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Palpable Suspense in Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Meek’s Cutoff’

In the opening scene to Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, the characters stop to gather water at a river. The year is 1845, and this group of travelers are made up of three families that are traversing the treacherous Oregon Trail. After obtaining the water, they leave. Reichardt’s camera stays. She lingers on the river just long enough to fill a viewer with a sense of foreboding. This is likely the last place of refuge for miles. Everything, from here on, will be trouble.

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Staff List: The 30 Best Films of 2011

With more movies in limited and general release than ever before, 2011 was a ridiculously crowded year for both casual and discerning moviegoers alike. One by-product of the glut is a refreshing lack of consensus; so many films have been championed in so many corners – while those same films get trashed in others – …

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NYFF 2010: “Meek’s Cutoff”

“Although masterful in its art and creative limitations, the film direly falls apart at the end…” Meek’s Cutoff Directed by Kelly Reichardt Yet again, director Kelly Reichardt and  screenwriter Jon Raymond collaborate to raise modern-day contemporaneous issues, this time in a pre-colonial fashion with Meek’s Cutoff.  As 2006’s Old Joy confronts the dissolutions of brotherhood, …

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