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No Country for Old Men

By John Kelly  

The latest Coen brothers’ film opens in the UK next week, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy. Most of the important US critics have already made it their top movie of 2007 I won’t argue: No Country for Old Men is the best film I’ve seen this millennium. Great books too often make bad movies—but not so in this case. The plot of McCarthy’s darkly Irish postmodern western unfurls like a rattlesnake against a backdrop of blacktop, blue sky and desert scrub. Trailer trash and wetbacks live and die violently in cheap motels and pickup trucks. An ennuied sheriff…

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