THE SISTERS BROTHERS
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 121 min, France/Spain/Romania/USA, Dir: Jacques Audiard

Based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, this reimagining of the cinematic Western is a dangerous, witty and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods as they travel through the mountains of Oregon and eventually to the Gold Rush land of California. It’s a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind - and may allow them to rediscover what remains of their humanity. Costarring Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. “This first English-language outing by the ever-adventurous French director Jacques Audiard (A PROPHET, RUST AND BONE) is a connoisseur’s delight, as it's boisterously acted and detailed down to its last bit of shirt stitching.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE WIND
2018, 86 min, USA, Dir: Emma Tammi

A haunting period piece that sets horror against the American frontier of the 1800s, it embraces its desolate landscape both visually and sonically. Elizabeth Macklin (Caitlin Gerard) has just settled with her husband on a Western homestead. As loneliness takes hold, an evil presence in the pastures manifests itself through a series of strange events; Elizabeth’s husband dismisses her fears but as the story unfolds, a sense of danger in the wide open plains continues to mount. With its meticulously composed frames and atmospheric score ratcheting up the tension, this folk-horror masterpiece signals the arrival of a truly unique voice in cinema.


THE BARGAIN
1914, 70 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

One of the finest actors of early cinema, William S. Hart benefited from his association with legendary producer Thomas H. Ince in a series of outstanding early features. In his first full-length film, a portion of which was shot at the Grand Canyon, Hart’s iconic screen character as the bad man struggling with his conscience is already firmly in place. Co-starring one of Hart’s favorite leading actresses, Clara Williams. In 2010, this outstanding silent was added to the National Film Registry.


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