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Hostiles (15)

Adventure, Drama, Western

In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

The critical consensus

A finely crafted Western which doesn’t flinch from portraying the horrors inflicted during that violent era, and which boasts an astounding performance from Christian Bale.

*****Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 22/12/2017

Sincere, guilt-infused take on the western from director Scott Cooper, starring Christian Bale.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 01/01/2018

There is a morose and self-conscious quality to the storytelling that may put some audiences off but the film also stands as a reminded of why westerns continue to be made.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 04/01/2018

An unashamedly slow-burning, meditative film, jolted to life by moments of extreme but considered violence, Hostiles may not have the force of a modern classic like The Revenant, but it’s a respectable addition to the genre.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/01/2018

Bale hogs the screen, but Rosamund Pike gets a few hard acting jabs in too.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 06/01/2018

Wes Studi gives a towering performance as an ageing Cheyenne leader being escorted home in Scott Cooper’s revisionist tale of the old west.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 07/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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