‘Hell or High Water,’ a gritty west­ern for the mod­ern age

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Amy Longs­dorf

“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.

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