THE OLD MAN & THE GUN
2018, Fox Searchlight, 105 min, USA, Dir: David Lowery

Director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, A GHOST STORY, PETE’S DRAGON) reunites with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck for this charming dramedy about an unrepentant jail breaker and bank robber determined to live life on his own terms. As real-life heist man Forrest Tucker, Redford leads an all-star cast including Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Elisabeth Moss and Tom Waits; Affleck is a detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker.


AFFLICTION
1997, Lionsgate, 114 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s adaptation of the Russell Banks novel focuses on New Hampshire policeman Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte, in one of his best performances), forced to confront personal demons as he investigates a suspicious hunting accident. The top-notch cast includes Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt and James Coburn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Whitehouse’s abusive father.


BADLANDS
1974, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

The first feature from visionary maverick Terrence Malick, based on the Charles Starkweather-Carol Fugate murder spree of the late 1950s, stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as innocent, amoral young killers flashing across the desolate American landscape like brushfire. A violent folktale for the modern age, brilliantly written and directed by Malick, and photographed by Brian Probyn, Tak Fujimoto and Stevan Larner.


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