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The Homesman

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Tommy Lee Jones directs, co-writes (with Taos’s Kieran Fitzgerald) and co-stars in this adaptation of Glendon Swarthout’s novel about a stalwart, sensitive prairie spinster. Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) tries to lead three neighboring farm wives addled by grief and despair back East to care and safety, joined by George (Jones), a snaggle-toothed, middle-aged Huck Finn who is simultaneously comic and unpredictably dangerous. The phenomenal supporting cast includes John Lithgow, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto and Meryl Streep. But perhaps the biggest star is New Mexico, with its starkly beautiful landscapes (shot by the Oscar-nominated Rodrigo Prieto, BIUTIFUL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), which have never looked as glorious. (U.S., 2014, 122m)