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  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★½

    Wants to be Breaking Sad, has to settle for The Old Man and the Pun.

    Also: In the real world, the cartel would likely insist upon a mule who would — oh, I don’t know — WEAR HIS GODDAMN SEATBELT WHILE DRIVING.

    Not a spoiler BTW. Just an observation. For what it’s worth, the cartel guys don’t wear seatbelts, either (except in one instance when they’re passing cops). In fact, the only scene of a conscious seatbelt fastening is the…

  • Welcome to Marwen

    Welcome to Marwen

    EMBARGOED, OR ... “NO, I DIDN’T SEE YOU PLAYING WITH YOUR DOLLS, SIR!”

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  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ½

    Anyone proffering serious comparisons of Taylor Sheridan to Cormac McCarthy, the Coen Brothers or your preferred master of the bleak, noirish human condition is a delusional fool. Sheridan has written exactly one good movie ("Hell or High Water," in which casting and direction clearly made all the difference) and, thanks to the work of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins on "Sicario," deluded people into thinking he wrote another one.

    "Wind River," Sheridan's third film as a screenwriter, is also his…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    The story of two men who can neither remember a woman was once so deeply lost nor care about her desperation to be found. Mesmerizing, upsetting, unshakeable. Steven Yeun transforms himself in this. Crazy good. My only regret is that I can’t immediately watch it again.