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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.
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:45, 3:15, 7:35, 10:25

Hero

Hands down the most gorgeous, sumptuously mounted martial arts fantasy ever made. Filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) recruits Jet Li (Romeo Must Die, Fist of Legend), Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love, Hard-Boiled) and Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love, Heroic Trio) for this epic parable about a nameless "hero" who recounts to the most powerful warlord in ancient China how he defeated three legendary assassins. This one puts the art in marital arts. 96 minutes PG-13.