No Country for Old Men

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“You can’t stop what’s comin’.” In the Coens’ brilliantly faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed novel, Noir meets Western in a tense tale of corruption and evil running rampant on the Texas border. Small Texas border Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) has ruled the land for years without the use of a gun, but a new brand of reckless lawlessness has taken over his town. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is an innocent Everyman with a devoted wife, Carla Jean (Kelly Macdonald), but when he stumbles across a drug deal gone deadly and finds two million dollars, he’s determined to keep it for himself. There’s only one problem: he’s being pursued by one of the most amoral, evil psychopaths ever to creep across the silver screen. Wearing an absurd bowl haircut and wielding a pressurized weapon that’s used to murder cattle, devilish hit man Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem, in an Oscar-winning performance) relentlessly pursues his mission to track Moss down and return the money to its rightful owners in order to save his own skin, while Sheriff Bell investigates the case even as something in his gut tells him it’s time to quit. Winner of four Academy Awards (for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor), No Country for Old Men is a philosophically complex look into the heart of darkness that finds the Coen Brothers at the top of their game. (Dir. by Joel Coen, 2008, USA, 122 mins., Rated R) 35mm