Wind River

Wind River

2017, R, 107 min. Directed by Taylor Sheridan. Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, James Jordan.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Taylor Sheridan, the actor best known for his work in Sons of Anarchy, became a much-heralded screenwriter with his scripts for Sicario in 2015 and Hell or High Water (nominated for an Oscar) in 2016. Now the writer of those dynamic yet socially conscious thrillers is in the spotlight for directing, in addition to writing, Wind River, a police procedural set on an Indian reservation in Wyoming. Sheridan exhibits a sure hand as a director, especially when it comes to action sequences, and Wind River underscores his place as a filmmaker to watch. Sheridan won the Un Certain Regard’s award for Best Director at this year’s Cannes. However, Sheridan’s screenplay, despite some very nice touches and his typically laconic dialogue, is the weakest of his recent trilogy in terms of building tension and mystery. Nevertheless, it succeeds well enough on its own terms.

In the best role he’s had since starting down the superhero highway, Jeremy Renner stars as Cory Lambert, a game warden for the Fish and Wildlife Service who, while out hunting wild bears that have been devouring livestock, discovers in the snow the frozen body of a young Native American girl – barefoot, bloodied, and apparently raped. Ben (Greene), the local authority, begins the investigation, but homicides on the reservation are federal affairs, so the FBI sends in Jane Banner (Olsen), an effective but green agent. In turn, she induces Cory to assist them in hunting the dead girl’s assailants.

Solving the crime is a matter of basic police work. What’s interesting about Wind River is all the stuff that anchors the story in its location: the frozen and isolated land and its disaffected inhabitants. The snow is almost a character in itself – unrelenting, unyielding, and ever-present. Jane is the outsider despite her efforts on behalf of the victim. Olsen performs honorably, but it’s too much for us to believe that her superiors sent her there solo and with no winter gear. Cory, a modern Western figure, exists in an odd form of social limbo, divorced from a Native American woman and emotionally numbed by a personal tragedy. Cory’s backstory is nicely doled out in pieces throughout the film in a way that enhances the narrative. Gil Birmingham (Jeff Bridges’ co-detective in Hell or High Water) also delivers an affecting turn as the dead girl’s father. In the end, it’s these performances, the unforgiving landscape, and the jagged social milieu that stick with the viewer rather than the story itself.

Showtimes

Tue., Aug. 22

3:15, 6:15, 9:10
AFA 12:15

Wed., Aug. 23

12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:10

Thu., Aug. 24

12:15, 3:15, 6:00, 9:00

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Tue., Aug. 22

3:50, 6:30, 9:55
AFA 12:40

Wed., Aug. 23

12:45, 3:20, 6:30, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 24

12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 10:00

Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills

9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:45, 2:45, 3:45, 6:30, 7:15, 9:50

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:45, 2:45, 3:45, 6:30, 7:15, 9:50

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 12:45, 2:45, 3:45, 6:30, 7:15, 9:50

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:30am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:30am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 10:00am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 10:00am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Thu., Aug. 24

digital 10:00am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 22

luxury lounger 11:05am, 2:05, 4:55, 7:50, 10:35
Luxury Lounger CinéArts 11:05am, 2:05, 4:55, 7:50, 10:35

Wed., Aug. 23

luxury lounger 11:05am, 2:05, 4:55, 7:50, 10:35
Luxury Lounger CinéArts 11:05am, 2:05, 4:55, 7:50, 10:35

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Thu., Aug. 24

CinéArts Digital 7:05, 10:00

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:40
Luxury Lounger CinéArts 11:40am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:40

Wed., Aug. 23

luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:40
Luxury Lounger CinéArts 11:40am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:40

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:30

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:30

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:30

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Tue., Aug. 22

1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:50

Wed., Aug. 23

1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:50

Thu., Aug. 24

1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:50

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Tue., Aug. 22

12:50, 2:50, 6:00, 9:05

Wed., Aug. 23

11:40am, 2:50, 6:00, 9:05

Thu., Aug. 24

11:40am, 2:50, 6:00, 9:05

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

luxury lounger 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
Luxury Lounger CinéArts 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 23

luxury lounger 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
Luxury Lounger CinéArts 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Tue., Aug. 22

10:50am, 1:10, 3:00, 5:00, 7:50, 9:50

Wed., Aug. 23

10:50am, 1:10, 3:00, 5:00, 7:50, 9:50

Thu., Aug. 24

11:05am, 1:25, 2:50, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:55am, 1:35, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:55am, 1:35, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 11:55am, 1:35, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55
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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Wind River, Taylor Sheridan, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, James Jordan

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