Vision of Old West rings true in 'Homesman'

November 24, 2014 6:57 PM

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Few will regret having seen "The Homesman," and yet it's not exactly an enjoyable experience. The film occupies that peculiar space that many of us would prefer to believe doesn't exist, a movie that's worthy but often inert, by turns enriching and enervating: A good boring movie.

There are handful of brilliant scenes, interspersed by stretches that plod along in a dutiful way. But unlike 90 percent of movies, this one gets better as it goes along, and by the time it's over, there's a feeling of arrival. It's hard to imagine anyone volunteering to sit through "Homesman" twice...

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