We're celebrating the midwestern masters with a season devoted to some of their biggest and best movies. Saturdays in November.
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12 Oct 2015 - 11:57 AM  UPDATED 26 Oct 2015 - 9:45 AM

True Grit

Saturday 7 November, 8:30pm

(USA, drama/western, 2010)

M
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges
What's it about?
Forthright 14-year-old Mattie Ross' (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood and she is determined to avenge his death. She enlists the help of a reluctant, drunken U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges) to set on a cross-counrty trek to find the man who murdered her father.

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No Country For Old Men

Saturday 14 November, 8:30pm

(USA, crime/drama/thriller, 2007)

MA15+
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
What's it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem, as one of the world's scariest villain). Best Picture winner, 2007 Academy Awards.

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Read/Watch the original Movie Show 5-star review

 

O Brother, Where Art Thou!

Saturday 21 November, 8:30pm

(USA, action/adventure/comedy, 2000)

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Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
What's it about?
Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney) is a silver-tongued petty criminal eager to escape from the chain gang in Mississippi. He makes a dash for freedom, albeit shackled to fellow convicts, the simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and unstable Pete (John Turturro). McGill plots to recover a fortune in buried treasure, but a series of unexpected and bizarre adventures along the way ensue on McGill's Odyssey.

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How George Clooney's 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' accent was a family affair

 

Fargo

Saturday 28 November, 8:30pm

(USA, drama, 1996)

MA15+
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand
What's it about?
As Fargo season two screens on SBS, go back to the movie that started it all. Nervy car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), arranges the mock kidnapping of his wife to extort money from her family. He hires two men to fake the assault, but things go horribly awry. Enter Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), the pregnant Police Chief, whose quick wit belies her slow speech, as she investigates a triple murder on the outskirts of her town.

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