized movie violence; 2) lots of witty dialogue before and after the violence; and 3) references to other … Continue reading

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THE REVENANT: authentic and awesome

Not just a compelling movie, The Revenant is an experience for the audience and a marvel of filmmaking.  Oscar-winner Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful, Birdman) may be the director doing the most groundbreaking work in today’s cinema, and The … Continue reading

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SLOW WEST: a Western that never gets into the rhythm

Slow West, which I saw at Cinequest, opens theatrically tomorrow. I suggest that you skip it. I love Westerns, but Slow West just didn’t work for me. It’s a film of some ambition, and it won an award at Sundance, … Continue reading

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