100-word Film Review: The Newton Boys

Maybe his singular western isn’t the shiningest star in the Richard Linklater sky, but it does feature:

  • Country-flavored swing music, if that’s your highly specific jam,
  • One of — and I say this with love in my heart — Ethan Hawke’s sleazier roles,
  • Skeet Ulrich of Riverdale fame as the baby-faced outlaw with a conscience,
  • One of — and I say this without as much love — Matthew McConaughey’s less sleazy roles,
  • Distressingly glam fur hats,
  • Dwight Yoakam hopped up on uppers, crooning to a pile of explosives about how “God hates a coward,”
  • And a classic we’ll-never-snitch jailhouse montage.

Sidney Dritz is currently reevaluating what to do with the rest of her life, which makes the angle to take in bios tricky. She finished her three-college tour of America at the University of Southern Maine, and her poetry has appeared in Glass Poetry Press’s #PoetsResist series, in Claw & Blossom, and in Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Twitter: @sidneydritz

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