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Last year, actor Taylor Sheridan made the leap to screenwriting with “Sicario,” which attracted plenty of positive attention, awards, and decent box office, launching his writing career in the best way possible. He was rewarded for his strong characterizations and ability to construct suspense in surprising ways, also managing to twist clichés into something approaching originality, delivering meaty material. His follow-up is “Hell or High Water,” and it’s an even tighter, more stunning meditation on criminality, moving the action from the bowels of Mexico to the punishing flatness of Texas. It’s a knockout feature from Sheridan and director David Mackenzie, who bring touchable textures to the big screen, creating a smooth mixture of menace and humor, investing in human nuance over cinematic stylistics. Read the rest at


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