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January 5, 2018

At the Movies: Bale, landscapes, boost grim western ‘Hostiles'

AP Film Writer

Enemies are thrown together for a perilous journey in “Hostiles ,” an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western set in 1892 that explores the traumas of American westward expansion.

There's hardly a soul in writer-director Scott Cooper's ambitious odyssey who isn't haunted by some gruesome incident of the past, whether it's the cavalry officers who slaughtered and scalped untold numbers of natives, the natives who slaughtered untold numbers of cavalry officers, or the young settler family that goes from five members to only one in the distressing opening scene of the film. To say this is a grim and difficult watch is an understatement.

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