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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Another Round
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • The Thing

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  • Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight

    ★★★½

  • The Ladykillers

    ★★★★

  • A Lonely Place to Die

    ★★½

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

    I think I might have just found another contender to compete with the likes of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Outlaw Josey Wales at the top of one of my favourite movie niches—the “chill western”. As soon as I heard those guitar strings plucking away, paired with the dulcet tones of Leonard Cohen; accompanying the sight of Warren Beatty on horseback, riding through those rain-washed, forested mountain slopes—I knew I was in safe hands once again. This…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★★

    If Meek’s Cutoff was Reichardt’s look at demythologising the old norms of the American western, First Cow is her attempt to completely recontextualize them. I don’t know if any other entry in the genre has ever been quite this tender, or quite so human in its storytelling. It is a powerful, understated, compassionate piece of filmmaking, and one of the most immersive cinema experiences that I can remember.

    The real beauty of this film is its simplicity. It is first…

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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    Something about the tone of this had me really worried initially—much of it to do with the thick Southern accents that all the principal cast put on, which are a challenge not to laugh at and had me questioning what mood the film was ultimately aiming for (Adam Driver’s, in particular, just sounds all kinds of wrong). But just when I thought the film was making the wrong call to play everything dead straight, Seth MacFarlane showed up sporting the…

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    ★★★½

    “So you’re assumin’ I won’t shoot your sorry ass! And everyone knows, when you make an assumption, you make an ass outta you… and umption”.
    —Mitch Henessey

    If asked to pick out notable “amnesiac action movies”, you might naturally think of Total Recall or The Bourne Identity, but years before the latter mined the whole “action hero with memory loss piecing together the mysteries of their past” shtick that set off a franchise and a whole string of copycats, there…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    Wouldn’t we all like to live deliciously?

    It’s good to put things into perspective. Despite all the biblical-scale madness happening this year, be thankful you’re not a God-fearing peasant farmer living in the bleak 1600s, procreating uncontrollably, banished for your supposed misdeeds, forced to scratch a living off dirt, plagued by blighted crops, tormented by demonic livestock, and cursed by a satanic coven of witches who dwell in the creepy woods behind your house.

    This is such an assured and…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    Super, super odd; but seriously good. Jane Campion’s latest is not only a fascinating character study, that really digs deep into the psyches of its central characters, it’s also a proper revisionist effort—challenging gender conventions, social and sexual attitudes, and our general perceptions of the western genre as a whole.

    The film is set largely at a remote Montana cattle ranch in 1925—a time when the last remaining fringes of the western frontier appear to be on the cusp of…