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'The Homesman' (2014) Movie Review

28 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

What more is there for Tommy Lee Jones to do with a Westernc We have seen him in a cowboy hat on screen so much it is almost part of his head. To my surprise, Jones has not made a film as a director set in the Old West since the 1995 TV movie The Good Old Boys, which I have not seen. I have seen his last two films, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and HBO's The Sunset Limited, and I have come to the conclusion Jones is a very underrated director. He knows how to expertly pace a scene to bring about the maximum amount of tension. This is particularly evident in The Sunset Limited, where he and Samuel L. Jackson talk for ninety minutes, and every second of it is riveting. For his latest film, The Homesman, Jones tries to make a traditional, epic Western centered on a strong woman. »

- Mike Shutt

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Cannes Check 2014: Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman'

8 May 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the starrier entries in the lineup: Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman." The director: Tommy Lee Jones (American, 67 years old). Well, you know -- it's Tommy Lee Jones. The Texas-born, Harvard-educated actor began his acting career on Broadway, and landed his first film role in the 1970 smash "Love Story" before beginning a five-year stint on the soap opera "One Life to Live." His big-screen breakthrough came in the 1980 Oscar winner "Coal Miner's Daughter"; he picked up an Emmy for one of several TV movies he made in the decade, and his first Oscar nod in 1992 for "JFK. »

- Guy Lodge

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