Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Jonathan Richards)

Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film cen­ters on a cou­ple of bounty hun­ters bring­ing their scores into a lit­tle Wy­oming town to col­lect their re­wards. Mar­quis War­ren (Sa­muel L. Jack­son) hitches a ride on a stage­coach char­tered by a col­league named John Ruth (Kurt Rus­sell), who is hand­cuffed to a nasty piece of work called Daisy Domer­gue, played with ven­omous glee by the Os­car-nom­i­nated Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh. Fill­ing out the coach party is an­other hitch­hiker, Chris Man­nix (Wal­ton Gog­gins), who claims to be on his way to be­come the new sher­iff of Red Rock. When they take shel­ter from a win­ter storm in a way sta­tion, they en­counter a few more hate­ful char­ac­ters, and the rest of the story un­folds in one room, like an Agatha Christie story, com­plete with may­hem, gore, foul lan­guage, and lots of blood. Lead­ing the pack of swag­ger­ing, full-throated per­for­mances is Jack­son, who is about as tough and smooth and venge­ful as a man can be. And driv­ing it all is Tarantino’s ter­rific screen­play, loaded with clever, nasty, ex­u­ber­ant di­a­logue and his love of movies. Rated R. 168 min­utes, with a 15-minute in­ter­mis­sion. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown.

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