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“As barbed as it is charming”—the best films showing this month

Works from Andrew Haigh, Michel Hazanavicius and Angelina Jolie

By Francine Stock   May 2018

Lean on Pete 

Released on 4th May

Andrew Haigh’s last film, 45 Years, was a study of marital endurance in the Norfolk Broads. Now he’s taken that compassionate naturalism out on the road, from Oregon to the spectacular vistas of Wyoming. Charlie Plummer plays a young boy forced to leave home in search of a relative; on the way he acquires an ageing racehorse as companion. Their roadside encounters, also state of the nation snapshots, might have proved clunky or sentimental. Instead, this film holds its firepower, commanding our attention until…

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