Some films delight, others fall short

By Leonard G. Heldreth

The films this month include two thrillers, a meditation on youth, and a nostalgic look at a Western actor, Sam Elliott.

Wind River

Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter and director of Wind River, has had experience both in front of and behind the cameras. As an actor, he played in Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars; as a screenwriter he produced the Academy-Award-nominated script for Sicario and the Academy-Award-winning screenplay for Hell and High Water. Now he turns his talents to directing and produces a tense, emotionally layered narrative about desperation, deprivation and murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in frozen central Wyoming.

The film opens with a lone Native American woman, thinly clothed, fleeing barefoot across a moonlit field of snow until she collapses, coughing up blood as she succumbs to the freezing temperatures. Only later will her identity and the reason for her desperate escape be revealed….

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