The Homesman

The Homesman

Times were rough when America was just starting out, and Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman (based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout) does not shy away from this fact, but despite the difficult situations The Homesman tackles, it never strips the country of its natural beauty. Bathing each frame in a warm glow of primal golds, The Homesman makes it clear from the start that home and community are what the characters are truly fighting for. Taking the director’s reins for a second time, Jones delivers a film that is surprisingly beautiful and humorous, but The Homesman falters when it comes to the narrative’s pacing and character development. Dealing with disease, famine and isolation, it’s not so surprising when three women in a developing town in rural Nebraska start to go mad. Their community and their faith hold them together, so when the town’s reverend (John Lithgow) decides that the women should be returned to their families, that is exactly what is done. But when none of the women’s husbands are up to the task, Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) steps in.

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Hailee Steinfeld

What is Casting Couch? It’s almost like if all the news about actors getting cast in movies was compiled into one place. No, scratch that. It’s exactly like that. Who’s the lovely lady joining handsome hunks Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins in Solace? Read on to find out. Look, when you get an Oscar nomination for acting in a cowboy movie, you don’t just stop acting in cowboy movies, okay? That’s why True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld has now signed on to appear in that new movie that Tommy Lee Jones is directing about crazy ladies who’ve been out in the West traveling across the prairie and back to the East, The Homesman. According to Deadline, Steinfeld will be playing the role of Tabitha Hutchinson, who is described as being barefoot, poor, simple, and teenaged. She’ll be joining a cast that already includes Jones himself, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, James Spader, John Lithgow, and Tim Blake Nelson, which is pretty good company for a barefoot simpleton.

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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