BROKE­BACK MOUN­TAIN (2005) GEM, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

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With a stun­ning back­drop, a mas­ter di­rec­tor in Ang Lee and com­mand­ing per­for­mances from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyl­len­haal, this con­tro­ver­sial cow­boy yarn is near flaw­less. Lee’s clas­sic be­gins in 1963, when a re­la­tion­ship blooms be­tween a pair of Wy­oming cow­boys (Ledger and Gyl­len­haal). As the sum­mer ends, both men quickly marry, but their time at Broke­back Moun­tain proves too strong to for­get and the pair try to sus­tain their re­la­tion­ship over the en­su­ing two decades. Fea­tur­ing ca­reer-best per­for­mances from Ledger and Gyl­len­haal, it is the most mem­o­rable cin­e­matic love story for some time. ★★★★★ big, bold, ex­cit­ing and, most of all, be­liev­able. A youth­ful Christopher Reeve man­ages to em­body Su­per­man and in­ject all the right in­gre­di­ents, a su­perb cast (Mar­lon Brando as Su­per­man’s fa­ther, Gene Hack­man as Lex Luthor) adds weight and class and a charm­ing script that doesn’t take it­self too se­ri­ously all com­bine into one of those rare films that en­ter­tains all ages and re­fuses to date. ★★★★

For­bid­den ro­mance: Heath Ledger shines in Broke­back Moun­tain.

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