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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Friday September 22, 2017 at 9:24 am Listings are for Friday 9/22 through Thursday 9/28

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The Hero

The Hero

An aging cowboy actor (aging cowboy actor Sam Elliott) finds out he's dying of cancer, but he's reluctant to tell his ex-wife (Katharine Ross) and his estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter). Instead, he starts up a May-December romance with a sexy young comedian (Laura Prepon) he meets at his weed dealer/best friend's house. Indie writer-director Brett Haley (I'll See You In My Dreams) is wise enough to acknowledge his film's many clichés (like the somewhat icky 40-year age gap between his two leads), but not talented enough to break through them. Elliott is perfectly cast and brings a depth of soul to his character, but the thin script (there are maybe 30 pages of dialogue here) doesn't give him a lot to work with. FULL REVIEW: Sam Elliott’s fictional career looks suspiciously like his real one in slow-going indie drama by Devin D. O’Leary (6/29/2017). 93 minutes R.