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Member Picks: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
August's pick was made by Moxie member Andrew Baird.

(R, 159 min.)


Wednesday, Aug, 07

7:00 PM

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford delves into the private life and public exploits of America's most notorious outlaw. As the charismatic and unpredictable Jesse James plans his next great robbery, he wages war on his enemies, who are trying to collect the reward money--and the glory--riding on his capture. But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most. [Universal Pictures]

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.
Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
August's pick was made by moxie member Andrew Baird.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard
Director: Andrew Dominik
Genre(s): Biography, Crime, Drama

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"The nervy style of this newfangled Western, with its eerie, insinuating score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is so effective that long after Pitt and Affleck have left the screen, emotional disturbance lingers like gun smoke."

— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"A peculiar and destabilizing tone that's far from the standard Hollywood oater, but entirely fitting for two larger-than-life characters fulfilling their roles in history."

— Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club

"An extraordinary and visionary study of a legendary murderer’s famous fate, within touching distance of Oscars."

— Ian Nathan, Empire

"One of the best Westerns of the 1970s, which represents the highest possible praise. It's a magnificent throwback to a time when filmmakers found all sorts of ways to refashion Hollywood's oldest and most durable genre."

— Todd McCarthy, Variety

"Brad Pitt as Jesse James: Seldom has an actor been so perfectly cast."

— Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The movie has an almost hypnotic quality; its spare and often beautiful shots seem to sear themselves into the camera's lens."

— Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"The movie has the space and freedom of classic Western epics."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times