OPEN RANGE
2003, Buena Vista Pictures, 139 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Costner

Retired gunslinger Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) is forced to return to violence when the cattle crew he has formed with old friend Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) is threatened by enemies who endanger not only Waite’s way of life but his new romance with Sue Barlow (Annette Bening). Kevin Costner’s return to the Western genre delivers the traditional satisfactions of a classic and the audacious surprises of a true original, as it blends romance, adventure and history to explore profound adult issues without sacrificing entertainment value in the process.


THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
2007, Warner Bros., 160 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Dominik

This poetic portrait of hero worship gone bad has attracted a cult following for good reason – it’s one of the best Westerns of the last 30 years. Young Robert Ford (Oscar nominee Casey Affleck) is thrilled when he finally gets to ride with legendary outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt). But this new member of James’ gang soon is disillusioned by the difference between the man and the myth. Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins, music by Nick Cave and strong supporting performances by Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner and Sam Shepard.


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