The Lusty Men (1952, dir. Nicholas Ray)

A retired rodeo rider trains another man to ride competitively. Tough-for-its time melodrama with plenty of good second-unit work on location, and a focus on its female protagonist typical of its director. Loads of salty dialogue. Recommended.

Nocturnal Animals (2016, dir. Tom Ford)

A woman reads her former husband’s novel. Good-looking though bleak slow-burn thriller intercutting between a novel and its reading; the fiction within the film is more interesting than the frame narrative, though. Michael Shannon superb in support.

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Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word (2016, dir. Simon Rumley)

A framed prisoner curses those responsible for his execution. Generally effective descent-into-madness horror flick, somewhat uncomfortably adapted from a documentary account of a true story. Some ingenious moments though.

Desierto (2015, dir. Jonas Cuaron)

A group of Mexican illegal migrants crossing into the US are hunted by a self-appointed border official. Stark body-count thriller which makes full existentialist use of its arid landscapes, slim plot, and light characterisation.