Tuesday, November 30, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 39
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
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BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
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BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (2021)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
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BINGEABLE: THE WAY DOWN (2021)
BINGEABLE: Y: THE LAST MAN (2021)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
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BOSS LEVEL
DUNE
ETERNALS
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GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
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LIMBO
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THE PAPER TIGERS
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UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)

NEW FLICKS: HIGH GROUND

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF MAXO, BUNYA PRODUCTIUONS, AND SAVAGE FILMS

NEW FLICKS: HIGH GROUND


Where is it playing?: Hulu

What's it rated?: Not Rated

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Stephen Johnson directs this Australian film that opens in 1919 as sharpshooter Travis (Simon Baker) leads an operation that ends in the massacre of an extended Aboriginal family. Disgusted by his fellow soldiers’ actions, Travis leaves the service, but not before rescuing a young Aboriginal boy he leaves at a missionary-run encampment.

More than a decade later, a mob of Aboriginals led by Baywara (Sean Mununggurr) are attacking white settlements in retribution for the past massacre. Travis’ old commanding officer, Moran (Jack Thompson), and the soldier actually responsible for starting the massacre, Eddy (Callan Mulvey), enlist Travis to stop the bloodshed by teaming with Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul), the little boy he saved who’s now a young man, to bring in Gutjuk’s uncle, Baywara. It may be the only way to stop the slaughter of the rest of Gutjuk’s family.

This morally ambiguous meat pie Western is beautifully filmed in the Northern Territory outback—a challenging, inhospitable land that’s nonetheless visually stunning. It doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of colonization, and Travis is a fascinating character who’s struggling with his own culpability in the destruction of the Aboriginal way of life. Definitely worth a look if you’re a fan of visceral Australian Westerns. (104 min.) 

—Glen Starkey










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