Westerns

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The Power of the Dog review – Jane Campion’s full-blooded, emotional western
Kirsten Dunst’s Rose is caught between her husband and Benedict Cumberbatch’s hard-bitten brother-in-law in this poetic return from the New Zealand director

Wendy Ide

20, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Kodi Smit-McPhee: ‘You can still be strong, no matter how you look and carry yourself’
Despite the presence of an unusually menacing Benedict Cumberbatch unnerving all on set, it’s this young Australian actor’s otherworldly stillness that lights up Jane Campion’s western psychodrama

Ryan Gilbey

18, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The Power of the Dog review – Jane Campion’s superb gothic western is mysterious and menacing
Slow-burning psychodrama about two warring brothers on a ranch in 1920s Montana is one of the director’s best

Peter Bradshaw

17, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Cry Macho review – Clint Eastwood’s lone ranger bridges the generation gap
The director plays a ‘real cowboy’ who bonds with the boy he’s asked to rescue from his mother in this touching road movie

Simran Hans

13, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Benedict Cumberbatch gave himself nicotine poisoning three times on The Power of the Dog
The actor learned to roll cigarettes one-handed and didn’t wash as part of his method for playing a 1920s Montana rancher

Andrew Pulver

10, Nov, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Cry Macho review – even Clint Eastwood can’t rescue ropey western
He remains a magnetic presence, but can’t sustain interest in this dated tale, which would have us believe the 91-year-old remains a ladykiller

Peter Bradshaw

10, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson review – riveting but heavy-handed outback western
While it doesn’t always hit the mark, Leah Purcell’s Indigenous feminist reimagining of Henry Lawson’s classic is a bullet between the eyes of a whitewashed fable

Debbie Zhou

08, Nov, 2021 @1:59 AM

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Jane Campion: ‘Film-making set me free… it was as if I had found myself’
The trailblazing director on how #MeToo inspired her first feature in more than a decade, the revisionist western The Power of the Dog

Sean O’Hagan

07, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘They’re not cookie-cutter’: dressing the black cowboys of The Harder They Fall
The costume designer Antoinette Messam explains how historical figures informed the looks of Regina King, Idris Elba and Lakeith Stanfield in the new western

Lauren Cochrane

02, Nov, 2021 @10:35 AM

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Seven Samurai review – an epic primal myth that pulsates through cinema
Akira Kurosawa’s tale of ascetic mercenaries brought together for a single job inspired endless imitations, but the original has lost none of its magic

Peter Bradshaw

27, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Quentin Tarantino says he wants to make a comedy
Director suggests he is thinking about making a spaghetti western in which ‘everybody’s speaking a different language’ at Rome film festival

Andrew Pulver

20, Oct, 2021 @10:46 AM

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Quick on the draw: Jeymes Samuel on remaking the western
Even Covid couldn’t stop the British film-maker reimagining the American genre – with one of the starriest Black casts imaginable

Ellen E Jones

08, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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