Movie Diary 5/2/2018

The Ballad of Lefty Brown (Jared Moshé, 2017). Bill Pullman shines as a grizzled Old West sidekick, lovingly tolerated by his pardner (Peter Fonda), not so lovingly by the pardner’s wife (Kathy Baker) now that her husband is going off to prestige and the U.S. Senate. Things unfold that will force the sidekick to become the hero of this story, a quite wonderful premise that works out in ways that are not always expected. Along with the leads, there’s a spectacular supporting turn by Tommy Flanagan, and a superbly-judged performance by Jim Caviezel, as the governor of Montana.