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Frontera

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FRONTERA Ed Harris

Frontera

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
103 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/05/14
performer:
Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena
director:
Michael Berry
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Director Michael Berry’s debut feature feels like the Crash-style border tale that John Sayles never got around to making. Illegal Mexican immigrants (including Michael Peña and Eva Longoria) head north for a better life, where they encounter gun-toting teens and a laconic ex-sheriff (Ed Harris). When they all collide and somebody dies, families are ripped apart. The film works best as a modern Western — Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate’s rambling score is a highlight — but it can’t resist playing politics, and it clumsily bites off a little more than it can chew. (Also on iTunes and VOD) C+