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The Power of the Dog review: Benedict Cumberbatch delivers his finest performance yet in this bleakly poetic western

Also reviewed this week: King Richard and Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Will Smith in King Richard

Will Smith in King Richard

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog (12A, 128mins)

In John Ford’s films, the untamed west was a splendid wilderness, full of beauty and promise, spoilt only by the greed of men. But Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog is set in a landscape terrifying in its emptiness. Settlers cower in vast and draughty houses, absurd in their clumsy mimicry of urban pretensions, blocking out the desolation outside.


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