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‘The Power of the Dog’ is a Fascinating Exercise in Filmmaking

Movie Reviews Today

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as Phil and George Burbank in The Power of the Dog

“Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog” (Psalm 22:20)

Does anyone remember Jane Campion? Allow me to clarify: does anyone, who is not a complete film nerd, remember Jane Campion? The name may bring up fond memories of the 1993 filmThe Piano, a winner of three Academy Awards. She also more recently directed the movieBright Star, which tells the tragic love story between romantic poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. After a twelve-year hiatus, Campion is relevant once again and has possibly made her best film yet.The Power of the Doghas arrived on Netflix to much critical acclaim and is also nominated for seven Golden Globes (whatever those are worth these days).

Benedict Cumberbatch plays rancher Phil Burbank, a man who…

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