Movie of the week: Hell or High Water

"Unfussy, subtle and old-fashioned"

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Do yourself a favour and check out this muscular, confident heist picture – it’s one of the best films of the year. Chris Pine and Ben Foster star as a pair of brothers resorting to robbing banks to get themselves out of debt, and Jeff Bridges is the grizzled law man on their tail. This may sound rote – Bridges has days till retirement, of course – and it owes a huge debt to Cormac McCarthy, but Scottish director David McKenzie (Starred Up) brings a fascinated outsider’s eye to Texas, finding rich pickings of background colour and coaxing career-highlight performances from all concerned. This is an unfussy, subtle and old-fashioned film that’s also hugely suspenseful – if only more of these were made. Times & trailer

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