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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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I usually find myself the ambivalent cousin to the family of Coen admirers, but I confess this movie worked well for me. The anthology format plays to what I consider the Coens' strengths--quick and precise characterization and scenes with multiple layers--while downplaying what I consider their weaknesses--tonal shifts that are initially endearing but too numerous and quirkiness (or grotesques) for their own sake rather than in service to a larger story. 

I did think it went on one story too long, so I might downgrade it a half star on a second viewing if I can't figure out how that chapter relates to what I thought was the whole, but I am glad I saw this in the theater rather than streaming. 

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