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Meek’s Cutoff (2011) Directed by Kelly Reichardt In the past decade, Reichardt has established herself as one of the most vital working American filmmakers, consistently making intensely incisive, psychologically fraught works usually centering on women. But her most masterful film to date (and one of the best films of the decade) is her most atypical. Meek’s Cutoff, Reichardt’s only period film thus far, is an unsparingly sparse depiction of the real-life story about a wagon train...
Certain Women plays October 4 and 6 as part of the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival. IFC Films will release the movie theatrically beginning October 14. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. Certain Women is a study in beautiful landscapes and unknowable characters. Kelly Reichardt’s film concerns three distinct stories in Montana. There’s Laura (Laura Dern), a lawyer dealing with an unstable client; Gina (Michelle Williams) and Ryan (James Le...
Writing in Cinema Scope, Blake Williams describes Kelly Reichardt as a filmmaker who “has tended to train her attention on subjects trying, and inevitably failing, to navigate the world outside of the established order.” To take it a step further, her two latest (discounting Certain Women, which premiered at Sundance and will likely see a release later this year), Meek’s Cutoff and Night Moves, are about women failing to fit into worlds prescribed by...
Kelly Reichardt’s debut feature River of Grass—nominated for the 1994 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and now restored and re-issued by Oscilloscope Laboratories; it opens Friday at the IFC Center—is so offhand in tone, fragmentary in structure, and coyly prosaic that some might mistake the film for a callow stumble or an arthouse trifle. In fact, it’s a work of casual and deceptive depth that re-imagines the 1950s Starkweather/Fugate thrill killings in Nebraska and Wyoming—coldly...

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