The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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The Missing

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of Ron Howard’s western, Cate Blanchett plays a “healer” (unlicensed doctor) and rancher whose long-absent father (Tommy Lee Jones) visits her years after having abandoned her and her mother to go and live with a Native tribe. Her boyfriend (Aaron Eckhart) welcomes him easily enough, but she is far…

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Meek’s Cutoff

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Kelly Reichardt abandons the modern simple realism of Wendy and Lucy and plunges into the past for a fascinating, austere western about early settlers surviving the harsh Midwestern terrain. Three couples being lead across Oregon find themselves at the very edge of their own survival when their guide (Bruce Greenwood) gets…

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