‘Hell or High Water,’ a gritty western for the modern age
“Hell or High Water” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20) bristles with the tension of two thieving brothers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) hitting banks in their native West Texas in order to save their family’s ranch from foreclosure.
It’s got a lawman (Jeff Bridges) who matches wits with the bandits. Whatever an action movie is, “Hell or High Water” takes it to the next level.
Credit screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”) and director David Mackenzie (“Starred Up”) with injecting a vein of sadness into a film that’s as much about economic hardship and brotherly love as it is about heists and shootouts. It’s one of 2016’s best. Extras: feautrettes.
delivering a special-effects extravaganza aimed at kids that doesn’t give adults a case of sugar shock. There’s a nifty environmental message too. Extras: featurettes and bloopers.
There’s a lot going on in Nanni Moretti’s latest drama about a Italian filmmaker (Margherita Buy) struggling with her mother’s terminal illness while also attempting to put the finishing touches on a movie starring an overbearing actor (John Turturro). But even though individual sequences sparkle, particularly the ones in which Moretti (“The Son’s Room”) fluidly dissolves the boundaries between dreams and reality, “Mia Madre” never really comes into focus. In the end, Moretti’s message remains obscure. Extras: outtakes, featurette and deleted scenes.